Children Enjoy The Start of Their Youth Festival Journeys

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This week school children in Henley have enjoyed a series of workshops as part of the Henley Youth Festival with a journeys inspired theme.

Art workshops have included making wicker birds and butterflies with Emily Cooling, journey inspired signs with Michaela Clarke from Create ‘n Make, screen printed T-shirts with Camilla Dowse and creating fantasy worlds with Doctor Brian Squabbles (artist Nick Garnett) and his Red Van full of ‘objects from a previous life’.  Emily was also commissioned to create a batik banner with children from Nettlebed School to celebrate HEDFAS, the Henley Decorative and Fine Arts Society’s 40th anniversary who help fund the art workshops along with grants from Henley Municipal Charities and South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC).

Children have also been creating journey inspired animated films with Clinton from Animation Station and the Young Shakespeare Company have been touring schools with their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Artwork from the workshops will be exhibited along with the competition entries at the River and Rowing Museum over the weekend, 18-19 March.  Doctor Brian Squabbles will also be hosting an Art in the Square, open to everyone on Saturday 18 March from 12-3pm.  No need to book – just come along on the day

“It has been another fabulous week for the Henley Youth Festival,” says Kate Swinburne-Johnson, co-chair of HYF. “We are so proud of the workshops we provide in Henley schools, ranging from animation and screen-printing to an interactive performance of A Midsummer’s Night Dream by the Young Shakespeare Company. All week, there have been children smiling and having fun as they explore their artistic talents. We aim to reach about 2,500 local school children with our festival and the workshops play a big part in enabling us to do that.”

“We are also looking forward to more school workshops next week,” adds Jo Dickson, co-chair of HYF. “This following batch will include drumming, Explorer Dome, squash, dancing, singing and the Blunderbus theatre group. Some of these workshops, such as one on musical theatre with West End performer Jonny Vickers, will culminate in performances at the Kenton Theatre.”

Above photos courtesy of Helen Maynard from Henley Photography School, Asya Barskaya, Cheryl George and Claire Forno