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Big Success of the 2017 Horsham Festival
With mostly good weather the second Horsham Festival proved to be a big success with some seventy events taking place between the 8th and 16th July. We are pleased with the range and quality of the events, that thousands of people who attended the festival over the nine days and that all six genre the Festival aims to inspire were showcased during the festival.
Dance was depicted in a number of styles with performances at a range of venues around Horsham and the surrounding area including modern put on by Terra Nova, Young Haods and Upbeat Dance; Appalachian and Sun Oak clog dancing; exotic interpretations by Dancing Roses and Chameleon Belly Dancers; and variation of traditional English dances by Magog, Black Dragon and Broadwood Morris troupses.
Music featured on the first day of the festival with Dame Felicity Lott singing opera to cabaret at the Capitol; classical Shipley Arts Festival concerts and the Bernardi Academy as well as Horsham Symphony Orchestra; through jazz, swing and blues at the Horsham Garden Music Festival, and jazz at the George and Dragon; three local choirs to quirky songs and foot tapping music by members of Horsham Folk Club.
Drama featured in Horsham park, the Human Nature Garden and the Capitol with workshops by the JN Theatre Group; and adaptation of The Tempest by Claire Packham with fellow sixth form colleagues; comedic interpretations by Theatre 48; a short stage production by HAODS; and a youthful performances by Young HAODS & Terra Nova.
Visual Art saw displays and a workshop at the Horsham Museum by the Association For Sussex Artists; an excellent Art Trail by members of HAOS; and a week long exhibition of some outstanding pictures at the Roffey Institute. The Eco-Beast sculpture competition, which encouraged exhibitors from schools and youth groups across West Sussex to construct models from household waste, had its final judging on the Funday Sunday Community Stage as well as creating a memorable display.
Literature was showcased with some prestigious events including a question and answer session with the locally born Matt Charman who is now a Hollywood screenwriter, playwright and director; an evening with the author Juliet West; and a writing workshop.
Digital technology featured in well attended and highly appreciated workshops and displays put on by Hack Horsham and the local Code Club demonstrating the 21st century world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).
Non genre specific events had its highlight with the hugely successful Funday Sunday that was jointly organised by the Horsham Festival and Horsham Rotary Club drawing, it has been estimated, some 11,000 people into the Carfax and Park on Sunday 9th July; a wine and chocolate pairing evening at Manning’s Heath Golf Club; and the annual Riverside Walk round Horsham