This year we have over a hundred events on and around the Thames from Kingston in the West to Erith in the East. Join us in September – or rather Sep-Thames-ber – for London’s river month!Adrian Evans, Festival Director
The Ship of Tolerance is the creation of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, two of the most celebrated artists of their generation and widely known for their large-scale installations.
Marvel at the huge boat sculpture, adorned with silk flags created by a thousand young people in the UK responding to the theme of Tolerance. See it by Millennium Bridge during September, and it will also be moored in the Royal Docks throughout August.
As Barking & Dagenham’s waterfront is being transformed, so the memory of its industrial vibrancy, and pungent smells that once emanated on and around Barking Creek is being lost. This scented heritage exhibition explores Barking's past and just what caused its whiff!
What do you know about Mudlarking? This curious practice involves those with a 'license to lark' taking to the Thames beach, or foreshore, scavenging for objects from London's past - many of which have ended up in London's most important collections. Join us this September for the most expansive exhibition on mudlarking that has ever taken place, with photography and work from artists who incorporate finds into their practice.
Regatta London is taking over the Thames this September. This unique event offers participants an experience of London like never before, with no other non-racing boats and no tide. Join in on canoe, kayak, rowboat, stand-up paddle-board, or watch this mass event from the banks!
Keep your eyes peeled for our full programme announcement in July...
Read, Watch & Listen
Meet our Volunteers: Researching The Islanders
Glynis Webb, Johnny Ringwood and Stephen Pewsey chat about the Connaught Tavern and its importance to the docks as well as its haunted reputation.
Rivers of the World 2021: Munyati River, Zimbabwe
6 schools collaborate with artist Eugene Mapondera (Kay Media Africa) to produce artwork showing the importance of their local river to their community.
Rivers of the World: Launch 2021 @ National Maritime Museum
Check out some photo highlights from the Rivers of the World launch at National Maritime Museum in September