Community Events

The Festival increasingly addresses its charitable purposes by promoting free community events in and around Petworth, and by the development of young musicians and performers through relationships with national organisations and training bodies.

The largest ever programme of community and charitably-related events in 2022 sees:

  • The Petworth Festival Summer Weekend Out – the second annual day of free performance in Petworth House’s Pleasure Gardens (in association with the National Trust). Music, street theatre and participatory art workshops
  • Wind in the Willows – special ‘promenade’ family theatre at the Coultershaw Heritage Site
  • Lunchtime events presented in association with the Royal Academy of Music including lunchtime concerts featuring pupils destined for major careers
  • A third year of Coffee Concerts featuring young performers selected by the music charity Live Music Now. LMN’s mission is to ensure that music is taken to audiences who don’t ordinarily have access to quality music, and the Festival will work with LMN to arrange ‘outreach concerts’ in pursuit of this aim
  • The continuation of a relationship involving young professional musicians supported by The Musicians’ Company
  • The West Sussex Music Youth Big Band perform at the festival’s annual ‘Jazz in the Stables’ event in the grounds of Petworth House
  • The Festival Walk – a free annual discovery walk around Petworth and its locale
  • Free and subsidised tickets for young people will be available for most festival events

New for 2022 is a special involvement with Chichester District’s ‘Culture Spark!, a summer-long series of events celebrating the arts and culture in the district. The Petworth Festival is leading on a series of projects including Petworth’s contribution to the Carnival of Lights, working in local schools in association with The Arts Society West Sussex.

Stewart Collins
Artistic Director
January 2022