It is with great pleasure I announce a project I’m really excited about.
The Year of Culture is very important as it is a great opportunity for the whole community to participate and celebrate the rich culture and heritage of our area. I believe in the value of culture and its ability to inform, intrigue and inspire and I’m keen that the project reflects these qualities by connecting with everyone in this wonderful district. It is a year of opportunity where anything should be possible, and to enable the many hardworking groups and organisations to go further and achieve more we will be providing grants to support their ideas and to make them happen.
The Horsham district is home to icons of culture in every interpretation – from the way the landscape sweeps its way from north to south, to our patron’s worldwide recognised children’s character The Gruffalo, to the beauty of the words crafted by Shelley and the BAFTAs won by world renowned games creator Creative Assembly– this is a culturally rich and diverse area to live in and experience.
The Year of Culture aim is to celebrate the culture and heritage we have in this district and with over 200 square miles to cover, there’s also a lot to discover.
Every month of the Year of Culture will have a different theme, with the intention that events and projects can work with that theme to ensure we can all enjoy a really varied year. The hope too is that there will be significant key events which will showcase the very best the district has to offer.
The Year of Culture is being supported and coordinated by Horsham District Council, working with the community ably assisted by a board of advisors comprising the very best of the cultural, arts and heritage sectors from within the district.
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram via @HDculture2019 using the hashtag #HDYOC19.
Jonathan Chowen, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Horsham District Council