46th Annual Festival

16th September - 1st October 2017

Our AGM took place on Sunday 9th April 2017 in the Community Centre. Thanks to all those who attended.

The launch party for this year’s Festival is to be held on Sunday 23rd July 2017. More information will be available nearer the time.

ALEXANDER PANFILOV (main picture): The Kino in Rye had a special screening of a documentary film about the 11th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, which was won by Alexander Panfilov. Each year the winner of the Competition is invited back for our Festival. This year’s winner, Kenneth Broberg, will be performing for us on 20th September at St. Mary’s Church, Rye.


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.