NFU Mutual sponsors arts festival

Doug Jackson (senior partner & NFU group secretary) and Michael Sweeney (Rye Arts Festival trustee)

NFU Mutual Ashford, Tenterden & Whitfield is pleased to be announced as the headline sponsor of the Rye Arts Festival 2021. In its 50th year, the Rye Arts Festival has become a huge part of Rye community calendar, celebrating the residents’ love of culture. The festival is scheduled to take place from September 10-26, across various locations in Rye. NFU Mutual Ashford, Tenterden & Whitfield wanted to sponsor the event due to its importance to the entire Rye community.

Doug Jackson, senior partner and NFU group secretary, comments: “We are delighted to support Rye Arts Festival in its 50th year. After such a challenging past year, this event will be a fantastic opportunity for venues and performers alike to get back to what they do best. This is a local event that attracts audiences from further afield and we look forward to the event and welcoming visitors to Rye.”

Despite the uncertainty of the last fifteen months, the Rye Arts Festival team has worked hard to put together a diverse and interesting programme covering author talks, classical concerts, folk, blues, jazz, great drama and a stimulating film programme. Several venues will host the various acts over the two weeks, including the recently refurbished Rye Creative Centre, and the newly opened Rye Harbour Discovery Centre. The team are excited to share the planned events at these venues and many more.

Michael Sweeney, senior chairman at the Rye Arts Festival, comments: “Running for 50 years, the Rye Arts Festival has grown from a small start over one weekend in September 1971 to become one of the biggest and friendliest multi-arts festivals in the south east. With around 60 events in a bustling two weeks of music, literary events, talks, drama, film and guided walks, the festival has a remained a popular highlight with both returning and new audiences.

“For the 50th anniversary edition of the festival we are delighted to welcome NFU Mutual Ashford, Tenterden & Whitfield as our headline sponsor. Its commitment to supporting the local community reflects very well the aims of the Rye Arts Festival, to serve and be accessible to as wider audience as is possible. We are grateful for the generous support of NFU Mutual Ashford, Tenterden & Whitfield which will allow the festival to continue to thrive and grow.”

The festival offers attendees the opportunity to experience and enjoy world class artistic entertainment in the classic setting of one of the most picturesque towns in England. While the festival’s main attendees are from Rye and the surrounding area, the event now attracts audiences from further afield. Alongside the programme of events planned, guests are encouraged to explore the town and countryside as well as take advantage of the shops, restaurants and accommodation available.

Another first for the festival will be a musical pilgrimage – a concert by The Victoria Consort in St Mary’s church followed by a 5km pilgrimage to St Thomas’ church in Winchelsea for the second part of the concert. On that same day, Peter Stanford will be speaking about his acclaimed new book Pilgrimage: Journeys of Meaning.

The full programme of events will be announced on the 1st August 2021. Booking information can be found online.

Source: NFU Mutual / Rye Arts Festival

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