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Now in its third year, WAMFest champions women’s creativity across the arts and is

planning a day-long springtime event to coincide with International Women’s Day.

On Saturday, March 4 singers, performers and dancers will take over Beach Street and La

Vida show bar while workshops with an arts and wellness theme will take place at Hazel &

Co Yoga studio, also at Beach Street. Visual artists are also invited to exhibit.

The shops and eateries will participate with the colours purple, gold and green – the theme

of Mardi Gras – helping to create a carnival atmosphere.

In the evening WAMFest will move to The Grosvenor pub where a host of local musicians

and singers will take to the stage.

Organiser Laura Locke said she has been overwhelmed with support for the festival, which

was recently recognised as one of Suffolk’s most popular events.

“We are so lucky to have such talented women in and around Felixstowe and it is always a

pleasure to provide a platform for their creativity and celebrate women in arts and music

with live events for everyone to enjoy.

“The Mardi Gras theme will bring a new dimension to the festival, and it is pleasing that

purple, gold and green were also the colours of the suffragette movement, the original

champions of women’s rights. Our aim has always been to build a sustainable, annual event

promoting equality and diversity whilst providing top quality entertainment.”

Artists already confirmed include Felixstowe Harmonies, the Wild Flower Quartet, Ipswich

Reggae Choir, Serena Grant, Bounce, Gloria Gonzalez Picton and a Sevillanas workshop and

international renowned soprano Christina Johnston. The line up at The Gosvenor features

Katie Mitton, Lydia Angelica, Ruby Ambrose, Belinda Gillett, Nicola Collis and Evie White.

MEET THE TEAM

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LAURA LOCKE

Laura Locke has worked in tourism and the media, and has  been a course leader and senior lecturer in Events and Tourism Management at the University of Suffolk for over 20 years. She now works part-time and enjoys being a radio presenter for Felixstowe Radio.

 

Ever passionate about women’s issues and the arts, she worked with her students of event management to create women’s events at the University.  On taking a break from full time work, she decided to run women’s networking events in Felixstowe – Cocktails and Conversations. From that sprung the idea of an International Women’s Day Celebration of women in art and music.

 

After a long period of planning and deferral due to the pandemic she is excited to work with a great team of WAMwomen, to bring WAMfest to fruition at last.

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MIKAELA RACKHAM 

Mikaela is a local photographic artist who has recently launched her own business, Illuminate, at Brightwell Barns in Suffolk. 

 

After 8 years in teaching and 10 years running a photography business part time, Mikaela has followed her dream to create a space for all to learn, develop and experiment with their creative mediums. 


Mikaela developed the WAM website and hosts the exhibitions at 142 Gallery in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, she also snaps away as our photographer and will be hosting an all woman exhibition Illuminate in October as part of WAMfest! 

To find out more about Mikaela: https://www.illuminatestudio.co.uk

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ALISON BOGGIS

I moved to Felixstowe with my young family 26 years ago and we totally fell in love with this beautiful part of Suffolk. 

Having retired from a career as an academic at the University of Suffolk and enjoying previous WAM events, I was so impressed by the passion and ethos of the organisation I was happy to volunteer my services  and help out at various social events.

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ALISON MILLER

Alison is thrilled to be involved in WAMfest, she is interested in all things cultural and particularly passionate about theatre, music and literature.  Alison is part of the management team at The Two Sisters Arts Centre in Trimley and her role in the WAMFEST team is in finance and administration.  

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CATALINA CARVAJAL

Colombian illustrator and visual artist based in Suffolk, England.

Catalina works in digital and mixed media and enjoys drawing objects, plants, landscapesanimals and anthropomorphic figures. 

 

Catalina has painted our wonderful murals opposite The Orwell Hotel and has produced all of our marketing material! She is an ultimate WAM Women! 

To find out more about Catalina: www.catalinacarvajal.co.uk

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VICTORIA PETCHEY 

Victoria is a local artist who owns The Gallery Box, a mobile art studio bringing art to those who are eager to develop their artistic skills.

Victoria is also the driving force behind Art at the Beach, a new event which will be held at Beach Street, Felixstowe on Saturday, September 10th featuring 40 local artists and makers.

To find out more about Victoria:

www.victoriapetchey.art

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SHELINE GLEDHILL

Sheline joins the WAMfest crew for their second year to help look after the website and social media.

 

She has been a journalist for most of her career and spent 12 happy years at the East Anglian Daily Times where she edited their monthly business magazine.

More recently she worked at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Felixstowe BID and Visit Felixstowe.

 

Sheline enjoys live music and theatre and is thrilled to be involved in festival.

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