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Heroic theme for Henley Youth Festival
Published 16/01/14

HENLEY Youth Festival has unveiled its programme for 2014.

Now in its 21st year, the festival will take place between March 3 and 16 and will have theme of “Heroes”.

It includes 48 events at primary and secondary schools in the Henley area and a number of other venues.

There will be performing arts showcases, sports and arts workshops and competitions for art, writing, film and photography.

Artists, drama groups and sports coaches will be giving demonstrations in schools.

Festival co-chairwoman Lucie Henwood said: “Many aspects of the festival have a fresh look this year.

“Through events in school, older children will experience Shakespeare’s The Tempest through the vibrant Young Shakespeare Company and we hope younger children will be captivated by the Finger & Thumb Shadow Theatre.

“Original art workshops, including Fire the Inventor and a cartoonist, will be delivered primarily within schools with something for each key stage. The hotly contested Stonor Run for primary schools is still there but this year there will also be a new Stonor Run event for secondary school teams.”

Out of school, children can sign up for workshops in hockey, cricket, judo, tae kwon do, fencing and disco dancing.

Entries for the junior and senior arts competitions will be exhibited at Henley Youth Centre in Deanfield Avenue from March 14 to 16. Prizes will be awarded at 3pm on the final day.

There will be four performances at the Kenton Theatre, including the festival proms for classical musicians on March 12.

There will also be a singers’ night for soloists, duets and small acoustic groups on March 17. Both are open to pupils in year 7 and above.

Those taking part in the proms will be invited to a pre-concert workshop with conductor Chris Walker and pianist Anita D’Attelis.

On March 13, the Kenton will host a variety show featuring singers, dancers, drama, comedy, poetry and performance art.

This is open to all ages, as is a dedicated dance showcase at the theatre on March 14.

On March 8, there will be a gig night at Henley Youth Centre for bands in year 9 and above.

Younger musicians can take part in the festival’s junior proms, which take place at Shiplake College on March 9.

As well as performing, there are opportunities to work backstage on sound and lighting or design publicity for the shows.

There will be collections at each event in aid of the Henley Skate Park Initiative, which is this year’s chosen charity. Programmes are available through schools, libraries, churches and the Henley Standard offices in Station Road. For more information, visit www.hyf.org.uk.

The festival is sponsored by Higgs Group, publishers of the Henley Standard, Henley Royal Regatta, Stonor House, Oak Tree Wealth Management, Henwood & Dean, the Henley Educational Trust, the Henley Municipal Charities, the Arbib Foundation, Thought by Design, Hedfas and Henley Rotary Club.

• The festival committee is seeking volunteers, including a replacement for its workshops co-ordinator Antonia Rolph, who is stepping down. It is also looking for a young film-maker to attend as many events as possible and produce a promotional video. To volunteer, send an email to tinajacobs@impactmarketing.biz

Published 16/01/14

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