Wye Valley River Festival 2016

Friday 29th April to Sunday 15th May 2016
Sutton St Nicholas/Shelwick Road, Wyeside, Herefordshire, England MAP
adult £30, teen (11-17) £18, under 11 £2
last updated: Mon 7th Mar 2016

The unique and creative Wye Valley River Festival will flow down from Hereford to Chepstow between Friday 29th April and Sunday 15th May 2016.


Friday, April 29  – Evening into night time Festival Launch Event :
Visual spectacle of water, fire, music and performance. This launch event will herald the first 'Wye Serai'- the encampment of performers and shows that will travel downriver.

A procession of illuminated water monsters herald the arrival of the magical Samovar.

Saturday, April 30 – Hereford River Carnival and daytime Wye Serai
A full day of family fun with music, dance, food and drink with processions, a fantastic flotilla and thousands of origami fish. Water rituals and aqua play erupt with the Water Ones as the Samovar fore is finally lit and the first Wye Teas are served.

Ross on Wye
Sunday, May 1  –    Daytime Wye Serai
The Water Ones continue their stories - celebrating water, life,rivers,seas, washing up, teas and tears- with evocative dances, spillages,songs and silliness

Lydbrook & Bishopwood Breakfast
Monday, May 2 - Breakfast at Bishopwood then a Wye Serai on Lydbrook Tump
The River A&E Ambulance tests the river's health and the Caravan of Fact and Wonder explores the mysteries and subtleties of H20, streams, ponds and drains...

The Water Ones continue downstream with the Samovar Stokers brewing potions

Monday, May 2 - May 8 - Sound Installation Installation by Dan Fox
Shimmering cymbals bathed in light echo with the murmured resonances of recorded sounds, local stories, voices, and suprising noises in live interaction with people as they cross the bridge

Friday, May 6 - Arts Conference in Shire Hall Monmouth & street performance
Day time street Performances with River characters

Articulture's Arts and Landscape Conference - booking essential
Old Station Tintern Old Station
Friday, May 6
Art Installation opening event and evening  Wye Serai
A water celebration with Samovar tea, performance and nonsense to welcome the opening  of Luminous Birds by Kathy Hinde - a magical installation of floating paper birds swaying in the trees. Installation open from May 6 - May 15

Saturday, May 7 -  Wye Serai:
Daytime Wye Serai leading to a main show in the evening
Articulture’s 3 Outdoor Arts commissions on the streets of Monmouth. Exciting new work for the outdoors from emerging artists

Wye Serai evening spectacular show on the Vauxhall Fields

The Slaughters
Sunday, May 8 -  Daytime Wye Serai
A special mini Serai and magical woodland walk: Listen to the Sap Rising and Hear the Earth Move.

Friday May 13 - The Art of Sustainability Rivers: Local meets Global:
Live link to Brazil and Professor Henrique Chaves in conversation with Simon Evans from the Wye and Usk Foundation.
Location: Wye Valley Sculpture Garden  Time: 6:00- 8:00pm
Booking via eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-art-of-sustainability-rivers-local-meets-global-tickets-22109114958?aff=es2

Saturday  May 14 - Daytime Wye Serai leading to a night time performance
Fire torches and musicians converge to meet at the river's adge. Fantastic illuminations will light the riverside as choirs join with the Water Ones to bless the waters of the Wye

Chepstow Racecoure
Sunday 15 May - The Grand Finale
Evening performance of the Wye Serai - a river shaped fire sculpture, lanterns in the woods - the resolution of all the water stories and the final servings from the Samovar

Searai (a place for coming together of travelling caravans)
The Wye Serai- the main performance and activity space created around three intriguing caravns of Curiosities and Hydrosities, a 'River Ambulance' and a mysterious Samovar. Add the Water Ones wrangling in a comic chaos of puring and spilling, singing and dacncing, as the river characters share their watery dreams




Wye Valley River Festival 2016 central theme of ‘Global Arteries’ connect with our complex and universal relationship with water. An artistic out pouring of song, story and spectacle in the landscape –delight in the Waters of the Wye and beyond ….

More information will appear here when available.

Friday 29th April to Sunday 15th May 2016
Sutton St Nicholas/Shelwick Road, Wyeside, Herefordshire, England MAP
adult £30, teen (11-17) £18, under 11 £2
last updated: Mon 7th Mar 2016

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