46th Annual Festival

16th September - 1st October 2017

The launch party for this year’s Festival is to be held at 5.00pm on Sunday 23rd July at The Mermaid Inn, Rye TN31 7EY.

Friends of the Festival should receive an invitation to attend within the next week or so.

The Archaeus Quartet, in association with Rye Arts Festival and Alex Macarthur Interiors, is performing at the Monastery, Conduit Street, Rye on 21st July 2017 at 7:30pm. Tickets are for sale only via this website and they are selling fast, so make sure to buy yours soon! If you are a Friend of Rye Arts Festival, you can get your usual 10% discount if you log in prior to buying your tickets.


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. 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.