A cavalcade of music, art and theatre is sweeping through Bury St Edmunds as the town’s week-long festival kicks off today.
The cultural extravaganza steps up a gear following last year’s four day spectacle - launching with 4 Girls 4 Harps, in The Apex, at lunchtime today.
They will be followed by a dazzling choice of theatre, film, folk, singer-songwriters and classical music at venues across the town throughout the week.
Nick Wells, festival manager, said: “It is a wonderful opportunity to get out and see some superb live performances close to home at reasonable prices.
“Tickets are selling fast so please book soon to avoid disappointment.”
The grand final of the Bury Songwriters Competition is tonight involving seven competing acts and two headlining bands after six weeks of fiercely fought heats.
Curtis Cronin, Jodie Richardson, Becca Rose, Bex and Freda, Hardactors, Lucy Sampson and Jimbo Rahill will battle for the title, with special performances by previous winners Frett and The Wilsons at the Hunter Club at 7pm.
The opening weekend boasts a wealth of community events with Bury Busk showcasing local musicians tomorrow followed by a Sunday of free street entertainment in Charter Sqaure and on Cornhill. Local school children and adults join Mbawula for an evening of joyous South African jazz.
Meanwhile, 50 of the country’s finest orchestral musicians reassemble at The Apex on Sunday when the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra takes to the stage with an appearance from 23-year-old Ukrainian piano star Anna Fedorova.