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 as some events have already sold out and others are heading that way fast…

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.





Dervish on Sat 22nd September is a sell out!
But for fans of contemporary music, there are still tickets for Andy Kershaw THIS EVENING. Hotfoot Specials on Friday 21st September, Mose Fan Fan on Wednesday 26th September and the True Born Irishman, Daoiri Farrell on Friday 29th!

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.

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