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"The Artist's Palette" - Our most successful event, £175,434 raised

June 2016 saw the return of Chichester Cathedral's spectacular floral event. Fifty thousand flowers and fourteen thousand visitors were present at the 2016 Festival of Flowers. This biennial event is organised by Chichester Cathedral Restoration and Development Trust and welcomes visitors from all over the world who come to experience what has been called the 'gold standard' of Flower Festivals.

Thanks to the tireless efforts and dedication of staff and over 700 volunteers this year's event, to date, has raised an amazing £175,434 to support our work in maintaining this beautiful 900 year old building so that it can continue to be enjoyed now and for generations to come.

This majestic nine hundred year-old Cathedral was once again transformed with over eighty stunning arrangements all following the theme of the Festival's title: 'The Artist's Palette'. A dazzling array of imaginative and beautiful flower designs interpreting the theme to sensational effect. The theme reflected artists represented in the Cathedral, local Sussex artists and other well-known artists.Tim Wonnacott, Television Presenter (Bargain Hunt, Antiques Roadshow...) and Fine Arts expert, was the 2016 Festival Patron. Local man Tim was delighted to take up the role, explaining: 'Having lived and worked in Sussex for many years, Chichester Cathedral is a very special place to me and my family. I am very excited about the theme for the Festival of Flowers and look forward with interest to seeing the designs.'

This exciting Festival took place both inside and outside the Cathedral, where visitors were able to wander through the entire Cathedral Grounds enjoying a programme of music as they go. The Festival Market included a large number of stalls selling a vast range of plants and craft items, not to mention some quirky and unique gifts. Delicious refreshments and places to relax could be found in the Café de Fleur and Cloisters Café.

Chichester Cathedral's Festival of Flowers is renowned for innovation with new varieties of plants and flowers developed to celebrate each Festival. The 2016 Festival Flower was 'Heaven Scent', a scented pink, specially developed by David and Emma James from Allwoods Nursery. Pinks are the quintessential British flower: graceful, highly fragrant, hardy, versatile and easy to pick.

Photos courtesy, and copyright, of Robin Field

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And a reminder of our previous festival, in 2014, also a stunning success . . . .

Iris banner - FF2014

The theme for our 2014 event was 'The Music Makers' and, as described by the Festival's Flower Designer, Jose Pound, was a stunning display of creative, imaginative and beautiful flower designs, interpreting twelve centuries of music from pop to plainsong, classics to jazz, and sacred to secular.

 "Our 2014 Festival of Flowers was a musical extravaganza.  An amazing orchestra of talented flower arrangers cleverly interpreted over 70 pieces of music chosen by our FLower Designer, Jose Morum Pound, who composed the 'Music Makers' theme and conducted them to great acclaim!"  - Hilary Tupper, Festival Chairman

Some statistics for the 2014 festival

The festival is an amazing showcase for the commitment of our volunteers, the talent of our flower arrangers and the splendour of the Cathedral.  It brings people together from across the Diocese and beyond, resulting in this truly fantastic experience for all. 

A selection of photos below provide a taste of the stunning 2014 event.

Photos courtesy of JDA Media

The Nave from the west end
The Nave
Arrangement in Lady Chapel
Sanctus Spiritus
Nave from high in the west end
The Nave from on high
Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat at the pulpit in the NAve
Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat
Hangings on the Misericords in the Quire.
Messiah in the Quire
View through the arrangement (The Creation) to the High Altar.
The Creation - Presbytery
Close up of The Banks of the Green Willow - Bishop Stratford's Tomb
The Banks of the Green Willow - Bishop Stratford's Tomb
Moonlight Serenade - South Aisle (4th Pillar)
Moonlight Serenade - South Aisle
One of two planes as part of the 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines' arrangement in the South Cloisters
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines - South Cloisters

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