Festival of Chichester continues to delight

There’s another busy week of events ahead at the Festival of Chichester

June 20

Festival of Chichester

Festival of Chichester


June 20-July 6 Peter Iden: A retrospective selection: an overview. artOne, University of Chichester. 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday, closed Sundays. Free entry.

This exhibition showcases the earlier works by West Sussex artist, Peter Iden (1945-2012).


June 20-July 6 Choice Cut – Selected works from the Fine Art BA Degree Show. artOne, University of Chichester. 10am-5pm. Free entry. Monday-Saturday (closed both Sundays).

Art work from the recent University of Chichester BA Fine Art degree show (May 18-26).


June 20 Blues on the Farm 2013. Pump Bottom Farm. 11.30am-10pm. Tickets £36.

For full line-up go to www.bluesonthefarm.co.uk.


June 20 World Premiere of Murder with Ghosts. Building Craft Gallery at Weald and Downland Museum. 7.30pm. £10.

The Funtington Players proudly present a staged reading of an intriguing and highly-amusing new play by celebrated local writer Simon Brett.

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June 20 Vincent Gray: Illustrated Talk. Chichester Library. 7.30pm. Tickets £3.

Vincent has worked within the field of sculpture and education for a combined 37 years.

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June 20 Architectural Gems: The Story of Chichester through its Buildings. Meet at the Cathedral Bell Tower. 6-7.30pm. Tickets £5.

Chichester has a wealth of buildings to admire.


June 20 Kent DuChaine & Leadbessie. The Chichester Inn. 8pm. Tickets £9.

Minnesotan-born DuChaine is about as close as possible to an authentic delta-style bluesman in the 21st century.

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June 20 Illustrated Talk – The Past, Present and Future of the Chichester Canal. The Canal Shop. 7pm. Tickets £3.

Illustrated talk of how and why the canal began in 1822 to today’s use and what is proposed for the future of the Chichester canal.

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June 21 West End to Broadway. The Assembly Rooms. 7pm.

Tickets £10.

A wonderful cruise through songs and musicals of the 20th century from CAOS. A delightful selection of music mainly from the UK and North America.


June 21 Midsummer Night Bike Ride. The Chichester Inn. 8pm. Tickets £6. Advance bookings only.

A mixed off and on-road 20-plus mile cycle ride into the South Downs during arguably the longest daylight of the year and back for nibbles and late-night drinks. Part of the Chi Cycle Festival: www.chichester.gov.uk/cycling.


June 21 Mapdance. Studio 1 at the University of Chichester. 7pm.

Tickets £8.

Celebrating its seventh year, mapdance has firmly established itself as an exciting company of young, dynamic dancers recruited nationally and internationally.


June 21 Blues on the Farm 2013. Pump Bottom Farm. 11.30am-12 midnight.

Day two of the internationally-acclaimed blues festival featuring Never the Bride, The Revolutionaries and the Charlie Morris Band. See the full line-up at www.bluesonthefarm.co.uk; 07768 803542/01243 773828.

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June 21 Peter Iden Gallery Talk – his life and work. Otter Gallery and artOne, University of Chichester. 12.30-1.30pm. Free entry.

David Page (fellow artist and friend) will talk about Peter Iden’s life and work, exploring various themes in the context of the Otter Gallery and artOne’s exhibitions.


21 June Wille and the Bandits. The Chichester Inn. 8pm. Tickets £6 advance.

A celebration of guitar-based roots and world music from one of the UK’s top bands who have recently been on tour with the likes of Status Quo, Deep Purple and Joe Bonamassa.

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June 21 Herons, Peregrines and Cockerels – Stories from the Cathedral Precincts. Meet at the Cathedral Bell Tower. 6-7.30pm. Tickets £5.

For almost a thousand years, the SW quadrant of Chichester has been the ecclesiastical focus of the city. As such it has many of its own tales to tell of intrigue, misfortune and achievement.


June 21 A Midsummer’s Night – Family Evening of Music and Entertainment. The Aldingbourne Country Centre. 5pm-9pm. Tickets £8 adults; £5 children 16 and under.

Enjoy a magical evening of music for all the family with local bands and children’s music in the Woods, whilst supporting the Aldingbourne Trust.


