With world events causing concern and sadness, this invite is in solidarity with those affected by events in Ukraine. Our freedom of expression through art and activism are of even greater significance, as is our capacity to take care of ourselves and one another during this time. 

We hope you will join us on Friday 18 March in Felixstowe for the in-person opening of CHANNEL FESTIVAL: A weekend of activities inspired by our relationship to the sea. 

Opening Events: 

Join artist Yva Jung at 5.45pm at Great Eastern Square as she introduces her public art installation ‘The Distance Between’ (2022) , a series of visual essaysthat explore the notion of distance(ing) in the context of the seaside Felixstowe.

We will  then take the short walk to the opening of Lynn Dennison’s exhibition ‘Sea Swimmers‘ at Hamilton MAS, Bent Hill. 

Due to limited capacity in the gallery, please book to attend the exhibition opening here. 

  • Yva Jung, ‘The Distance Between’ (2022), Great Eastern Square, Friday 18 March, 5.45pm. Free, no booking required.
  • Lynn Dennison, ‘Sea Swimmers’, Hamilton Micro Art Space, Friday 18 March, 6.30-8.30pm. Free, booking required.

What is Channel Festival? 

Events | Workshops | Exhibition | Discussion

Across 15-20 March, Channel Festival will explore the profound role of the sea in our lives and its impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. 

This first edition offers a compact programme intended to offer an introduction to some of its ideas and offer a platform for discussion about what the festival could be in the future. 

Through the theme of ‘Open Water’ – dedicated to the sea swimming community in Felixstowe who ‘take the plunge’ whatever the weather ­– theevents celebrate coastal life, recall Felixstowe’s history as a Victorian spa town and highlight its active sporting communities. 

We hope you will help us shape Channel Festival into an inspiring, annual event that pulls people to the sea from near and far. 

Channel Festival is developed and curated by Pier Projects, delivered in partnership with Hamilton Micro Arts Space and supported by Felixstowe Library, Felixstowe Pier, Active Suffolk (This Girl Can) and East of England Co-op. It is funded by Suffolk County Council through Covid Continuity Fund for Culture and East Suffolk District Council’s Enabling Communities Grant.