From spring to autumn it’s almost non-stop festivals in Sussex. Cities, towns and villages pull out all the stops to bring broad and eclectic programmes of visual and performing arts to theatres, village halls and pubs all over the county, from the village of Chiddingly’s inspired mix of poetry, jazz, folk and flamenco to city wide culture fests drawing renowned artists, orchestras, theatre groups, dance companies and musicians from all over the world.
Every May, Brighton Festival, the biggest cultural extravaganza in England, takes over the city with three hectic weeks of the exotic, eclectic and experimental, from art-rock, new jazz and gothic pop to concerts at Glyndebourne, recitals in the Royal Pavilion and pyrotechnics in the street.
Chichester Festivities in July always has a strong line up from candlelit choirs in Chichester Cathedral and classical orchestras in Goodwood House to sell-out talks by actors, writers and politicians.
The Adur Festival in June features local resident and guitar virtuoso Richard Durrant, music from punk rock and jazz to flamenco and classical, and special events for children. Painters, sculptors, silversmiths and textile artists open their doors during Lewes Artwave every August - September to showcase their talents.
Just 10 days long, Arundel Festival doesn’t outstay its welcome and leaves you wanting more. With Arundel Castle as a backdrop, its carefully chosen events offer something for everyone, from opera buffs to pop pickers.
Rye is a picturesque setting for a festival too, and has over 50 events in a fortnight every September, with music, literary talks, theatre, dance and comedy. Petworth boasts an international programme featuring world-class performers, combined with a welcoming, inclusive, arts-for-all approach.
The Paramount Brighton Comedy Festival in October features the most talented performers in comedy today, from big names like Bill Bailey, Jo Brand and Paul Merton to stars of the future.