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Jubilant! mini Youth Arts & Culture Festival 2023
Wednesday 7 – Wednesday 14 June, 2023


Jubilant! is a FREE mini festival taking place in Stowmarket celebrating the creativity of local school children and young people. Over the next few weeks a specially commissioned team of talented artists will be working with students from 10 local schools to build their own exciting creative project.


To find out what they’ve been up to, plan a visit and join in the fun! Each Jubilant! creation will be unique and based on this year’s Festival theme of TOMORROW. They will include one-off performances, exhibitions, audio experiences and short films. Each one will be presented at a cultural venue in Stowmarket town centre throughout Festival week.


During the festival week, you’ll be able to pick up a Jubilant! passport at participating venues around Stowmarket. Get your passport stamped at every Jubilant! venue by 26 June and you’ll be able to enter our free prize draw! Details below.


What’s On & Where


Interactive Story Book (Pick A Pathway) – Exhibition

School: Abbot’s Hall Primary

Venue: East Anglian Story Telling Festival at the Food Museum

Dates: Performance – 12 May 2023, 2-3pm. Exhibition in June.


A dual-sided, interactive picture book created by two Year 4 classes at Abbot’s Hall Primary School. The book follows two characters, a bat-boy and a sausage dog, each embarking on parallel quests into alternative futures. All the story-making, writing, illustration and design has been created by the young people – with support from illustrator Rose Feather and storyteller Marion Leeper. Explore the book at the Food Museum over the duration of the Festival in the cafe and shop, and find a display of preparatory work upstairs in Abbott’s Hall.

Led by Rose Feather – Illustrator and Book Maker

For further details & opening times of the Storytelling Festival click here.

Contact: 01449 612229


‘Transition Into Tomorrow’ Flash Mob – Live Performance

School: Cedars Park Primary

Venue: John Peel Centre

Date: Friday 9 June, 1.30-1.40pm (all welcome)


“Transition Into Tomorrow” is a flash mob theatre performance created by Reflex Theatre and Cedars Park Primary pupils, exploring how they feel about change, what they expect to happen in the future and what changes they want to see happen to make a better world. Friday 9th June, 1.30PM, outside the John Peel Centre on Stowmarket High Street.

Led by Callan Durrant – Theatre Maker

Contact: 01449 77467


Futuristic School Dinners – Exhibition

School: Chilton Primary

Venue: Food Museum

Dates: Wednesday 7 – Wednesday 13 June, opening times here


This project was with Year 5 from Chilton Community Primary School, led by artist Lindsay Wright in partnership with the Food Museum. Inspired by the Futurist art movement’s manifesto for a perfect meal using all the senses, Year 5 explored their favourite meals and future foods. Visit the displays throughout Abbots Hall at the Food Museum.

Led by Lindsay Wright – Chef, Baker, Miller

Contact: 01449 612229


‘Hopes and Dreams’ – 3D Ceramic Outdoor Trail

School: Combs Ford Primary

Venue: Red Gables Wellbeing Hub

Dates: Wednesday 7 – Wednesday 13 June, opening times here


Year 5 children used a range of clay hand building techniques to create a 3D sculpture. Glaze and ceramic transfers have been applied to add colour to their artwork. Each child has selected where and how they would like their piece to be displayed, to form a trail around the gardens of Red Gables Wellbeing Hub. Hopes and dreams for ‘Tomorrow’ pledges were also beautifully drawn and they will be displayed alongside their clay sculptures in the gardens.

Led by Louise Beale – Ceramics Artist

Contact: 01449 673947


‘Tomorrow’ Stop Motion Animation – Film 

School: Freeman Primary

Venue: Regal Cinema

Dates: Premier – Tuesday 13 June, 10.00am (all welcome)

A short version of the film will also be screened before each feature film during 7 – 14 June.


Using the theme of ‘tomorrow’ as a brainstorming topic, Freeman Primary’s year five have created an animated poem and a series of animated short stories, some of which can be seen at The Regal cinema.

Led by Becca Gibbs – Film & Theatre Maker

To reserve your free ticket for the Premier please contact: www.regalstowmarket.co.uk

Tel. 01449 612825


‘Local Heroes for Tomorrow’ – Marching Banner Exhibition

School: Olive AP Academy

Venue: The Mix

Dates: Wednesday 7, Friday 9, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14, 9am to 5.30pm. Thursday 8 & Monday 12, 9am-3.30pm.

Led by Joel Millerchip – Visual Artist

Contact: hello@themixstowmarket.co.uk


‘Tomorrow I Will…’ School Song – Live Performance & Exhibition

School: Wood Ley Primary

Venue: Stowmarket Library

Dates: Performance on Friday 9 June, 2pm & 2.15pm (all welcome)


Tomorrow I Will… is a brand new song written and performed by the students of Wood Ley Primary. The children explored what the word ‘tomorrow’ meant to them, and also took inspiration from the books and space at Stowmarket library. Their composition is a joyful, hopeful and fun vision of the future.

