Changing Perceptions of Ipswich

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One of the roles of the Ipswich Vision is to challenge the perception of Ipswich. Whilst the town has seen a great deal of investment over the last few years, with improvements to both the Waterfront and the town centre, the town still suffers from a negativity in certain quarters. Much of this stems from the groundswell of press regarding the health of our high streets.

But Ipswich is so much more: it can be unexpected, exciting and engaging. The town has at least 15 different cuisines to try; you really can eat yourself around the world. Ipswich is home to a rich artistic community - including 7 Arts Council funded organisations, recognised internationally for the work and performances they are creating. A few examples include Dance East based on the Waterfront, in the Jerwood Dance House - a centre for dance and performance art. Red Rose Chain Theatre: famous for bringing Shakespeare to life in the Forest at Jimmy’s Farm during the summer. Pacitti Company; the organisers of Spill Festival, which returned to Ipswich in Autumn 2018. One of the highlights of the Festival was the Clarion Call, a collaboration with 14-18 NOW on the Waterfront.

We are lucky to have four theatres in the town, from Noel Coward at the Red Rose, The John Mills Theatre (home to Eastern Angles), the amazing Panto at the New Wolsey, and world-famous comedians and touring shows performing at the Regent. A tiny snapshot of the breadth and depth available in town: we are the Cultural Capital of Suffolk.

Last year saw an interesting mix of festivals in the town - something to suit a wide range of budgets and tastes. Spill, Maritime Festival, Pulse, Ipswich Music Day, Global Rhythms and the Mela. Many of these events took place in some of our beautiful parks and many will be returning this year. Have you visited Christchurch Mansion, a treasure trove of art, architecture and local history, and currently hosting Rodin’s, The Kiss, or gone to see our life size Mammoth, at the Ipswich Museum?

There are so many other sides to Ipswich, if you fancy something more active why not take to the river, learn to climb, go bowling or try out trampolining!

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