Welcome to FlipSide Festival 2019
This year's festival will be an immersive day of conversations, performances, practical proposals, screenings, music and more, in a beautiful new location.
Whether it is pioneering literary advocate Robert Macfarlane and Radiohead's artist in residence Stanley Donwood incarnating Ness, their poetic parable of land itself resisting, Joanna Pocock searching for meaning in the wilds of Montana or Suffolk's own maestro musician Laura Cannell singing the east lands with Polly Wright, there's international imagining allied to local grounding in the line up.
Curated by FlipSide and Gareth Evans, this year's assembly will engage, alert, provoke and inspire in equal measure. Creativity - the best of what we are - will express and illuminate our hopes and our fears, and help us to place ourselves in relation to the collective purpose we all must find, to move from damage to renewal of the common treasury that is our shared place, on earth. Musician Mira Calix will join forces with ecological artist Dan Harvey to reveal how and why Culture Declares Emergency. We'll also recall and prepare for the great floods with Ed Platt and Ken Worpole, while thinking about the human relations that sustain us in times of conflict: East Anglia's 'poet laureate' George Szirtes will consider how a mother makes the man.
Julia Blackburn and Jayne Ivimey will soar with the birds - in print and paint, and they'll not be alone. Tom Bailey's thought provoking performance Vigil will remind us how they and so many other species are not free of threat, and we'll gather on the green as writer and self-declared pigeon champion Jon Day releases the flock of his coop to find their way home.
In short, we're pitching our camp for a stimulating day of lively meetings, conversations, choreography, films and more in the remarkable landscape of Henham Park, close to an equally distinctive coast - a coast that knows all too well the powerful forces of the climate on its cliffs and shores. We are all changed by our time in such places, in the company of such talents. This is FlipSide's own purpose. We hope you can join us.
Tickets cost £35 and include all events plus tea, coffee and soft drinks. Delicious food will be available to purchase during the day from the Honest Food Company before Pheonix Pizza fire up their pizza ovens to take us into the evening.