From its spectacular launch in Hereford on April 29 to the fantastic finale at Chepstow on May 15, The Wye Valley River 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 creativity is inspired by the
landscape of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The fast-flowing and fabulous programme of free events will provide fun for all the family, with fire and flame, music, choirs, shows, performances, art installations and more.
The focus of this festival is a travelling performance and activity space – the Wye Serai which will be visiting locations along the river during the festival. Then there are the river characters, the Water Ones, wrangling in a comic chaos of pouring and spilling, singing and dancing. At the heart of the Wye Serai is the Giant Samovar, capturing the joys of abundant fresh water and celebrating that Water is Life!
The Wye Serai is created around three intriguing caravans: The Caravan of Myths and Legends; The Caravan of Curiosities and Hydrosities and The Caravan of Fact and Wonder. There’s also The Arts & Environment (A&E) River Health Check Laboratory, conducting a comic river health check with serious intentions and making a special advance appearance at the Forest Activities Festival.
The biennial Wye Valley River Festival is led by the Wye Valley AONB unit and arts professionals collaborating with local communities. An exciting partnership of actors, singers, musicians and dancers will bring to life the festival’s central narrative, sweeping downstream creating magic, mayhem and laughter, under the artistic directorship of the Desperate Men.
Visit http://www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk for more information; follow on Twitter: @wyebeauty #wyevalleyriverfestival; like the festival on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ wyevalleyriverfestival or pick up a programme from local tourist attractions and information centres.
Richard, Roger and sturgeon: Desperate Men’s Richard Headon and Roger Drury tussle with a sturgeon outside The Caravan of Myths and Legends Photo: Puzzlewood/David Broadbent