The spread of London has taken many of its inhabitants away from its heart centre: the heaving, greyish brown flow of the Thames river. As many a city historian will tell you, the rivers of metropoli are what made them. So getting back to our roots, Totally Thames festival, taking place throughout September, focuses all our attention back in and ponders just how, where and when this river became a significant part of the capital.
The extent of events is quite impressive. Exhibitions, film screens, music stages, village fetes, and an extra large floating sculpture will all be present over the month in celebration of its history. Much of the stuff on is free with a few things coming at a small price.
Highlights include guided walks by local historians, fire sculptures poetically washed away by the tide, and a free outdoor film screen on the Scoop (Indian summer permitting). There is also plenty of activity around the Battersea Power Station.
Exhibitions include River Works by Jacques Limousin: an artist who has spent years scouring the banks of the Thames for lost objects. His findings are revitalised into artworks of unusual and poignant stories. Also showing at the Pump House gallery is You Never Step Twice Into the Same River; an exhibition addressing time based mediums ability (or inability) to document the ever-changing waterway.
There will also be ecologically minded talks and events and some excellent live music on the Boatshed stage. A pretty good opportunity to see the summer out in style. (Words: Laura Thornley)
For more info info visit: http://totallythames.org/events