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Primadonna festival

A festival celebrating brilliant writing, music and ideas

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The Primadonna festival returns to the Food Museum in Stowmarket at the end of July for another weekend of books, big ideas and alternative entertainment.

Primadonna has something for everyone: brilliant people talking about the things they really care about, and thinking about positive change.

On the line-up this year are popstar-turned-published-author JB Gill (formerly of boy band JLS); Emma Kennedy, best-selling author, actor, presenter and Celebrity Masterchef champion; actor Rebecca Humphries who will talk with friend and Limelight author Daisy Buchanan about her experience of being cheated on on national TV; and best-selling authors Joanna Cannon, Adele Parks, Patrice Lawrence and Joanne Harris – with plenty more names to be announced in the coming weeks. You’ll hear from lots of authors, celebrities, emerging artists and creatives of all kinds. Plus late-night action including DJs, live music, cabaret comedy and astrology bingo.

There’s also loads of stuff for kids, including wood carving, graffiti workshops and bread baking plus appearances by The Ministry of Unladylike Activity, Captain Loo Roll and Rapunzella.

And if you’re a writer, or you want to be, Primadonna can help you realise your literary dreams: meet an agent, chat to a publisher or take part in writing challenges and workshops over the whole weekend.

Everyone is welcome at Primadonna, especially those that might not think a book festival is ‘for them’. Come along to find out more.
28-30 July 2023.


Weekend tickets £50 (concession*/junior weekend £30)
Friday £15 (concession*/junior Friday £10)
Saturday £25 (concession*/junior Saturday £15)
Sunday £15 (concession*/junior Sunday £10)
*concession price is for those aged over 60, registered disabled, in full time education, on income support or unemployed, or otherwise on a low income.

Opening Times

Friday 28 July, 4pm: GATES OPEN
Sunday 30 July, 4pm: GATES CLOSE

  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Baby changing
  • Dog friendly
Primadonna festival
Food Museum
Iliffe Way
IP14 1SL