Hog the Limelight is Hampshire County Council’s rural touring arts scheme which provides and supports a programme of professional arts events and activities for rural and urban edge community venues across the County.
Started in 1982 by the Council’s Recreation Department, it was one of the first schemes of its kind in England.
Today there are 37 other such schemes with the same basic aims, however they are managed very differently and only eight including Hampshire, continue to be funded by local authorities. The remainder are a mixture of charities and organisations receiving funding support from the Arts Council.
Since the inception of Hog the Limelight (formerly known as Entertainment in Village Halls) all those years ago, the world has changed, however the positive image Hog has achieved to date, has meant that it continues to receive County Council backing and financial support.
As even more changes occur, Hog the Limelight needs to be able to demonstrate how we can deliver the Council’s objectives.
Hog the Limelight is funded to provide high quality, professional arts experiences for people who live in rural./urban edge communities or where no such activity currently exists; annual applications are made to local districts for extra financial support.
With this partnership we can support a maximum of 50 halls each year with their Hog events (from September to March).