Have you picked up the latest Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 programme yet? If not, don’t worry, we’ve a round-up of some of the events happening in July for you. This month sees an eclectic mix of events including photography, robots, video games, sheep, classical music and dance! What will you do?
Nature Photographer Of The Year Competition
If you’re an amateur photographer get your camera ready for this Year of Culture Fringe Event! The Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve and Horsham District Council are running the Nature Photographer Of The Year Competition. Categories include Landscapes of Horsham Nature Reserves; British Native Flora or Fungi; British Native Fauna (in the wild); Overseas Flora, Fauna or Fungi; Captive Animals & Birds and Young Photographer of the Year in any of these categories.
There are prizes for the winners and winning photographs and a selection of the others will be displayed at the Visitor Centre at Warnham Local Nature Reserve from early October to late December. For rules and conditions, please refer to the leaflet available at the Nature Reserve
Funday Sunday & Titan the Robot
Funday Sunday returns to Horsham Park on 7th July. This years event will include the finale of the fantastic Horsham Children’s Parade. There will be a plethora of traders, charities, community organisations, sports have-a-go areas, and the Funday Sunday stage and arena showcasing some excellent local drama and dance groups. Look out for special appearances from local celebrities, Tomfoolery, and Ollie Heath too. Plus its free entry!
As part of the Year of Culture, Titan the Robot will be appearing at Funday Sunday at Horsham Park. The event runs from noon until 6pm so come and meet Titan – he’s 8 ft tall! Titan the Robot is the ultimate family-entertainment show. Titan’s comedic antics are adored by children and adults alike and with his huge fan base people travel for miles to see his show – we’ll see you there!
Crafting the Worlds We Play
Horsham is a cultural hub – in fact, it’s home to the oldest and largest UK video game developer, Creative Assembly. But, what actually goes on at CA, how do games get made? In this talk, Creative Assembly – Crafting the Worlds We Play, CA’s Project Art Director, Rob Farrell, breaks down the core components of making a game – the expertise required and the process of bringing both art, design and programming together.
Rob has been in the games industry for 15 years, 12 of which have been at Creative Assembly. Working as an artist on multiple award-winning titles such as Total War: Empire, Total War: SHOGUN 2 and Total War: ROME II, he has developed an understanding of what is needed to make a successful Total War title. Prior to this, his credits include Burnout and Harry Potter with EA. Rob is now the Project Art Director overseeing a talented art team responsible for keeping with the artistic pillars of Total War and the deep traditions of CA. His talk takes place at the Capitol Horsham on Thursday 11th July and tickets are selling fast!
Henfield Summer Fair
A quintessential summer event, this year’s Summer Fair at Henfield, will see the return of the popular Sheep Show, where the woolly ones will be fleeced before your eyes! As it is the Year of Culture there’s a twist and in the Show Tent the Henfield Summer Fair team are planning a Bake Off, Grow Off and Craft Off so entries can come on the day. Shayler’s Funfair will be there together with a beer tent, tea tent and other local food providers. Come and enjoy a family day out on Henfield Common on Saturday 13th July.
Shipley Arts Festival
Described by Virtuoso magazine as ‘the world’s leading exponent of the Baroque Trumpet’, Crispian Steele-Perkins joins up with Bernardi Music Group. They will perform tunes from John Ireland to Handel to Howard Goodall in a celebration of Amberley’s ancient Castle and Church on Saturday 13th July. Tickets are £35.00 and include canapés and refreshments at this wonderful venue. Booking is essential for this event.
On Sunday 14th July, join some of the UK’s leading musicians in the beautiful Durrance Manor as they perform a programme including Mozart’s ‘Kegelstatt Trio for piano, clarinet and viola’ and Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’. During the interval, there will be an opportunity to enjoy part of the stunning gardens at Durrance which have views over the Southdowns and Chanctonbury Ring and feature a Japanese Garden, wildflower meadows and a Monet style bridge over waterlilies. Booking is essential and tickets are £37.50 which include Nyetimber and canapés.
Stopgap Dance: A Space in Gravity
This is a unique triple bill of dance work which takes you on a gripping journey of human interdependence, strength, and vulnerability. Featuring the acclaimed dance film Artificial Things, directed by Sophie Fiennes and choreographed by Lucy Bennett. The Journey Between is a new high energy duet choreographed by Chris Pavia, with immersive digital projection by artists from Carousel. Space in Gravity features Students from Collyers College A Level Dance program and participants from the local community group The Butterfly Project. A short documentary film will follow exploring the process for making the piece. You can book your tickets, costing £10 each from the Capitol Horsham Box Office.
This is just a selection of the wonderful events happening in June 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.
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