PEOPLE across the Wye Valley are producing artwork ahead of the return of popular Wye Valley River Festival next month.

The creative experiments, created by a number of groups, will be a part of the 2024 Wye Valley River Festival, which kicks off on Friday, May 3, with a programme of vibrant shows, workshops, performances, installations and film running at locations from Hereford to Chepstow until Sunday May 12.

The artwork includes screen printed banners to group performance pieces ahead of the free arts and environment festival, which is in its 10th anniversary and is held every two years to celebrate and get audiences out in the local landscape.

With the 2024 festival inspired by ‘the earth beneath our feet’, the groups are producing a range of creative responses including work linked with the ecological theme.

Held every two years since 2014, the event is run by Wye Valley River Festival community interest company, an arts organisation led by innovative artists and communities creating work on environmental themes.

Artistic director Phillippa Haynes said: “The Wye Valley River Festival continues to generate engaging ways for the local community to work alongside amazing artists to be entertained, moved and inspired by the region’s environment.

“It is fantastic to see such a cross section of people get involved to try new ways of making art and connect with one another.”