Tickets selling out fast

The Rye Arts Festival which comes to town on September 12-28 has opened its "walk-in" box office. Tickets are fast disappearing and, if you're unlucky enough to miss out, remember there's also an impressive package of free events

Summer arts show open

The annual summer exhibition by the Rye Society of Artists is up and running until August 25 with more than 400 works on display and for sale, from thousands of pounds to a few quid. Don't hang about . . .

Money chases artistic talent

Lightning flashes of blackness and eye-popping colour see opening night art sales double at this year's RSA Summer Show in Mermaid Street's Boys Club

Party hits the right notes

Soulful sounds and a relaxed atmosphere put locals in the mood for the coming jazz and blues festival at the end of this month

Music maker and shaker

In anticipation of September's arts festival Alexander Stiller staged a question and answer session with Alisdair Kitchen, conductor and director of Euphonia Opera, who presents La Traviata at this year’s festival

How Mapp & Lucia came here

Not everyone who watched the BBC filming Mapp and Lucia in Rye recently will be acquainted with the books by E. F. Benson. Here an expert explains the background and why the author brought his formidable heroines to the town

Singers in concert

Beautiful choral music filled the air in St Mary’s Church as The Ryesingers rendered superb baroque and classical masterpieces

Magpie’s funky new nest

The first of many pop-up galleries - which has added colourful abstract works to a treasure trove of an interiors store in Rye - is currently packing in the visitors. Catch it before it closes on July 28

All for love of a good story

Celebrating the life of EF Benson is a rewarding experience. There are healthy walks about Rye, food, and even more food. Plus a good read. And nibbles

Comrades in arms and song

Two local acting groups join forces to commemorate the beginning of the First World War - and to celebrate its end - with a rousing chorus of musical hits from stars of the period. The final two shows are on Saturday July 19

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