Woodbridge Festival projects resident’s messages for Ukraine onto town’s iconic Tide Mill

Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music has completed a trio of winter light art and music events around Suffolk by projecting messages for peace in Ukraine, from Suffolk people, onto the Town’s 300 year old working Tide Mill.

Thursday night’s event saw messages of empathy for Ukraine from Woodbridge and surrounding communities. Local resident Doreen contributed the succinct statement: “Woodbridge Supports Ukraine”, while others included “Kindness in another’s troubles, Courage in your own”and “Comfort, hope and blessings pour out from the Holbrook community”.

The messages were projected onto the mill, along with the colours of the Ukrainian flag. The flag itself appeared super imposed onto Pablo Picasso’s famous painting of the destruction of Guernica in the Spanish civil war.

The night was the third in a series of music and art evenings that have taken palace in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Woodbridge over the past week. Amongst those taking part have been international  musicians and DJs Jazzie B, Chris Coco and Ben Osborne, with images and artwork from Janice Oliver, John Ferguson, Jim Horsfield, Richard Winstanley and Ben Osborne. Music and Light shows at Arlington’s in Ipswich, on Friday 11 March, saw the venue reach capacity, while Beach Street in Felixstowe saw attendances return to pre-September levels for the first time this year on Saturday 12 March. Comments from the audience have included descriptions such as “Absolutely Breathtaking visuals intertwined with fantastic music”, “Glorious” and “Stunning”.

The events continue this Saturday 19 March, with London based new disco outfit Flying Mojito Bros, Ben Osborne, Smoothgroove and Hewsin000 at The Woodbridge Community Disco. Doors open at 7pm, with bars being provided by Vernon Blackmore of The Table and The Anchor and wine by Saltpeter.  Tickets are available in advance see www.woodbridgefestival.com

The events have been supported by Suffolk County Council’s Covid Continuity Fund for Culture, with events in Ipswich being supported by Ipswich Borough Council, the European Union’s Regional Development Fund and HMG.

Photo Credit Richard Winstanley/ Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music

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