Festival will return to 10-day format

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Bury St Edmunds Festival will return to being a 10-day extravaganza of culture next year.

Organisers have announced that in 2014 the festival will run from May 16-25 and feature top professional artists as well as increased community involvement.

The decision followed strong feedback from audiences at this year’s festival.

Festival manager, Nick Wells, said: “The feedback showed many people have a passion for the festival and the special buzz it brings to Bury St Edmunds each May.

“It’s great to hear what audiences think, which helps me to put the festival programme together for next year.”

The survey found that most people preferred the festival to be held in May over ten days and include a mixture of art forms.

Councillor Sarah Stamp, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Heritage, Arts and Culture, said: “The Bury St Edmunds Festival has always enjoyed strong support from the Borough Council and sponsors, even in difficult economic times.

“I am delighted that the Festival can continue as I know how much it means to people and the benefits it brings to the local economy by attracting new visitors to the town and I am particularly excited about the opportunities for wider community involvement in 2014.”