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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...
  • 13 September 2021
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For 2022, we are looking forward to being a leading part of the Season of Culture.
  • 14 July 2021
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As the country emerged from the pandemic, the Festival of Chichester returned with a bang. A month-long programme of exciting events - live, virtual and outdoors - ran from 12th June to 11th July.
  • 13 July 2021
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Week 4 (4 to 11 July) What a time we’ve had, with a scintillating mix of outdoor, live and virtual events, offering audiences the chance to immerse themselves in fun, culture and entertainment. We’ve had some brilliant events including sell-out...
  • 2 July 2021
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Week 3 (28 June to 3 July)Week 4 – click here The 2021 Festival of Chichester is now in full flow with a scintillating mix of outdoor, live and virtual events, which offer audiences the chance to immerse themselves in...
  • 25 June 2021
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To celebrate the launch of this year’s Festival of Chichester, many city centre businesses took part in a special window display competition, which was judged on Friday 11 June by stage and screen actress Paula Tinker. Watch Paula talk about...
  • 17 June 2021
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Week 2 (21 to 27 June) The 2021 Festival of Chichester is now underway with a scintillating mix of outdoor, live and virtual events, which offer audiences the chance to immerse themselves in fun, culture and entertainment. We have had...
  • 17 June 2021
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Festival of Chichester patron Dame Patricia Routledge has wished the venture well as the Festival launches into its ninth edition this weekend. Chichester resident and long-term supporter of the arts across the community, Dame Patricia said: “Congratulations on the return...
  • 11 June 2021
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Week 1 (14 to 21 June) The waiting is finally over as the 2021 Festival of Chichester launches with a bang! In a scintillating mix of outdoor, live and virtual events, the festival offers audiences the chance to immerse themselves...
  • 9 June 2021
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Paula Tinker, stage and screen actress who has appeared in several Chichester Festival Theatre productions, has kindly agreed to be the judge for this year’s Festival Shop Window Competition. Judging takes place on Friday 11 June at 11am. Paula’s stage...
  • 4 June 2021
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The Festival is delighted to celebrate the joy of words, the power to inspire, those leaps of the imagination taking us to new and exciting places. Whether you like settling down for the curtain to rise on a good drama...
  • 31 May 2021
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We all love a good tune…. some of us can’t resist the sound of soaring classical strings, others go for a jazzy riff or a blues beat…. whatever your tastes, there’s a fantastic selection to choose from at this year’s...
  • 23 May 2021
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A fantastic range of events will go sale on Saturday 8 May as the Festival of Chichester opens its box office for business. Dame Penelope Keith, Kate Mosse and Loyd Grossman, the Castalian Quartet, pianist Young-Choon Park, guitarists Linda Kelsall-Barnett...
  • 6 May 2021
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As the country bounces back from pandemic restrictions, the Festival of Chichester returns with a bang!  The Festival is looking to join forces with local businesses to promote the city with a colourful Shop Window Competition where businesses can showcase their wares...
  • 24 April 2021
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This year’s Festival of Chichester has received a perfectly timed boost in the shape of a £2,500 discretionary grant from Chichester City Council. The money, agreed by the City Council’s community affairs committee, will be used for publicity for this...
  • 23 April 2021
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Some good news at last! As promised, the entry window for this year’s Festival of Chichester is now open. We invite event organisers to submit their entries. We are looking forward to the 2021 Festival of Chichester, which will run...
  • 1 March 2021
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The Festival of Chichester is planning confidently for the future with a major IT investment – thanks to generous grant support from Chichester District Council. CDC is giving the festival a grant of £1,600 towards the cost of a new...
  • 4 February 2021
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Please come back to this website between 1 March and 30 April to submit your application for entry. There will be a link to access information and an online entry form. We are still looking forward to the 2021 Festival...
  • 18 January 2021
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Each December, the Festival of Chichester puts on an exciting evening of jazz and readings to celebrate the Christmas season and to raise much-needed funds to kickstart next summer’s festival. This year, it is going virtual. You can enjoy online...
  • 6 December 2020
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Organisers of the Festival of Chichester are setting the ball rolling for next year with their annual public meeting. In extraordinary times, the festival committee will be switching to Zoom as they start to think about 2021. Festival chairman Phil...
  • 13 November 2020
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We are looking forward to the 2021 Festival of Chichester, which will run between 12 June and 11 July, and are hoping to be able to return to a lively, eclectic programme of arts events. It was such a disappointment to...
  • 13 October 2020
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The Chichester Singers offered We’ll Meet Again to bring the 2020 Virtual Festival of Chichester to a memorable conclusion. The real-life festival was forced off the calendar back in March as lockdown took hold. But the festival organisers refused to...
  • 15 July 2020
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Here’s how to access the festival events in two easy steps: 1. Go to our virtual festival page.2. Click on the event you want to attend. There will be a new event available to stream every day from 7pm. (The exceptions...
  • 8 June 2020
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The Festival of Chichester is set to go online this summer with a Virtual Festival to replace live events because of the restrictions imposed by the virus pandemic. The idea came about through some regular performers contacting us to enquire...
  • 3 June 2020
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Chichester Cathedral Chancellor Dan Inman joined the Festival of Chichester committee – for a festival which was forced off the calendar, along with countless other arts, sporting and community events when the coronavirus crisis hit. The Festival of Chichester quickly...
  • 12 May 2020
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Festival co-ordinator Barry Smith said: “The Festival of Chichester has very quickly achieved a vital place in the cultural life of the city. It hardly seems possible that seven years have elapsed since a group of us formed the new...
  • 14 April 2020
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After an emergency meeting today about the current virus pandemic, the Festival Chairman and Trustees have issued the following statement. It’s been the hardest possible decision, but in some ways the easiest. We had no choice: with the heaviest hearts...
  • 18 March 2020
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