The first six months of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 has been a massive success with sold out rural touring events across the District, the first ever Horsham Film Festival and the start of The Sussex Comedian of the Year competition, amongst many others.
And it looks as if this success will continue! Since its launch, the Year of Culture has doubled in size with over 500 events now shared online and numerous fringe events of varying size and scope becoming part of the programme. So what’s coming up next?
Comedy, Slapstick & Shakespeare Workshop
Come and join a fun Shakespeare workshop exploring comedy and slapstick in Shakespeare’s comedies such as ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’, ‘The Comedy of Errors’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
Stage fighting, slapstick, clowning and comic timing will all be explored. Team building and fun drama games will also be enjoyed throughout the workshop, with a performance to parents/carers at the end of the session at the Billingshurst Centre, Billingshurst on Sunday 21 July.
The workshop will be lead by Becky Robinson. Becky has 20 years experience of teaching drama to young people and children in schools and Dance/Drama settings. This event is suitable aged 10-16 years and will last approx. 2 1/2 hours. There are limited spaces available for this so book now via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment.
Watch This Space
Watch this space as a group of twenty artists come together to transform the streets of Horsham with expressive ideas over the course of three days. Culture is art! And you get to be a part of it, see the artists’ work in progress, and talk to the professionals about their inspiration and motivation.
Watch This Space takes place over the weekends of 20 and 21 July and 27 and 28 July. The street art will remain on location for five months after the event so plenty of time to revisit your favourite piece.
There may even be the chance to purchase the street art as we will hold a reunion auction of all the artists involved, selling prints and original street art to raise money for local charities.
Space in Gravity
A unique triple bill of dance work which takes you on a gripping journey of human interdependence, strength, and vulnerability. Featuring:
- the acclaimed dance film Artificial Things, directed by Sophie Fiennes and choreographed by Lucy Bennett
- The Journey Between – a new high energy duet choreographed by Chris Pavia, with immersive digital projection by artists from Carousel
- Space in Gravity – featuring Students from Collyers College A Level Dance program, and participants from the local community group The Butterfly Project.
A short documentary film will follow exploring the process for making the piece. Tickets for this event, taking place on 16 July, are just £10 from The Capitol, Horsham.
The Magic of Vienna
Enjoy an evening of classic waltzes by Johann Strauss, including The Blue Danube, Thunder of Lightning, and the Leonardslee Polka (an adaptation of Champagne Polka), performed in the splendour of Leonardslee Mansion.
This event takes place on 19 July, and is part of the Leonardslee Summer Concert Series with the Bernardi Music Group, in association with Horsham Festival. A Standard Ticket is £55 and includes bubbly and canapes. A Premium Balcony Ticket is £80 and includes bubbly, canapes and bottle of Benguela Cove Joie De Vivre Brut MCC. You can book your tickets via the Leonardslee Gardens website.
Heritage of the District in 100 Objects
This major exhibition, being held from 20 July to 12 October, will use objects to explore the fascinating and largely unknown heritage of the District. Ranging from a silver desk set awarded for the best sheep, a symbol of the agricultural revolution, to a Saxon buried without Christian symbols.
Combining objects, photographs and paintings, it will be a real eye-opener even for those who think they know the District well. This exhibition, held in Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, is based on the accompanying book produced by the Horsham District Heritage Forum.
Raymond Cusick and the Hidden History of the Daleks
Find out about the history of the Daleks in Horsham District libraries throughout August. Discover how the writer Terry Nation came up with the first Dr Who adventure in 1963 and how Raymond Cusick from Horsham designed and created the first Dalek.
A special presentation of ‘The World of the Daleks’ will be on show in Horsham Library where Dr Who storybooks, DVD’s and CD’s will be available. Details are also available on the Horsham Writers Circle website www.horshamwriters.co.uk
This is just a selection of the wonderful events happening in July. You can find full details of these events and more on our website, or pick up a #HDYOC19 programme from one of our many outlets across the Horsham District. Please check booking information and prices prior to attending an event as booking is essential for most events.
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