2019 was the Horsham District Year of Culture, an opportunity to celebrate the culture and heritage of the area through a huge variety of events.
Over the year more than 700 cultural events involving thousands of people took place, ranging from a year-long reading challenge through the libraries, to sculptures set to last a lifetime, to a pop-up outdoor art gallery, performances in a woodland and the first ever Horsham Children’s Parade, to a month long light and projection show in Horsham town centre in December.
The project, sponsored by numerous local businesses and supported by Horsham District Council saw a collaboration between hundreds of district-based organisations representing culture, community, arts, heritage, nature and sustained by many volunteer hours.
The aim of the project was to raise the profile of culture and heritage within the Horsham District, and to create a cultural legacy that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors, long after 2019, and to connect with our community.
Some of the incredibly successful events which will take place again after 2019, will include Horsham Children’s Parade, Horsham Film Festival, Sussex Comedian of the Year and opportunities to visit the Brangwyn restorations at Christ’s Hospital. Keep an eye out for other cultural legacies!
2019 was also the year of Global Gruffalo, a project launched as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019.
The author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson CBE, is a resident in this glorious part of the world and was patron of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019. With one of her most popular books, The Gruffalo, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019 it was a perfect opportunity to create something fun and far reaching.
20 Gruffalo toys were individually sponsored by organisations with the task to see who could get them out in the world further! There was also one very important one which travelled around as many of the schools in the Horsham District as possible.
All the sightings of the Gruffalo’s on their journeys were uploaded to its own dedicated website, where they could be tracked across the world.
Over the year the Gruffalos visited – Florida, Seville, Dublin, Croatia, Thailand, The Netherlands, Scotland, Norway, Portugal, Costa Del Sol, Sweden, Disneyland Orlando, Madrid, Washington, Norwegian fjords, Belgium, Tenerife, Wales, Denmark, Columbia, Vienna, Fez, Budapest, Connecticut, Dubai, Italy, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Sydney, Hong Kong, Portland Oregon, Sri Lanka, Chicago, San Francisco, Nevada, Colorado, Denver, Nebraska, Perth, Tokyo, The Alps, Cologne, South Africa, New York, Miami, Switzerland, Abu Dhabi, Bulgaria, Nuremberg, St Lucia, Oslo, Atlanta, Florence and Doha.