Henley Festival: Visual arts to enhance festival

The Henley Festival takes place from Wednesday, July 5 to Sunday, July 9

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Henley Festival: Visual arts to enhance festival

The stellar line-up of the Henley Festival will gain some extra lustre with the addition of Mel C.

Pet Shop Boys, Chaka Khan and All Saints will all be joined by the Spice Girl who will perform as the special guest with All Saints at the summer riverside festival.

They will be joined by jazz musicians, world music artists, and folk singers.

Music, however, will not be the only form of entertainment as Sara Pascoe, Seann Walsh, Russell Kane, Andy Parsons, Eshaan Akbar, Matt Forde and Angus Deayton provide the comedy.

Street theatre, art, a large pop-up restaurant and an impressive fireworks show are all on the cards.

It will be enhanced even further by the addition of visual arts display.

Paul Day, the sculptor behind the Afghanistan and Iraq Memorial and the Queen Mother Memorial, will showcase his works at the riverside festival.

Day is also known for his Battle of Britain London Monument at the Victoria Embankment, and the Meeting Place in St Pancras International Station.

He will be joined by an array of other contemporary artists.

Kinetic work will be shown off by Ivan Black while Richard Jackson and Sally Fawkes will display glass works.

Simon Gudgeon is set to showcase minimalist, semi-abstract forms, and Cookham-based artist Dawn Conn will display works inspired by fairy tales and romance.

The Riverside Lawn area of the festival will also feature Beating Heart by Stephen Newby, which focuses on materials and their potential forms.

At night, David Ogle’s illuminated forest of light will please crowds with its glowing branches, and a light garden by Jig Cochrane will also be at hand.

Revellers are set to be able to make their own light displays by talking to interactive Whispering Tree installations.

Eddie Lock and Liam West will set up an urban art gallery, Beautiful Crime, composed of photographs, paintings and mixed media works.

Also featured are Ruby Turner, Sonja Yaso, Hayo Sol, Fin-Dac, Goldie Pam Glew, Illuminati, K-Guy and Russell Marshall among others.

Finally, the Connor Brothers are set to display a new Jazz Garden Gallery while Harriet Riddell, who has travelled the world stitching landscapes on her sewing machine, will be ready to make portraits of visitors.

For more details and tickets, visit henley-festival.co.uk, or call 01491 843 404.

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