Dozens of projects will be receiving grantsto stage special events for the 2019 Horsham Year of Culture.
The overall initial response to the call for projects was huge, with more than 150 expressions of interest received.
The project ideas were wide and varied, but their main theme was the same; they were all representative of the entire Horsham district, a key aim at the core of the Year of Culture 2019.
A panel made up of representatives from Horsham District Council, the Arts Council, Creative Assembly and West Sussex County Times debated the merits of all the projects against the criteria which had been set out from the start of the project.
The end result was a wide ranging selection of 38 deserving projects that encapsulate culture in many of its forms; from ballroom dancing to sculpture, theatrical productions to cabaret, a year-long comedy competition to a film festival and so much more in between.
The projects are spread far and wide across the district, covering Ashington, Billingshurst, Henfield, Horsham, Warnham, Steyning and Pulborough and many other others.
Commenting on the project announcements, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Cllr Jonathan Chowen said: “We were delighted, if not a little overwhelmed, at the high level of response and interest that we received from organisations wanting to get involved with our Year of Culture celebrations.
“Many thanks to all of the organisations who applied and well done to those who were successful in securing the funds they needed for their planned events.
“The selected project organisations should be justly proud as they have beaten off some stiff competition to be awarded the grants funds.
“Do remember that if you were not fortunate enough to be awarded these funds but still want to put on an event in 2019 you can still take part in our Year of Culture Fringe 2019 celebrations. We can promote your event on our website and in our two promotional programmes.”
The successful grant funded organisations and their projects are:
Ashington Community Centre
Celebration of Live Music to be held at the Community Centre
Sussex Comedian of the Year Competition. Heats to be held across the district. With a grand final to find the winner.
Billingshurst Community Partnership
Lantern procession in Billingshurst and evening cultural event
Build an Opera
Community Music Project. Bringing local communities together to sing, including creating 12 pieces of music inspired by Horsham District.
Christ Hospital Museum
The restoration and exhibition of Frank Brangwyn ‘cartoons’.
A week of dance/ballet workshops for all ages. Bringing in Leading dance companies and using local dance teachers to offer a variety of workshops.
Festival in Horsham Park
A new adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol to be performed at the Capitol.
Half Moon Creative Arts
Sculpture and installation at Warnham Nature Reserve involving local communities to help inspire the design.
Production of a play with community participation.
Henfield Community Partnership
Henfield & District Festival. 12 months of various events.
Holy Innocents Parish Church
Folk song singing workshop based on work of Henry Burstow and concert to perform folk songs including performances from Christ Hospital Students
Horsham Music Circle
Two music concerts which will showcase professional Horsham musicians.
Horsham School of Dance
Dance Festival for HDC school and YP
Arts Festival including interactive events at Shipley Windmill.
Street Pianos. 6 pianos will be placed throughout the district. The pianos will be donated. Preparing the pianos and decoration using community workshops. Launch event for each piano.
Foolery Fest. A children’s cultural festival
Music workshops for the under 5s. Workshops to be held around the district
Community craft project aimed at bringing the community together to be creative.
Female Morris dancers. Funding for equipment to support them whilst performing across the district.
New Friends of Horsham Park - Gardening Festival
3 Gardening Festival events. Gardening Fair, Gardens Question Time, Fruit, Flower and produce show
New Friends of Horsham Park - Poetry Corner
To create a poetry corner with seating. Residence can vote for fav poem Plus a poetry competition
North Horsham Parish Council
Chennels Brook Festival at Motte and Bailey
Pitchy Breath Theatre
A new playwriting writing competition. Winning submissions will be performed at the Capitol.
Shipley Arts Festival
Classical music festival. Funding towards festival costs.
Shipley, Horsham & Steyning Festivals
Supporting the management of all three Festivals.
Film Festival. Local communities can submit their own short films celebrating the Horsham District
Space Arts Trust
Horsham Cabaret a variety performance which will include a new commissioned poem about Horsham District and will tour 6 venues.
STEM/STEAM events for young people looking at technology and the arts.
Steyning Community Partnership
St Cuthmans Wheelbarrow race. A parade followed by a wheel barrow race celebrating the St Cuthmans legend
Literary Festival celebrating the written word.
Sussex Green Living
Share Fair event. Communities to come together to share time and skills.
Upper Beeding and Bramber Community Partnership
Theatrical event at Bramber Castle and other historical locations looking at life at the time of the Norman conquest.
Film and photography project. A year in the life of Billingshurst. For Young people. Funding towards photography exhibition
West Chiltington Dramatic Society
A one act play competition for local theatre groups hosted by West Chiltington Dramatic Society.
West Sussex Music Trust
Massed schools choral and orchestral event for secondary school in the district.
Businesses wishing to be involved by sponsoring events or becoming official partners of the Year of Culture, go to the website, or contact the Year of Culture team directly by email at email@example.com
For further information our Year of Culture Project Co-ordinator on 01403 215060, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.