Rounding off an amazing summer of 2019 Horsham District Year of Culture events here are some of the last “don’t miss” activities along with a whole new genre of events for September and the early autumn.
The Year of Culture celebrations have provided a great platform to literally hundreds of events, some 600 in total so far, where we have been overwhelmed with the volume of people wanting to get involved, publishing their fringe events on our website, going to performances and actively taking part in the vast array of opportunities on offer.
Some of the fringe events in particular have showcased the real diversity of culture in our District: from comedy competitions to exhibitions steeped in history, heritage and the past, high calibre theatrical productions around the region, nights of start gazing and birdwatching, to days filled with outdoor summer camps, art workshops, food and drink tastings and much more.
Here’s just a sample of more events coming up.
Watch This Space
We hope you have been literally “watching this space” in Horsham’s North Street (just alongside from the Capitol) recently.
A community centred art-based project, taking place in Horsham over the month of August is Watch This Space, where some 20 artists have been creating their own unique artworks in a range of media on the hoardings of a building in North Street.
The paintings create a riot of colour along this main entrance into Horsham and will stay in place until the end of the year when they will be auctioned off for charity, giving the public the chance to own a unique piece of art commemorating the Year of Culture. Go along and check them out.
The Red Lion – quality drama for football fans
Bringing our village halls and football clubs to life over the summer months is our specially commissioned play, The Red Lion.
What better way for football enthusiasts to spend a Friday or Saturday night than enjoying this haunting and humorous new play about the dying romance of football – and the tender, savage love that powers it.
A young player touched with brilliance arrives from nowhere. An ambitious manager determines to make him his own. And the old soul of the club still has dreams of glory.
The Red Lion is a hugely entertaining play with great humour and has wide appeal to local football players, teams and supporters alike. Age 14+ Contains strong language.
Catch it as it tours the District throughout September at Slinfold Village Hall, Horsham YMCA, Ashington Centre, Thakeham Village Hall, Weald Community School and Cowfold Football Club. Check out our website www.hdculture2019.co.uk for booking details.
Cooks & Books Supper Club
Another real triumph and much enjoyed by many are our literary supper club evenings.
As part of the Year of Culture celebrations, WeFiFo are teaming up with local authors and chefs to present you with a series of Cooks & Books Supper Clubs. Guests will get the chance to enjoy an intimate Q&A with a local monthly author, followed by a delicious dinner to continue the discussion.
On Thursday 19 September, local bestselling author Fliss Chester will be in the chair being interviewed up close and personal in Slinfold to discuss her writing career and latest escapist summer dream read, Meet Me on the Riviera.
If you like quality chat and sumptuous food and drink, this is the night for you.
Strong Words: Poems For Our Times
The literature focus continues in the form of poetry at Horsham’s REC Rooms also on 19 September. Brought to you by the Year of Culture team and New Writing South, Strong Words: Poems For Our Times is a line- up of lively poets and writers that will both appease and unease you, comfort you and stir you.
A rare chance to enjoy nationally acclaimed award winning poets in a great local setting.
Have you seen our missing Gruffalo?
And finally, a quick shout out for one of our travelling Global Gruffalos who has gone missing!
In January 2019 twenty Gruffalo soft toys were sent on a global journey to kick start the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 and celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Gruffalo book written of course by our Year of Culture Patron Julia Donaldson CBE.
The most theatrically cultured of all the Global Gruffalos was Gruffalo number 13 (unlucky for some?), sponsored by our very own Capitol theatre. This Gruffalo, whilst on tour, has mysteriously disappeared during a break-in at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.
Was the Gruffalo stolen or did he take this opportunity to escape into the Scottish Highlands to search for his ancestors?
Horsham District Council is putting out a call to see if we can find the whereabouts of this missing little chap. If anyone sees him please contact [email protected]
That just about wraps it up for this week. You can find full details of these events and more on our website www.hdculture2019.co.uk , 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.