#SussexTogether – Festival of the Arts

Earlier this summer, in conjunction with Sussex Newspapers, Chichester Cathedral was delighted to announce #SussexTogether, a major new Sussex-wide arts festival which aims to capture the spirit of togetherness which has seen us through the Coronavirus pandemic.

#SussexTogether invites people across the county to contribute their creative efforts in celebration of the way our communities negotiated and survived the darkest days. The most inspiring contributions will be showcased in a two-week Festival Exhibition at the Cathedral from 3rd -  17th November.

Entrants can also exhibit online, posting their creations on social media using the hashtag #sussextogether or tagging @sussextogether on Twitter and Instagram.

The Cathedral’s Chancellor, The Reverend Canon Dan Inman, said: “November would be particularly appropriate as a time when – in the Church calendar – we naturally ponder those whom we have loved and lost, but it’s also as a time of hopeful expectation. I think the exhibition could be a powerful testimony to both honouring those we’ve lost but also looking with hope to our future.”

Bestselling novelist and playwright Kate Mosse, who lives in Chichester, is one of the Festival’s Patrons, along with The Bishop of Chichester, The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner.

There are five categories: Visual Arts (photography, ceramics, painting, sculpture); a poetry competition, to feature in an evening of poetry at Chichester Cathedral in November; a short-story competition, with finalists to feature in Sussex Newspapers; Performing Arts (music, dance, theatre), and a choral composition competition for the Choir of Chichester Cathedral.

Full details of how to enter can be found on the Festival’s website. Here you will also find the latest news, and a selection of some most recent entries.

The closing date for entries is Sunday 18th October.