Town festival extravaganza gets under way

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A TEN-day festival programme packed full of exciting music, dance and art launches today in Stowmarket.

The annual Stowmarket Festival, which features a wide variety of events for people of all ages to enjoy, will be running from today until June 5.

The festival kicked off today with an extravagant launch party showcasing some of the groups taking part in the event. Live music from Stowmarket Concert Band and other musicians will be playing in the town centre from 4pm, along with parkour demonstrations to get the crowds gasping for breath and percussion workshops for families to get involved.

Also running as part of the launch will be the Stowmarket Arts Club annual exhibition at the United Reformed Church, in Ipswich Street, and a schools art exhibition at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts.

The festival, organised by Stowmarket Town Council, this year boasts an even bigger and more extravagant programme than ever before.

Daniel Harvey, festival coordinator, said: “It’s not an arts festival, it’s a festival including anything that we think people will enjoy.

“We hope it will kick start new stuff in the town and raise the profile of Stowmarket.”

The line-up includes brand new event, StowBlues, a free music event at the Museum of East Anglian Life featuring blues performances.

Also featuring in the programme will be the official launch of the new skate park, with displays from professional skaters.

Bringing the festival to an end will be the popular two-day music event, StowFest, on June 4 and 5.

And with concerts, art shows, live comedy, a funfair, living history, parkour, dance, a farmers market, sports days and even fishing, there really is something for everyone. See the full line-up at