Led by Emma Ewins – Song Writer & Musician

Performance available to view on film throughout Festival period – open daily except Monday.

For times and more information click here.

Contact: 01449 700549


‘Stars of Tomorrow’ – Portrait Exhibition

School: Stowmarket High

Venue: Fox Yard Studio

Dates: Private view – Friday 9 June, 6 – 8pm (all welcome)

Exhibition throughout Festival period. Opening times as follows: Sat 10, Sun 11, Mon 12, Tues 13 June, 11am-3pm. Wed 14, Thurs 15, Fri 16 June, 11am-5pm.


“Stars of Tomorrow,” aims to showcase young people as the future and tomorrow’s leaders. To convey this message, we have devised a unique approach wherein participants create a self-portrait in pencil and surround it with a vibrant and colourful background that represents their future aspirations. This exercise helps them visualise their path and instils a sense of direction. The final artwork will be mounted on a board and displayed as a professional gallery exhibition.

Led by Frederico Ramos – Artist


‘The Stowmarket of Tomorrow – Today!’ – Diorama-Style Sculpture

School: Stowupland High

Venue: Outside Modece Architects, Old Fox Yard

Dates: Wednesday 7– Wednesday 14 June.


This new diorama-style display at Old Fox Yard has been created by Year 10 & 12 students from Stowupland School working with artist Chris Jackson to share their hopes, concerns and dreams for a brighter, more ecological future. Using a range of recycled household materials (like paper and cardboard) each student has helped to transform Stowmarket into a strange, new world which celebrates the local area, and beyond!

Led by Chris Jackson – Visual Artist

Opening hours for Passport Stamp – as Fox Yard Studio.

Contact: studio@modece.com


Site Sounds – Podcast

School: Debenham High

Venue: Primadonna Festival at the Food Museum

Dates: Friday 28 – 30 July


Yr 10 students from Debenham High School have written and recorded three audio plays, inspired by locations across the Food Museum. These can be streamed or downloaded here from 7 June onwards: https://shows.acast.com/sound-on-site-for-jubilant

The Chapel – created to be listened to outside (then inside) the Great Moulton Chapel (or any chapel or church building). When looking for their lost children, voices can be heard inside the empty chapel…

The Wedding – created to be listened to in the clearing behind the Bread Oven (or any clearing in a wooded area). After years of delays due to covid, their wedding can finally go ahead… or can it?

The Clearing – created to be listened to in the Wildflower Meadow (or a wide open space or field). The zombies are coming… it’s time to take action!

Led by Amy Wyllie – Director


Watch out for our Festival Friday on 9 June!


Jubilant! Passport

Get a passport stamp at every Jubilant! venue in Stowmarket and enter out free prize draw. Anyone can enter!

You could win Regal Cinema tickets and treats, Food Museum passes, Food Museum shop prizes, artwork from Fox Yard Studio and more!


How to enter:

  • Stamp your passport at every Jubilant! venue
  • Fill in your information in the space provided on the passport
  • Drop off your completed passport at the Regal Cinema or the Food Museum
  • Or email jubilant@foodmuseum.org.uk with a photo of both sides of your completed passport
  • Deadline to enter is  26th June
  • Winners of the random prize draw will be announced on 30th June


Terms and conditions:

  1. If you’re under 18, a parent or responsible adult must provide their details for your passport to be entered into the draw.
  2. You must have a completed passport and consent to Stowmarket Culture Group using your details for the purpose of the draw to be entered.
  3. Prizes are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
  4. Only one entry per person. All additional entries will be disqualified.
  5. Entries received after the stated closing date will not be accepted.
  6. Our prize draw is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.
  7. Stowmarket Culture Group will not store your information after the prize draw has ended unless you consent to Stowmarket Culture Group contacting you with future opportunities.
  8. Stowmarket Culture Group will not accept responsibility for entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit.
  9. The winners will be notified by the email or telephone number provided at point of entry within 14 days of the prize draw date and will have 14 days from notification to claim their prize. If a winner does not claim their prize within this timeframe the promoter reserves the right to withdraw prize entitlement and will award the prize to a reserve drawn at the same time as the original.
  10. It is the responsibility of the entrant to provide correct, up-to-date details when entering. Stowmarket Culture Group cannot be held responsible for winners failing to supply accurate information which affects prize acceptance.
  11. Where a prize is provided by a Supplier, Stowmarket Culture Group accepts no responsibility for inaccuracy of any prize description, and The Supplier is responsible for prize fulfilment.


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