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Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 Programme is available now!

Excitement is now building just two months before the launch of Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, with celebrations showcasing local arts and heritage across all of the Horsham District.

The key to all the fun and entertainment is the 56 page programme covering January to June 2019. The programme, which includes full events listings, is free and available now from leisure centres, museums, surgeries, libraries, with many more currently being distributed.

Additionally, the online events diary is also now available with its exhaustive listings of over 150 supplementary Year of Culture Fringe events. Look out for the Year of Culture Fringe logo. The Fringe events can be found at www.hdculture2019.co.uk

Commenting on the events line up Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, said: “2019 is set to be a complete game changer of a year for the people of Horsham District and beyond with an unprecedented range of unique cultural experiences to enjoy.

“The line -up of events is innovative, exciting, and often interactive, creating opportunities for people not just to sit back and watch, but to actually perform and take part themselves.

“Our District is brimming with creativity, talent and energy and it has been great to see all the Year of Culture ideas emerge throughout 2018. But now is the time to really get involved, pick up the official programme or look online at the hundreds of events planned, many of them free.

There has never been a better time to engage with our heritage, history, the Arts, dance and much more.”

Take a look at just some of the highlights.

For starters, there will be 38 unique events which are being grant funded by the Council as part of the 12 month celebration. These projects are as diverse as the first ever Horsham Film Festival and first ever Sussex Comedian of the Year contest, the return of the District Schools Dance Festival, a wheelbarrow race in Steyning, a ukulele festival in Ashington, light projections across the whole District and the opportunity to write poems to help create a Poets’ Corner in Horsham Park, to name just a few.

Larger projects, such local artist Sarah Duffield’s specially commissioned paintings to encapsulate our District and outdoor Shakespeare theatre – A Midsummmer Night’s Dream at Knepp, are also taking place.

To view the full list, visit www.hdculture2019.co.uk.

Patron of the Horsham District Year of Culture, world renowned author and local resident Julia Donaldson MBE, said: “There’s so much going on with this project I’ve found it hard to choose my favourites. I know I’ll enjoy Steyning Book Lovers’ Week and the promenade theatre piece, A Norman’s Tale, in Bramber. And the writing and sculptural project at Warnham Local Nature Reserve is definitely tempting me.

“I hope residents will really involve themselves in the Year of Culture and tell all their friends what’s going on, so that we can welcome more people to the area and show off just how much we have to offer.”

A second programme will be available from May 2019 to cover July to December 2019.

If you would like to join up as a Friend of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 to enjoy unique benefits, go to: https://www.hdculture2019.co.uk/friends-of-horsham-district-year-of-culture-2019/
You can follow the Year of Culture on Twitter @HDculture2019, Instagram @HDculture2019 and on Facebook, facebook.com/HDculture2019 or sign up for the regular newsletter via www.hdculture2019.co.uk

The Year of Culture 2019 – a year-long celebration of inspirational events organised by Horsham District Council, is set to feature something for everyone – highlighting events and activities that are already firm favourites as well as bringing new groups and communities together to try with something completely new.

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