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The River Thames travels over 210 miles, starting as a small trickle in the Cotswolds, right into the centre of London and out into the North Sea. And yet, many Londoners have never engaged with the river. Through Totally Thames' annual season of over 150 events on, beneath and beside the River Thames, Londoners can take part in an exciting programme of arts, cultural, archaeological and active river events including concerts, film screenings, exhibitions, installations, performances, walks, a boat party and even a wild swim!
This year's programme is curated around the timely issue of plastic pollution in our rivers and oceans, Handel's 300th Anniversary of Water Music, and stories of the river.
Plastic Pollution, River litter
This timely, global environmental issue affects the Thames, waterways and oceans. The World Economic Forum has predicted there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by weight by 2050. This is highlighted in Future Dust, an installation by artist Maria Arceo (throughout September); for the last year, Arceo has been collecting plastic from over 40 beaches along the tidal Thames down to the Estuary. By beachcombing, handpicking, identifying, and colour-
300th Anniversary of Handel's Water Music
Composer Iain Chambers returns with his third edition of the Bascule Chamber Concerts (22nd -
The River Thames travels over 210 miles, starting as a small trickle in the Cotswolds, right into the centre of London and out into the North Sea. And yet, many Londoners have never engaged with the river.
presented by the Thames Festival Trust
An annual celebration of the River Thames with a creative and diverse programme that inspires, connects and enthrals. Click link for full details.
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Stories of the River
The River Thames has a rich history as a working river which has affected its heritage and the communities and cultures that adorn it. Working River: London's Boatyards (throughout September) will bring the living history of the boatyards on the Tidal Thames alive through oral history, film and photography in a series of exhibitions. While Boat Poets (6th, 25th and 28th September) places four young emerging spoken word artists on tidal residencies. Artists will explore life on the river through time spent in the wheel houses of river boats, barges and tugs central to industry on the Thames. The Boat Poets will perform at the National Poetry Library and the Tongue Fu Boat Party and will be popping up on MBNA Thames Clippers for National Poetry Day.
Other key projects include Thames Festival Trust's Rivers of the World, an international arts education programme that has worked in 20 countries. Rivers of the World artworks will be on display at City Hall and along the Thames Pathway. Plus, The Great River Race (9th September) -
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said This festival celebrates one of our city's major assets, bringing its history to life through a fantastic variety of free activities including concerts, exhibitions, installations and performances. From learning about environmental issues facing the river to hearing about those who live on it, there's something for everyone to get involved in this September.
Adrian Evans, Director of Totally Thames, comments, ‘For this, our 20th birthday edition, we are exploring the working river and the history of Thames boatyards through spoken word and oral history; through photography and film. We are deploring marine plastic pollution via Maria Arceo's thought-