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Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music has been awarded new funding from Arts Council England, East Suffolk District Council and Woodbridge Town Council.


The funding means the festival will be able to hold its annual Fish Friendly Fireworks display on Saturday 5 November and hold its annual art competition, which it will launch at this weekend’s 10th anniversary festival in Elmhurst Park (Saturday 3 September). The Arts Council and Woodbridge Town Council funding also sees the festival increase its offering in Elmhurst Park this weekend.

Details of the competition will be announced during the festival in the park on 3 September. The competition and arts strand is being overseen for the first time by community artist Alice Stallard.

Alice says: “We are delighted to receive this funding so that we can continue our work with participatory art and culutre in the area this weekend and on fireworks night.”

The 10th anniversary weekend starts in Elmhurst Park and the Community Hall on Saturday 3 September, moves to The Boathouse and Whisstocks Square by the iconic Tide Mill on Sunday 4 September and ends at The Riverside Theatre and Cinema on Monday 5 September with Martyn Ware of Human League and Heaven 17.

The music acts join a bumper line-up of spoken word acts, arts activities, workshops, the festival kids zone and the festival’s active environmental area. For the first time, a new section of the festival, The Village, will host the word area, alongside workshops, stalls and a section devoted to local acts.

Elmhurst Park will also include Caribbean carnival food and bar areas, featuring local, artisan producers and brewers with bard being operated by Saltpeter Wines, Mr Bees Brewery, the Woodyard Pizza Cccktails and local artisan brewers.

Festival co-founder and programmer DJ Ben Osborne says:

"It's great to come out of the summer with the festival's 10th birthday weekend leading into more events over autumn and winter in Suffolk.

"Summer 2022 has been one of my busiest years yet. But with gigs in Prague, London, Liverpool International Music Festival, Glastonbury... to name a few, I hardly had time to be in Suffolk. So I'm really looking forward to DJing and doing more events here.

"We're very grateful to Arts Council England, Woodbridge Town Council and East Suffolk District Council for helping these events to happen."

Information on the festival and buying tickets is available on the Festival website: