Whacky pianos, 100 inspiring objects and plant based food!

Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 offers whacky pianos, 100 inspiring objects and plant based food!

There’s no denying it – there is a definite whiff of back to school and the end of the school holidays in the air. But here in the Year of Culture team we have teed up a whole new suite of events and activities to look forward to for September and the autumn. Check them out here.

Firstly, just to mention the Horsham District Street Pianos Music and Art Trail.

If you have been out and about in the District throughout August you can’t have missed our expertly decorated pianos which have been strategically dotted around.

The Street Pianos project, celebrating Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 through art, music and performance have popped up in public places throughout the summer. They are free to play for all abilities from novice to seasoned musicians – they are for everyone. Think impromptu performances, spontaneous knees-ups and musical ad-libs – community music at its best!

There are FIVE to find and each one has been uniquely decorated by school groups within the Horsham District!

The piano decorated by Steyning C of E Primary School can be found on Cobblestone Walk in Steyning with a special celebratory event there on 7 September. Next up is the piano made by Billingshurt Primary, which can be found at the Chestnut Tree House charity shop on the high street. The third piano can be found in Southwater Country Park and was decorated by Castlewood Primary.

Moving into Horsham, the piano made by St Mary’s C of E Primary School can be found in Horsham’s Market Square (by the Bill’s restaurant), with a special event to celebrate on 31st August – come along and play some tunes! The fifth decorated piano is in Horsham Train Station, decorated by QEII Silver Jubilee School.

Find the 6th piano in Swan Walk, Horsham – this is our information point where you can find more trail maps and info!

Make sure you come along, to support the local community and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

The Big H

204 Square miles, at least 100 million years, and only 100 objects to explore and explain the rich and fascinating story of Horsham District’s Heritage. Sounds like a tall order, but in this exhibition at our Horsham Museum and Art Gallery we have managed to achieve just that.

Many of the District’s stories have lain hidden from sight and are known to only a few, but we have captured them.

Now as part of the District’s Year of Culture, Horsham Museum and Art Gallery is unearthing the stories and revealing in the full glare of public gaze the District’s compelling heritage which covers from dinosaurs to ploughmen’s lunches, from Roman roads to postal services, from cricket to workhouses and much much more. The new temporary exhibition, Heritage of Horsham District in One Hundred Objects is at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery and is on now until 12 October. An accompanying book is due to be published and launched at the beginning of October.

Working with the Horsham District Heritage Forum, the Museum asked the member organisations to nominate their 10 most interesting or important cultural objects. Check them out.

Vegan Fest Horsham is back

After last year’s runaway success, and with plant based food very much in the news, Vegan Fest Horsham is making a very welcome return at the Little Nibble Food Festival in Horsham’s Carfax on Sunday 1 September.

Come and visit our Plant Based Gazebo at The Little Nibble – bite sized but still perfectly formed!

Lots of lovely hot and cold food will be on offer – cakes, chocolate, pies and savouries and not forgetting our Vegan Fest cheeseboard.

We will have lots of information and advice on hand, too, from plant based author Karen Lee, together with vegan nutritionist, Julie Stewart.

And of course, to top it all, don’t miss the plant based cookery demonstration in the Live Cookery Theatre at 1pm.

Be surprised: The Multi-Coloured District by Sarah Duffield

Right at the outset of the Year of Culture celebrations in January 2019, we commissioned local artist Sarah Duffield to capture the essence of the Horsham District in her unique style.

Sarah was asked to paint four well known landscapes from the District and exhibit them during a solo show in September. After walking over and across many previously unknown to her areas in search of views suggested by local people on social media, she narrowed her venue search down to four fantastic views which reflect the four seasons and include Beeding Hill, Knepp Castle, Amberley and Cheworth Farm. The paintings are now complete.

The free to view exhibition at The Horsham Museum and Art Gallery will run from 28 September till 14 December. All four of the paintings commissioned will be on view for the first time alongside other paintings and sketches from in and around the District.

Come along and meet Sarah at the Museum on 5 October where she will be sharing her experiences.

Tree and Wood – a night time journey of stories, sounds and songs

And finally, a shout out for Tree and Wood at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens from 24 October as tickets are now on sale and selling fast!

Set in the grounds of the beautiful Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, this exciting new outdoor performance provides an immersive experience of the woodland with live music, song and light installations.

A truly unique event, which at just £15 a ticket or £50 per family of four is definitely not to be missed. Go to www.treeandwood.org.uk for more information and to book go to The Capitol website.

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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