From Britten’s Aldeburgh Music taking over the whole Snape Maltings campus, to Sheeran’s love song to Suffolk, Castle on the Hill, breaking all streaming records.
From Jon Hunt’s extraordinary Wilderness Reserve, which has just featured in Harpers Bazaar’s Top 150 hotels in the world, to a flood of high profile attention and substantial Heritage Lottery Funding for Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury.
From the new wave of performance art that’s bursting from the streets of Ipswich to the celebrated and long-awaited opening of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket.
Suffolk has suddenly exploded into view this January, and Latitude Festival has applied to increase its capacity to 40,000. If there’s a tipping point – the county’s hit it.
Not for Suffolk an outpost of the Tate, or the latest link in the Soho House chain – what is happening here is entirely home grown and 100% authentic. Little wonder, then – and wonderful news – that the region has just secured three more years of Arts Council England funding to really seal its place as one of Europe’s most exciting cultural destinations.
Spring has always been proud of Suffolk, our county – proud to call it home, proud to enjoy and help spread the word about its wonders. Right now, we’re cockahoop!