A month of River-based culture in September organised by Totally Thames
Totally Thames will be a season of 150 events which brings London’s river to life throughout the month of September with an exciting programme of arts, cultural, archaeological and river events.
Floating Dreams is a major London installation by Ik-Joong Kang, one of South Korea’s most renowned and celebrated multimedia artists, and will take the form of a compelling, large-scale installation situated in the centre of the Thames by Millennium Bridge.
Constructed from 500 miniature drawings and illuminated from within, the three-story-high lantern structure acts as a memorial to the millions displaced and divided during the Korean War (1950-53), and a poignant symbol of hope for the reunification of North and South Korea.
Thursday 1 – Friday 30 September
Bankside, adjacent to Millennium Bridge
Fluxland, an immersive artwork by French artist Cyril de Commarque, will navigate along the Thames on a series of journeys over the course of the month, welcoming the public on board and becoming a space for debate. A 25-metre long former freight boat mounted with a mirrored polyhedron sculptural form, Fluxland will navigate along the Thames on a series of journeys over the course of the month, as a travelling visual and sound installation
From 7 September
Various locations, River Thames, London
The Singing Bridge is a brand new work by composer and artist Claudia Molitor, in partnership with Somerset House, which explores the fascinating history of Waterloo Bridge (aka ‘The Ladies’ Bridge’) and its rebuilding during World War II by a predominantly female workforce. These trail-blazing construction workers will also be celebrated in Concrete History’s Light up the Ladies’ Bridge, two evenings of live performances, film and large scale photographic projections on the National Theatre’s fly tower.
Friday 9 – Sunday 25 September
Somerset House, New Wing, Strand, WC2R 1LA
The commissioned live art programme will also explore London’s hidden and secret spaces. Iain Chambers will curate the second Bascule Chamber Concert inside Tower Bridge, London’s greatest hidden space for an intimate vocal concert.
Theatre company Vocal Point will present a new play, Mooring in Brunel Museum’s remarkable Sinking Shaft, set on the Thames, Mooring is inspired by true events and confronts themes of riverside homelessness, remorse, and coming to terms with one’s past. The Brunel Museum will also host a wider series of events, including boat trips, opera, live music and more.Thursday 1 – Friday 9 September
£8/£6 concessions (plus booking fee)
Sinking Shaft, Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, SE16 4LF
Sail Royal Greenwich: Tall Ships
For four days only this September the tall ships will be back on the Thames in London. Make an unforgettable journey on an original tall ship and enjoy spectacular sights and delights the city has to offer. Fireworks complete the evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 September
Cruise tickets from £39.90
The largely untold and rich history of an estimated 1,000 houseboat residents along the tidal Thames is brought alive in a brand new exhibition Life Afloat. Delve into the stories and history of houseboat life along the Thames through photography, archive research and oral history interviews that will be on show at Watermans for the month of September before moving to the Geffrye Museum.
Thursday 1 – Friday 30 September
Watermans, 40 High St, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 0DS
Totally Thames has teamed up with 5×15 to bring their distinctive brand of intellectual cabaret to buzzing Docklands’ arts hub Trinity Buoy Wharf for a celebration of the creative spirit of London and its river, featuring five magnetic performances. On The Docks: Stories From the River line-up includes Richard Wilson, Orlando Seale, Inua Ellams and Rachel Lichtenstein plus a fifth speaker to be announced.
Once again there are plenty of opportunities to get on and into the water, from paddle steamers to paddle boarding, cruising on a Tall Ship to wild swimming. This year’s annual exploration of the river from Source to Sea: Thames River Relay will take the form of the first ever Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Relay, bringing experienced and first time paddlers to the river throughout the month.
Tidefest returns for 2016, bringing with it great activities for all the family including foreshore walks, an angling competition, boat trips, kayaking and nature reserve visits.
There is also so much to discover and learn along London’s foreshores, so why not join one of the many Archaeological Foreshore walks with leading experts on hand across London and don’t miss the ever-popular Tower Beach Open Day offering a unique opportunity to enjoy the foreshore by the Tower of London.
Firing on the Foreshore
Watch pottery being produced as it was thousands of years ago, in open fires on the Thames, explore the historic foreshore, see and handle objects dating from the end of the last Ice Age. Join leading archaeologists Dr Fiona Haughey and Mike Webber and have your questions ready for them!
Saturday 10 September
Thames foreshore, Bankside, SE1, adjacent to Shakespeare’s Globe