The Wye Valley River Festival 2014 has ended
This celebration of nature, culture, landscape and life along the River Wye started in Hereford on May 3, and flowed downstream to the Festival's grand finale in Chepstow on May 18.
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The River Wye played host to the Wye Valley River Festival in May
The inaugural Festival followed the story of Ratty the Wye water vole, leader of the Creatures' Republic of Wye (CROW), who was on the run from predatory prosecutor Mink and Judge Wild Boar. The twists and turns of the chase unfolded in a series of community and arts events until Ratty was finally captured and brought to trial at a Grand Assizes in Monmouth’s C16th courthouse. The events lead to a spectacular final at Chepstow Bridge with massed choir, fire, flame and illuminations.
This story was shaped by the environmental and conservation issues facing the Wye Valley. The linked programme of local community celebrations and an imaginative collaboration of artists, communities and conservation experts, enabled people to enjoy the beautiful Wye Valley and lend their voices to a conversation about the future of the countryside.
Header Photo courtesy David Broadbent
The Wye Valley River Festival is an initiative of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership with funding from the AONB Sustainable Development Fund, a Welsh Government scheme in the Wye Valley AONB; Arts Council of Wales, supported by the Welsh Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund; Arts Council England; adventa, Monmouthshire’s Rural Development Plan for Wales which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development; Environment Agency, Ross Town Council, Hereford City Council and in-kind support from The Shire Hall, Monmouth and National Theatre Wales along with contributions from numerous volunteers and various communities along the Wye Valley.
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Wind: 16.09km/h, N
Sunrise: 6:18 am
Sunset: 7:55 pm