Put the dates in your diary! The Wye Valley River Festival is back in 2018, bigger and better than ever. From 5th – 20th May it will be flowing through the riverside towns and villages of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as artists and communities celebrate the river and its wonderful woodlands in our magnificent arts and environment festival.
If you go down to the woods today
Woods and trees are the theme for this year’s Festival and the artists will be challenging us to think about the vital role they play in our world. Trees provide oxygen and store carbon, helping to slow down global warming. They provide habitats for wildlife – 500 species can live in a single old oak tree! They absorb pollutants and have therapeutic qualities too. Did you know that your heart rate and blood pressure will drop when you are surrounded by trees and your stress levels will go down?
Join our forest gathering
With 27% of the Wye Valley AONB covered in woodland there are plenty of places to de-stress. Test the therapeutic benefits of trees by joining our forest gathering at Symonds Yat on 5th/6th May for a night time music and light installation by artist Jony Easterby.
The trees go to town
On May 12th the trees will be going to town (quite literally) in Monmouth, along with the Festival ensemble of theatrical characters bringing woodland stories to life. The Aborealists, a group of contemporary artists who create art inspired by trees, will be hosting their exhibition at the Nelson Museum.
Waiting for the moon
We’ll be waiting for the moon, which joins the Festival party on 14th May – 20th May at Tintern Abbey. The magical Museum of the Moon, created by international artist Luke Jerram, will be one of the highlights of the Festival. As night falls, a seven metre wide fusion of lunar imagery and moonlight, suspended high in the ruins of the Abbey, will be illuminated.
Throw in some circus fun and games, giant puppets at the River Carnival in Hereford, a spot of philosophical moon gazing and fire sculptures at the Festival finale in Llandogo and you have two weeks of world class art right on your doorstep.