June 21-29 Roussillon Pets. Roussillon Park. 10am-5.15pm. Tickets £1.

Roussillon Park opens its show home for Roussillon Pets.

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June 22-23 Fusion: a weekend of creativity for everyone. West Dean Gardens. 10.30am-6pm. Tickets adults from £8.60; children £1.

This exciting new weekend event will offer the opportunity to create and make in a series of workshop sessions run by passionate and creative artists, craftsmen and musicians.


June 22 West End to Broadway. The Assembly Rooms. 2.30 and 7pm. Tickets £10.

A wonderful cruise through songs and musicals of the 20th century from CAOS.


June 22 A Walking Tour of Chichester’s Theatres. Starts by the Minerva Statue. 11am. Tickets £5.

Beginning at The Minerva, local historian Alan Green will lead us on a potted history of the sites of old theatres in Chichester.


June 22 Blues on the Farm 2013. Pump Bottom Farm. 11.30am-12 midnight. Tickets £36.

Day three of the acclaimed International Blues Festival featuring Mud Morganfield, eldest son of Muddy Waters, Giles Robson, Fowokan, Woody Mann and many more.


June 22 Commotion Dance presents Ready or Not Workshop… Studio 1 at the University of Chichester. 10.30am and 2pm. £2 per child for the performance, parents go free.

Join Commotion before the show in a fun and accessible creative dance workshop. Looking at themes of the show, Commotion dancers will lead child and parent in an exciting movement-based workshop, using props and music from the show. www.commotiondance.co.uk. The workshops are £2 per child and the parents go free and the shows are £3 per child and the parents go free.


June 22 Commotion Dance presents Ready or Not… Studio 1 at the University of Chichester. 11.30 and 3pm. £3 per child, parents go free!

An imaginative and fun performance for ages three-to-seven and their grown-ups. The workshops are £2 per child and the parents go free and the shows are £3 per child and the parents go free.

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June 22 Creative Writing Advice – with Greg Mosse and Friends. Amelie and Friends. 3-5pm.

Join Greg Mosse, convener of short courses and the MA programme in creative writing at West Dean College, in the garden at Amelie for an informal Q&A session about creative writing.


June 22 Hillier Rose Festival Jazz Smugglers Concert. Hillier Garden Centre. 7.30pm. Tickets £10.

Evening jazz at the Hillier Rose Festival weekend. Beautiful, nostalgic jazz songs of the 60s.

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June 22 Behind the Scenes at Chichester Cathedral. Chichester Cathedral. 1.30-4.30pm. Free entry.

Chichester Cathedral will be opening up behind-the-scenes areas that are usually private.


June 22 Midsummer Concert. Leisure Centre, Bourne Community College. 6.30pm. Tickets £5 (£6 on the door); family ticket (up to five members of the same family) £21; concessionary £2.50.

A joint concert given by Meridian wind band and the Bourne Community College wind band.


June 22 chiLIVE Classic Rock Night with Purple Monkey. The Hole in the Wall. 8pm. Free entry. Celebrating the best in Chichester’s classic rock and heavy rock with local stars.

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June 23 Minerva Ensemble. St John’s Chapel. 6.30pm. Tickets £15 (profits donated to St Wilfrid’s hospice).

A programme, including Brahms Sextet in G major and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.


June 23 Blues on the Farm 2013. Pump Bottom Farm. 11.30am-10pm. Tickets £36.

Final day of the acclaimed Blues Festival with an eclectic mix of blues, country and jazz.


June 23 Rob Johnston Gig. The Chichester Inn. 8.30pm. Tickets £6. Concessions £5.

Rob Johnston is a unique guitarist who blends a brilliant technique with different playing styles and influences.


June 23 Up on the Downs, for a walk, wildlife and wine. Singleton Village Hall for start of walk. 5.30pm. £5 (all money donated to Sussex Wildlife Trust).

A stroll around Levin Down Sussex Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve. £5 (all money donated to Sussex Wildlife Trust).


June 23 Chichester City Highlights – Walking Tour. Meet at the Cathedral Bell Tower. 11am -12.30pm. Tickets £5.

