Totally Thames 2019 Full Festival Programme

Totally Thames 2019 has announced the incredible full programme of events for this year’s festival, exploring the environmental importance and the rich and varied cultural heritage of the capital’s river. Totally Thames encourages visitors from London and further afield to participate in artistic, historical and musical events in celebration of this iconic landmark.

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. The Barking Stink tackles the rich, pungent history of London, diving nose-first into the infamous odours that used to emanate from Barking Creek. Tideway’s trailblazing Regatta London is coming to London 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.

Totally Thames will see artistic, musical, dance and literary events celebrate the river this September 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 theTotally Thames Festival Boat 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.

Championing 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 jam-packed with amazing events bringing together local communities with visitors from across the globe.

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