The Festival of Chichester

The Festival of Chichester is delighted to present an annual festival of culture and entertainment with a truly exciting and varied line each summer, from mid-June to mid-July, combining a brilliant programme of classical music with the best in jazz, blues, folk, rock, pop and world music.

Add thrilling theatre, book events, talks and poetry, exhibitions, walks, tours, cinema, open days and galas and there really is something for everyone. Grounded in the Chichester community, the festival aspires to the stars.

We are pleased to welcome local and international performers of the highest calibre to our historic city. We are delighted to have the continuing support of our distinguished Festival Patron, Dame Patricia Routledge.

Festival of Chichester Public Meeting

Our annual Public Meeting will be held at 7pm in the Council Chamber, North Street, Chichester, PO19 1LQ on Tuesday, October 19 2021. At the meeting we will look back at the 2021 Festival and ahead to 2022 which remarkably…

Looking forward to Festival 2022

For 2022, we are looking forward to being a leading part of the Season of Culture.

“It’s taken guts to stage the 2021 Festival of Chichester during a pandemic – the committee has worked hard to ensure that despite everything a sense of the normal remains tangible and fresh.”

Gary Shipton, Chichester Observer 

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“I’d like to say I’ve loved being part of the festival for the first time – it was a real privilege.  The success of my event despite necessary indoor social distancing, and the enthusiasm of the audience, delighted me.  And everyone I dealt with on the organisational side (the Festival organisers, staff at the Novium box office and those at the New Park Centre) was so helpful and efficient.  A very big thank-you to you all.”

Liz Sagues, “Fabulous Fizz”

“I had two absolutely happy days in Chichester! Thank you so much for everything! My heart is full of joy! I will be waiting for another chance to return one day.”

Elena Toponogova

Elena, a fantastic young Russian pianist, was delighted to be part of the Festival at Chichester Cathedral – she did a brilliant solo lunchtime concert and also provided the music for the Poetry and Music with Dame Penelope Keith event.