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Your unmissable 2022 Sussex culture planner

Want to make the most of 2022? Muddy has curated the best live music, theatre, art and events of the year. Sync those diaries!

How’s this for a January blues-buster – welcome to our curated guide to the best events in Sussex for the year ahead*. There’s an insane amount of exciting stuff going, which we’ve edited down to the key cultural moments, releases and events to enliven your year. The result? All killer, no filler!

MUSIC

Sophie Ellis Bextor (above), De La Warr, Bexhill, 8 & 17 March

Soul II Soul, Brighton Dome, 18 February

Blondie, Brighton Centre, 28 April (rescheduled date featuring Smiths legend Johnny Marr)

ART

Charleston Festival, 19–29 May

One of the UK’s oldest and most prestigious interdisciplinary festivals, with over 100 speakers and 40 events staged over 10 days each May. The festival celebrates the creativity, curiosity, radicalism and openness of the Bloomsbury group who all gathered here to imagine society differently.

Sue Tilley curates, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, 20 January – 5 June

The iconic St.Leonards-based artist, model and muse curates an exhibition of artwork produced by those who took part in her online art show. Every week since 2020, Sue has invited viewers to draw the portrait of a special guest as she chats with them about their life.

Nathan Coley Installation, Charleston, 2 April –29 August

What’s On in Sussex in February

Internationally renowned and Turner Prize-shortlisted artist Coley will unveil a major illuminated text sculpture in the grounds of Charleston (above).

STAGE

Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Theatre Royal Brighton, 7 -9 February

AIDA, Russian State Opera, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, 15 March

Chicago, The Hawth, Crawley, 1-5 February

Sinitta in Chicago

The award winning Broadway and West End musical, CHICAGO, comes to Crawley for one week only starring Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes as Roxie Hart, pop star Sinitta (yes that one!), as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, West End and TV star Darren Day.

Billionaire Boy, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 24-7 March

The hilarious David Walliams favourite comes to Sussex this Spring.

FAMILY FUN OUTSIDE

Medieval Festival, Arundel Castle, Easter

Arundel

11th century Arundel is hosting this traditional festival with music alongside costume, combat and crafts and plenty of have-a-go activities for the young and young at heart, from the craft tent to crossbows, archery and axe throwing (yikes!).

Ignite, Nymans Gardens (below), 11 February – 6 March

Sea Lanes Swimming, Spring

Spring visitors to Brighton can look forward to a dip at Sea Lanes, a new heated 50m swimming pool planned to transform the former Peter Pan site on Madeira Drive and revive competitive and recreational sea-swimming on the Seafront.

Floral Fringe Fair 2022, Leonardslee Gardens, 4-5 June

A quirky, quality, family-friendly event with a vintage twist.

Elderflower Field Family Festival, Pippingford Park, 27-30 May

Small, safe and friendly festival, designed especially for families with younger children letting them be a little bit wild and free, with great food and the arts for all.

EXHIBITION

This Is The Modern World, Valley Gardens, St Peter’s Place, Brighton, 30 July – 29th August

The biggest ever collection of memorabilia spanning two decades of Paul Weller’s career launching in Brighton guaranteed to delight mods all over the county.

SPORT

Hot on the heels of our men’s national team’s near glory in last year’s Euros, England will host the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 (6-31 July), with games taking place at nine venues across the country including Brighton.

FOOD & DRINK

NEW Gin School at Ashling Park, February

This wine estate near Chichester offers vineyard tours, wine tasting and a newly-opened wine experience room and new for this year is the estate’s gin school. Happy days!

Sussex Gin Festival, Borde Hill, 9 July

UK’s biggest gin festival with live entertainment and artisan food stalls.

For more ideas this month see our What’s on guides.

*correct at time of publishing but please check event websites for up to date Covid restrictions and cancellations

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