Excellent advance ticket sales are suggesting the 2019 Festival of Chichester will be a festival to remember. Organisers are reporting an enthusiastic response to the festival 2019 line-up since its unveiling in April at The Novium which is also the Festival of Chichester’s box office.
It’s fantastic news that James Nesbitt will take time off from his busy CFT schedule starring in This is my Family to judge this year’s Festival of Chichester Shop Window Competition on Friday 14 June.
Accompanied by Festival committee members Anne Scicluna, Susie Lunt and Barry Smith, as well as Chichester BID manager Jeanette Hockley, James will have the task of selecting the best shop window display inspired by the theme of the Festival.
There have been many ideas floated about the future of Chichester and about keeping up its great tradition of independent shops. The big question seems to be about renewal – how to keep a great city alive, accessible to all and full of places and things that people want to see and do.
Linking directly with these questions is the city’s very own Festival of Chichester. For a month every summer, the city and surrounding area resounds with music, drama, talks, exhibitions, tours, films, dance and much more. Backed by the City Council, the Chichester Observer, Henry Adams and other local businesses, the Festival presents over two hundred separate events, bringing thousands of people into the city, spending thousands of pounds in the city’s shops and restaurants.
The key to the way the Festival has taken off is the link between the community and national and indeed international artists and performers. One of the mantras of the Festival is that it is grounded in the community but aspires to the stars.
We’re delighted that local businesses and arts people can work together via the shop window competition to show off the best of Chichester. James Nesbitt and the festival judges will see creativity in action as they go round the competing shops on the day before the Festival launches. It will be a hard choice, but I’m sure it will be the right one!
Any businesses wishing to enter can pick up an entry form from Jeanette at Chichester BID, telephone 01243 773263 or download one here. Forms are to be returned to ChichesterBID.
The 2019 Festival of Chichester promises a four-week celebration of all that’s great and good about Chichester in a programme unveiled yesterday.
Festival chairman Phil Hewitt said: “This will be our seventh festival, and we are thrilled at the programme that we have got lined up for you, a clean sweep of all the brilliant talents that are based in and around Chichester – a line-up so fine that once again it has attracted some very big national and international names to come and join us this summer. Theatre, the spoken word, music in all its forms, cinema, walks, day trips, dance, books and all kinds of shows are all part of the merry mix in yet another very big year for the festival.
A special Gala event in aid of the 2019 Festival of Chichester
Date: Thursday 6 December, 1930
Venue: St John’s Chapel, 5 St John’s St, Chichester PO19 1UR
With film/stage/TV actor Gareth Williams, Ted Hughes Award nominee writer David Swann and the fabulous Jazz Smugglers Band. Enjoy a delightful mix of seasonal readings, mellow jazz classics and complimentary mince pies in this historic, grade 1 listed chapel.
Gareth Williams is featured in Mike Leigh’s new film of Peterloo. As a singer, he had a number 1 smash hit with The Flying Pickets with Only You.
Tickets £12 (students £10) from the Novium/TIC, Tower Street, Chichester, 01243 775888 or viaChichester Box Office.
The Festive Jazz Cafe
Special Gala fundraiser in support of the Festival of Chichester 2017
St John’s Chapel, St John’s Street, Chichester, Thursday 8th December, 7.30pm.
The Festive Jazz Cafe features the much-loved Sussex based Jazz Smugglers Band with Adam Taylor on sax and Maria Ball on vocals. The evening is a delightful mix of seasonal words and mellow jazz sounds, with jazz classics from Gershwin, Cole Porter and many other favourites.
Readings are by film, TV and stage star Michael Jayston who played Tsar Nicholas in the Oscar winning film, Nicholas and Alexandra. His TV roles include Eastenders, Only Fools and Horses and Dr Who. On stage, he has appeared with many of the greats, including Laurence Olivier. Also appearing are actor Emily Rose Smith (lead in Chekhov in recent Festival) and BBC wildlife poet of the year, Hugh Dunkerley. Plus complimentary mince pies! All proceeds go to the 2017 Festival of Chichester.
Tickets: £12 (students £10) from Novium/TIC, Tower Street, 01243 775888.
There’s a fantastic programme of events in the pipeline for next summer’s Festival, with classical concerts, rock, jazz, blues, folk and world music, plays, talks, poets, authors, cinema, walks and tours, exhibitions and much, much more.
The festival is now one of the biggest in the south, with a wonderful mix of star turns, big names, community organisations and those unexpected extras that go to make our summer arts festival such a rewarding experience. There’s something for everyone – and the festival website and brochure will carry full details from 1 April 2017.