Proceeding into the festival

Rye Arts Festival kicks off with a carnival procession and a Cajun band, swiftly followed by the Duke of Wellington, a mini version of the Battle of Waterloo, a dead banker on Dungeness beach, three pianists in two days in St Mary's, pop-up studios and exhibitions and some 60 events in all over the next two weeks

Country customs and rural ways

Find out about old rural ways at the museum

The Beeb’s back with Rye

The BBC were back in town this week to record three short stories set in and around the area. Smallhythe Place hosted the recording and despite being disturbed by local noises - sheep, airplanes and extreme weather conditions - the highly professional team of writers, readers and production crew managed to entertain the live audience and produce much anticipated recordings to be broadcast on Radio 4 in July

Ladies sing for phoenix appeal

Spring concert raises necessary funds for St Michael's Hospice

Sacred and profane in church

Last week the classical vocal ensemble Stile Antico returned to the Rye Arts Festival after a six year wait to perform their set "Sacred or Profane" - in a church. Ray Prewer reviews the concert.

A Garden in my Pocket

An art show with a difference is currently on at The Smallhythe Studio

Singing in black and white

Stephen Sondheim's music and words (reviewed last week) were celebrated in black and white in the theatre space in New Road's Rye Creative Centre...

Record first night art sales

The Rye Society of Artists celebrated a bumper first night of their summer show. We review the exhibition

British nostalgia at its best

A fun evening with past nostalgia and the wonderful mighty Wurlitzer

Artists open their doors

Two weekends left to see artists at work and visit their studios.

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