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. Classical music, rock, blues, jazz, folk, pop, cinema, spoken word, community concerts and shows, arts & crafts, dance, theatre, church, food & drink, walks and tours, sport and a lot more.
The 2022 festival will run from Saturday 11 June to Sunday 10 July.
THE 2022 FESTIVAL FEATURES:
The Festival of Chichester proudly presents over twenty high-profile concerts. Headliners include Jess Gillam (saxophone) with the London Mozart Players performing Mozart, Haydn and Glazunov, Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Stradivarius Piano Trio performing Robert and Clara Schumann, and the Camarilla Ensemble with music by Vaughan Williams and Karl Jenkins. The concerts take place at the Cathedral, the Assembly Room, St Paul’s Church, St John’s Chapel, Pallant House Gallery and elsewhere.
Discover more exciting classical music at https://festivalofchichester.co.uk/eventcat/music-classical
MUSIC – JAZZ, BLUES, FOLK, ROCK, WORLD
Whatever your taste in music, there’s something for everyone at the festival. Enjoy world music with She’Koyokh Klezmer & Balkan Band at an open-air gig, top class jazz with Julian Stringle (clarinet, vocals) and Dominic Ashworth (guitar) at Poetry & Jazz, an all-female jazz CJC line-up, the music of Greece with Pavlos Carvalho and Friends, great folk music with musician’s musician Andy Cutting, Ensemble Reza with a tribute to swing, indie-pop with Jody & the Jerms and blues with Rob Johnston.
Discover more exciting music at: https://festivalofchichester.co.uk/eventcat/music-jazz-blues-folk-rock-world
Stimulating talks and readings aplenty are on offer at the festival. Stretch your imagination with legendary Liverpudlian poet Roger McGough, Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry winners Grace Nichols and John Agard at the Poetry & Jazz Café, best-selling crime writer Elly Griffiths, radical campaigner Peter Tatchell, a novel in one day workshop with Greg Mosse, author Nicola Garrard discussing her Young Adult prize-winning novel, and comedy with one of the UK’s hottest young comedians Ninia Benjamin.
Discover more exciting spoken word events at:https://festivalofchichester.co.uk/eventcat/spoken-word-talk-poetry-comedy
THEATRE & CINEMA
This year’s festival presents the best of drama. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return to Cathedral Green with Shakespeare’s classic comedy As You Like It while the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company entertains us at Halnaker with Gods and Dogs. There’s a brand-new musical, W.E. – the story of Wallis Simpson, thrilling flights with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a naughty night out at Chichester Cabaret Club and the perennial festival favourites the Pergola Open Air Theatre are back at West Dean Gardens with Come On Jeeves and Rumours. And there are special silent movie screenings at Selsey with live music from pianist John Lenehan.
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ART & CRAFT
Artists display their pictures across the city and the district with ten stimulating exhibitions. At Pallant House Gallery, there’s a major Glyn Philpott exhibition, Kerry Harding shows her Cornish Landscapes at Candida Stevens Gallery, festival regular Catherine Barnes displays pictures in the porch, the Little Art Gallery at Wittering presents From the Downs to the Sea, while at Chichester Library Diana Smith explores classic roses with The Name of the Rose. There’s a packed festival season at Oxmarket Contemporary with Chichester Art Society, Artel and a special Piers Ottey exhibition.
Discover more exciting arts events at https://festivalofchichester.co.uk/eventcat/art-craft
TOURS, COMMUNITY SHOWS, OPEN DAYS, FOOD & DRINK + FRINGE
There’s so much to explore in the festival. Take a tour of the historic city with expert guides, or discover the links between our monarchs and the Cathedral; spot the bats on a dusk expedition, or identify bumblebees at a special workshop; follow the Jubilee Gala procession through the streets or enjoy the taste of scrumptious Sussex; enjoy the stirring music of the Royal Marines, the City Band or the Southdowns Concert Band. And don’t neglect the zingy festival fringe with a hybrid mix of streaming and live shows. Discover more festival events at:
- June 11 @ 2:00 pm
- July 10 @ 11:00 pm
- Event Categories:
- Art & craft, Arts & Culture, Blues, Cabaret, Cinema, Classical music, Comedy, Community - Concert, Culture Spark, Dance, Family, Folk, History & Heritage, Music - Jazz, Music – Classical, Performance, Poetry, Rock, Talk, Theatre, Walks & Tours, Wildlife & Nature
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