Hurst Festival
16th - 30th September 2017


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Join as a Festival Friend for priority booking

Have you ever considered becoming a Hurst Festival Friend?

For just £20 a year you can support the Festival and get 2-week priority booking to all of our events. As some events take place in small venues, this can be a real bonus.

If you join in the next few weeks, you will also get an invite to our brochure launch evening at the New Inn on Friday 7th July where you will be the first to receive this year's brochure and of course a drink or two!

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Raise funds with your Co-op card

Have you got a Co-op card? Then you can help raise funds for us!

We're very proud to have been chosen by the Co-op as one of the recipients of their community funding until October. That means 1% of the value of your branded purchases will be given to us.

Just login to the Co-op membership website and choose us as your community project. It's that easy! Please spend a minute doing this as it means so much to us.

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Hurst Festival seeks new Chairperson for 2018

Vacancy: Hurst Festival Chairperson 2018 (voluntary role)

Hurst Festival is entering its 13th year in 2017. Since its inception in 2005, the Festival has grown into a multi-stranded celebration of arts and local culture with over 70 events for the local community.  Now firmly established on the Sussex festival calendar, Hurst Festival takes place during the last two weeks of September every year, selling around 2,000 tickets annually.

Hurst Festival is run by a vibrant, friendly and hands-on committee of volunteers and we are looking for a new Chairperson to lead the organisation of the Festival in 2018.  The organisers’ main aim for the Festival is to add value to what local people enjoy and encourage them to try new things. Fun and fine art, entertainment and enlightenment are all equally welcomed on our programme

2018 Chairperson Responsibilities

The Hurst Festival Chairperson will be responsible for determining the structure and content of the 2018 Festival with a core programme of 35 events and around 35 umbrella events which are run on our behalf by partner organisations. 

The Chairperson will work with the Festival Committee to arrange events, market the programme and organise logistics. The Chairperson has the support of a part-time paid Administrator.

The Chairperson arranges and runs 10 monthly committee meetings, usually on a Monday evening

The 2018 Chairperson would ideally:

  • Live in or near Hurstpierpoint– or know Hurstpierpoint well
  • Have a passion for the arts and local culture
  • Bring fresh ideas to the Festival
  • Have some experience of working with committees
  • Be available to work on a voluntary basis from January to October
  • Be able to shadow the 2017 Chairperson from March/April onward

If you would like to be considered for the position, please email a CV and covering note to

If you would like to speak to someone about the position, please call Michel Olszewski, (Chair of Trustees) on 01273 834372.

We look forward to hearing from you.