Totally Thames 2017 Programme Announcement

The Thames Festival Trust is thrilled to announce this year's Totally Thames programme.

With over 150 arts, cultural, archaeological and active river events on, beneath and beside the River Thames this September, there is no reason for you not to join us! 

This year’s programme is curated around the timely issue of plastic pollution in our 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 is highlighted in Future Dust, an installation by artist Maria Arceo. By litterpicking, beachcombing, handpicking, identifying, and colour-coding found plastic debris from the Thames, she will create a large-scale artwork that responds to the sheer scale of plastic litter that is being deposited into the Thames. The installation will tour to different riverside locations across London and will be illuminated at dusk by Dutch interactive light artist Tim Scheffer.

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, and will also include performances from clarinettist Kate Romano, spoken word artist Kayo Chingonyi plus award winning singer Coco Mbassi. On the shore, Kid’s Choir sees 400 Primary School children from across London come together at The Scoop to perform an array of songs including a contemporary response to Handel’s Water Music by Hunter Cobblentz.

  • The Dixie Queen going through Tower Bridge

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. While Boat Poets places four young emerging spoken word artists on tidal residencies. Artists will explore life on the river through time spent in the wheel houses of river boats, barges and tugs central to industry on the Thames. The Boat Poets will perform at the National Poetry Library and the Tongue Fu Boat Party and will be popping up on MBNA Thames Clippers for National Poetry Day.