Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

Information on funding available for creative organisations at this time can be found in our updated Funding Factsheet.

The HYOC2020 Launch film is now Live!!

Use #HYOC2020 and #HertsCreativeCalendar to share your ideas with us and the county's creative community. 



HYOC2020 is responding to the Coronavirus crisis by reminding Hertfordshire residents that whilst many events, schools and working in the office might be cancelled, creativity certainly isn’t.

Many local artists and groups are finding ways to continue to deliver their creative content online or via activity packs which can be delivered or collected in line with current guidelines.HYOC2020 are sharing these resources wherever they can via social media channels and our new ‘What’s ONLINE’ section.

If you or anyone you know is finding a new way to share their work at the moment, then you can upload your plans to Creative Hertfordshire yourself by selecting  ‘opportunities’ and ‘online’  Visit the website and create a free profile if you don’t already have one.  Alternatively, email your details, a link to your work and a short description to HYOC2020@hertsmere.gov.uk and we’ll get it uploaded for you. 


Also known as HYOC2020, Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 is a year to showcase Hertfordshire as a county of creative and cultural opportunity. 

Five broad objectives have been identified to support the year

   1. Celebrate, share and explore Hertfordshire’s arts, culture and heritage

   2. Enable access and participation in arts, culture and heritage for new audience

   3. Increase wellbeing and a sense of belonging through arts, culture and heritage

   4. Showcasing pathways to education, employability and enterprise in the creative and cultural industries in Hertfordshire

   5. Create new partnerships and new work through skill sharing and new ways of working   together

What you will see in 2020

  • - A collaborative, high profile promotional campaign for existing cultural activity across Hertfordshire

- 12 themed months, with core activity co-ordinated by a lead agency

- Key dates to draw together delivery partners countywide

- 'Special Experiences’ added to both current opportunities and new activities

- New partnerships and skill sharing between organisations and practitioners, creating new activity locally.

Who can get involved in HYOC2020?


We want as many people and organisations as possible to get behind this campaign to help Hertfordshire residents find new cultural opportunities.

You could be a Parish or Town Council, leisure provider, lunch club leader, arts venue, dance group leader, music teacher, University of Third Age group (U3A), Rotary Club, group of mums, or just a group of friends.

You could be someone who runs a group that has no link to arts, culture or heritage, but would like to encourage your group to try new activities throughout the year.

Or you may be someone who provides creative and cultural opportunities who can promote what you offer under the HYOC2020 umbrella to encourage new people to join your activity. 

Monthly Themes

The year is split into 12 themed months.  This does not mean that we won't promote cultural activities that don't link with that month - your activity can take place any time in the year.  The months exist to provide the year with some structure and allow us to focus our marketing activities.  They also help with the evaluation process.

   January - Try Something New

   February - Skills Development and Volunteering

   March - Access the Arts Go

   April - Go Somewhere Local

   May - The Big Outdoors

   June - Big Ideas

   July - Cultural Olympiad

   August - Families and Friends

   September - Heritage and History / Meet the Maker

   October - Be Inspired / Get Back Into

   November - Creative Minds and Creative Industries

   December - Celebrate and Illuminate

Who do I contact for more information?

If you would like to get involved, please contact the Project Co-ordinator Liz Gore on 020 8207 7801 or by email at liz.gore@hertsmere.gov.uk.