Festival celebrating environmental importance takes place at Totally Thames 2019

A festival that celebrates the environmental importance and the rich and varied cultural heritage of the capital’s river will take place over the month of September at various locations along the Thames.

Totally Thames 2019 encourages visitors from London and further afield to participate in artistic, historical and musical events in celebration of this iconic landmark and this year four amazing highlight events commemorate the river as the vital cultural centre of
the city.

The Ship of Tolerance, by renowned artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, brings together the works of 1000 children in the sails of a stunning ship, celebrating unity and diversity in the heart of London.

Navigating the tides of history, Foragers of the Foreshore is the most significant exploration of mudlarking ever held and will provide deep insight into the significance of the banks of the Thames.

The Barking Stink tackles the rich, pungent history of London, diving nose-first into the infamous odours that used to emanate from Barking Creek.

Regatta London will be on show at the end of September, an exciting mass participation event fundraising for local and national environmental causes as boaters of all kinds gather to race as well as the Thames Tidal swim which will see swimmers brave the cold water.

Totally Thames will see artistic, musical, dance and literary events with the return of the sensational Rivers of the World and the introduction of My Story of Water, an impactful new exhibition of jerry cans painted by children from Lagos, highlighting the importance of water itself.

An exciting evening of tangoing on the Thames awaits with Mid-River Milonga, and the magic of the Bascule Chamber Concerts returns to this year’s festival.

Thank You For Having Us is an adrenaline-filled performance challenging audiences to think about the impact of plastics on our natural environment, and Giles Walker’s Monster asks if the Thames could disappear under the weight of the capitalist machine.

Focusing on the heritage of the river as the vital centre of London’s history, its diverse culture and its connection to the rest of the world, Totally Thames 2019 is full of events aimed at bringing together local communities.

For more information, visit www.totallythames.org

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