Totally Thames

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River Thames

how will the River Thames transform itself during Totally Thames?

Taking place for the first time during September, Totally Thames is an exciting new, month-long arts and cultural celebration of London’s river, featuring over 100 river-related events along its entire 42 mile course through the capital.

This inaugural programme will feature arts, music and community festivals, colourful regattas, thrilling river races, foreshore archaeology, exploration, environmental and educational activities, as well as river-linked activities in all 17 London riverside boroughs.

One event encompasses the river in its entirety – the Source to Sea River Relay is the journey of a bottle of water, taken from the source of the River Thames carried down the entire length of the river to central London. This event will involve communities along the whole of the Thames from its source in the Gloucestershire Hills to the Thames Estuary.

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman – known for his outsized Rubber Duck – presenting his first ever UK commission, an extraordinary new sculpture for the River Thames. The launch on Tuesday 2 September will reveal the sculpture when it is towed upriver from its build site to its end position at Nine Elms on the South Bank, where it will remain in situ until 29 September.

At Battersea Power Station on the evenings of the 5th and 6th of September there will be The Fire Garden by Carabosse one of the last ever public events before the site closes for development, A limited number of tickets will be available on the door – please check Totally Thames Twitter @TotallyThames for updates.

Other major events include Blue Ribbon Village, The Big Thames Tidy, The Thames SENSEation) and dozens of river events, in Richmond, Kew, Brentford, Hammersmith, Imperial Wharf, Wandsworth, Vauxhall, South Bank, More London, St Katharine Docks and the Isle of Dogs, amongst others. Coinciding with the event will be Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival from the 5th until the 9th of September when the largest fleet of Tall Ships to visit London in 25 years occurs with five days of free festival fun across historic Greenwich, Royal Arsenal Woolwich, Greenwich Peninsula and West India Dock.

Towards the end of the festival, there is the Great River Race for traditional boats up the River Thames, from Millwall in the east to Ham in the west. 300 crews will take part on the afternoon of the 27th of September.

And, to encourage people to travel by river, Totally Thames will be promoting 2-for-1 ticket offers on most Thames river services throughout the month of September.

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