What will you do during the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019? With over 270 events to choose from across the district, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
The Year of Culture started on the very first day of the year, with a New Year’s Day walk at Warnham Local Nature Reserve. This was swiftly followed by the official launch for the year, a fantastic family event in Horsham Park, with music, performers and lasers!
So what’s still to come in January?
St Peter’s Church in Henfield is hosting the Henfield at Work Then & Now exhibition until 31st January. Looking at working in Henfield from 1890 to 2018, it features fascinating photo pairs from now and then, with photos from members of the Camera Club. Entrance is free (not open during church services).
Join Dr Simon Stewart at The Capitol in Horsham this Friday for Culture & Taste in the 21st Century. He’ll be exploring the question, ‘what is culture?’. For some, it signifies the highest achievements of humanity; for others, it is a description of a particular way of life. The lecture will provide an engaging and accessible exploration of culture and taste. It will explore the ethical aspect of our tastes and will consider how we make evaluative judgements in everyday situations.
Saturday sees Steyning’s annual Wassail. This is an ancient tradition to wake the sleeping fruit trees from their winter slumber! It is fun, dark, noisy, pagan and you’ll need a saucepan, whistle or a drum. The Mythago Morris dancers lead the way to the orchard where the ancient ritual will be performed. Afterwards, you can enjoy homemade soup and live music in the warmth of the Cricket Club.
If you’re a budding writer, then Horsham Writers Circle is looking for you. Whether you’re a professional, a wannabe, or an I’d-just-like-to-improve-my-writing-skills sort of writer, join them in some engaging writing activities at Horsham Library on 24th January. Horsham Writers Circle will publish the outcomes and distribute to the Horsham District libraries (and to everyone involved as well) later in the year.
Perhaps comedy is more your thing? The co-organiser of Sussex Comedian of the Year, Kevin Precious, is holding a comedy workshop on 20th January. This comedy workshop is aimed at people interested in trying out stand up comedy, whatever their background. The workshop will cover a mixture of practical tips and advice from an experienced comedy professional.
The 2019 Shipley Festival sees the return of many artists in what has become an international community of artists and musicians. They will be recording their back catalogue of new music to reflect Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, and also will be taking forwards cutting edge Virtual Reality filming to support some of the most marginalised members of our community. Details and artists will be announced at the annual Festival Friends Celebration at Sedgwick Park on Sunday 27th January.
You could join Sunday Times Bestseller Adele Parks for dinner at WeFiFo’s first ever Culture Club. Adele will be talking about her new book, I Invited Her In, whilst you share a delicious meal prepared by local WeFiFo hosts The Salt Box, on Thursday 31st January.
This is just a selection of the wonderful events happening throughout January. You can find full details of these events and more at www.hdculture2019.co.uk. Please do check booking information and prices prior to attending an event. You can flow @hdculture2019 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with the Year of Culture.