HDC Year of Culture 2019

Horsham District Council have asked us to pass on a call for local ideas for celebrating our district, as part of The Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 project, which launches this September. Thakeham PC will be discussing this but proposals can come from all kinds of community organisations.

Letter from HDC follows from Project coordinator Lisa Brace. Contact: 01403 215060. yearofculture2019@horsham.gov.uk


What’s the Year of Culture?

It’s an enormous task we’ve set, but we want to do something big for the Horsham district – something which says ‘this is what our district is about’.  The aim of the Year of Culture is to bring together groups, businesses and people from across the district together to celebrate what culture means to us, and in turn, encourage visitors from within and outside the district.

But what is culture?

Good question – and one we are asked regularly.  What does culture mean to you? For some it might mean your own community’s culture, or high culture, our heritage and the relevance it has to the district’s culture or something completely different.  The Year of Culture wants to highlight, celebrate and enjoy the many exciting aspects of culture.

What does Year of Culture have to do with us?

Simply put the Year of Culture won’t happen without you.  The year is about celebrating our district, and to do that we want to support you and the work you do, and encourage you to go further.  We will be making available a grant fund to support projects which fulfil certain criteria, and expressions of interest for these grants will be open from the end of September.

As well as grants, we will be looking to support your plans with advice on how to make applications to other organisations, as well as providing publicity packs and endorsing your event on the Year of Culture website (currently under construction) as well as providing help and assistance wherever we can.

It’s only 2017, why are you telling us now?

These plans take time. If you’re keen to take part and you have a large event you wish to plan for, or a year round trail you’d like us to consider, you need time to organise. Also, if you are looking to make a funding application with us, we need to know by November 30 2017 (applications open September 27). So get involved now! The time will quickly disappear and before we know it will be January 1 2019.

Who is organising the Year of Culture?

Horsham District Council is coordinating the Year of Culture, working closely with advisors representing arts and heritage in the community but the aim is for the whole district to get behind the project.

I have a question.

We like questions! Either email the team at yearofculture2019@horsham.gov.uk or call Lisa on 01403 215060.

I’m looking forward to meeting you and hearing your plans.

Yours sincerely,

Lisa Brace

Year of Culture Project Coordinator