The Bury St Edmunds Festival gets underway on Friday with a lively mix of more than 60 events packed into its exciting 10-day programme.
This year’s 30th anniversary special features top international performers, opportunities for local people to shine and free entertainment for all the family.
Opening night will see high energy Cuban grooves from acclaimed violinist Omar Puente as he and his band take to The Apex stage. With a pre-gig dance class and Salsa DJ after party, it is the perfect way to get the festival up and running.
Festival followers will be spoilt for choice over the opening weekend with a busy programme of events including classical and contemporary music, film, street acts, talks and more.
Families will be flocking to the Abbey Gardens to gasp and giggle at the free street theatre, while Bury Busk, the new Bury Art Trail and Global Folk’s community choir all feature in Saturday’s line-up, along with the world champion Black Dyke Band.
Sunday’s performers include the acclaimed Danish Nightingale Quartet and Bury’s own award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook, while there will also be a show on Bob Dylan and the history of rock’n’roll, among others.
Festival Manager Nick Wells said: “We’re celebrating 30 years of words, music, theatre, cinema and comedy in and around the streets of Bury St Edmunds and we want everyone to join the party.
“The festival opening weekend always brings a marvellous buzz to the town. It’s a great opportunity to try something new and I am looking forward to attending as many events as I can, including singing in the choir with Global Folk.”