Star-studded line-up for this year’s Southwold Arts Festival announced

Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax - Credit: Archant

Comedian Ruby Wax and BBC political editor Nick Robinson are among the top names announced for the second Southwold Arts Festival.

Southwold Arts Festival 2014: Street Festival.Market place.Picture: James Bass

Southwold Arts Festival 2014: Street Festival.Market place.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Spread over eight days, the lineup will also include poet Roger McGough and actor Jeffrey Holland, who will perform a one-man show about Stan Laurel.

Deputy festival director Chris Ure said: 'I am delighted with the programme for 2015, it provides an exciting mix of music, drama, comedy, art and talks and there should be something for all age groups and interests.

'We have tried to keep the ticket prices as low as possible so that all the events will be affordable and accessible.'

There will be four events each day from Saturday, June 27 to Saturday, July 4, including local interest talks and special events for children.

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Festival director Lin Le Versha said: 'We hope that visitors will go from one event to the other to get the most from the week and to enjoy the wonderfully diverse range of entertainment that will be provided.

'We are particularly pleased to have a Young Musicians showcase each lunchtime including Salon Baroque, Olivia Castle, Daniel Massey and some new classical musicians.'

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The festival, sponsored again by Adnams, will get underway on Saturday, June 27 with a wheel-themed street parade with stalls, entertainment and music.

Parade organiser Sarah Green said: 'Last year's street festival was certainly a day to remember with crowds flocking to Southwold to enjoy the free entertainment and soak up the atmosphere.'

On the day Southwold High Street will be closed to traffic to allow children to show off their creative use of bicycles, prams and anything else with wheels during the parade.

Other highlights of the programme include guided walks tracing George Orwell's links to Southwold, song and verse from Jill Freud and friends, Canadian folk band The Good Lovelies and jazz from Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band.

There will also be talks on radical Aldeburgh sisters and feminists Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Millicent Fawcett and a presentation of the story of Radio Caroline.

The Southwold Decorative and Fine Arts Society will provide an arts talk and composer Denis King and actor Roy Hudd will both talk about their careers.

Drama will come from the Kepow Theatre Company and actress Sidi Scott, who will present Joyce Grenfell's Letters from Aldeburgh.

The festival finale will be on Saturday, July 4 with a special concert celebrating the American songbook performed by a team led by award-winning jazz singer Clare Teal.

Most of the events will be held at St Edmund's Hall, but the festival will also use the Pavilion, the Golf Club and the United Reformed Church.

A full programme will be announced in the coming weeks on and tickets will go on sale online on Monday, February 9.

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