Photo: Cheryl George
The Henley Youth Festival (HYF) will run a free event for local children and young people on Saturday, 18 March, in the Market Place. ‘Art in the Square’ will take place in the centre of Henley from noon until 3pm. At this public event, Dr Brian Squabbles, a festival favourite, will introduce the youngsters to his Red Van full of intriguing objects. His plan will be to encourage them to create their own, imaginary worlds.
“We wanted to provide something extra for the young people in Henley and decided to host this public event in the Market Place during festival week,” says Jo Dickson, co-chair of HYF. “Art in the Square is an extension of the popular workshops that we run in Henley’s schools each year. Dr Brian Squabbles has already hosted a tailored session for the pupils at Gillotts School in January, which proved very successful. He is also providing workshops at Peppard Primary School and Bishopswood Junior School.”
Some of the performances at the Kenton Theatre during the main festival week, which runs from 11 to 19 March, will also grow out of school workshops. West End performer Jonny Vickers will coach students from Chiltern Edge School to perform musical theatre at HYF Entertain on 16 March. Meanwhile, Victoria Porter of DanceDesign Choreography will work with pupils from Gillotts School to produce a routine for HYF Dance on 18 March.
The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Journeys’. It has been chosen to inspire the children’s entries for the HYF Art, Film and Writing Competitions, as well as the dance shows at the Kenton Theatre.