46th Annual Festival

16th September - 1st October 2017


The launch party for this year’s Festival was held at 5.00pm on Sunday 23rd July.

All Friends of the Festival were invited to join us to learn what is in store this coming September.

From Monday morning there will be brochures distributed around town and posted to all those Friends who could not join us this weekend. Don’t forget to ensure you have yours – there are bound to be plenty of events for you to enjoy this year. Don’t forget to use your two week advance booking option and get ahead of the crowd if you are a Friend of the Festival – and if you are not, why not?


This year we are holding a short story competition for Adults and Young Writers. Prizes include tickets to Rye Arts Festival events in September and book tokens from Waterstones/Rye Bookshop. The closing date for entries is 31st July so time is running out to submit your masterpiece. Click here for more information.

To learn more about Rye Arts Festival, including our Constitution and our latest set of Reports and Accounts, please click here or click on our ‘About Us’ page (see the black bar at the foot of this web page).

We would like to give special thanks to all the patrons and sponsors of our Festivals, our advertisers and to all those who assist us in so many ways.