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ART EAT Festival is a celebration of creativity, art and street-food.

Updated: Feb 22, 2022

Three vibrant community mural projects run by artists Zoe Power, Everton Wright and Artful Skecha are taking place between April and July including open access workshops for local people to come and get involved in the design of these public art works for Ipswich town.

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This unique festival will bring together an array of artistic and culinary talent in an inclusive, vibrant and delicious exploration of creativity and flavour for all the family. Visitors can enjoy browsing art work at high-calibre exhibitions and the indoor art and print fair. There will be an eclectic urban landscape of live music, funky beats from local and national DJs, an array of amazing international street-food, and free art workshops led by professional artists. There will be a vintage fun fair, craft stalls, large shared seating areas to bring the community of Ipswich and Suffolk together in one place to celebrate, share food, be inspired, be entertained, have fun, and relax.

The festival is developed in partnership with local venues, businesses, charities and community groups with the residents of Ipswich at the heart of the event. Planning meetings take place once a month at Ipswich County Library and everyone is welcome. Check the calendar on the website for the next one.

Art Eat Festival is an opportunity for people to come and enjoy life on the Waterfront as well as attracting visitors who want to discover what’s making Ipswich so unique and such a desirable place to visit, work and live. Art Eat Festival is bringing together great art, food and music in a feast for the senses. Two days of celebrating involving as many local businesses and residents as possible, the event is planned to ensure businesses along the Waterfront can benefit and promote themselves over the weekend. Art Eat Festival will also be part of the hugely successful Fork Night campaign run by Ipswich Central.

Applications are open for traders to come and take part in the festival, these include a call out to artists who want to sell their work in a large art and print fair, quality craft makers or traders to take part in our busy craft market area, food and drink producers or resellers who want to promote and sell their delicacies as well as international street food traders who will have the opportunity to feed a hungry audience.

The organisers are also looking for volunteers to support the production and delivery of the festival, get involved and support this great big get together. Registrations for volunteers are live on the website.

The organisers are thrilled to have gained local sponsors including Pretty's Solicitors and Ipswich Borough Council. Art Eat Events C.I.C still have space for more sponsors to come on board and harness many marketing opportunities the festival will offer. Please get in touch if you would like to find out how your business can get involved and benefit from sponsoring Art Eat Festival.

The festival has been generously funded by Arts Council England, The Big Lottery Fund, Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund, The Women’s Centenary Fund, Suffolk County Council and Essex Cultural Diversity Project.

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