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Suffolk's 30:thirty festival launches across social media platforms to give new outlet for up-and-coming artists

Up-and-coming artists have been offered a new platform to showcase their talents while the coronavirus lockdown remains in effect, with the launch of a month-long virtual festival.

The 30:thirty Festival, created by Sudbury residents Laura Warner and Kelly Crocker, began on Monday and will showcase the work of a different local artist on social media platforms every day throughout June.

The one-off digital event will feature photographers, musicians, performers and designers aged 30 and under, the majority of whom were graduates of Ormiston Sudbury Academy and Thomas Gainsborough School.

Charlotte Bingham Wallis and Maria Costa (35968752)
Charlotte Bingham Wallis and Maria Costa (35968752)

Co-founder Laura, 27, explained the festival is intended to support young people who have seen their usual avenues for promoting their creations impacted by the pandemic.

“In this time of uncertainty, it feels very important to support local talent and celebrate all forms of successful pathways that people are creating in the arts,” she said.

“Many artists we know of have had projects, events and small businesses suffer, so to have an additional platform where artists can showcase their work, gathering visibility and support for future projects, seemed an exciting idea.”

Among the artists being showcased is 30-year-old Charlotte Bingham-Wallis, a former Sudbury Upper School student who now runs a handbag and accessories business, From Belo, using recycled and sustainable materials.

She said: “We are so excited to be part of this inspirational festival to help showcase that, with passion, kindness and community, you can work towards creating beautiful things that make a positive impact in the world.”

To find out more, go online to www.facebook.com/30thirtyfestival.