Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

HYOC2020 logoCulture 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 Instagram, Twitter and @HertsYOC2020 on Facebook to keep up to date with the campaign as it develops. #HYOC2020

Activities and events

Coronavirus (COVID-19): If you are planning to attend any #HYOC2020 events, please first check with the event organiser and consider the Government guidelines before attending. There is more guidance on the Hertfordshire County Council website.

October's theme is Get Back Into, Be Inspired! 

Perhaps some of this month's activities will inspire you to try something new or to revisit something you haven't tried for a while...

  • Dacorum's Virtual Fun Palace - On Saturday 3 October we teamed up with Hemel Hempstead Library, local artists and community organisations to create an online Fun Palace. There were lots of online activities to join in with on the day and some of them are still available to watch, such as storytelling, dance, hedgehog cookie making, baby rhyme time and yoga. You can find the links on our Fun Palaces web page. Fun Palaces return on the first weekend of October 2021 and we hope to see you then.
  • Black History Month: Hertfordshire Libraries - Herts Libraries are celebrating Black History Month in many ways this month, including a talk about African Caribbean history and ancestry, a reading of The Color Purple, audio and book lists for children and teenagers and stories for under 8s by authors from African heritage. Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies will also be sharing an online exhibition, Windrush and Beyond, and delivering a presentation about Hertfordshire's connections with the slave trade.  
  • Apex Multi-Activity Half Term Holiday Camps - Looking for some healthy, active fun for the children this October half term? Apex is holding healthy, active holiday camps with dance games, sports, Halloween activities and more. For Reception to Year 6/7 children at various venues in Dacorum and St Albans.
  • Creative workshops: Cake Shack at the Hub - Join Mel in the Cake Shack cafe at the Active Dacorum Hub for some creative workshops from October to December. This month's workshops include Mask Making, Harvest Theme and Pumpkin Carving. For details and to book visit the website. 
  • Open Door Berkhamsted: half term workshops - Open Door has a couple of great workshops lined up for half term aimed at teenagers and adults. Illustration for beginners and a mobile phone photography workshop. Booking required. 
  • Free wellbeing and creativity short course: New Leaf College - On this short online Zoom course you will see how creative thinking can be used to problem solve and improve your wellbeing. You’ll try new techniques that will inspire you to become more creative in your everyday life.
  • Dare To Dance: Dacorum Community Dance - Do you Dare to Dance? During October, Dacorum Community Dance is challenging you to do one dance a day, every day, to raise money for a good cause. You get to choose your music, your location and your moves! Click on the link to sign up.
  • Circus Workshops: Phoenix Entertainments - Phoenix is offering community circus workshops to those aged between five and 12, and also to those aged 18 and over as part of Herts Year of Culture. The workshops run right through October and during half term (please check dates for the different age groups). The workshops are fun, active and can help improve your wellbeing. The project is supported by Arts Council England so the costs are subsidised and offered at a reduced rate.
  • Dacorum Creatives Exhibition - Due to its success in September, Dacorum artists are continuing to exhibit their work in The Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead, throughout October. You will see different artwork and some new artists featuring this month, so well worth another visit if you've already been. It's open every Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm in the shop unit next to Clintons. Don’t forget to bring a mask when you visit.
  • Tring Book Festival - Author events this month include Jeffery Archer and Stuart Turton, with further online events planned for November. For the latest news and festival updates visit the website. 
  • CLP Arts and Crafts Courses: Family Art Online - A half-term family art course just £12 per family. The course is funded by the Hertfordshire Family and Learning Service (HAFLS) and runs from 27 to 30 October. See the link for details and to sign up.
  • Nothing on Earth: Pursued by a Bear Theatre Company - The fourth short film in the series of six about inspiring women premiered on Sunday 4 October, 5pm at The Watford Fringe Festival The films are part of an HYOC2020 partner project, and this autumn we're collecting stories from older people in Dacorum to create a film especially for our borough. You can see the promotional trailer about the films and project on the big screen in Hemel Town Centre and view the released short films.
  • #TAG Seek and Hide Community Performance - Our online dance workshops are taking place throughout October with members of the community to create a performance combining dance and animation. Look out for the film performance, which will premiere in November.

Coming up in November...

  • Virtual Remembrance Day - Dacorum Borough Council invites you to send in your own personal Remembrance messages (of up to 30 words) and photographs, which will be compiled in a video and shared through our social media pages. Messages and photographs can be emailed to mayors.secretary@dacorum.gov.uk. You can also show your support by displaying a poppy poster, or coloured-in poppy in your window - templates are available to download from the British Legion website. Yarn Bomb Hemel Hempstead has also created a display for Remembrance Day and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, so look out for their knitted and crocheted creations around the town.
  • Seek and Hide Virtual Performance - Join BEEE Creative and KAN Collective for a free final performance of our Seek and Hide project on Saturday 7 November via Zoom. The performance will include a film with animation and dance co-created with the local community, celebrating HYOC2020.

To stay up to date with events and activities in Dacorum visit the Active Dacorum Twitter and Facebook accounts.

For activities and events countywide, please visit the 'What's On' and 'What's Online' pages at Creative Hertfordshire or find events online by using the hashtag #HYOC2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) funding opportunities

A number of organisations and funding bodies have announced financial support for community organisations, groups and individuals in responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For more information, please visit our external funding page.

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.

More events and activities across the county

For more events and activities in Dacorum and around the county, please visit the main HYOC2020 'What's On' events listing or find events and information online by using the hashtag #HYOC2020.

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.

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.

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