Henley Youth Festival 2019 | Website by Jen digital

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Reg Charity: No 1044280

Competitions

 
 
 
 

The Henley Youth Festival is a totally individual event and as far as we know there is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the country!

 

It is a means of celebrating the talents and achievements of young people in our area and to give them experiences across a wide range of activities that they may not otherwise encounter. We support and promote the performing and visual arts, have some great team and individual sports events and also nurture other skills through workshops and competitions.

 

The first Henley Youth Festival took place in 1994 and now well over 1,500 young people, ranging from under 5’s to 18 year olds, take part each year in about 35 different events and activities.  The Festival itself takes place over a couple of weeks every March and many participants are busy preparing well in advance!

 

 

 

 

 

Art Competition

Paint, draw, photograph, make a collage, and sculpt in paper, clay, wood or any other medium. Mix your media if you wish. Think big – or small – or somewhere in between, (but ideally no bigger than 1m x 1m). Work on your own, or in a group. Have a look at the theme text on the homepage for inspiration if you need it but the best ideas are your own.

Entries will be judged on imagination, creativity, innovation and interpretation of the theme and will be adjudicated by professional artists. Entries will be displayed at the HYF Art Exhibition at the Education Centre, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, RG9 1BF on 14-15 March. In the event of space restrictions, only selected entries may be displayed.

 

You are eligible to enter if you attend/live in the catchment area for one of the following participating schools: Badgemore, Bishopswood, Gillotts, Kidmore End, Nettlebed, Peppard, Sacred Heart, Shiplake, Sonning Common, Trinity, Valley Road OR if you attend Henley College, Shiplake College, Chiltern Edge, Rupert House or St Mary's. If you have recently moved to a school that is not on the list but have previously taken part in HYF please contact Charlene Brown on 07803 612175.

Age Categories

There are currently 3 categories:

Infant (up to age 6 years - art only)

Junior (age 7 - 11)

Senior (age 12 - 18)

Collaborative (ie Art clubs and other groups)

Entry form available to download here - closing date for competition entries: Friday 28th February

Prize Giving 

Prizes will be awarded at an “invite only” presentation, Sunday 15 March 2020 from 2.30-3.30pm.

 

Click here or email artcompetitionhyf@gmail.com to contact the event organiser putting Art Competition in the subject line.

 

 

Film Competition

The 2020 Henley Youth Festival Film Competition is now open for entries for all you aspiring filmmakers.  We are inviting you to make a Film or Animation (any length you like up to a max of 3 minutes).  We would encourage you to interpret the HYF theme into your film.  This year’s theme is "Oceans"*

 

*Entries will be judged on imagination, creativity, innovation. We will judge the film on its own merits, the HYF theme is not essential.

Films will be shown at the Art and Film exhibition, Education Centre, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, RG9 1BF on 14 - 15 March. 

You are eligible to enter if you attend/live in the catchment area for one of the following participating schools: Badgemore, Bishopswood, Gillotts, Kidmore End, Nettlebed, Peppard, Sacred Heart, Shiplake, Sonning Common, Trinity, Valley Road OR if you attend Henley College, Shiplake College, Chiltern Edge, Rupert House or St Mary's. If you have recently moved to a school that is not on the list but have previously taken part in HYF please contact Charlene Brown on 07803 612175.

Age Categories

There are currently 2 categories:

Junior (age 7 - 11)

Senior (age 12 - 18)

Please download and carefully read the guidelines and rules before submitting the entry form and consent form.  Forms available to download here.

Prize Giving 

Prizes will be awarded at an “invite only” presentation on Sunday 15th March 2020 from 2.30-3.30pm.

Closing date for competition entries: Friday 28th February.

 

Click here or email artcompetitionhyf@gmail.com to contact the event organiser putting Film Competition in the subject line.

 

Writing Competition

The HYF Writing Competition is for young people who love words. We'd like you to write about the HYF theme in any style you like: a short story; a poem; a play; a blog; song lyrics; a script or maybe a report.

 

We have chosen 'Oceans' as our theme for 2020. Be inspired by nature, explore your own or a character's experience of the seas. Think about real events, fantasy creatures or invented worlds of the past or future. Dive into your imagination and let your ideas ebb and flow. The only limit is your imagination. Try composing a thrilling story, a short play, a poem or a blog.

You are eligible to enter if you attend/live in the catchment area for one of the following participating schools: Badgemore, Bishopswood, Gillotts, Kidmore End, Nettlebed, Peppard, Sacred Heart, Shiplake, Sonning Common, Trinity, Valley Road OR if you attend Henley College, Shiplake College, Chiltern Edge, Rupert House or St Mary's.

Age Categories

All entries should be a maximum of 500 words except a short story, which can be 750. The competition will be adjudicated in 3 age groups by author Amanda Jennings:

Group 1:  School years 1 – 3   

Group 2:  School years 4 – 5 

Group 3:  School years 6 - 13

Prize Giving

Prizewinners will be invited to attend the Writing Competition Prizegiving on Saturday 14th March at:

The Bell Street Bookshop, Bell Street, Henley, RG9 2BL

Prizes for the Writing Competition are kindly donated by the Bell Street Bookshop

Entry form available to download here - closing date for competition entries: 28th February

Click here or email sarah@skiersedge.co.uk to contact the event organiser putting Writing Competition in the subject line.

 

 

Young Reporter Competition

The Henley Standard and Henley Youth Festival have teamed up again to invite all young writers and aspiring journalists who live or go to school in Henley to enter the Young Reporter competition.

Four successful entrants, aged 11-16, will have the opportunity to report on an event at this year's festival in March and then have their article and photographs published in the Henley Standard.  The young reporters will spend a morning in the Henley Standard offices with the editorial team on Saturday 21st March to prepare their article and pictures for publication.

To enter please email 100 - 500 words of your own work (this could be a piece of homework, some creative writing, a book review or a report on an event) to: 

sbradshaw@henleystandard.co.uk and siobhanpratt@yahoo.co.uk by 17th February.

Please supply your name and contact details (and contact details for your parent or guardian), including a telephone number and the name of your school. 

No entry form required.

 

Closing date for submissions is 17th February.

Cartoon Competition - new this year!

We have teamed up with the Henley Herald this year to offer a fantastic new competition for all budding young cartoonists. 

The winner of the Cartoon Competition will spend some time with the Herald's brilliant cartoonist, Steve Allender, working on creating a cartoon to be featured in the Henley Herald.

If you are aged 8 and over and would like to enter, simply design a cartoon based around this year's Oceans theme and email a photo of it to the Henley Herald at news@henleyherald.com

Any media can be used.

The winner will be announced on Sunday 15th March at the River & Rowing Museum.  Some of the entries will be displayed alongside entries at the HYF Art & Film Competition Exhibition at the River & Rowing Museum on 14th-15th March.

The winning entry will also feature on the home page of the Henley Herald website.

Deadline for entries is 28th February.