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       La Vida, Beach Street, Felixstowe IP11 2GN

      Saturday 10th September 2022 - 7:30 - 11pm

Big Mama Funk will take to the stage of the brand new La Vida Showbar to launch this year's WAMFest. The new venue at Beach Street offers the perfect setting for Big Mama's soulful mix of gospel,  funk and R and B, guaranteed  to get you  dancing and singing along.

"My absolute favourite thing to do is make your event unforgettable!" says Big Mama Funk. "I'll guarantee to provide you with classics like Aretha’s “Respect”, Luther’s “Never Too Much”, Michael’s “Rock with You”,  Bruno’s “Uptown Funk” and more!"

With support from Gabby Rivers a 19 year old singer/songwriter performing upbeat indie/alternative originals with soulful and powerful vocals. 

And Lydia Angelica Felixstowe-based singer songwriter 

WAMFEST LAUNCH WITH BIG MAMA FUNK PLUS SUPPORT

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Big Mama Funk
Gabby Rivers
Lydia Angelica

IDIDN'T SEE THAT COMING! 

Why we read crime, and how the writers keep us guessing. A literary event on Sunday September 11th from 11am to 12 noon at The Orwell Hotel (Library)

Crime novels thrill us, but they also reflect the world we live in. Why is this genre so addictive, especially amongst women?

 

Two award winning novelists, JEMMA WAYNE and our very own RUTH DUGDALL,  discuss the twists and turns, the red herrings and final satisfaction inherent in a thriller. 

Jemma’s latest book, WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES, kept Louis de Bernieres up until 2am.

Ruth’s latest, THE THINGS YOU DIDN’T SEE, is set in a farmhouse in Kirton, and asks if it is possible to kill whilst asleep. 

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Ruth Dugdall
 
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Jemma Wayne
 

YOURS TRULY

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Helen Clarke
 

Yours Truly... a brand new theatre experience 

will be performed on Sunday, September 11 at 12.15pm at The Orwell HoteL (Library).

Devised and performed by Felixstowe based actors and writers HELEN CLARKE and JAYNE LINDILL, Yours Truly celebrates the wit and wisdom of women in a selection of letters, specially chosen for WAMfest by Helen and Jayne.

 

Written by women from different generations, these letters to lovers, mothers, daughters, presidents and prime ministers are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always moving. 

Jayne Lindill
 

HISTORY - OR 'HER'STORY

The skill of research, and how to weave story around fact. A literary event on Sunday, September 11th from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at The Orwell Hotel (Library)

Historical research is fascinating, and more and more of us are researching our own histories. But how do we know what is ‘good’ research, and how do we stop ourselves being sucked into endless facts? 

And how we use those facts in a fictional context - how important is truth, versus story? 

 

GILL BLANCHARD is an expert on historical research, and she will be sharing her wisdom and tips. 

 

ELSKE HOWELER is a debut novelist, who has researched her own family history to create Left Behind, a novel set in Amsterdam  during World War 2.

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BELINDA GILLETT

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Suffolk star Belinda Gillett will be singing for WAMFest in the Library at The Orwell Hotel from 2.45pm

 

Belinda Gillett is a world-class indie-folk artist from Suffolk. Her admirers include Queen's Brian May and folk-punk icon Jeffrey Lewis, both of whom have shared her videos within the last year.

Belinda's voice regularly draws comparisons with Sandy Denny, Joan Baez and Weyes Blood. She creates atmospheric, ethereal, vintage landscapes with her honest songs of love, nature and life and cites Nick Drake, Radiohead, The Sundays and Frightened Rabbit among her influences.

CHRISTINA JOHNSTON plus support from STELLAR ACAPPELLA

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Sit back and relax in The Library at The Orwell Hotel for an afternoon of song on Sunday, September 11th at 3.45pm.

Coloratura soprano Christina Johnston, the Nightingale herself,  will entertain with songs from her vast portfolio  from opera to light classical, to musical theatre.

