Month-long arts and cultural celebrations of London’s river featuring over 100 river-related events along the Thames which includes those below.
Friday 5 – Sunday 14 September
11am – 6pm
gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf,
Exhibition of rare maps of London that will present 450 years of dramatic transformations of the Thames landscape and the art of cartography from 1572 to 2013. The exhibition is curated by Daniel Crouch, one of the world’s leading specialist map dealers
First UK Commission by Florentijn Hofman – Hippopo Thames
Tuesday 2 – Monday 29 September
The foreshore, Nine Elms on the South Bank
TRenowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has created an extraordinary 21-metre-long hippo sculpture for Totally Thames. HipppoThames will be semi-immersed in the river at Nine Elms on the South Bank, central London’s newest district until Sunday 28 September.
Hofman is known for scaled-up sculptures, such as Rubber Duck which has travelled to several major cities around the world since 2007.
Fire Garden by Carabosse
Friday 5 – Saturday 6 September
Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling St, London SW8 5BN
For one of its last ever public events before closing for development, Battersea Power Station will be transformed into a spectacular display of fire and light by internationally renowned French artists,Carabosse, who use improvised live music, steam and fire-powered kinetic sculptures together with a mass application of fire and flame installations to create highly evocative environments.
Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival
Friday 5 – Tuesday 9 September
Check Royal Greenwich website for timetable and locations
The Royal Borough of Greenwich will celebrate the largest fleet of Tall Ships to visit London in 25 years with five days of free festival fun across historic Greenwich, Royal Arsenal Woolwich, Greenwich Peninsula and West India Dock. This festival offers chances to board some Tall Ships moored along the Greenwich waterfront; dazzling evening fireworks displays (on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 September); free cultural performances, music and entertainment at the festival villages; with a spectacular festival launch and a closing Parade of Sail, which can be viewed along the river.
The Great River Race
Saturday 27 September
12:30pm – 7pm
For viewpoints check www.greatriverrace.co.uk
The Great River Race, London’s River Marathon, is a spectacular race for traditional boats up the River Thames,from Millwall in the east to Ham in the west. It attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from those who enjoy fun, fancy dress and charity stunts, to serious sportsmen and women who want to win and become the UK Traditional Boat Champions in the process.
For the full programme see www.totallythames.org