War started, they changed

Rye Art Gallery sponsored the Arts Festival talk "A Crisis of Brilliance" about a book describing the influence on five famous artists (including Paul Nash who lived locally) of friendships made young and of their tempestuous artistic and personal lives afterwards

Angela proves her true artistry

The first of four piano concerts in St Mary's showed true artistry, reports reviewer Alexander Stiller. However keeping the piano in tune proved a challenge

Don Giovanni goes on the rails

Opera on a train ? Mozart never had that in mind surely ? Well, prepare to be surprised as Euphonia and director Alisdair Kitchen - with quite a lot of help from our Studio School with sets, costume and backstage - perform not just once, but twice, and Rye Arts Festival raises its sights once again to new standards

Festival heads into second week

Rye's Arts Festival heads into its second exhausting week with a busy line-up this weekend and during the week following. Rye News tries to keep up with reviews, previews and all the news and gossip that's fit to print . . . but without a doubt we will have missed something. Andy Stuart's preview of the week ahead is a good start though

Let’s go to the movies!

This week's featured film showing at Rye Kino is 'Ricki and the Flash'. Meryl Streep (pictured) goes electric and takes on a whole new gig - a hard-rocking singer/guitarist - in the uplifting comedy Ricki and the Flash. For more details, trailer and other movies in Rye please follow the link...

Right here, right now

The Studio School is showcasing an exhibition of contemporary art during the Arts Festival called "Right Here Right Now" which includes local artist Dave McKean

Festival gossip and tales

The Festival is well under way and with many of the performances selling out well in advance, Heidi Foster and Charles Harkness take a look at what has been happening both on and off stage

Camera club exhibition

For one day only, the Camera Club is holding its annual exhibition at St Mary's Hall. On display is, as usual, an eclectic collection of highly professional images

Triple value in new exhibits

Three new exhibitions run concurrently at Rye Art Gallery - a well known Rye artist from the last century, local textile artists whose exhibits are just begging to be illicitly touched and a group of national artists working in the area. Linda Harland previews the show

Let’s go to the movies!

This week's featured movie showing at the Kino is 45 Years starring Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling (pictured above ). Kate Mercer is planning a party to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary but one week before the celebration a letter arrives for her husband, Geoff. This contains news that reawakens troubling and long-hidden memories... For more details and trailers to this and more movies in Rye please follow the link..

Luciaphiles gather round Mermaid

The good, the bad and the beautiful donned their smartest attire, polished their wittiest conversation and moseyed on down to the Mermaid for the annual gathering of the Friends of Tilling. Normal people watched, open mouthed as the elegant gentlemen and and brilliant ladies paraded in their furs, silks and badges of office. The BBC may not be coming back, but Mapp and Lucia are never going away

Kings (and Queens) of Swing

Enjoy a refreshing glass of something at the bar and join in as Rye Bay Crew perform all of your favourite songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin & Rogers & Hart at the Queens Head, Rye.

Waterloo battle in miniature

This year, to coincide with the bi-centenary of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, Rye Museum will host a special exhibition "Leading to Waterloo...

Lucia’s nemesis signs

Guy Fraser-Sampson visited The Rye Bookshop to sign copies of his Mapp and Lucia sequels, including the final one 'Au Reservoir' which has not necessarily been welcomed by all EF Benson fans, but he explains his reasons

Spring clean unearths rare photo

A major office spring clean at the National Churches Trust led to the discovery of rare archive photo of Winchelsea's church.

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

Classical arts at the festival

With the Rye Arts Festival almost upon us, Andy Stuart gives an overview of some of the classical music events to enjoy

Folk at RAF – a family affair!

Two prestigious and award-winning folk duos are just part of the line-up of stars for the forthcoming Rye Arts Festival. Here, Andy Stuart gives the first preview of festival performances

Japanese Butoh dance in Rye

Japanese dance, fascinating, different and exquisite. Ray Prewer reports on a new experience at Rye Studio School

Local artist makes top images book

Caroline Fraser, a resident artist at Rye Creative Centre has received international recognition for her photography in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year...