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My summer holiday 2014 – Henley Arts Festival

By on July 20, 2014 in UK

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 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…

Henley Arts Festival

Through to a range of sculptures…

Henley Arts Festival

Naked woman in a top hat riding a dinosaur

Henley Arts Festival

Leaping salmon

Henley Arts Festival

Boxing Hares

Henley Arts Festival

The 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…

Henley Arts Festival

Carbon 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.

Henley Arts Festival

Carbon fibre – but what?

But it was, in fact, a Hammer Head Shark..

Henley Arts Festival

Carbon fibre Hammerhead shark

And this one? Looks like an airship head on…

Henley Arts Festival

Carbon fibre – but what?

It was another shark…

Henley Arts Festival

Another carbon fibre shark

One odd thing were the burning sculptures…

Henley Arts Festival

The 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…

Henley Arts Festival

Shiny robot man…

Henley Arts Festival

Shiny robot woman…

Henley Arts Festival

Performer on stilts

Henley Arts Festival

The roving cupids – where will their arrows land?

Henley Arts Festival

Cupids 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…

Henley Arts Festival

Wind puppets

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

Henley Arts Festival

The Tubes…

Henley Arts Festival

The Tubes…

Each ‘worm’ contained a performer…

Henley Arts Festival

The 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.

Henley Arts Festival

Vintage boats – The Amazon slipper launch

Henley Arts Festival

Steam powered umpires launch

Henley Arts Festival

Another 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.

Henley Arts Festival

Looking down the tow path at Henley Festival at dusk

Henley Arts Festival

Henley 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…

Henley Arts Festival

A 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…

Henley Arts Festival

The 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…

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