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Brand New Festival for Bury St Edmunds Lined Up for September

Light shows, an insect circus museum, a children’s lantern parade, premieres, and a Victorian Magic Lantern Show are just some of the attractions at a new Bury St Edmunds one-day festival.

The White Night: Festival of Light Festival, presented by The Arbon Arts Centre CIC, will turn the town into a carnival for one night only on Friday September 21.

Moyse’s Hall Museum will be the venue for the premiere of a brand-new show called The Time Machine - a Victorian Magic Lantern Show with Richard Rigby - one of the Country’s leading Magic Lantern artists.

Richard has been delighting his audiences for the past 45 years and has been involved in various popular television programmes, such as Mr Selfridge. 


The Abbey Gardens will host the premiere of The Astounding Insect Circus Museum. Step right up folks! Ladies & Gentlemen! Boys & Girls! Stroll Up! Stroll up for the Magnificent Insect Circus Museum! Behold the Liberty Beetles & the Cheeky Ladybirds! Be thrilled by the Knife Thrower & the Painted Lady! Gasp as Captain Courage, the intrepid Wasp Tamer, defies Danger! Marvel at the Worm Charmer & Laugh at the Dancing Snails!

Families are invited to step inside the Museum and enjoy the circus acts outside. Positioned in the middle of a large circle marked by coloured lanterns in Abbey Gardens. The Museum will be open all day on Saturday September 22 as well.

The Insect Circus Museum is an internationally renowned team of artistes based just outside Bury St Edmunds. Incredibly, this will be their first appearance in their home town - but hopefully not their last!


In and around St John’s Street there from 7pm there will be a Lightshow Trail of films/visuals projected out from shop windows in Bury St Edmunds. In association with West Suffolk College, local artists/makers, groups, charities and businesses. Plus local bands and buskers will be at specific marked points around town. This includes an album Launch/DJ evening with projected visuals in Vinyl Hunter on St John’s Street. 

From 7.45pm, a circus themed Children’s Lantern Parade for all the family will be led by the fabulous Fireflow Circus Street Performers, the Framtastics Gymnastics Club and very special guests Thy Last Drop! The Parade sets off from outside The Apex on Charter Square, moving through the Buttermarket down Abbeygate Street to the Abbey Gardens

Hoo Ha Club and Sketch Lounge will join forces for a spectacular Circus themed Vinyl DJ night at the Con Club in Guildhall Street and there will be a Painting with Light Workshop run by Pixel8 Photography/Jessops in the Abbey Gardens. 

All events are FREE across town (apart from the Magic Lantern Show) with suggested donations. Proceeds will go to Arbon Arts Centre and Suffolk Mind.