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SPILL Festival 2018

SPILL is on course to wow at this year's festival

The SPILL Festival of Performance is an international festival of contemporary arts and activism. Created in 2007 by artist Robert Pacitti and produced by Pacitti Company, SPILL presents the work of exceptional artists from around the globe, featuring live performance, sound + music, film + video, plus projects exploring heritage + place. The festival is for anyone interested in the arts, into new experiences, and for families and children to expand their inner-creative.

Spill live performance 2FIGURE Still - Lanre Malaolu
The theme of this year’s festival is Time, honouring the past with a programme of artworks marking 100 years since the end of the First World War. Experience over 100 different artworks, both indoors and out, and many events taking place multiple times. With a programme of live performances, sound and music, film and video, plus projects exploring heritage and place, - enjoy some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists.

Using audio technology originally employed in war and emergencies, and the voices of women and girls, Clarion Call will ring out twice daily from Ipswich Waterfront and beyond. Turned Red Earth pairs nature writing contained in letters and diaries of WW1 servicemen with photographs of uprooted flower specimens, creating disarmingly moving images. Handmade banners, stitched by women across the UK for Artichoke’s wonderful Processions project, marks 100 years since some women got the vote, detailed in an exhibition trail across the town.

Spill Festival live performance

Looking even further back, Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare, which is on every day, brings condensed contemporary versions of all 36 of the Bards plays to Ipswich Town Hall. Using everyday objects as characters on an ordinary table top, this huge performance undertaken by one of the UK’s foremost theatre companies, is simply unmissable.

Imagined Touch, a multi sensory Australian live art project, explores the world of Deafblind culture at DanceEast.

And get kids to tell you what play structures to build in Block Magic, have their face projected onto a wall with Kopf Kino and experience food chains and digestion from a lion's bottom with Lionel and Mamoru in Eaten.

Spill live performance 3Forced Entertainment, Complete Works. (Image Credit Hugo Glendinning)
 Across the festival we invite you to make an offering of written bad news to our Pyre Parade effigy, housed in La Tour Cycle Café at Ipswich Waterfront. Then on Saturday 3 November join us for The Pyre Parade, as our effigy makes its way noisily through town to Christchurch Park where – full of everyone’s bad news – it will be engulfed in flames, burning up the darkness and clearing space before winter. May it bring us all peace and wellbeing. Our time is most certainly now.

Bookings, information and total madness!

SPILL Central is a special festival takeover of the former Wharf next to Ipswich Town Hall with information point, box office, café bar and place to catch the very best alternative music, cabaret, gigs and parties SPILL has to offer.

A festival for everyone, prices range from £5 to £10. SPILL Passes are available and a great way to save across the entire festival, including events for kids and families and a late night programme for adults.

About Spill Festival

SPILL Festival of Performance 2018 takes place between 25th October and 4th November and is an international festival of live art, activism and performance presenting the work of exceptional artists from around the globe. Created in 2007 by artist Robert Pacitti and produced by Pacitti Company, SPILL is now recognised as one of the world’s premier artist-led festivals of live work.

For more information on the SPILL Festival of Performance, visit

About Pacitti Company

Pacitti Company is an arts charity based in Ipswich, Suffolk. The company creates art, makes the SPILL Festival of Performance and runs events, groups, classes, courses and hires from its Think Tank building, next door to the Ipswich Museum.

Robert PacittiRobert Pacitti, creator of SPILL Festival of Performance
This article was created in partnership with Robert Pacitti, Artistic Director & Curator of SPILL.

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