Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

HYOC2020 logoHertfordshire celebrated a year of culture and creativity during 2020, as part of a year-long campaign to showcase Hertfordshire’s creative opportunities. In spite of the many challenges of 2020, what became apparent is how important creativity and connectedness are.

We would like to thank all of the organisations that had events planned as part of HYOC2020 and the response to lockdown was amazing. Many of the planned events were adapted for online delivery instead. This allowed them to reach those who were isolated, and helped us to continue to celebrate arts, heritage and culture across the county.

Dacorum Stories: How To Live set to premiere 

The final and sixth film in the Nothing on Earth Series of Shorts, an HYOC2020 project celebrating inspiring women, is available to watch from noon on Friday 22 January via the Active Dacorum YouTube channel. The film weaves stories shared by and about women, from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, who live in Dacorum. It captures the residents' memories, dreams, hopes and heroines.

Watch the film

Read the blog by playwright, Anna Reynolds, about the project and the residents' stories she used to write the film.

We worked in partnership with Pursued By A Bear Productions on this creative writing and film project with the local community.

The final HYOC2020 newsletter is out now!

The final newsletter is packed full of news and information about the year of culture:

  • Find out how we ‘Celebrated and Illuminated’ in December
  • Watch the HYOC2020 celebration film
  • Save the date for the celebration event in March
  • Take a look back over the year, including how we danced through lockdowns
  • Read about the new We Are Creative Hertfordshire campaign, plus much more.

Read the HYOC2020 newsletter

We Are Creative Hertfordshire logo

We Are Creative Hertfordshire

Following on from HYOC2020, we are delighted to announce that the campaign for culture in Hertfordshire will continue into 2021 and beyond. To find out more, download the branding and logos, or book the mascot for your events and activities, please visit the Creative Hertfordshire website.

By getting involved, we can continue to collectively support and celebrate arts and culture in Hertfordshire. #WeAreCreativeHerts

More information

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

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

For information about arts and and culture in Dacorum visit our Active Dacorum webpage or email active@dacorum.gov.uk.

HYOC2020 has been 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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