Now in its 34th year, the Bury St Edmunds Festival brings a world class celebration of culture and entertainment to the Suffolk town between 16 and 26 May.
The Festival comprises music, song, dance, comedy, film and other art forms with top performances by artists of international renown alongside home-grown talent. The line-up includes classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, Rick Wakeman and Clare Teal, Dr John Cooper Clarke, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Quintet-a-Tete jazz band, the Puppini Sisters and Chineke.
Music includes classical favourites and easy listening, blues, jazz and folk, ceilidh, a brass band, Latin American sounds and an early music trio. Similarly, vocal artists range from close harmony and a cappella to a Judy Garland tribute and concerts by the Cathedral Choir.
Comedy acts are sure to put a smile on your face. Join Edinburgh Fringe's favourite housewife 'Barbara Nice' ; comedian and author James Campbell who presents a stand-up comedy show for children aged six upwards, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without rude words. Dr John Coper Clarke brings a mix of classic poetry with hilarious ponderings on modern life. Dance enthusiasts can enjoy high energy ceilidh to classical ballet.
As if all that isn't enough, visitors can also take part in guided walks, watch street theatre, see photographic exhibitions and the screening of Oscar Wilde plays recorded live from London's Vaudeville Theatre.
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