10th – 26th September 2021

At this time of year, the team at Rye Arts Festival would like to wish you and your families all the very best for Christmas and the New Year and to thank you for your continued support.  

We do hope you like our virtual Christmas cards. We approached the wonderful Tuesday Painters Club of Rye a couple of months ago, and invited them to design a Christmas card we could send to our members.
We had some really wonderful entries, which made it very difficult to choose, so in the end we selected four winners! Many congratulations to Tricia Bowler, Joyce McLeman, Michael Bowler and Michael Edwards.

We are busy planning our 50th Anniversary Festival, which will take place from 10th – 26th September 2021.  As always, the Festival will be a great celebration of the arts with a diverse range of events. Regular updates will appear on our website and the brochure will be available from 11th July 2021. It will also be possible to book certain events before then by visiting our website.

Earlier this year, when it became clear that we would have to cancel the 2020 Festival, we launched our own series of festival Podcasts, called RyePod. 

They were produced by filmmaker and musician, Alisdair Kitchen who, along with our Director of Music, Alison Moncrieff Kelly, recorded 12 podcasts with figures as diverse as the Royal Opera House’s Sir Antonio Pappano, Phil Gould, (Level 42’s drummer), actress Selina Cadell, musician Iain Burnside and artist Es Devlin. These podcasts are available via any of the major podcast platforms – just click here.

On behalf of everyone involved with the Festival, we hope that given the circumstances, you and your families have a safe and happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Festival in September.
John Case
Festival Director

Twelve RyePod podcasts available

Sir Antonio Pappano, Phil Gould of Level 42, Selina Cadell and Iain Burnside
Tony Britten, Hilary Davan Wetton, Jonathan Haswell and Stephen Unwin
Dan Boyd, Prof. Robert Winston, Es Devlin and Keith Warner

There is no charge to view these podcasts but we are a registered charity (No. 1175309) whose funding is from membership and donations so if you would like to make a donation towards our costs please do so here. Thank you so much for your support.


If you would like to become involved with bringing the arts to Rye, the Festival organisers would like to hear from you. Volunteers with a wide range of administrative, creative, marketing or other skills are needed. If you would like to be involved, Rye Arts Festival would be pleased to hear from you – click here to e-mail us.

Covid-19 prevention measures

After much heartfelt thought and discussion the Trustees made the very sad decision to cancel the 2020 Rye Arts Festival as a result of the international crisis caused by Coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Whilst the Festival was due to take place in September, they felt they could not take the financial risk of committing to a large-scale festival in such uncertain times. The Trustees felt they had to do their best to preserve the Festival’s future financial position for its members.

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