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Freya Jones of Na­timuk shows her de­light while tak­ing part in one of a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties with artist Jens Altheimer dur­ing a ‘Move On’ com­mu­nity project at Hor­sham’s Art is… fes­ti­val. This year’s 10-day fes­ti­val, fea­tur­ing the theme Foot­print: Mov­ing To­gether at­tracted a strong au­di­ence and par­tic­i­pant re­sponse.

Hor­sham’s arts com­mu­nity will work to­wards in­creas­ing pro­gram di­ver­sity and de­vel­op­ing part­ner­ships and com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion in next year’s Art is... fes­ti­val.

Fes­ti­val leaders are al­ready con­sid­er­ing plans for next year’s cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion, which con­tin­ues a ‘foot­print’ theme, with a ‘Make your Mark’ sub theme.

Plan­ning starts af­ter a suc­cess­ful 10 days of artis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties, per­for­mances and ex­hi­bi­tions.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Paul Koop­er­man said the Hor­sham dis­trict com­mu­nity had strongly sup­ported this year’s events.

“This year we’ve had good au­di­ence num­bers. It went re­ally well. I felt we hit all our mar­ket­ing tar­gets, the fes­ti­val team was great and we had good com­mu­ni­ca­tions in place,” he said.

“The pro­gram was prob­a­bly more con­ser­va­tive in keep­ing within bound­aries dic­tated by tim­ing and next year it will be more di­verse.”

Mr Koop­er­man said he had been de­lighted with how peo­ple had em­braced the fes­ti­val.

“We had a great com­mu­nity re­sponse – not just in au­di­ences but also in project par­tic­i­pa­tion,” he said.

“Next year, with plan­ning a lot ear­lier, we will be able to work on as­pects such as build­ing a more proac­tive re­la­tion­ship with Hor­sham Town Hall, build on the Art Mat­ters for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and de­velop more pro­gram cour­ses.

“We like the idea of hav­ing one big com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion event cul­mi­nat­ing from months of work­ing with com­mu­nity groups and are keen to in­tro­duce a cabaret com­po­nent.”

Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

IN­TER­AC­TIVE: Graham Cof­fey pro­vides power for Jens Altheimer’s Move On dis­play for Art is... fes­ti­val.

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