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PhotoEast Festival 2016

Each contrada (city district) holds a banquet on the evening before the race.Twice each summer, the Piazza del Campo in the medieval Tuscan town of Siena is transformed into a dirt racetrack for Il Palio, the most passionately contested horse race in the world. The race, which lasts just 90 seconds, has become intrinsic to the town's heritage since it was first run in 1597.



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PhotoEast is a not-for-profit organisation which believes in the power of photography to bring positive change for individuals, communities and the places in which they live.


Our vision is to establish Suffolk’s reputation as a centre for excellence in photography by hosting world renowned photographers and their work and inspiring participation from across the arts, education, business and local community.


Core to our ambition is the PhotoEast photography Festival – a new UK showcase for contemporary photography and an opportunity for Suffolk to establish its own unique event. The inaugural 4-week event will take place from 24 May to 25 June 2016 in Ipswich and in other towns and communities linked by the East Suffolk railway line.


Under the theme ‘Of Time and Place’, exhibitions, talks, workshops, family and professional events will be held in venues, traditional and unexpected, inside and out, from shipping containers to disused buildings, in galleries, churches and along local bus routes. The Festival will inspire a new audience for contemporary photography and harness our love of sharing images – with an appeal for anyone who has a camera or a phone.


Located in Ipswich and Halesworth in 2016, PhotoEast plans to extend along the railway line as far as Lowestoft in subsequent years. It will become a recognised date on the region’s cultural calendar and bring socio-economic benefits to the region.


The PhotoEast Festival 2016 is produced in collaboration with University Campus Suffolk (UCS) and is grateful to the following sponsors and supporters for their help in getting the inaugural festival off the ground:


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