Welcome to SPILL 2012

Thu 01 Jan 1970

This year SPILL launches in Ipswich, my home town. This exciting development sees the festival become an annual event alternating between London and Suffolk.

SPILL is opening a range of sites and venues in Ipswich that haven’t been used for live art before. The size of the town means these are all within walking distance of each other, and a truly packed programme means there’s a huge amount to see and do across the five days of SPILL.

SPILL in Ipswich is only possible because local partners and supporters have made it so, including other organisations, local authorities and a range of great local businesses. At the festival’s core are over 60 uncompromising live works, many by artists selected from an open call-out generously supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and in partnership with Live Art Development Agency for the SPILL National Platform. Prepare to be challenged and amazed.

This year SPILL has been curated around notions of proximity. What does it mean to place experimental performance in a town like Ipswich? Are we near to, or far from London or Europe? And as we launch on Halloween, what will it mean for audiences to encounter so much radical work in such a tightly packed five day hit? When the membrane between the living and the dead, the body and the spirit is at its thinnest. The only way to find out my friends is to get up close and personal. For sure it’s a risk, but one very worth taking.

Robert Pacitti
SPILL Festival Artistic Director