Warnham Nature Reserve

Wondering what to do? The Year of Culture will keep you busy!

Wondering what to do? Well, there’s plenty to keep you busy with the Horsham District Year of Culture during the rest of April. Horsham Piazza Italia takes place in Horsham Town Centre on Good Friday, 17th April, and Easter Monday, 20th April. There will be plenty to see and do for all the family so do come and join us for a fun packed couple of days!

We’re delighted to say Philomena Faye will be performing as part of the Horsham Time Well Spent Piazza Italia event. A classical vocalist like no other, Philomena Faye has a brilliant charm and elegance when she performs. With a fantastic repertoire of well-known classical favourites as well as musical theatre hits and sensational opera songs, Philomena Faye delivers a flawless performance every time.

Horsham Piazza Italia also welcomes Cafe Maestro, who will be playing as part of the event. Cafe Maestro is an extremely popular accordion player specialising in French, Italian, Klezmer and Tango pieces. His main musical influences have been the accordion music of 1930’s Paris, Argentinian Tango and the rich traditions of Eastern Europe and Italy.

If you love music then do come and listen to a beautiful performance of Bach’s ‘St John Passion’ as part of the Year of Culture. This is being performed by Billingshurst Choral Society (BCS) at Billingshurst Leisure Centre on Saturday 13th April. This musical masterwork is a cornerstone of Western musical art. The music is full of excitement and has rightly become a favourite of the choral repertoire.

We’re delighted to welcome Motionhouse to the Capitol Theatre on 16th and 17th April with their electrifying New Dance-Circus! From the electrical charge that sparks human life to the beating of our hearts and the memories we make, six performers use dance and acrobatics to delve deep into the human body, tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives. Digital projections create a world on stage where dancers and images interact seamlessly, bringing to life stories of energy in our own bodies and humans as energy manipulators. Please book your tickets with the Capitol Box Office if you’d like to see this fantastic and unique performance.

With Summer just around the corner, how about joining a walking tour through the historic village of Bramber? The walk on Saturday 13th April will explore the remains of the Norman castle, built following their conquest of England in 1066, and its strategic importance in securing Norman dominance of the area. You’ll also hear about members of the notorious de Braose family and how they incurred the wrath of King John. It was, in part, events surrounding Bramber Castle and the de Braoses that led to the Barons forcing King John to agree the Magna Carta! You can find out more about the walk in the Events section of the Year of Culture, including details of how to book.

We would love you to come along to the cafe at Warnham Nature Reserve to see the exhibition of designs for permanent artworks, and images and words from workshops held at the Reserve. The poem ‘Ozymandias’ has been the inspiration for the project; the travellers from antique lands are the migrating birds and minibeasts found in the reserve.

The Warnham Nature Reserve writer in residence, Tanya Shadrick, has been busy meeting people in the reserve and working with groups of school children. Artist Will Nash has spent time in the reserve and has designed a number of potential sculptural pieces to add to the natural collections. Now they need your vote! Choose your favourite model and help decide which sculpture will be built for permanent exhibition at the reserve. The exhibition runs from 13th April to 24th April and is free to view, but why not follow it up with a walk around the reserve?

Working together for the first time, Horsham Photographic Society and Steyning Camera Club have photographed amazing and beautiful scenes of the culture and place that makes Horsham district what it is. They have spent 11 months capturing the essence that makes the district. Each photograph is an individual’s response to that inspiration; cumulatively the photographs on show awaken the sense and awareness of what an amazing place Horsham district is. You will not take the district for granted again. Come and see these wonderful photos in Horsham Museum and Art Gallery from 13th April to 6th July.

Always remember to check out our website for the most up to date events guide and to book events. Don’t forget also our hard copy programme which gives an excellent taste of what’s planned. Programmes are available at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, The Capitol, Steyning Bookshop, all libraries throughout the District and other outlets.

You can follow the Year of Culture on Twitter @HDculture2019, Instagram @HDculture2019 and on Facebook, or sign up for the regular newsletter via the website.


Posted in 2019, News.

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