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Welcome to the 44th Annual Festival!

11th - 27th September 2015

Rye Arts Festival takes place every September in and around the picturesque, historic town of Rye in East Sussex.

Each year as the Festival programme is developed, we are struck by the wealth of artistic talent available in this country. One of the joys of the Festival Committee is to be able to bring some of this to our audiences in Rye and beyond. This abundance of talent allows us to innovate while maintaining established features.


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If last year’s classical programme could be called the year of the string quartet, this year might be characterised as the year of the piano. Not exclusively, of course, but we can look forward to hearing such international stars as Angela Hewitt and the duo of Peter Donohue and Martin Roscoe. Other highlights include a happy return of the inspiring Piatti, our quartet in residence in 2014, who have gone on to achieve even greater success. We are also repeating last year’s successful experiment of a free performance in the Queen’s Head Pub, this time by the guitarist Manus Noble.

A major recent cultural development in Rye has been the arrival of the splendid Kino cinema. Thanks to their enthusiasm to collaborate, this has allowed us to add an exciting new dimension to the Festival. It’s a great pleasure to draw your attention to this new category in our programme.

An amazing 2015 Festival with plenty to suit all tastes.  Block out your calendar from 11th – 27th September and enjoy…

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.