Thurs 6th December, 7.30pm, St John’s Chapel, Chichester.

Enjoy a delightful mix of seasonal words and music with actor/singing star Gareth Williams, poet David Swann, actress Emily Rose Smith, the evergreen Jazz Smugglers band and free mince pies!

Held in the atmospheric setting of grade 1 listed St John’s Chapel, the Festive Jazz Café is a great way to kick off the run-in to Christmas with mellow jazz classics and entertaining readings. Expect all your favourite tunes, plus entertaining and inspiring readings.

Gareth Williams had a number one million-selling smash hit with the Flying Pickets with Only You. His latest film, Peterloo, directed by Mike Leigh, has just been released. TV/Stage roles include Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Eastenders and Murder in the Cathedral at Chichester.

Sussex poet David will be reading some of his recent inspiring poetry.  He has been nominated for the prestigious Ted Hughes Award and is a Bridport poetry prize winner. Performing alongside Gareth and David is Emily Rose Smith, whose credits include Goblin Market for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton festival, Canaries Sometimes Sing (London and Antibes), Dr Faustus with Sam West and Chekhov in the Festival of Chichester.

A Festival of Chichester charity gala in support of the 2019 Festival.

Tickets: £12; £10 (students) from Chichester Box Office, 01243 775888/816525




The 2019 Festival will take place from 15 June to 14 July. Exciting plans are afoot for a wealth of events covering classical music, rock, jazz, blues, folk and world music, plus exhibitions, theatre, book talks with authors, poetry, cinema, walks and tours and much, much more.

Over two hundred events will be staged in and around the city, making the Festival of Chichester one of the largest and most vibrant arts festivals in the south.

Box office opens on 3rd April 2019 at the Novium, Tower Street, Chichester. Online listings will be available from March. Mailing List: if you would like to be on our mailing list, please contact us on festivalchichester@gmail.com

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Interested in taking part in the Festival? Deadline for entries is 31 January. Email us to request an entry form and full information pack. We welcome everybody from local performers to international stars.

Please note: the current events listings on this website are historical, showing the 2018 Festival. New listings for 2019 will be uploaded by March.