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.

HYOC2020 in Dacorum Film

This film highlights some of the wonderful projects, events and activities that took place in Dacorum during 2020.  A special thanks goes to Electric Umbrella for allowing us to use their single 'Try Smiling' for the video, released as part of their Try Smiling campaign during HYOC2020.

HYOC2020 celebration

A celebration took place on 2 March 2021 for HYOC2020 and everything the creative community achieved.

The free event provided a mix of celebration and reflection, information sharing and connection making. It included a panel discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on creative organisations, their responses and plans for the future. There were also presentations from Hertfordshire County Council Public Health, Hertfordshire Cultural Education Partnership and Arts Council England. There was the chance to form new connections, share experiences, and ask questions to our key partners and panellists. It was a real celebration of the resilience and optimism of the creative sector in Hertfordshire and a great opportunity to meet others and form new partnerships.

All the resources from the event are now available on a dedicated page on the Creative Hertfordshire website

Dacorum Stories: How To Live

The final and sixth film in the Nothing on Earth Series of Shorts, which was an HYOC2020 project celebrating inspiring women in Dacorum, is available to watch on the Active Dacorum YouTube channel. The film weaves stories shared by and about Dacorum women from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. 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.

Read the e-book by Theatre Director Rosamunde Hut from Pursued by a Bear on directing the Nothing on Earth short films. 

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

#TAG Intergenerational Dance Project

#TAG was one of the flagship projects of HYOC2020. Hertfordshire based dance organisation, BEEE Creative, worked in partnership with Active Dacorum (a Dacorum Borough Council initiative), Three Rivers District Council and Watford Borough Council to deliver a programme of dance, film and digital activities across the three communities through the year, involving 650 residents.

You can find out all about #TAG on BEEE Creative's website and watch the community films created as part of the project on our Active Dacorum YouTube channel.

For more information about arts and and culture in Dacorum visit our Active Dacorum page or email active@dacorum.gov.uk and stay up to date with events and activities by visiting our Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

The final HYOC2020 newsletter is out now!

The final newsletter is packed full of news and information about the year of culture and you can watch the countywide HYOC2020 celebration film.

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

For activities and events countywide, please visit the 'What's On' and 'What's Online' pages at Creative Hertfordshire

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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