Wye Valley River Festival 2020 re-imagined

Our live events may be over, but our website is still full of fun and intriguing things to enjoy online. So take a wander and explore films, podcasts, music and more to enjoy with all the family at home.

Run with wolves. Relax with the magic of cloud appreciation. Explore your inner poet.

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As well as photography and sculpture, Gemma designed the festival logo.Inspired by the Wye: Gemma Wood Takeover
More lovely arty, relaxing, creativity coming your way with Gemma Wood's takeover. Over to Gemma:

Firstly, I would like to say how delighted I am to be part of this celebration of 50 Years of the Wye Valley. Over the next few days I will share with you a little bit of ‘My Wye Valley,” through words, through images and through video.

Let me introduce myself. I am Gemma Kate Wood. I am an artist specialising in Photography and Sculpture and I have lived in Tintern my whole life. I feel deeply connected to this place.

The thing that defines my life here is the connection to the elements. I live in this unique place, on the side of this incredible meander of the River Wye as it descends down through the steep sided gorge out into the estuary.

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Video Highlights 2018

Recapture the joy of the 2018 Wye Valley River Festival with our video shorts, including Monmouth’s Woodland Assembly and Fire Parade, the Wild Wye Swim and Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ at Tintern Abbey.

If you wondered how the moon got there, this ‘behind the scenes’ video shows how we did it, thanks to some amazing rope access guys!

A biennial outpouring of creativity set in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Wye Valley River Festival is a Wye Valley AONB Partnership project, led by the Wye Valley AONB Unit, Desperate Men and Phillippa Haynes in a unique and creative collaboration between arts and environment professionals, who develop, produce and deliver the Festival with stakeholders and the communities in and around the Wye Valley AONB.

The Festival is supported and funded by the Wye Valley AONB Partnership, Arts Council England, the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) from Welsh Government, Arts Council of Wales, Visit Wales, Forestry England, Foresters’ Forest Landscape Partnership supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Environment Agency, Ross and Monmouth Town Councils. In-kind support from  numerous volunteers & local communities.