Celebrate this summer at EA Festival, a new music, culture and art festival at Hedingham Castle, located on the border of Essex and Suffolk. The festival is a true smorgasbord, ranging from traditional arts and letters to sustainability and world music. Speakers include Charles Saumarez Smith, John Lloyd, Evelyn Glennie, Mike Figgis and many other leaders in arts and culture.
The weekend will host speakers and performers covering a wide range of subjects and disciplines, from art, lm and TV to the environment, comedy and poetry. Featured guests include media personality and living lexicon, Susie Dent, art historian and former director of the National Gallery, Charles Saumarez Smith and legendary comedy producer, John Lloyd, known for creating QI, Blackadder and Spitting Image. I intentionally broke from the usual festival formula, by not focusing on a single theme or medium, because that’s the way most of us read the newspaper or consume content every day. Moreover, it ensures that there is something for everyone.
Alongside interviews and panel discussions, there will be musical performances including Roman Kosyakov, the 2018 winner of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, a conversation and musical demonstration by Dame Evelyn Glennie, winner of countless awards and opening musician at the 2012 London Olympics, Talvin Singh OBE, the renowned tabla player and Waiting for Smith, the folk-pop singer-songwriter Harry Lloyd.
Art lovers especially will nd themselves spoiled: Besides the talk by Charles Saumarez Smith and a panel entitled “Art in East Anglia”, in which stalwarts of the scene will explain the history and challenges of running public art institutions in the region, there will be a curated exhibition of East Anglian artists inside the castle keep and a sculpture walk secreted throughout the verdant grounds.
Last but not least, the keep will host a retail marketplace featuring leading regional merchants, lifestyle brands and delicious locavore foodstuffs.