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#SussexTogether Entries Invited for Festival of the Arts

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A major Sussex-wide arts festival from Chichester Cathedral and Sussex Newspapers aims to capture the spirit of togetherness which has seen us through the 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

#SussexTogether invites people across the county to showcase their creative efforts, whether that be in visual arts, creative writing, poetry or music in celebration of the way our communities negotiated and survived the darkest days. The Festival will also rejoice in the way our communities moved into the renewed optimism as significant areas of the lockdown started to ease.

If social distancing permits, the most inspiring artistic contributions will be showcased in a two-week Festival at Chichester Cathedral in November. People can also exhibit online, posting their creations on social media using the hashtag #sussextogetherfest or tagging @sussextogether on Twitter and Instagram.

The Cathedrals Chancellor, The Reverend Canon Daniel Inman, said:

The aim of the #SussexTogether Festival is to encourage people across Sussex to get creative painting, sculpting, photographing, writing prose, poetry and drama, and composing around the theme of #SussexTogether, however people wish to interpret it.

November would be particularly appropriate as a time when in the Church calendar we naturally ponder those whom we have loved and lost, but its also as a time of hopeful expectation. I think the exhibition could be a powerful testimony to both honouring those weve lost but also looking with hope to our future.

Phil Hewitt, Group Arts Editor with Sussex Newspapers, said:

We have been through the most extraordinary few months and as we start to rebuild our lives, it is so important that we reflect on what really matters. And the arts matter hugely. Our arts calendar was wiped out ironically at a time when we had never needed the arts more. The result was a remarkable outpouring of creativity on social media. We want to harness that now across Sussex and turn it into a celebration of all that makes Sussex special.

Our newspapers cover all of Sussex, and the Diocese of Chichester is pretty much co-terminus with Sussex. That means the Cathedral, as the Mother Church of the Diocese, and our papers are brilliantly positioned to lead this celebration.

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

Submissions to the Cathedral exhibition and performances will be judged by panels made up of leading local artists, writers and musicians.

There are five categories:

Visual Arts

A poetry competition

A short-story competition

Performing Arts (music, dance, theatre):

A choral composition competition for the Choir of Chichester Cathedral:

To find our more including details of how to submit an entry please visit the Festivals website:

http://box2207.temp.domains/~sussexto/