One of my absolutely favourite things about London is the River Thames. Whether i’m on the Thames or sitting by it, it’s simply wonderful.
The Totally Thames festival is taking place this year from 1st September-30th September at locations all around London on the 42 mile stretch of the Thames. There’s art, music, walks, community projects and something for everyone in the family.
The festival is organised by the Thames River Trust and is an annual festival that started in 1997. It began as a 2 days festival but in 2013 Totally Thames turned into a month-long celebration.
The Thames is the blue blood that runs through London’s veins. The Thames was once used to transport, not only tourists and commuters, but goods. The Totally Thames Festival honours the river Thames and helps educate us and respect the river.
I was lucky to be invited to the launch of Totally Thames at the creative hub Trinity Buoy Wharf, one of the last remaining ship building warehouses that hasn’t been converted. Trinity Buoy Wharf has a sculpture park and even houses London’s only lighthouse.
One of the big attractions this year of the Totally Thames Festival is the Silk River walks. The piece is a collaboration between London and Kolkata, sharing experiences between the Thames and the River Hooghly. The walks also combine with music and storytelling to aid the journey and imagination.
One of the art pieces on display at the opening named ‘Future Dust‘ by Maria Arceo showed the plastic litter she had collected on the banks of the Thames in a year.
Look at the Totally Thames website for the full schedule of events and ticket information.
If you have an idea for the 2018 Totally Thames festival you can get in touch to talk http://totallythames.org/about/opportunities