FlipSide was founded in 2013 by Liz Calder, Genevieve Christie, Louis Baum and John Christie. Initially FlipSide was an annual arts festival at Snape Maltings and in its inaugural year the festival welcomed writers from the UK and Brazil including Ian McEwan, Will Self, Milton Hatoum and Bernardo Carvalho. Since then the festival has welcomed an array of wonderful writers from across the globe, including Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Ali Smith, Ana Maria Machado, David Hare, Jackie Kay and Benjamin Zephaniah, to name but a few.
The festival has a strong musical element and has played host to Bebel Gilberto, Adriana Calcanhotto, Paula Morelembaum, Jose Miguel Wisnick, Mônica Vasconcelos and world DJ Gilles Peterson. The festival has also provided Brazilian music workshops in schools and a host of music and dance workshops take place at the festival.
In January 2015 FlipSide became a Registered Charity (1160164) and in 2016 we delivered a large scale project in Lowestoft to over 1200 school children featuring paralympians and a performance poet, and culminating in a visit from the Brazilian Ambassador; read more about that here. Also that year we began working in Great Yarmouth and delivered 'Brazilian Bandits' which brought the wonderful artist Ron King to GY for a residency in Skippings Gallery where he was able to talk to groups of school children.
Our work in Lowestoft led to us producing a brand new arts festival for children and young people there during October half-term 2017.
FlipSide's outreach work has gone from strength to strength, we sit on the board of the Lowetsoft Cultural Education Partnership and the Great Yarmouth Cultural Eductaion Partnership, and we're part of a consortium of arts organisations working together to help regenerate Lowestoft's South Pier.
FlipSide is the sister festival of FLIP (Festa Literaria Internacional de Paraty), South America's first and largest international literary festival.
Our aims are to produce the vibrant FlipSide Festivals and a growing calendar of schools and community literature, music and arts events, opening a window onto a world of new cultural experiences.