The New Year has arrived and Hertford’s arts culture is already in full swing. In this post, we take a look at some of the local arty highlights of the coming year…
1 Cirque Enchantment
27th January, Hertford Theatre
A concert style cirque production, featuring music, live vocals, stunning choreography and circus performers. With a soundtrack including pop, rock and classical styles, Cirque Enchantment is an entertaining, magical show for the whole family.
2 Exhibition: A Grey Area
23rd January – 3rd February, Courtyard Arts Gallery
To kick off 2018, the Courtyard Arts Gallery will be exhibiting a collection of works created by 17 University of Hertfordshire Fine Art (BA) Year 3 students. The exhibition will feature a range of media including sculpture, video art, paintings, mixed media and photography.
3 Hertford Choral Society: Rutter Requiem, Bernstein Chichester Psalms
24th March, All Saint’s Church
This Hertford Choral Society (HCS) concert features soloists Natasha Page (soprano) and Peter Martin (tenor) as well as Peter Jaekel (organ), Alex Rider (harp) and Graham Instrall (percussion). The Musical Director and Conductor will be Derek Harrison.
4 Hertford Arts Festival
6th April – Sunday 6th May, throughout Hertford
Hertford’s annual Arts Festival returns this spring, showcasing and promoting local arts. The event coincides with the Hertford Arts Society Exhibition, Hertford Theatre Week, and the Courtyard Arts Society Exhibition. Visit the Art Trail artists in local shops throughout the town, or pop along to the Street Art Festival.
5 Company of Players: Foxfinder
13th – 21st April, The Little Theatre
A gripping and unsettling parable, Foxfinder is darkly comic exploration of belief, desire and responsibility, set in a world both strange and familiar.
The English countryside is on the brink of crisis and subject to rigorous official inspection. William Bloor, a ‘foxfinder’, arrives at Sam and Judith Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected contamination. The Coveys, who are already troubled by the death of their son and their failing crops, find themselves under investigation by Bloor, for whom the fox is the deadly enemy of mankind, with the power to contaminate farms, influence the weather, unsettle the mind and kill children.
Bloor is driven by his education and beliefs to unearth and destroy an animal that threatens man’s civilisation, and yet remain free from its influence himself. As his investigations proceed, the events that follow change the course of all their lives for ever; Bloor’s fox fixation leads neighbours to betray each other, drives the innocent Samuel into a state of deluded guilt.
6 Craft market
6th May, Hertford Castle
This annual craft market marks the end of the Hertford Arts Festival. For this first time this year, Hertford Castle will open its doors for visitors to explore the Castle Gatehouse and grounds, free of charge. A broad selection of craft stalls will be selling handmade goods, from jewellery to homeware, vintage clothing and homemade produce. A variety of craft based activities will be available for children to take part in.
7 ‘Bits and Bobs’ beginners glass workshop
9th June, Niko Brown studio
Make your own creations, using small off cuts of glass. This is an open workshop, allowing you to make your chosen pieces in whatever form you would like. A base piece of 40 x 12cm glass will be provided and you can cut it into your chosen shapes, to make multiple pieces such as light catchers, pendants, ring tops, wish sticks, tiles or coasters.
Places are limited and must be booked in advance.
8 Rock at the Castle
5th August, Hertford Castle
Live bands, musicians and acoustic acts play live on four music stages, surrounding Hertford Castle. With something for all tastes, the music will range from rock to folk, indie and pop. Food and drink will be available throughout the event.
9 Open air cinema
24th August (Dirty Dancing) and 25th August (Ghostbusters), Hertford Castle
This summer Hertford Castle will once again host their popular open air cinema screenings. This year’s pick are Dirty Dancing and Ghostbusters. Spectators sit on the green in front of the Castle and are welcome to bring picnic chairs, blankets, and snacks. Tickets must be booked in advance and as last year’s event sold out, it’s advisable to book early.
10 Musical Mystery Tour
This year’s Musical Mystery Tour remains… well, a mystery! There is little information available online as yet so if you have any info, leave a comment below! The last few years’ tours have been very popular, so fingers crossed that we’ll see one again in 2018!
Keep up to date with arty happenings in and around Hertford, with our events page.
Which events are you planning to attend this year? Leave a comment below or tweet @hertfordarts.