Photo gallery: Lowestoft enjoys arts festival

Lowestoft Arts day.Mollie Barrett-Kelly painting at the Kirkley centre.

Lowestoft Arts day.Mollie Barrett-Kelly painting at the Kirkley centre. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Lowestoft had an Easter weekend to remember as it hosted an arts festival that took over three areas of the town with music and creative fun.

Let's Celebrate Lowestoft Arts was held on Saturday and saw a wide range of free events organised in the town centre, the High Street area and Kirkley's London Road South.

In the town centre there was a pavement artist drawing a giant sun face, a Charlie Chaplin human statue drawing quizzical looks, comedy street wardens, agile stilt walkers, children's face-painting in Palmers Department store and story-telling in Waterstones.

At Kirkley the Kirkley Community Choir performed for the first time, there was music from fiddler May Barnes and guitarists Christopher and Edward and performances by the June Glennie School of Dance and the Jive Bunnies and children could make animated films and queued up to take part in Find me in Kirkley art workshops.

There were also Easter craft workshops, circus workshops, an art exhibition by the Ferini Gallery in the Café Grand, performances by former West End artist Judi Mars and a literary lunch at the Hatfield Hotel, with readings from historian and author Sophie Jackson author Patricia van Stratum and poet Ian Fosten.

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The last section of the arts festival saw live music lovers descend on the High Street's Triangle area as eight bands and acts entertained the crowds between 1pm and 10.30pm.

Performing were Scarlet, The Lowestoft Community Choir, Urban Fusion, Cat Amongst the Pigeons, Minx, The Austin Beats, New Instincts and Mr Pink.

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There was also a craft market and an art show at the Lowestoft Arts Centre.

Saturday's festival was set up after the Lowestoft Town Management Partnership secured £10,000 from Arts Council England.

It was supported by the Kirkley Business Association and the Lowestoft High Street Traders Association.

Danny Steel, from the traders association said the first festival of its kind for the town had been a success and despite the weather people who turned up had 'thoroughly enjoyed it'.

The event was also declared a 'success' by Andrew McMeekin of the business association.

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