Friends of Rye Arts Festival

The Rye Arts Festival is held each year in September.  The Festival was founded in 1972 to bring the arts in their varied forms to Rye and has welcomed many illustrious names and fostered many young talents. 

We invite you to make an important and much appreciated contribution towards the success of one of the best arts festivals of its kind in the UK. Categories of membership are:

Member Friends £15 – for priority booking, discounted tickets booked in advance and a personal invitation to each year’s Festival launch event.
Patron Friends – £35 for priority booking, discounted tickets booked in advance, a personal invitation to each launch event and invitations to attend other occasional special events.
Joint Patron Friends – £60 for two patrons living at the same address.
Corporate Friends – £75 for commercial and other groups.

To become a Friend, choose the amount you wish to pay from the drop down list on the right, tick the box to register the payment for Gift Aid (if applicable, see below) and then click the ‘sign up now’ button.

Gift Aid

It would be of great benefit to Rye Arts Festival if you are also able to Gift Aid your purchase.  By ticking the Gift Aid box on the right, you will be agreeing to the following statement:
“I want to Gift Aid this and any donations I make in the future to Rye Arts Festival. I am a UK tax payer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations it is my responsibility to pay the difference”.


Rye Arts Festival can also be supported by sponsorship, donations and legacies.

Bequests are incredibly valuable to the events that Rye Arts Festival provides – not just the annual September Festival but also activities involving local schools.  Bequests enable Rye Arts Festival to continue to deliver a wide range of high quality events involving performers both internationally renowned and those at the start of their careers.  You can be assured that your gift will make a genuine difference to our work.  To find out more about leaving a bequest, please e-mail