Bringing you culture in the form of comedy competitions, bespoke art exhibitions, vintage Hitchcock and all things heritage in Henfield.
Horsham District Council’s Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 is now entering its autumn phase bringing with it with it some of our major highlights for the year of celebrations.
Sussex Comedian of the Year – The Grand Final
The Sussex Comedian of the Year Final is almost upon us! The comedy competition, a first for Sussex, is sponsored by long established Horsham funeral directors Freeman Brothers. It has been a hotly contested competition over four locally based heats.
The shortlisted comedians for the final include:
Martin Duchov, David Eagle, Konstantin Kristin, and lone female Esther Manito.
Tickets are still available for the Grand Final at Horsham’s Rec Rooms on 4 October but have almost sold out. Come along and laugh your socks off for just £8 if you buy in advance or £10 if you buy at the door.
Colourful Places – The Multi-Coloured District by Sarah Duffield
Opening this weekend is another key highlight with a lasting legacy of the 2019 Year of Culture.
Colourful Places: The Multi-Coloured District by Sarah Duffield opens at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 28 September. Showcasing in public for the first time will be four specially commissioned Year of Culture views of the District along with paintings and prints for sale. It follows her very successful debut show in 2017 at the Museum and includes Sarah’s notebooks of how she went about sourcing her locations and crafting the finished works.
There is also an opportunity to ‘meet the artist’ at the Museum on 5 October from 12 noon.
This beautiful exhibition by local artist Sarah, captures in her unique way, the colour, vibrancy and picturesque scenery of the Horsham District.
The four commissions will be available to buy, giving people the rare opportunity to own a limited edition print commemorating the Year of Culture.
The exhibition runs from 28 September to 14 December.
The Lady Vanishes – vintage Hitchcock
Another unique opportunity as a result of the Year of Culture is the chance to see this star studded stage performance of Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes at The Capitol.
BAFTA-nominated Gwen Taylor and ‘Villain of the Year’ Andrew Lancel are reunited for the first time since their two years together in Coronation Street. Andrew and Gwen are back in this devilishly fun stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes by The Thriller Theatre Company.
When Socialite Iris’ travelling companion disappears, she’s bewildered to find fellow passengers deny ever having seen her. But with the help of musician Max, she turns detective, and together they resolve to solve this perplexing mystery.
Performances run from Monday 21 October until Sunday 27 October and tickets are selling fast.
Let’s hear it for Henfield’s culture
If you are new to Henfield or a long- time resident looking to discover something new about the place you call home, this could be the event for you.
A tale of heritage told by Henfield Museum Curator Alan Barwick welcomes you to follow the intriguing tale of Henfield’s formation.
From prehistory via the Roman era, to the formal foundation of Henfield in the Saxon era, its growth as a stop on the route to the coast and its development into a primary centre for market gardening. Other local industries and well known shops will be covered from the Victorian era until the present day.
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 ground breaking actress.
There is much culture to celebrate in Henfield’s history and we hope this illustrated talk will inspire you to dig deeper.
Come along to the Free Church Hall in Henfield on 4 October at 7.30pm. The cost is £3 and all proceeds are in aid of St. Barnabas House.
Poetry at the REC Rooms
And finally, a quick shout out for a unique evening of award winning poetry at Horsham’s REC Rooms last week.
Hosted by Akila Richards, a published and award-winning writer and poet, this event sported a lively line-up of poets sharing their writings.
A couple of our Year of Culture ambassadors went along and said:
“It was a moving and thought provoking evening in the relaxed setting of the REC Rooms, offering inspiring and inclusive poetry that made us both laugh and feel unsettled at times.
The evening was called ‘Strong Words’ and they certainly were – so much so that we bought the books to reflect on them further.
Follow @hdculture2019 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and keep up to date with all the events on our dedicated site www.hdculture2019.co.uk to see all that’s in store for the remainder of the year!