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The 2024 festival will run from Saturday 15 June to Sunday 21 July.

The 2025 festival will run from Saturday 14 June to Sunday 20 July.

The Festival of Chichester is a month-long celebration of the arts running from mid-June to mid-July each year in the historic city of Chichester.

For much of June and July each year, the Festival of Chichester brings around 100 events to the city, from classical concerts to theatre to a whole range of talks, poetry and guided walks.

In 2024 we will be presenting a truly exciting and varied line-up over 5 weeks, 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 both local and international performers of the highest calibre.

How to find out what's on

You can view the 2024 events either by scrolling down this page to view them in date order, or by selecting “Events” above.

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15 June 2024
Local, contemporary sculptor Helen Solly is exhibiting her unique handmade sculptures throughout Denmans Garden. Helen graduated from Chichester University with a first-class degree in fine art with sculpture, and she was inspired to create these metal sculptures after walking around...
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15 June 2024
This exhibition showcases how dinosaurs started life as hatchlings. Discover the secrets of those dinosaur babies with specimens from around the world. Skeletons, models and artwork bring the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to life. Visit the webpage. Tickets £5, child £3,...
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15 June 2024
Chichester City Tours offers a 90-minute walking tour of Chichester, taking in highlights and interesting facts and stories of the history of our city, many of its interesting buildings and the lives of some of its prominent residents. Our guides...
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16 June 2024
An easy 90-minute stroll with an ITG qualified green or blue badge guide takes you through Chichester’s past, within the historic walls of this beautiful city. From Roman times to the present day, we give an intriguing insight into 2000...
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23 June 2024
An evening of Greek Rebetiko music by Tsitsanis, one of its greatest icons. He revolutionised the sound of Greek music blending modal and byzantine melodies with western harmonies and traditional rhythmic patterns. His imagination and creativity knew no bounds, and...
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5 July 2024
Chichester Chorale perform Franz Schubert’s famous ‘Mass in G’ alongside glorious music by Johannes Brahms, including ‘How lovely are thy dwellings’, and hauntingly beautiful motets by Anton Bruckner, including ‘Locus Iste’, in this his 200th anniversary year. Accompanied by the...
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7 July 2024
Handel’s magnificent oratorio Saul takes the listener on a musical roller-coaster with portrayals of Saul’s jealous rages, David’s soothing harp music, Jonathan’s conflicted loyalties, the other-worldly sounds of the Witch of Endor and the Ghost of Samuel. Then there’s the...
Upcoming
16 July 2024
Isaac Watts’ Hymns and Spiritual Songs’ is the landmark publication in the history of English hymns. His ‘Joy to the World’, ‘When I Survey the Wonderous Cross’ and ‘O God our Help in Ages Past’ are still sung. Historian Daniel...
Upcoming
16 July 2024
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED At around midday on the 14th February 1748, two travellers stopped for refreshment at The White Hart in Rowland’s Castle. Neither man was seen alive again. Dr Oliver Morgan reconstructs what happened to William Galley...
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17 July 2024
Join Cathedral Guides as they delve beyond tombs and memorials, uncovering the intricate narratives of women who left an indelible mark on the Cathedral. While women were often behind the scenes for much of the long history of the Cathedral,...
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17 July 2024
Chichester SITP meet for themed discussions leading from a starter talk of around 15 minutes. This month’s title, Atheism: Common Sense or Spiritual Cop-Out? is likely to spark a heated debate. Although this date is a one-off exception, the group generally...
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19 July 2024
Step into the Lady Chapel and unlock its hidden tales on this captivating tour. Delve into the pre-Reformation era, where visionary Bishops shaped its architecture. ​Witness the chapel’s post-Reformation transformation, and explore Victorian renovations that seamlessly blend tradition with innovation....
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19 July 2024
Enjoy an inspirational mix of words and music on pastoral themes by classical guitarist Linda Kelsall-Barnett and poet Barry Smith. Linda is the director of the West Sussex Guitar Orchestra and Barry is the director of the South Downs Poetry...
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19 July 2024
Peter Lantos, prisoner 8431 in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, was deported from Hungary with his family in 1944. His father died of starvation but he and his mother survived. He will talk about life in Belsen, liberation, return to Hungary, behind...
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19 July 2024
Join a celebration of a special time in Chichester musical history from the late seventies to eighties, when New Park Road Community Centre was host to the ‘RocSoc’. This was hugely popular with the young of the day, with weekly...
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19 July 2024
Classical guitarist Zoe Barnett, ‘the guitarist who plays standing up’ presents an engaging programme including JS Bach and Castelnuovo-Tedesco in the serenity of St John’s Chapel, Chichester. Zoe was Sussex Young Musician in 2022 and graduates from the Royal College...
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20 July 2024
Stradivarius Piano Trio welcomes you to hear Fauré, Beethoven and Elgar with a glass of Nyetimber, and in the beautiful Luytens-designed Eartham House, which inspired the artist Romney, the poet William Hayley and the sculptor Flaxman. Sponsored by Nyetimber with...
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20 July 2024
Lyrical, exciting, rhythmic, rhapsodic, catchy, crafted, clever, genre-defying, toe-tapping, jazz-infused afro-latin-euro-eastern-mashup: step into the Big House! Big House are an established 5-piece band based in Arundel, playing their own unique style of jazz-funk-groove-afro-latin mash-up. Predominant in their own extensive catalogue...
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21 July 2024
Local Community Choirs invite you to enjoy their varied repertoires and join in some community singing. Free entry. Organiser: The Community Choirs of Chichester
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21 July 2024
Join us for the Festival Finale Party with music from the golden age of Big Band and Swing, played live by the acclaimed 18-piece Phoenix Big Band. The Phoenix Big Band has been entertaining audiences with top quality big band...

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