Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation

In the light of recent developments relating to the spread of the Coronavirus the following statement is designed to clarify the situation with the 2020 Royston Arts Festival.

As the festival is still six months away (dates on right) the Creative Royston Management Committee (CRMC) will continue to plan for the festival as normal. This means that we continue to invite submissions from groups and individuals who wish to take part in the festival. Details of how to do so can be found on the post headed ‘2020 Events and Seed-Funding’ below.

We hope that by September some degree of normality will have returned and that the people of Royston will welcome the staging of the  festival after what is clearly going to be a difficult few months.

Equally clearly CRMC will need to review the situation in the coming months and anticipate that a final decision on whether to go ahead will probably be necessary around the end of June.

CRMC will be planning our own events whilst keeping expenditure to a minimum and we advise that other event organisers proceed on the same basis as any advance expenditure may need to be written off if the festival cannot take place.

In the meantime, we hope everyone will stay safe and that we will be able to welcome you to Royston Arts Festival later this year.

Best wishes from all at CRMC.



Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

2020 is Hertfordshire’s Year of Culture (HYOC 2020), which aims to showcase the county’s creative and cultural opportunities with activities and events based around monthly themes. You can find a list of the monthly themes by clicking on the RAF Dates and HYOC icon at the right.

A working party has been set up to co-ordinate Royston’s response to HYOC 2020 and in doing so we aim to highlight Royston’s thriving arts, culture and heritage scene, including the arts festival in September.

You might wish to run an event as part of the arts festival in which case please refer to the previous post and you might even qualify for some seed-funding. Alternatively, you might prefer to run an independent event or one based on one of the monthly themes. In either case please email in the first instance to find out how you can get involved in HYOC 2020.

2020 Events and seed-funding

We  are now accepting accepting submissions for the 2020 festival and remind you that our theme this year is A Question of Balance’ which was chosen partly as a play on the year 2020 and to highlight the importance  of ‘well-being’ which can be achieved by correctly balancing  the different priorities in our lives. We hope that it will provide an opportunity to engage with important social issues whilst allowing flexibility for different artistic interpretations.

Details of how to submit an event for entry into the festival and also how to apply for seed-funding can be found on the Organise an Event page.  The deadline for both submissions and seed-funding is midnight on  Friday 1st May 2020.

We hope all our colleagues in arts and crafts groups in and around Royston and from further afield will take this opportunity to submit an event for the 2020 festival and help make it a big success.

New Committee Elected

Our AGM is done and dusted and thanks to everyone who came along for the evening and helped to elect our new committee which you can view HERE.

We still need more members on the committee and are also looking for volunteers to help with the festival when it comes round in September. Just a couple of hours of your time would be a great help to us – email Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Watch out for details of how to submit events for the 2020 festival and remember our theme is ‘A Question Of Balance‘.