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Rye Arts Festival

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11th - 27th September 2015

Rye Arts Festival takes place every September in and around the picturesque, historic town of Rye in East Sussex.

The Festival attracts a stimulating array of authors, performers and artists both high profile and emerging, national and international.

Following the huge success of last year’s opera, Euphonia are returning with not one but two dates during the Festival. The opera to be performed is Mozart’s Don Giovanni and will be performed on Saturday 12th and 25th September at The Milligan Theatre. Our Classical Music Events Co-ordinator also thought it would be good to see double again – two grand pianos will be played, at times together, by some outstanding pianists over the course of the Festival. Guitars, clarinets, flutes, brass, strings and A Capella voices will also feature in a very strong line up for 2015.

Keeping with the literary theme, Guy Fraser-Sampson will be talking on E F Benson, Lamb House and Rye; Sir Robert Worcester on Magna Carta, which was signed by King John at Runnymede 800 years ago this summer; Professor Dave Goulson on ‘A Buzz in the Meadow’ and Sofka Zinovieff on ‘The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me’ about the scandalous and eccentric lives of the cultured elite and the enchanted house they lived in.

Amongst an eclectic mix of events for 2015, our Contemporary Music team has managed to book The Rails, The Mountain Firework Company, Altan and Sir Henry at Rawlinson End. We are sure many seats will be sold as soon as they go on sale so don’t forget to take advantage of the two-week priority booking period if you are a Friend of the Festival.

The Theatrical Event organisers have come up trumps again… highlights include a one-man play about Wellington (well, 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo after all), The Frog and The Bullrush, a puppet adventure for children and The Gospel of Us – the Passion play translated into the contemporary setting of Port Talbot.

Needless to say, a Rye Arts Festival wouldn’t be complete without the return of some favourites: historical walks around Rye, cellar tours, Romney Marsh Churches Tour and masses of FREE fringe events in the local hostelries. 

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