Petworth Festival

Summer Arts Festival: 14 to 31 July
Autumn Literary Week: 30 October to 7 November
*Subject to Government Regulations*

In many ways 2020 is likely to go down in history as ‘the year that never was’ given the amount of normal life that has simply disappeared thanks to Covid-19. In that light we have to offer our profoundest thanks to the many people who helped the Petworth Festival stage a fortnight of events that were unquestionably in the festival’s best traditions of variety, notoriety and quality. To have been able to offer a stage to musicians such as the Kanneh-Masons, MILOŠ and Mitsuko Uchida and authors such as William Boyd, Joanna Trollope and Anthony Horowitz in a year like this has been nothing short of thrilling, and the sponsors who enabled us to do so deserve every bit of credit we can offer them.

As I write, 2021 is only just around the corner. None of us know quite what that year or our own contribution to it will look like, but we will definitely be back and hopefully as proudly and positively as we have been following this, the most unpredictable and difficult of years. A happy new year to all of you as and when we get there, and here’s to a cracking 2021 festival whatever shape it will take.

Stewart Collins
November 2020

About the festival:

The twin Petworth Festivals (Summer and Autumn Literary) have been in rude health in recent times. Celebrating the 40th anniversary in 2018, the 2019 festivals saw record box office and sponsorship figures, the artistic programmes having been headlined respectively by MILOŠ, Rick Wakeman and Julian Clary, and David Suchet, Prue Leith CBE and Max Hastings.

Both Festivals take place in venues across West Sussex including Petworth Park, The Petworth House Stable Yard, Seaford College and Midhurst Rother College, plus the two ‘home’ venues of St Mary’s Church and the Leconfield Hall. The festival was recognised in 2019 by the National Lottery’s ‘Communities Fund’ for its work in the community and towards attracting new audiences. ‘Eclecticism’ is the word most regularly associated with the Petworth Festival, artists, ensembles and writers from the widest range of performing disciplines and literary genres being the hallmark of twin festivals that attract audiences both from West Sussex and further afield.

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