Within the historic walls of our beautiful city, an easy walk takes you through Chichester’s past..


June 23 Jazz Smugglers Open Workshop. The Woolpack. 8pm. Free.

Licensed bar and food available. Jazz Smugglers are running an open jazz workshop.


June 23 Spiritual Cinema. New Park Cinema. 3pm. Tickets £7.50. Concessions £7/ £6.50/ £6. Wings of Desire (Germany, 1987, Wim Wenders). In partnership with Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Cinema at New Park present a season of six films exploring aspects of faith, conscience and enlightenment within different religions or cultures.


June 23 Conducted linear walk along Portsmouth and Arundel canal. Barnham Court Farm, Church Lane, Barnham (follow signs from the Murrell Arms). 10am. Free entry.

Linear walk from Barnham to Ford along the towpath of the old Portsmouth and Arundel Navigation, led by the Sussex Industrial Archaeological Society.

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June 24 Choreographers of the Future. Studio 1 at the University of Chichester. 7pm. £5.

Choreographers of the Future curated by the University of Chichester Dance department.


June 24 and July 8 Notes From a Dishwasher written and performed by Julian Sluggett. Zizzi’s Restaurant 7 for 7.30. £20 (advanced booking only) Includes two-course meal.

An affectionate portrait of the early years of the Chichester Festival Theatre under the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier.

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June 24 Stories from an ex-senior Concorde captain. The Chichester Park Hotel. 6.45 for 7.30pm. Tickets £5.

Terence Henderson will tell some of his incredible stories about Concorde, its passengers, who include celebrities and dignitaries, and places it visited. There will also be photographs.

June 25

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June 25 An Evening with Jim Crace. Waterstones Chichester. 6-8pm. Tickets £3.50.

An evening with acclaimed author Jim Crace.


June 25 Open Mic. The Chichester Inn. 8.30pm. Free entry.

Performers are invited to take the stage at The Chichester Inn Open Mic event to showcase their talents.


June 25. Music for the Queen of Heaven. Boxgrove Priory. 7.30pm Tickets £8; concessions £6.

Much music has been written over the centuries to Mary, the mother of Jesus.


June 25–July 7. Paul Kopecek: Mainly Panels. Merston Gallery. Tuesday-Friday: 11am-4pm; Saturday and Sunday: 2-5pm; closed Mondays. Free entry.

A quixotic mix of cultural influences defines these paintings and drawings on panels and boxes.


June 25-30 Chichester Art Society Annual Exhibition 2013. John Rank Gallery, Oxmarket Centre. 10am-4.30pm. Free entry.

Up to 200 original paintings, drawings, sculptures, pottery, prints and portfolios by Society members at affordable prices. Demos by members. Vote for your favourite in show.

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June 25 Architectural Gems: The Story of Chichester through its Buildings. Meet at the Cathedral Bell Tower. 6-7.30pm. Tickets £5.

A walking tour from Roman to Post-Modern, through Norman, Medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture.

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June 26 Poetry and Jazz Café with Sir Andrew Motion. Edes House, West St. 7.30pm. Tickets £14 (includes refreshments).

Former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion reads from his acclaimed new collection, The Customs House.

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June 26 Surprises in Family History. Freemasons Hall, South Pallant. 2pm. £5 including refreshments.

David Wilson will explain some of the techniques he has used in exploring his family history.


June 26 Replica. Showroom at the University of Chichester. 7pm. £8.

Replica is a small–scale contemporary dance company.


June 26 Music for a Summer Evening. St Paul’s Church. 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (under-16s free).

Southdowns Concert Band is a group of around 40 musicians.

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June 26 Not a large place, but the house is a good one. An introduction to Lavant House and its occupants over the past 250 years, 11am. Tickets £5. Concessionary £4.

A guided tour of a rarely-seen building.


June 26 Hat Fitz & Cara. The Chichester Inn. 8.30pm. Tickets £12.50.

Aussie bluesman Hat Fitz and Irish-born folksinger Cara Robinson pack more energy, emotion, and sheer musical exuberance into one song than most manage in a whole career.

Tickets on 01243 813595 on www.festivalofchichester.co.uk..