Registration now open for Festival of Chichester 2014

REGISTRATION has now opened for the 2014 Festival of Chichester.

The festival was created for the summer of 2013, following the demise of the old Chichester Festivities.

And organisers were delighted at the way the whole community got behind the new month-long summer extravaganza.

Festival of Chichester chairman Phil Hewitt said: “In our very first year of existence, we had an amazing array of events, around 200 in all.

“We had all kinds of things and a huge emphasis on community participation.

“A huge part of our success was the way we put centre-stage the kinds of things which were relegated to the fringe in the old festivities.

“That’s why we ended up with a festival which genuinely reflected both the breadth of local talents and also the strength of our community.

“We also had a number of big names coming in from the outside, and in the end it proved the perfect mix for a bright, new festival which hit the ground running.

“Now our challenge is to do even better next year.”

For details of registration for next year’s festival (June 14-July 13), email festivalchichester@gmail.com

The deadline is the end of January.

Festival co-ordinator Barry Smith said: “I hope we can build on the bridgehead established in those hectic days last summer.

“There have been many inquiries from people keen to be a part of the distinctive Chichester festival experience.

“The grassroots organisations have seen the opportunity to showcase their wares right across the arts spectrum – and even beyond, with ideas for food festivals and unusual marketing opportunities.

“It all adds up to a vibrant picture of arts and crafts across the region.”

Tickets are still available for the Festival of Chichester fund-raiser, a Jazz Café event on Wednesday, December 11 at 7.30pm in St John’s Chapel.

“The much-loved Jazz Smugglers seven-piece band with vocalist Maria Ball will be entertaining with the swinging sounds of all those Gershwin tunes plus everyone’s favourite jazz standards.

“West End musical and acting star Mark Wynter (Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Robert and Elizabeth) will be bringing his dramatic expertise to a selection of seasonal readings, from Shakespeare to Dickens and taking in Robert Frost and Thomas Hardy on the way.”

Tickets £11: 01243 813595 or www.chichestertickets.co.uk.