Last year we were delighted with the programme that came together for our very first Festival of Chichester. This year, we think we have done even better.

Look through these pages and see what you think!

In its short existence so far, the Festival of Chichester has become a fabulously vibrant expression of everything that makes Chichester such a wonderful place to live and work in.

The place is full of talented, imaginative and innovative people. We hoped they would rally to the cause when we announced our first Festival last year. We were overwhelmed by the response.

Our very first Festival hit the ground running; in year two we have more than maintained the momentum to bring you a wonderful four weeks of arts, crafts, talks, theatre and music of all kinds this summer.

We all know that Chichester is a very special place. We are thrilled to offer the proof on the pages that follow. The majority of the events are rooted in Chichester, and we offer them as a celebration of the city, but we are equally delighted to welcome a great range of visiting artists and performers, just to keep our eye on the wider horizons!

For year two, we have introduced important changes to the brochure to make it much easier to navigate. Our main listings are thematic this time, starting off with classical music and running through to fêtes via jazz, blues, folk, world music, spoken word, cinema and art.

Towards the end of the brochure you will also find a day-by-day listing of all that’s happening throughout the Festival. There’s a huge amount going on; we hope this brochure will help you find your way around it all.

We have had great fun putting the Festival together. Now it’s yours to enjoy. Let the Festival begin!


Phil Hewitt, Festival chairman.


The Festival committee is:
Phil Hewitt (Festival chairman), Barry Smith (Festival co-ordinator), Helen Watt, Anne Scicluna, Roger Redfarn, Felicity Masters and Anthony Cane.


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