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

Cool cocktail of jazz

With an atmosphere and a line-up to challenge any New York nightclub - featuring jazz, blues, soul, funk, swing, Latin - the third Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival is coming back to town for four days and five nights in August

Arts festival lifts the curtain

This year’s Rye Arts Festival’s full programme of over 60 events is being announced on July 13. And the free and paid-for events will feature classical and contemporary music, literary talks, theatre, comedy, dance, walks, exhibitions, and events for the kids and much more!

Gala dazzles St Mary’s

The award-winning Aurora Orchestra performed in St Marys, Rye as the grand showpiece of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival

Citadel driven to distraction

Rye's Citadel is having more than its 15-minutes of fame. BBC cameras, the luvvies and the extras are milling round. They've taken over the top of the town. For some, the temptation is to spend the day watching - from a bedroom vantage point- as in the case of our Editor. See his feature As scene from my window. Another of our writers Andrew Bamji has been spying on Mapp on the Culture page while Tim Redfern has been talking to the producers.

Prepare to be astonished

A repeat performance: Taek Gi Lee, victor at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, will give the winner's recital at Fairlight Hall this weekend

Listing Rye’s war memorial

An architect who designed many buildings in and around Rye also created the model for war memorials constructed throughout the country. It is fitting that the town seeks to have its own memorial in St Mary's churchyard listed

Rye stars in television jewel

Tim Redfern meets BBC producers Susie Liggat and Lisa Osborne on the Mapp and Lucia set at Lamb House to discuss the production and filming on location in Rye

Mapp and Lucia eyed by a local

Filming is all very well but what do the neighbours think?

Following in Fred’s footsteps

A delightful afternoon was spent retracing the steps of one of the town's most creative writers, whose impact on Rye is as strong and valued as ever

Whatever next?

Local cartoonist John Izod's take on the latest events in town. After the Monuments Men and Mapp & Lucia film shoots, anything can happen in Rye