Wye Valley River Festival: plans for 2016 announced

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Dive in to river festival now! 

Jump right in and join the fun by helping to get ready for this year’s Wye Valley River Festival, the watery extravaganza with the “wow” factor.

From its spectacular launch in Hereford on April 29 to the fabulous finale at Chepstow Racecourse on May 15 the festival promises an artistic outpouring of song, story and spectacle celebrating the River Wye and its connections to rivers and people around the world.

Under the theme Global Arteries, this year’s deluge of debate and creativity, inspired by the landscape of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will include fire and flame, music, choirs, shows, performances, art installations, public discussions and more. Excitement is mounting as the festival programme takes shape; there’s amazing energy going into the preparation for this unique festival and lots of ways to get involved.

Look out for singing sessions throughout March and April at Shire Hall in Monmouth and at Llandogo Village Hall. Led by Elle Holliday, who already runs dynamic choirs in Gloucestershire and the Forest of Dean, they are intended for everyone who wants to sing and be part of the festival performances. 

Printing workshops to make flags and banners are being led by Becky Prior and Faye Joines to encourage schoolchildren up and down the Wye Valley to have a hand in the festival preparations.

There will also be opportunities for members of the community to help make Origami cranes to help populate Kathy Hinde’s arts installation One Thousand Birds which will be on show at Tintern Old Station Signal Box as part of the Wye Valley River Festival from May 6 to 15.  

The biennial Wye Valley River Festival is led by the Wye Valley AONB unit and arts professionals collaborating with local communities. As the programme develops, there will be lots more opportunities to join in free creative sessions. If you want to get involved in any way please contact Sarah Sawyer, or call 01600 710844.

Visit the website for more information or pick up a Map and Guide to the festival in tourist attractions and information centres from Easter.