Totally Thames 2017, 1-30 September 2017, London, the UK

An annual celebration of the River Thames with a creative and diverse programme curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust.


The Festival will present over 150 events on, beneath and beside the River Thames this September. The programme is packed with 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 the 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; 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-coding found plastic debris, she will create a large-scale artwork that responds to the sheer scale of plastic litter that is being deposited into the Thames.

300th Anniversary of Handel's Water Music

Composer Iain Chambers returns with his third edition of the Bascule Chamber Concerts  inside the cavernous bascule chamber of Tower Bridge. The programme of new works includes a response to the 300th anniversary of Water Music from Langham Research Centre that uses live recordings of the bridge’s river and road sounds.

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 will bring the living history of the boatyards on the Tidal Thames alive through oral history, film and photography in a series of exhibitions.

Check out the full programme on this site.


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