Let the Festival of Chichester 2024 begin!

Five weeks of fun stretching from walks to talks, exhibitions to plays, from music to film lie ahead as the Festival of Chichester gets under way.

Festival president Kate Mosse is thrilled with the programme: “I’m a Chichester girl born and bred and I’ve lived in Chichester or the surrounding area for 45 of my 62 years. I love Chichester and I love everything about it. I love the landscape and the seascape and the community and the fact that there is history in every stone and I also love the fact that in Chichester the arts are everywhere and they are for everyone.

“The reason I love the Festival of Chichester is the fact that the Festival of Chichester is about local people. It’s about local artists and craftspeople and singers and writers at a very very local level but you also got the big names and the performers of international standing. The Festival of Chichester brings it all together and it provides a focal point. It showcases so many organisations, bringing new audiences to these organisations but also bringing a great buzz and lots of fun. You can listen to a really local string quartet which will play beautifully and then you can listen to the world- renowned Chichester Singers. It is really such an exceptional place, and the Festival of Chichester brings the very best of it all together. It throws open the doors and it says ‘Come on in!’”

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Picture: Kate Mosse launching the Festival recently