Totally Thames Festival, 1-30 September 2014

Month-long arts and cultural celebrations of London’s river featuring over 100 river-related events along the Thames which includes those below.

Florentijn Hofman Hippo Scupture on Thames, Total Thames Festival. Photo: Steve Stills

Florentijn Hofman Hippo Scupture on Thames, Total Thames Festival. Photo: Steve Stills

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Mapping London

Friday 5 – Sunday 14 September
11am – 6pm

gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf,
Bargehouse Street,
SE1 9PH
Free

 

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

Mapping London

 

Mapping London, Totally Thames 2014. Photo: Daniel Crouch

Mapping London, Totally Thames 2014. Photo: Daniel Crouch

First UK Commission by Florentijn Hofman – Hippopo Thames

Tuesday 2 – Monday 29 September
The foreshore, Nine Elms on the South Bank
Free

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.

First UK Commission by Florentijn Hofman

Florentijn Hofman  Hippo Scupture on Thames, Total Thames Festival. Photo: Steve Stills

Florentijn Hofman Hippo Scupture on Thames, Total Thames Festival. Photo: Steve Stills

Fire Garden by Carabosse

Friday 5 – Saturday 6 September
6.30pm– 10.30pm
Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling St, London SW8 5BN
Free

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.

Fire Garden by Carabosse

Fire Garden by Carabosse, Totally Thames 2014. Photo: Barry Lewis

Fire Garden by Carabosse, Totally Thames 2014. Photo: Barry Lewis


RIVER EVENTS

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival

Friday 5 – Tuesday 9 September

Check Royal Greenwich website for timetable and locations
Free

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.

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival

Totally Thames 2014. Photo: Arne List

Totally Thames 2014. Photo: Arne List

The Great River Race

Saturday 27 September
12:30pm – 7pm

For viewpoints check www.greatriverrace.co.uk

Free

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.

The Great River Race

For the full programme see www.totallythames.org

 

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