Wye Valley River Festival 2016



The Wye Valley River Festival 2016


 Great news, it's happening! the second Wye Valley River Festival is again flowing through after its  tidal wave of success:

 29th of April – 15th of May 2016        

Folk of the Wye Valley and beyond expressed their resounding support for this imaginative collaboration of artists, community and the environment when it took place in May 2014 (to see what all the fuss was about; scroll to the bottom and click on the photo to enjoy a short film about the 2014 Festival).

The plan is for next Wye Valley River Festival to begin in Hereford on the evening of Friday the 29th of April 2016 as part of the Hereford River Carnival.
Where it goes after that is being developed - so more details of venues and happenings will follow. We are very much in the creative development phase ……

Andrew Blake explains the environmental focus for the festival in 2016

“We are celebrating nature, culture, landscape and life along the river with exciting arts and performances that illuminate a myriad of issues regarding water use, the health of our river environment and our connections to river citizens across the globe. ” Andrew Blake Wye Valley AONB Officer

Imaginative ideas are emerging through an inclusive research and development process with artists, environmentalist, local producers and communities under the artistic direction of the festival team headed by Phillippa Haynes - Festival Director, and the Artistic Directors  - Desperate Men



This development will continue for several months renewing partnerships with specialists and communities throughout the area and opening conversations with many more.
So far it has included artists such as :

Dan Fox : ww.danfox.net/


 And Now :andnow.co.uk/about/


Mr. &Mrs Clark :www.mrandmrsclark.co.uk

Hilary Ramsden

- so we are working toward a second festival !

Savoy Youth Theatre
 Artspace Cinderford
 Carnival Arts
 These open creative conversations have inspired ideas around sound installations in the landscape, travelling caravans of natural curiosities, characters and scientists - blurring the lines between dreams and reality, and local produce feasts with refreshments made from cleansed river water produced from giant Samovars.  Imaginative walks that include storytelling, campfires & pilgrimages to hidden springs  - creating rituals that bring our relationship to water into sharp focus.  More interactive street theatre, animating ‘shoals’ of comic river health checkers - who travel from village to town taking the pulse of the river and the communities living along it, with mud, earth, wood and water sculptures and of course spectacular fire and flame, which proved so popular last year. Working with young people to make things happen is a crucial element that we want to pursue.


In 2014 the festival amazed, amused and surprised audiences and participants alike. What will 2016 bring? We look forward to the creative collaborations that lay ahead, that will turn these imaginative ideas into reality - we know you can do it!        
To turn these inspiring ideas into reality we need your help
We need participants, advocates and champions in many areas from marketing to sponsorship, from artists to logistics, local choirs, schools, band and more….
Click here to find out how you can get involved and how we can help your group to take part in making the festival a great success.


Please click image to view short video

For more photos of the River Festival please click here





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