Wye Valley River Festival 2016

 29th April  - 15th May 2016

The free family Wye Valley River Festival has left a wake of memories and creative delights!

The Full evaluation reports can be viewed through these links:-

Evaluation and Relections report

CCRI Report (Audience & Participant survey feedback analysis)

Press & media coverage report

We had a very successful Festival, spreading the word about the importance of the River Wye both as our local environment and as a global water artery, which connects us to other people and rivers around the world. We had nearly too much water at some events but that did not dampen what has been an incredibly vibrant and involving community event – we have worked with more than 520 schoolchildren in preparing for the festival, making the wonderful festival flags. We were deluged with more than 1000 origami birds made by local people of all ages for an avian art installation at Tintern Old Station, and have brought together more than 220 individual singers, musicians and amateur actors from our riverside communities to perform at the events alongside seasoned professionals. We have also been entertained by 17 local youth theatre groups, choirs and bands. 170 torchbearers from the local communities have joined with us to bless the waters of the Wye at the different events along the river and we have welcomed in excess of 27,000 visitors and 1200 local school children.

Have a look at the e-programme below or through the button on the right for an idea of what went on. Wye Valley River Festival 2016 was an artistic out pouring of silliness, song, story and spectacle in our outstanding landscape that connects you with our complex and universal relationship with water.  The Water Ones and the Caravans celebrated nature, culture landscape and life along the River Wye and beyond.

AONB River Festival 2016 from Rural Media on Vimeo.

The full evaluation of the Wye Valley River Festival 2016 has been completed. About 150 audience feedback forms were analysed and participant Festival performers and crew were also formally surveyed. The AONB Unit and Festival Team have undertaken several review meeetings and the AONB Joint Advisory Committee has debated the outcomes of the Festival. The full Evaluation Reports are avilable through the links at the top of the page.

Have a look at our e-Programme by clicking on the cover image

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