About Us

Photo: Tim Mitchell

The Thames Festival Trust's principle objective is to increase the appreciation of rivers and their importance to us all through creating and promoting river and river-related art, education and heritage programmes.

Since 1997, the Thames Festival Trust has entranced and engaged audiences in excess of 10 million through our annual outdoor festival Totally Thames, which prior to 2014 was called The Thames Festival. We have worked with 110,000 children and young people across London, the UK and world, commissioned 506 art projects, engaged with 460 organisations on river-inspired programme and delved into the River Thames rich heritage and archaeology to improve access and increase diversity across the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

How we work:  

  • We take a unique multidisciplinary approach, creating work that spans art forms to develop and diversify engagement.
  • We work with children and young people in London, across the UK and world to connect them to their rivers, through creative arts based education.
  • We curate, commission and collaborate on an annual celebration of the River Thames with a programme for all to discover, uncover and explore arts, culture and active events
  • We work globally with international artists to present great art in London, embed international exchange and dialogue and collaborate with international partners to champion and highlight the unique space rivers occupy across the world 
  • We work with new and emerging diverse artists to offer new and often unheard voices on the river   
  • We create unique opportunities to discover and learn about the richness of the tidal Thames through archaeology and heritage programmes
  • We create unique river related education resources available to view or download.