Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

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Culture is taking centre stage during 2020, as part of a year-long campaign to showcase Hertfordshire’s creative opportunities.

To find out more, visit the HYOC2020 website, where you can sign up to the mailing list for news and updates. You can also follow @HYOC2020 on InstagramTwitter and @HertsYOC2020 on Facebook to keep up to date with the campaign as it develops. #HYOC2020

February is skills development and volunteering month

We’re encouraging everyone to develop their skills or volunteer this month.

  • You can visit the Creative Hertfordshire website to explore projects, training, freelance and voluntary opportunities in the local arts, cultural and creative industries.
  • You can contact the Dacorum Volunteer Centre to find out about volunteering opportunities in Dacorum. The Volunteer Centre will also be posting an opportunity every day on social media. 
  • West Herts College offers an array of part-time creative courses at its Dacorum campus, such as interior design, acrylic painting, dress making, British sign language, floristry, introduction to drawing and painting, to name a few.
  • Community Action Dacorum: Creative Learning provides courses for adults, particularly for those who find it difficult to access mainstream education. Our tutors are mostly drawn from the local community and teach skills for life and work, wellbeing, cookery and nutrition, and women-only courses.

February highlights in Dacorum...

  • Your Berkhamsted - Past and Present: Are you a budding local photographer? Open Door is looking for submissions by 28 February for an exhibition starting in March. Email opendoorberko@gmail.com  or visit the Open Door Berkhamsted website. Whatever your age, why not have a go, using your phone or camera to capture a shot.
  • The Canvas Crew After School Art Club: On Tuesday 25 February, learn new skills, become more confident and discover your inner artist at Open Door Berkhamsted.
  • Cultural Heritage and Digital Skills Course: Create the local history of tomorrow through film and audio, and enhance your digital skills. This free six-week course starts on 27 February. For information and registration, contact Community Action Dacorum by phone on 01442 617648 or by email: musarat1@communityactiondacorum.org.uk.
  • Chatter Table - Little Gaddesden: Join us for a cup of tea and a short talk on plants that are to be found when you are out and about on walks in Little Gaddesden. Aimed at people over 50 years old, it's free and includes tea and cake! Email caroline.wallace@dacorum.gov.uk for details.
  • Blast from Tring's Past - magic lantern projector show: Tring Together presents a fascinating glimpse into Tring’s past times, shown on original glass slides on a heritage lantern projector, on Friday 28 February at The Nora Grace Hall. Visit Tring Together for details and bookings. 
  • Marley's Family Fun Club: Join Marley’s team for Dream Builders on Saturday 29 February. Test your building skills to turn tonnes of bright, big bricks into the best buildings ever! Free fun, family activities on the last Saturday of each month, 11am to 4pm in The Marlowes Centre.

March is Access the Arts month

Here's a taster of what's coming up...

  • Radio Dacorum at Hemel Old Town Market: Radio Dacorum is eight years young on Sunday 1 March. Come and celebrate at Hemel Hempstead's Old Town market with Radio Dacorum's DJs, great music and special guests for a live birthday broadcastFind out more.
  • New Life Drawing Session with Life Drawing Happenings: Local artist Kelly Pedlar is offering new evening sessions at The Quaker Meeting House in Hemel Old Town. Starting Monday 2 March, 7pm to 9.30pm. For details visit Life Drawing Happenings.
  • Free Crafts Course: Try new crafts, learn how to sell your crafts and make new friends. This free course starts on Wednesday 4 March (10am to 2pm) in St Mary's Church Hall, Hemel Old Town. To book, email simona@communityactiondacorum.org.uk or visit the Community Action Dacorum website.
  • Craft and Cake Social: Join Anna Schofield for her monthly craft and social. Saturday 7 March, 10am to 11.30am. For info, visit Anna's Funky Art.
  • Dance Re:Ignite Festival: Dance Re:Ignite celebrates dance for and by people aged over 55 in Hertfordshire and connects people to opportunities to get involved with dance. Some activities will be open to all age groups. Whether you want to take part in workshops, watch performances or meet other people, come along to Watford Colosseum on Sunday 8 March (10am to 5pm). The show element includes dancers from Dacorum and is supported by Dacorum Borough Council. Book a free ticket on the Eventbrite website.
  • Magnolia Moments - The Brush Party: Painting in a pub! Get creative and experience a great night out. Tuesday 10 March at The Plough, Leverstock Green, 7pm to 10pm. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.
  • HHTheatreCo presents Dad's Army: Walmington-On-Sea comes to The Boxmoor Playhouse between 11 and 14 March 2020, with all your favourite characters from the Home Guard. To book, visit the HHTheatreCo website.
  • Daisy Pulls It Off -  Auditions Workshops: Come along on Monday 12 March at 7.45pm for an audition workshop. Whether you’re already a member of HHTheatreCo or new to the company, you’ll be very welcome. HHTheatreCo.
  • Juicebox Live - new music nights in the Cellar Club at The Old Town Hall: March 2020 sees the launch of a regular music night, which will be primarily focused on providing artists from Dacorum with a chance to play in their local area. The Old Town Hall
  • Berkhamsted People - Portraits of a Town: Adam Hollier is launching a series of photo shoots where you can come along and be photographed for free to be included in a new book. This photography project will feature hundreds of portrait photographs of local Berkhamsted faces, as well as lovely stories and images of local landmarks. The next shoot take place on Friday March 13 at Waterstones in Berkhamsted, 10am to 1pm. Berkhamsted People
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Inspired Painting Workshop: Join Anna Schofield at her studio for a fun and relaxed morning of painting, using Georgia O'Keeffe's floral paintings as inspiration to create colourful masterpieces. Sunday 15 March 2020 at 10am. Anna's Funky Art
  • Dacorum Music School String Day: Dacorum Music School is running a String Day for all violin, viola, cello and double bass players at primary school in Year 3 and above. For details, visit the Eventbrite website.
  • Mark Steel - Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright: The star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town is touring a show which is guaranteed to make the world seem even crazier than it is. Friday 20 March at 8pm at the Court Theatre, Pendley Manor. For info, visit the Get Stuffed website.
  • Vision Board Workshop: You'll create your own inspirational vision board that you can then display in your home or office. Friday 20 March, 6pm. For info, visit Anna's Funky Art  website.
  • Try Smiling Family Shows - Electric Umbrella: Aimed at a younger audience (under 10s) and their friends and families, these relaxed and inclusive shows will be full on interactive fun, music, singing and dancing and are not to be missed! Saturday 28 March at Grovehill Community Centre, Hemel Hempstead. Tickets are just £5 each. For info, visit the Electric Umbrella website. 

More events and activities

For more events and activities in Dacorum and around the county, please visit the HYOC2020 'What's On' events listing at creativehertfordshire.com.  

How you can get involved in HYOC2020

You can download an activity form to let us know any plans that you have, and you'll be sent a Herts Year of Culture toolkit with the logo, information and resources to promote your event. Visit the HYOC2020 website for details.

HYOC2020 is supported by all 11 Hertfordshire local authorities. The Programme Board has additional representation from the University of Hertfordshire, Visit Herts and Trestle Theatre Company.

More information

For further information about the county campaign, please email HYOC2020 Project Co-ordinator, Liz Gore, at hyoc2020@hertsmere.gov.uk.

For information about HYOC2020 in Dacorum, please email community.partnerships@dacorum.gov.uk.