The 2021 festival will fun from Saturday 12 June to Sunday 11 July.

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.

We are delighted to have the continuing support of our distinguished Festival Patron, Dame Patricia Routledge.

As always, Chichester itself is the star of our programme – the starting point for all the talents we are offering you. As ever, we are delighted to be joined by national and international performers of the highest calibre, ready to discover just what a great city we have here.

Once again, we are proud to boast a clean sweep of our very best arts and community groups and our most talented individuals, be their artists, actors, poets or musicians. Chichester has got artistic importance, which goes way beyond its size as a city, and it’s this we have captured in all its freshness, fun and vibrancy.

We like to think there will be something for everybody, whatever their age or interests.

A quick glance at the event categories gives a sense of the scope: classical music, jazz, blues, folk, rock, pop and light music; spoken word; theatre; art and craft; cinema; walks and tours; food and drink; dance; church events; open days, fetes and much more. In a “normal” year we will have over two hundred events on offer, so there is a fantastic choice; we are now one of the largest festivals in the south.

A thank you

The festival is a magnificent summer centrepiece, but it doesn’t happen without a huge effort behind the scenes. Once again, it is a privilege to work through the months with our wonderful Festival committee. They all give their time freely to make this summer Festival the best it can possibly be. We must also offer our heartfelt thanks to the Chichester Observer. We also owe huge thanks to Chichester City Council, which has been a steadfast supporter from the outset. Once again, it has supported us generously. So too our business sponsors and supporters.  We are extremely grateful to them all.

Enjoy the fun of the festival!





We are a member of the British Arts Festivals Association.

The festival is a registered charity, no. 1167936.