Henley Pages 2018 - page 7

Festivals and events
HENLEY is rapidly becoming known for its festivals and sporting events. The town hosts a number of
popular and long-standing annual fixtures, such as the Henley Festival, the Thames Traditional Boat
Festival, the Henley Youth Festival, the Henley Drama Festival and the Henley Show.
And in recent years, a number of new events has
been added to the calendar, including the Henley
Literary Festival, the Henley Fringe Festival, the
Henley House and Garden Show, the Chelsea
Fringe festival, Music on the Meadows, Rewind,
an Eighties pop event, and two food festivals.
The five-day
Henley Festival
takes place in the
second week of July and comprises an elegant
mix of music, art, culture and dining — all in the
spectacular setting of the banks of the Thames.
The organisers call it “the most magical summer
event in the United Kingdom”.
The festival started life three decades ago as a
classical music concert but over the years the
repertoire has become more diverse, offering
something for every taste.
Each night, there is a range of performances of
classical music, jazz, opera, pop, rock, comedy,
dance and street theatre — all topped off with a
fireworks display.
The 2018 line-up included the Rita Ora, Nile
Rodgers & Chic, Grace Jones, Curtis Stigers and
the English National Opera.
Comedians who performed included Phill
Jupitus, Paul Merton, Jon Culshaw, Mark watson
and Lucy Porter. A ticket gives you access to up to
six timetabled events as well as art galleries and a
choice of bars and restaurants. The black-tie event
is now one of the biggest and best-loved arts
festivals in the country.
For more information, call the box office on
(01491) 843404 or visit
Henley Literary Festival
takes place in the
autumn and has established itself as one of the
leading events of its kind.
Events featuring leading writers are held at a
range of venues including the Kenton Theatre,
Henley town hall and Phyllis Court Club.
The festival features workshops, River Readings of
poetry and prose by leading actors on a Thames
cruise and about 40 events for children and
In 2018, there will be more than 170 events with
speakers including writer and illustrator Judith
Kerr, former footballer and England manager
Kevin Keegan, TV presenter Fearne Cotton,
former journalist and spy Frederick Forsyth, food
writer Jack Monroe, England international
Nile Rodgers performing at the 2018 Henley Festival
Rita Ora at the 2018 Henley Festival
Picture: Victor FrankowskI
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