Mozart's Don Giovanni

We are preparing for our 45th Annual Festival!

17th September - 1st October 2016

Watch this space…
for news of events we have planned for the 2016 Festival!

About the 2015 Festival

We started our 2015 Festival with some emphasis on Dungeness, with a talk by renowned Observer journalist Jamie Doward on his thrilling crime debut, a novel featuring the mutilated body of a senior banker found on the beach there.  Last weekend, Professor Dave Goulson, the entomologist, conservationist and Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex was also talking, about bringing the native short-haired bumblebee back to the RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve. We ended by homing in on Rye with a superb speaker, Guy Fraser-Sampson discussing his latest book, ‘E F Benson at Lamb House, the Rye of Mapp & Lucia’ and, on the last evening at The Kino, ‘The Mad Lover’ was an engaging evening of music and words from the plays of John Fletcher – Rye’s most famous son – performed by English Ayers.







We would like to give special thanks to all the sponsors of the 2015 Festival, our advertisers and to those who assist us in so many ways.  For a full listing of our 2015 sponsors and supporters please click here.  For our 2015 advertisers please click here.

Charlie Cobb Exhibition-Poster - final

Charlie Cobb, our Artist-in-Residence held an exhibition of his drawings and paintings in his pop-up studio at 89 High Street, Rye.

Keep up to date with comments on the Rye Festival Blog.


PICK OF THE WEEK – Don Giovanni
The Guardian Newspaper’s Pick of the Week for the last week in September 2015 was Rye’s very own version of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.  Three times in consecutive weeks our Festival featured in the Guardian’s weekend Arts supplement!