47th Annual Festival

15th September - 30th September 2018

The Festival is in full swing…


All visitors to this website can buy tickets, but don’t delay before some of the smaller venues sell out…

Brochures can be found in numerous places in Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, Tenterden and Ashford as well as in and around Rye (the Heritage Centre, hotels, pubs, restaurants, etc). The brochure is also available as a downloadable pdf from the link at the bottom of this page.




Great news for the arts in Rye
We have news of an important development for the arts in the town of Rye. Click here for your invitation to a Public Consultation to view the plans for the proposed Arts Foundation and public riverside walk at Bridge Point, Rock Channel. We urge you to attend on Saturday 22nd September, 10am – 4pm at Bridge Point, Rock Channel, ask questions of the developers and give your views on this exciting new performance space.

Where’s the Craic?
Dervish, who play wonderful traditional Irish music, are making a welcome return to Rye Arts Festival with a gig in the intimate Rye Community Centre on Saturday 22nd September, which promises to be one of the highlights of not just the contemporary music programme but the whole Festival. So grab your tickets before they sell out!

Alison Moncrieff-Kelly, our Director of Classical Music has recently been interviewed by the blogger The Cross-Eyed Pianist. If you would like to read a transcript of the interview and learn more about Alison’s current and future plans for Classical Music at the Festival please click here.

Rye Arts Festival is one of the most successful multi-arts festival in East Sussex. Click here to read more about us including our Personal Data Promise.

If you decide to spend some time in Rye, please click here to find out more about places to stay, eat and drink