SPILL FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE BRINGS LIFE TO IPSWICH CHURCH CLOSED FOR 30 YEARS

• SPILL Festival of Performance runs October 29th – November 2nd
• Includes first events to be hosted in newly opened Ipswich Arts Centre
• Over 100 uncompromising events across live performance, installation, film and discussion over 5-days with a series of world premieres and SPILL commissions
• Curated and produced by renowned Pacitti Company around the theme of ‘Surrender’

Spill Festival of Performance starts today (October 29) at the newly opened Ipswich Arts Centre in St Clements Church on Star Lane. The church, which has been closed since 1979, will host the opening events of the festival, including Ray Lee’s astonishing mechanical sound and light exhibition, Siren, which starts to the sound of the ringing bells of St Clements.

Now in its sixth edition, SPILL Festival of Performance delivers audiences a vastly mixed programme that will take place in a series of venues across Ipswich the 5-day festival will see over 100 unique events take place in curious spaces, from the new Ipswich Arts Centre, to an old Police Station to the city’s finest galleries. Expertly curated by progressive UK-based arts organisation Pacitti Company around the theme of ‘Surrender’, it returns to seamlessly explore the sprawling spectrum of performance art, unearthing upcoming talent alongside more established performers across installations, salons, films, public discussions, feasts, symposia and parties.

Known for its boundary breaking and internationally-minded approach to performance art, this year’s innovative programme presents artists from 20+ countries. To date, SPILL has presented the diverse works of over 1,500 artists and this year’s programme features a combination of world premieres and SPILL commissions by emerging and established artists alike. The SPILL National Platform, generously supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, also returns for 2014.

As a festival which champions the public response and role of art in society, SPILL will run a Think Tank programme alongside the performance schedule, specifically devised to spark public conversation and encourage active responses to the work on show.

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