October – The Month of Books, Music, History and Art 

The Horsham District Year of Culture 2018 has flown by, and the Year of Culture team is currently making plans for the end of the year. But there are still 3 months to go, so what’s happening in October for the Year of Culture? Well, there’s reading, historic talks, music, art and much more!

Reading Challenge

There’s still time to take part in the local libraries 2019 Reading Challenge. Join them in making reading resolutions to inspire you, challenge you and connect you to fellow readers in the district. You can join as an individual reader, looking to kick start a reading habit or get out of a reading rut. Or perhaps you can join as part of a new or well-established reading group. However you choose to be involved, everyone is very welcome to take up the challenge and join the conversation.

You can download and print the Reading Planner or pick up a leaflet at your local library. Choose your titles, chart your progress and rate and review each title. Follow the Horsham District Reading Challenge Facebook group or follow them on Twitter #HorshamDistrictReadingChallenge. Here you will find fellow local readers to swap book ideas for the prompts and discuss your favourite (and least favourite) reads.

At the end of the year join the libraries for the celebration ‘Books Light Up Your Life’ event, where everyone who has taken part is welcome to visit and celebrate the year of shared reading. There will be a look back on the books you read and all participants who have completed the challenge will be entered into a prize draw.

The History of Henfield

Are you new to Henfield or a long-time resident looking to discover something new about the place you call home? Perhaps you live elsewhere in the Horsham District and would like to find out more about the surrounding area.

Told by Henfield Museum Curator Alan Barwick, follow the tale from prehistory via the Roman era, to the formal foundation of Henfield in the Saxon era, as a Mediaeval Bishop’s estate and deer park, its growth as a stop on the route to the coast and development into a primary centre for market gardening. Other local industries and well-known shops will be covered from the Victorian era until today.

You can introduce yourself to some of Henfield’s nationally famous personalities (and a few more obscure figures!) – from those involved in Civil War intrigue and the creation of the early post office, to a nationally important botanist and gardener, to a founder of Sussex private schools, and a renowned and groundbreaking actress. There is much to celebrate in Henfield’s history and this illustrated talk will inspire you to dig deeper! The talk is in the Free Church Hall, Henfield on 4th October at 7.30pm. It’s just £5 including tea and cake and is in aid of St. Barnabas House.

The Voice of the Guitar

Enjoy MILOŠ: The Voice of the Guitar at The Capitol in Horsham on Saturday 5th October. This concert is a journey through music and time. It uses the classical guitar and its unique voice as a vehicle, showcasing a full range of colours and influences, through the works and musicians that defined it.

Whilst the names of some of the composers in this programme may be unfamiliar, the music itself will often be much better known. More familiar composers will reflect Miloš’s classical training at the Royal Academy of Music, whilst other pieces will showcase the link to his early training in Montenegro and his interest in the guitar as an instrument that is an intrinsic part of the Mediterranean environment he grew up in.

In those early days, Andrés Segovia was a particular influence on Miloš and the latter part of the programme demonstrates his subsequent devotion to the music of Latin America and the expansion of the technical and expressive qualities of the instrument. Concluding the programme, Miloš showcases his latest project with the music of the Beatles. Tickets are required for this event and can be booked via The Capitol’s website.

The Multi-Coloured District

Be Surprised: The Multi-Coloured District by Sarah Duffield is one of the highlights of the Year of Culture. This is a beautiful exhibition by Sarah, whose paintings have captured in her unique way, the colour, vibrancy and picturesque scenery of Horsham District.

The Year of Culture team has been following Sarah’s progress with her project for the year. You can follow this on Sarah’s own social media channels, Sarah Duffield Artist and through posts on the Year of Culture social media and website. Showcasing in public for the first time will be the four specially commissioned views of the District along with paintings and prints for sale. Held at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, it follows the very successful debut show in 2017. The exhibition is on now and runs until Saturday 14th September – a visit is highly recommended.

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.

You can follow @hdculture2019 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up to date with the Year of Culture.


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