riverfest20122The eighth annual Riverfest is less than a month away now, with the free community event set to take place on Saturday 16th May in the heart of the Isle of Wight at the historic Newport Quay.

Riverfest is organised by The Footprint Trust, a local charity, which promotes sustainable living. The charity runs a number of projects that help people and their local environment, its most noted being WarmerWight- plus.

Visitors can not only expect dance performances from the LVB Dance Company of Newport, Ceri Irish Dancers and PJ’s Theatre School – as well as Isle of Wight Salsa – but local produce and charities including WightSAR, People Matter IW and The Family Information Zone.

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The launch of Riverfest will be announced by the arrival of the ever-popular Vectis Corps of Drums, who will be playing a medley of sea-inspired and traditional rousing music. Short n Sweet –  the Island’s well known vocal harmony duo – will also perform at the event.

riverfest2012Cowes Sailability Club will be sailing to Riverfest on their interesting crafts, Dougal and Zebedee. The  Maritime Volunteer Service and Medina Valley Centre will also have their boats at the event alongside historic boats from the Classic Boat Museum. The Rose Pirates and the Wolfguard Vikings will be making an appearance again this year and visitors will also be able to see the King Rag – a 17’ Clinker-built Fishing Dinghy built at Moorman Bros, Shanklin in 1966 at a cost of £130.

Digital Recycle, the Island’s leaders in reclamation of  computers and IT equipment, will have a whole host of reclaimed reasonably priced computer equipment on sale. In addition, Quay Arts will promoting their free arts activities for young people as part of the Isle of Wight Council’s Youth Offer programme.

The event’s organiser, Ray Harrington-Vail said:

“The Trust is very grateful to the Maritime Volunteer Service and the many volunteers who support the event, without which Riverfest would not happen. If you would like to get involved in fundraising, stewarding, organising etc please do get in touch.”

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“We encourage everyone who can to walk, cycle or sail to Riverfest, leaving their car at home. Buses stop nearby too, and all buses lead to Newport. The event is a short walk from the bus station, and is served by footpaths and a cycle route. We all need to drive less and see more”

There is no entrance fee as the Quay is owned by the Isle of Wight Council, who support this event by not charging for its use. The event is sponsored by The Southern Co-operative and E.ON with Newport Parish Council giving ongoing financial support.

To sponsor this event or to find out about booking a stall please email   [email protected] or call Ray on 01983 822282.

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