A FESTIVAL boss has announced 15,000 leaflets are ready to be handed out ahead of this year’s summer event.

Peter Davis, Harwich Festival’s artistic director, said at Harwich Tourism Board’s meeting, on Monday, the festival’s tickets will go on sale on May 1.

Mr Davis said: “There are more than 40 events over a ten day period planned.

“This year’s festival theme is Turning a New Leaf and we have a range of different music acts lined up for the festival.

“We will have a lot of jazz music acts this year.”

Art exhibitions, short film screenings, community art projects, dance groups and poetry events will also be taking place during the festival.

He added: “We’ve had 15,000 leaflets printed to distribute around north east Essex.”

Mr Davis told the board he is also thinking about holding a July 4 party in Harwich to mark Independence Day for the United States.

This year’s Harwich Festival is running from June 20 until 30.

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