To set the atmosphere Local close harmony all-women singers Stellar Acappella will kick off the show.

MURAL BY CATALINA CARVAJAL

The mural can be seen in Felixstowe town centre, opposite The Orwell Hotel. The murals have been painted artist and illustrator Catalina Carvajal.

142 EXHIBITION

142 Hamilton road will be exhibiting the work of 12 female artists based in and around Suffolk. 

The exhibition will run from 8th September - 14th September and will be open everyday 10am - 4pm. 

 

The artists are:

  • Lisa Berry 

  • Catalina Carvajal

  • Victoria Petchey

  • Corrinne Peacock

  • Evie White

  • Samantha Bell

  • Alison Couchman

  • Beth Ashford

  • Hannah Brown

  • Tammany Hunt

  • Lizzie Musson

  • Chandra Grover

ART AT THE BEACH

A new visual art festival is coming to Felixstowe this summer! Art at the Beach will involve more than 40 artists and creatives displaying their work, free art activities for visitors and a demonstration tent.

Organiser Victoria Petchey of The Gallery Box Art said: "Art at the Beach aims to strengthen the local art community and make art accessible to everyone."​

Visitors will see paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, textiles, pottery, ceramics, prints, glass… and lots of other wonderfully arty things!

 

Time and Date: Saturday 10th September 2022, 10am – 4pm.

Venue: Beach Street Felixstowe, Manning’s Amusements, Micklegate Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 2GN.

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MUSIC AT THE GROSVENOR

Head to The Grosvenor in Felixstowe town centre on Saturday 10th from 3pm for an afternoon of music featuring Elly Tree, Aimee Iris, Ruby Ambrose, Serena Grant and Tori McKew

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ENTERTAINMENT AT THE TRIANGLE

Enjoy free entertainment at The Triangle on Sunday, September 11 from 10.45 with performances from the Believe Group, Felixstowe Harmonies, Ipswich Reggae Choir, Katie Mitton, Annabelle Taylor, Stellar Acappella, Majestic Voices, the Dennis Lowe Theatre Company and dancers Kristina & Angelina Karpenco

GRAND FINALE AT THE TWO SISTERS ARTS CENTRE

The finale to this year's WAMFest promises to be an evening of musical joy featuring the Three Chordettes, Ukulele Ladies, Grace Calver and Brooke Telling.

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Sat 10th Sept - Events at La Vida, Beach Street

19:30 - 20:00
Lydia Angelica
20:15 - 21:00
Big Mama Funk
21:15 - 21:45
Gabby Rivers
22:00 - 23:00
Big Mama Funk

Sat 10th Sept - Events at The Grosvenor

15:00 - 15:30
Ruby Ambrose
15:45 - 16:15
Elly Tree
16:30 - 17:00
Aimee Iris

Sun 11th Sept - Events in The Library at The Orwell Hotel

10:00 - 10:30
Felixstowe Harmonies
11:00 - 12:00
Audience with authors - I Didn't See That Coming
12:15 - 13:15
Theatre performance 'Yours Truly'
13:30 - 14:30
Audience with authors - History of 'Her' Story
14:45 - 15:15
Belinda Gillet
15:45 - 17:00
Stellar Acapella and International soprano Christina Johnston

Sun 11th Sept - Events at The Triangle

10:45 - 11:15
Believe Group
11:30 - 12:00
Felixstowe Harmonies
12:15 - 12:45
Ipswich Reggae Choir
13:0 - 13:20
Katie Mitton
13:25 - 13:45
Annabelle Taylor
14:45 - 15:15
Majestic Voices
14:00 - 14:30
Stellar Acappella
15:30 - 16:00
Dennis Lowe Theatre Company
16:15 - 16-45
Ukrainian Dancers

Sun 11th Sept - Events at Two Sisters Arts Centre

19:00 - 19:30
The Three Chordettes
19:45 - 20:15
Ukelele Ladies
20:30 - 21:00
Grace Carver
21:15 - 21:45
Brooke Telling