The Festival is Rye’s principal annual arts event. It has developed over the past 48 years into one of the most successful and respected festivals of its kind, dedicated to high quality performances in music, literature, theatre and other art forms coupled with a range of activities in heritage and the environment.
The Festival’s main audiences are in Rye and the surrounding area, although it attracts increasing numbers from further afield. The Festival is seeking to widen access to its programmes while continuing to deliver excellent events and performances. In 2018, nearly 3,700 tickets were sold to those attending more than 50 events during the Festival fortnight and many others enjoyed events and exhibitions to which there was free access.
A brochure is produced for the Festival launch at the end of June/beginning of July. 14,000 copies are distributed in the area and beyond between July and September. The Festival’s popular website offers online booking and more detailed information about individual events and Festival activities.
The Festival is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (No. 1175309) and is organised by a team of Trustees and volunteers. Its purpose is to foster and promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts and sciences of music, opera, dance and drama, film, literature and the visual arts. It aims to do this for as wide an audience as possible and to attract them by, among other things, keeping the cost of high quality performances as low as possible.
In the past few years, the Festival has greatly expanded the way it works with schools in the area which host, or are part of, Festival workshops and performances.
Since its beginnings, the Festival has been able to draw upon financial support from both corporate and private sponsors and we would like to ask you to play a part in continuing this work by making the Festival’s selection of arts events more accessible.
The Festival has greatly benefitted in the past from donations from sponsors, some of whom wish to remain anonymous. Sponsorship normally involves supporting one or more events or supporting the Festival as a whole.
The Festival is keen to continue to provide Rye and the surrounding area with high quality performances. It has a strong emphasis on classical music (including showcasing new talent) as well as folk, country and choral music. We have a long established and respected literary tradition with a wide range of talks by authors of books published in the last year or so, as well as new novelists and local interest authors.
For the past few years we have included opera performances and there are also theatrical and comedy shows. The Festival runs parallel activities such as guided tours of Romney Marsh churches, Rye, Winchelsea and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. There are also exhibitions of fine arts at various Rye galleries in partnership with the Festival.
For further information or to discuss sponsorship, please contact:
Michael Eve, Telephone: 01797 225026 Mobile: 07714 329136 email@example.com