Press Release: Dance the weekend away at the Summer’s hottest festival, award-winning Chilli Fiesta

Three-day family-friendly festival with camping (11, 12 & 13 August 2017)
10am - 9pm Fri, 10am-10pm Sat, 10am-7pm Sun
West Dean Gardens, Near Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0RX

West Dean Gardens award-winning Chilli Fiesta returns with a creative flair for its 22nd Year (11, 12, &13 August). The UK's biggest chilli festival attracts 25,000 visitors with a sizzling selection of live Latin music and dancing, cookery demonstrations by top chefs, gardening demonstrations and visitors the chance to dine on delicious chilli foods. The family-friendly festival takes place in the spectacular grounds of West Dean Estate, in the heart of the South Downs National Park, home to West Dean College, acclaimed for arts and conservation as well as the glorious West Dean Gardens.

Live Latino music and dance performances throughout the weekend start at 10am on all three days and finish at 9pm on Friday, 10.30pm on Saturday and 9pm on Sunday. Some notable performances for 2017 will include: Andalus; the leading Gipsy Kings tribute band, Kongo Dia Ntoltila, the rumba, afro-jazz band, all girl Rock 'n' Roll band; The Daisy Chains as well as The Fontana's - the Afro Brazilian live band. Big Noise Band, the community Samba Band will be returning by popular demand, as will the steel pan, acoustic guitar and percussion trio - Steel Strum. Funky Brazilian and Latin Soul music from The Fontana's Strictly Come Dancing's, Oti Mabuse (photo credit Fiona Whyte Photography) Steel pan acoustic guitar trio, Steel Strum.

Festival-goers will be dazzled by the legendary Latino Strictly Come Dancing professional, Oti Mabuse, as she takes centre stage on Sunday 13th August at 13:15, 14.45 and 16.30. Salsa dancers Debbi and Francisco will be turning up the heat with interactive dance workshops and reigning UK Latin American Dance Champions Ryan and Ksenia will be returning this year to perform throughout the weekend. (See full list of acts and performances below)

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Front Lawn Stage Timetable

Front Lawn Stage Timetable (please note this may be subject to change)

Friday 11 August

  • 11:00 Tommy Munday
  • 12:00 Big Noise Samba
  • 13:30 Manana Collective
  • 14:30 Ryan and Ksenia
  • 16:00 Ryan and Ksenia
  • 16:30 Manana Collective
  • 17:45 Everybody Salsa
  • 18:15 Laura Nixon
  • 19:00 Los Musicos
  • 20:00 Big Noise Samba
  • 20:30 Steel Strum

Also 12.30 and 15:00 The Sandwich
21:15 Graham and Lewis (Campsite)

Saturday 12 August

  • 10:30 Graham Fargher
  • 11:15 Big Noise Samba
  • 11:45 Ryan and Ksenia
  • 12:15 Latin Fiesta
  • 13:15 Daisy Chains
  • 14:15 Reminisce Reggae
  • 15:15 Ryan and Ksenia
  • 15:45 Kongo Dia Ntolia
  • 16:45 Daisy Chains
  • 17:45 Everybody Salsa
  • 18:15 Reminisce Reggae
  • 19:00 Big Noise Samba
  • 19:30 Kongo Dia Ntolia
  • 20:30 The Fontanas
  • 21:15 Paolo & Guilia (Los Amigos Bar)

Sunday 13 August

  • 11:00 Geoff Huskinson
  • 11:45 Big Noise Samba
  • 12.15 TBC
  • 13:15 Strictly's Oti Mabuse
  • 13:45 Cuban Cuban
  • 14:45 Strictly's Oti Mabuse
  • 15:15 Oye Santana
  • 16:30 Oti Mabuse Masterclass
  • 17:15 Los Jachas Panpies
  • 18:15 Big Noise Samba
  • 18:45 Oye Santana
  • 19.30 Rocio (Los Amigos Bar)
  • 21.00 Luke Ferre (Campsite)

North lawn Timetable

North lawn Timetable (Please note that this may be subject to change)

Friday 11 August

  • 12:00 Alice Galloway
  • 13:00 Mariachi Tequila
  • 14:00 Laura Nixon
  • 15:00 Big Noise
  • 16:30 Mariachi Tequila

Saturday 12 August

  • 12:00 Mike Fry
  • 13:00 Mariachi Tequila
  • 14:00 Andalus
  • 15:00 Big Noise
  • 15:45 Mariachi Tequila
  • 16:30 Andalus

Sunday 13 August

  • 12:00 Tommy Munday
  • 13:00 Mariachi Tequila
  • 15:00 Mariachi Tequila
  • 15:30 Big Noise
  • 16:00 Los Jachas Panpipes

Workshop Tent Timetable

Workshop Tent Timetable (please note this may be subject to change)

Friday 11 August

  • 12:30 Latin in Line
  • 13:15 Big Noise
  • 14:00 Salsa workshop
  • 14:45 Rosie Birkett
  • 15.45 Latin in Line
  • 16:30 Salsa workshop

Saturday 12 August

  • 11:00 Chilli pot painting
  • 12:00 Latin in Line
  • 12:45 Big Noise
  • 13:45 Chilli pot painting
  • 14:45 Salsa workshop
  • 15:30 Mike Fry
  • 16:45 Latin in Line

Sunday 13 August

  • 11.00 Big Noise
  • 12:00 Latin in Line
  • 13:00 Kate Morris
  • 14:00 Salsa workshop
  • 15:00 Kate Morris
  • 16:00 Latin in Line
  • 16:45 Salsa workshop

Tickets and Camping

Ticket information

Early Bird Prices save 20% on the full price (available until 25th July)
Demand for tickets to Chilli Fiesta will be high, so early booking is advised.

  • Friday Day Ticket: Adult £14.40
  • Saturday Day Ticket: Adult £16.00
  • Sunday Day Ticket: Adult £14.40
  • Child Ticket (any day): £2.00
  • 3-day pass with camping: Adult £92.00 Child £28.00

Note: Children age 4 and under enjoy free entry, up to age of 16 requires a child ticket. Children are to be accompanied by a paying adult.

Camping for the weekend

Weekend family-friendly camping offers full top of the range campsite facilities (including showers, flushable toilets and running water). Camping tickets must be purchased online prior to arrival as pitches are limited.

The campsite on the rolling West Dean Estate is split into three zones and is picked on the day of arrival: Jalapeno (most popular general camping area, close to the event arena and enhancing the festival atmosphere); Pimento (quiet camping area away from the main arena ideal for a good night's sleep); and Bell (family friendly and close to the toilets and showers).

A limited number of pitches are available so early booking is essential.
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Notes To Editors

• West Dean Gardens is part of the Edward James Foundation, a charitable trust No. 1126084, also comprising West Dean College, West Dean Estate and West Dean Tapestry Studio.
• West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of
Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London
• All photography is free to use for editorial purposes

For further information, media accreditation, filming opportunities and high-resolution digital images please contact:

Gabriella Pampel or Phoebe Ladenburg
Golden Squared Consulting /
+44 (0)20 7439 2822

High Res Image Gallery

The Fontanas
Oti Mabuse photo credit Fiona Whyte Photography
Steel Strum