Hog the Limelight is our long established professional arts touring scheme, which sources and supports a menu of quality and appropriate arts activities for local communities. It is aimed at areas where no such activity currently exists or is easily accessible and people do not have to travel long distances. The programme is available to 50 rural communities each year who choose activities which they feel are most suitable for their particular needs.
The communities become active participants in the programme, coming together in what is often a joint effort, from booking to marketing and hosting events, the success of which generates much goodwill and enjoyment. Hog organises an annual conference and showcase for community promoters meet each other and the Arts Service staff who manage the scheme.
The scheme is funded by Hampshire County Council, with support from local district councils including Winchester City Council, New Forest District Council, East Hampshire District, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Test Valley Borough Council and the Isle of Wight Council.
An offshoot of Hog the Limelight is a tailor-made programme of events suitable for library spaces. Libraries can choose which events they feel might help to increase their visitor numbers. A programme of daytime events has recently been added.