Wanderings, travel, photographs and skiing…

My summer holiday 2014 – Henley Arts Festival

By on July 20, 2014 in General

After Henley Royal Regatta (HRR) the site is used for the Henley Arts Festival, which is a 5 day event showcasing performance art, paintings, sculpture and music.

For me one of the highlights of the festival this year were the The Lords of Lightning, which managed to combine physics and chemistry all in one show… Have a look at the video below…

Besides ‘The Lords‘ there were number of other attractions… which range from…

Shockingly pink cars in the carpark…

IMG 0455

Through to a range of sculptures…

IMG 0346Naked woman in a top hat riding a dinosaur

IMG 0353Leaping salmon

IMG 0381Boxing Hares

IMG 0355The watchful owl…

(I always say the festival is a bit of a hoot…)

Some of the sculptures I really enjoyed (as they were a bit ‘sciencey’) were made using carbon fibre…

IMG 0385Carbon fibre skull

All it needed was a couple of glowing eyes and it would be Terminator time…

Any idea what the next one is? Head on it looks like the front spoiler of a racing car.

IMG 0387Carbon fibre – but what?

But it was in fact a Hammer Head Shark..

IMG 0390Carbon fibre Hammerhead shark

And this one? Looks like an airship head on…

IMG 0392Carbon fibre – but what?

But in fact it was another shark…

IMG 0394Another carbon fibre shark

One odd thing were the burning sculptures…

IMG 0376The burning sculpture

There were several of these around the site. They were a bit smelly, threw up a lot of smoke, but quite intriguing with the mixture of flame and running water.

There is also quite a bit of performing art wandering around the festival…

IMG 0364Shiny robot man…

IMG 0348Shiny robot woman…

IMG 0357Performer on stilts

IMG 0360The roving cupids – where will their arrows land?

IMG 0461Cupids on the prowl..

The ‘wind puppets’ were an interesting display/performance. It was all done to music and seemed to be a story about sea creatures which ‘swam’ through the air as a result of the actions of the performers…

IMG 0367‘Wind puppets’

Another interesting performance piece were ‘The Tubes’, which behaved and moved like giant worms that could stand…

IMG 0375The Tubes…

IMG 0431The Tubes…

Each ‘worm’ contained a performer…

IMG 0435The Tubes un-tubed…

One great thing to see are all the boats moored up to the booms of the regatta course, and also the vintage boats along the bank.

IMG 0396Vintage boats – The Amazon slipper launch

IMG 0406Steam powered umpires launch

IMG 0409Another example of a beautiful wooden boat

The site of the festival is fantastic, and it is incredible to think that just a few days earlier it was being used for a 5 day international sporting event.

IMG 0421Looking down the tow path at Henley Festival at dusk

IMG 0450Henley Royal Regatta (HRR) chairs at the festival…

Music forms a large part of the festival, and this ranges from small groups and bands in some of the side tents, to orchestras and well established bands on the main ‘floating’ stage.

One performance I enjoyed was a Mexican mariachi band that were playing ‘pop hits’. Quite amusing…

IMG 0383A Mexican mariachi band

Rick Wakeman also did a wonderful stand-up/musical piece.

And on the floating stage I saw The Jacksons – whilst their performance was enjoyed by the audience there was too much chat and video and not enough music…

IMG 0478The Jacksons

Summary of the 2014 Henley Arts Festival? I went for 2 of the 5 evenings and had a great time. The highlight for me were The Lords of Lightning who I thought were amazing…

If you have enjoyed this article then please feel free to share it using the buttons below.
 
Nick's continued wanderings can be followed on Twitter: @nickswanderings.
 

Tags: ,

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Comments are closed.

Top