Siren Festival 2019

From 7-9 August 2019 at Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Our inaugural festival, conjured up in just 5 months by an amazing team of volunteers!

We were elated that together we managed to create Siren Festival 2019 in such a short space of time; 4 months only. We were all pretty exhausted and yet excited even then about the future possibilities. Some initial wonderful outcomes were:

  1. 1,500+ people came through Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall during the daytimes
  2. 750+ people took part in activities with our team on Moot Green 
  3. 750+ people visited Roger Hardy and Rhett Griffith’s powerful ‘Lookout’ installation in the South Lookout
  4. Even more visited Roger’s Siren ''Time and Tide' installation on the beach, which of course was open for 24 hours a day during the week. It then moved to  Snape Maltings for 4 weeks – different setting, different audience, more awareness-raising - and after it moved to The Red House, Britten-Pears Foundation until the end of October.
  5. Plus the outreach from social media - our own and other people’s - was enormous 

Our evaluation numbers - really high for this sort of event - were a great boost: 84% of people “enjoyed it very much” and at Jubilee Hall, but especially at South Beach Lookout, some very moving personal testament ‘postcards’ were completed too. 

More than just the numbers we were delighted to have made a local impression. We wanted Siren to be a festival created locally that invites people of every talent to make a difference because, as never before on our changing planet, all people have the gift, the right, to speak for both our environment and our young people’s future. 

The event was powered by our allies at Incredible Oceans with the generous support of Southwold & Aldeburgh Theatre Company Ltd.

See our full list of contributors and partners below:

Thanks to our amazing and tireless team of volunteers - you rock - and to a big list of people, organisations and companies that helped us on our way!

Fishers Gin

Framlingham DIY & Building supplies

Jewsons Leiston - James BoonJohn Harvey Engineering, ParhamIpswich GlassErnest DoeHealeys PrintersConsult Beveridge

Sails and Canvas

Caroline Wiseman

Whale Workshop 

Demon Yachts - Matthew

J T Pegg & Sons Ltd - Dennis

Woodbridge Kitchen Company


Fran Crowe

Roger Hardy

Rhett Griffiths

Bill Parker

Linda Hall

Dana Taylor

Vanessa Raison

Peter Libardi - Libardi's Gelato and Coffee

Linda Bray

Katie, Cromarty Primary School

Ursula Casserly

Leon Manthorpe

Jane Palmer, The Handsome Prints Company

Seafolk Arts - Claire and Art 

Claudia Myatt 

Pup Barrett Sarah Bardwell - Red House Harry Young - Snape Maltings

Stephanie Powell

Dave Atkins

Aldeburgh Town Council

East Suffolk District Council

Scott Masson

Sally Watton 

Camplings Linen - Tracy Gare

All artists and all musicians and speakers ... and those who donated old sheds and wood!