A NEW arts festival in Henley raised more than £1,000 for educational, community and conservation projects in Madagascar
A NEW arts festival in Henley raised more than £1,000 for educational, community and conservation projects in Madagascar.
Henley Flow, which was held at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road on Saturday, featured musical performances, displays of art, poetry readings and screenings of a number of short films.
Christie-Luke Jones, one of the organisers and a former Henley resident, said he was delighted to have raise more than £500 for The Dodwell Trust.
The 28-year-old actor said: ?It was fantastic. I?m delighted and astounded considering we really only came up with this in early March. It shows the power of community, family links, friendship links and the power of social media.?
Mr Jones spent six weeks teaching English in Madagascar in 2007 and said the local people were so welcoming that he wanted to repay their kindness. He lived in Harpsden Road until he was 19 and attended Sacred Heart Primary School and Gillotts School before yaking his A levels at The Henley College.
He has had lead roles in several short films and said the festival brought together artists who may not have a platform for their work or didn?t have the confidence to take part in bigger festivals. Mr Jones said: ?Everyone who performed, from the serious guys to the rookies, came away with a smile on their faces.
?When we initially said a four-hour slot for the festival we never thought we?d fill that in our wildest dreams but in the end we had to spread it across two stages.
?I would absolutely love to hold it again next year. People assumed we had done it before, which was a great compliment.
He thanked centre manager Peter Hose saying: ?From the word go when they gave us the whole venue for free nothing has been too difficult for him.?