The programme for this year’s month-long Totally Thames festival has been announced.

Under the brand name Take Me to the River, 150 events will be held over a 42-mile stretch of the river in London between September 1st and 30th.

They include:

  • A large-scale three-storey high art installation floating in the centre of the Thames by the Millennium Bridge by Ik-Joong Kang, a celebrated South Korean multimedia artist, Constructed from 500 miniature drawings and illuminated from within, the lantern structure acts as a memorial to the millions displaced and divided during the Korean War.

  • A spotlight on Waterloo Bridge with a brand new work by composer and artist Claudia Molitor based on its rebuilding during World War II by a predominantly female workforce, and a multi-media presentation telling its story.

  • Following last year’s sell out concert series in the Bascule Chamber inside Tower Bridge, composer Iain Chambers returns to fill the subterranean Victorian space with a new programme.

  • An exhibition devoted to houseboats and their history on the river.

  • River trips explaining Brunel’s connections wit the Thames.

  • Lectures about the archaeological and other aspects of the river plus talks about the science, history and legacy behind The Monument, built in commemoration to the Great Fire of London.
  • The source to sea relay now in its fourth year will take place throughout September. 

  • The Thames River Swim and the Great River Race will take place during the month.

  • Around 50 tall ships are expected at Greenwich for four days during September.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,said:": The Thames is at the heart of our city’s heritage, and this festival brings its history to life through a huge variety of free activities, including interactive art, exhibitions, live performances and archaeological tours.

“It is an incredible celebration, and with something for everyone, it will give all Londoners the opportunity to explore the terrific Thames."

Link to the Totally Thames website

Story dated July 13th 2016