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Rye Arts Festival

46th Annual Festival

16th September - 1st October 2017

This year's festival celebrates Rye's famous son E.F. Benson on the 150th anniversary of his birth and Jane Austin on the 200th anniversary of her death.  It has a spectacular world-class programme to suit all tastes from the literary, classical and contemporary music classes.

The opening weekend has some exciting free events, so come and see these opening acts along with music and drumming.

Drama - 16 September - from 12.30pm at Church Square and in the Kino Courtyard

Rat Choc Chip, performed by Beautiful Creatures

Join the queue at the Rat Choc Chip ice cream cart for a 'tail' of the unexpected.  Be charmed by the lovable ice cream vendor, help with her desperate attempts to keep her furry friends out of sight of the health inspector.

Radio Local, performed by Hunt & Darton

We will be asking audiences to build a radio show with us: creating jingles, phone-ins, features and taking responsbility for what discs should be spun. This show celebrates everything local; people taking pride in where they live.  Come and be part of it and tell your story or perform your skill.

The Flying Bazazi Brothers

Bounding onto the stage like Wham in cheap suits after too much Lucozade, this riotous double act dance, juggle and fall over each other for your viewing pleasure.  Prepare to be amazed, to be dazzled and to wonder why they don't just quit while they're ahead!

Events are between 12.30pm and 5.30pm


Malinky - 16 September

Matthew Higham and David King Smith - 16 September

The English Concert - 16 September

Dr David Flood - Organ Recital - 19 September

West Westons Bluesonics - 19 September

Piano Recital - 20 September

Stick in the Wheel - 23 September

The Mountain Firework Compnay - 29 September

Ari Eisinger - 30 September

La Bohème Gala Performance - 30 September


Winchelsea Medieval Cellar Tours

Mapp & Lucia Tour - 18 September - 11am - Meet at Hilders Cliff Lookout, Rye TN3 7LD


Perception - 18 September - 3pm

Fiona Graham Mackay - 20 September - 6pm

Drama - 23 September - from 12.30pm at Kino Cinema Courtyard, Lion Street

Caravan Shorts

Back by popular demand with two new plays.  Choose between two stories in the intimate space of a caravan that can only seat nine!  Both plays deal with strong women and their turbulent lives.  The plays will be shown hourly on the half hour from 12.30pm (duration 15 mins).

Dust to Dust

A bittersweet and unlikely story of love, loss and breakfast cereals.  Looking back on her larger than life ex-husband, a very special kind of widow confesses all and make some heart-wrenching discoveries.  Funny and touching with a double helping of silliness.

Written by Sammy Kissin.  Performed by Robin Steegman.  Directed by David Kirkbride.

Performance times:  12.30; 1.30; 2.30; 3.30; 4.30; 5.30; 6.30 and 7.30pm

Other Drama events during Rye Arts Festival

These are just a sample of what’s in store and will hopefully whet your appetite. Go to the website for the full listings.



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