A festival celebrating brilliant writing, music and ideas.
The Primadonna festival was set up by a group of 18 women who wanted to create a new and inclusive festival for all ages celebrating the creative community, giving prominence to work by women and introducing fresh voices alongside famous names in a fun and welcoming environment. The festival ran August 30th, 31st and September 1st 2019 in (mostly) glorious sunshine in beautiful surroundings in Suffolk and delivered an entire weekend of eclectic festivities, from interviews, panels, spoken-word performances and workshops, to live music, films and food. Check out the programme we ran, our line up of amazing speakers, and the events we ran for the curious, with advisory sessions and events created specifically for writers and activities on the programme just for fun.
Those who joined us helped create
..the world as it should be for one weekend.
Thanks to all of you who came. Please bear with us as we pull together quotes and photos from this amazing weekend, while we update the website and while we review the festival and work out its future. If you’d like to send us any feedback please do email us on the festival email addresss - email@example.com.
In the meantime if you’d like to perpetuate the vibe, please visit our merch page and be uplifted by Karen Karn’s amazing Primadonna logo.
August 30th, 31st and September 1st 2019
LAFFITTS HALL | SUFFOLK | IP14 6DT
The Primadonna Festival is the brainchild of a group of women from publishing and entertainment, who include Sabeena Akhtar, Joanna Baker, Amie Corry, Jane Dyball, Catherine Mayer, Kit de Waal, Shona Abhyankar, Jude Kelly, Alexis Kirschbaum, Lisa Milton, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Sonia Purnell, Monisha Rajesh, Catherine Riley, Athena Stevens, Cathryn Summerhayes, Sandi Toksvig and Sioned Wiliam. Together, these 18 women—the “Primadonnas”—have worked to create a festival of brilliant writing, borne out of a desire to give prominence to work by women and spotlight authors from the margins—and to create a thoroughly joyous and accessible experience. There will be live music, films and comedy and all sorts of writing represented.