Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Carnival comes to Henley as part of festival

CARNIVAL is the theme of this year’s Henley Youth Festival to mark the Olympic Games in Brazil this summer

CARNIVAL is the theme of this year’s Henley Youth Festival to mark the Olympic Games in Brazil this summer.

There will be carnival mask- making and steel drums workshops at schools during the event, which runs from March 12 to 20.

Blunderbus, a children’s theatre group, and beatboxer Randolph Matthews will also visit schools. Mathews will lead a mass school workshop choir during the Sing event. The festival, now in its 23rd year, is for children from age four to 18 and features original art, music, performance and educational activities.

Sing, which takes place at the Kenton Theatre, will be split into two sections to allow more parents to see their children perform.

Jo Dickson, co-chairwoman of the event, said: “The festival is worth all the hard work. It’s brilliant when you see the children on the stage. I’m particularly looking forward to Randolph. We had him for a workshop at the Henley Choral Society, which I’m a member of, and thought he was amazing. He is so engaging and will be good with the boys.”

Co-chairwoman Kate Swinburne-Johnson said: “I’m really excited about the festival. I’m looking forward to the Gillotts dance workshop when primary school and older children dance together.” The festival, which is run by parents, also features a young reporter competition, run in conjunction with the Henley Standard.

The Stonor Run will be back at Stonor Park having been held at Gillotts School last year.

The festival needs more young volunteers, particularly 14- to 16-year-olds, to help with presenting, light and sound, backstage and front of house. For more information, email hyfinfo@gmail.com

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