Tag: Totally Thames Festival

Thames, River of Rubbish

Published on 14th September 2023

Drawing on objects found in the Thames, mudlark and author Tom Chivers will explore the history of the river as a dumping ground for London’s waste. You will have the chance to hold artefacts from the city’s past, from Roman pottery to medieval jewellery, and hear Tom share early research from his postgraduate project, In the Flow of Things: Encounters with the Mudlarks of the Thames Foreshore (QMUL/MOLA). Tom will share reflections on pollution, sustainability and the Thames, and propose mudlarking as a kind of alchemy which reconceptualises London’s river of rubbish as a source of treasure and delight. Find out more/book Presented by Team London Bridge as part of its programme for Totally Thames – Thames Festival Trust

Bowls in a Fragile World at Southwark Cathedral

Come down to the iconic Southwark Cathedral to see a collection of Debra Shipley‘s beautiful, paper bowls created from rubbish, plastic, and chemicals. Each of these delicate bowls are polluted with tiny fragments of plastic and chemicals found in the Thames. Presented by Team London Bridge as part of its programme for Totally Thames – Thames Festival Trust Tagged Totally Thames, Exhibition, Southwark Cathedral

The Crossing – Installation by Henry Reichhold

Published on 31st August 2023

The experience of walking across one of London’s bridges is never the same twice, weather is everything. Come down to London Bridge Station and experience a photography installation by the artist Henry Reichhold, celebrating the uniqueness of London’s Bridges. The experience of walking across one of London’s bridges is never the same twice, from enjoying the solitude of crossing over on an early summer morning to battling against wind and rain in the middle of winter the experience is always somehow unique. Presented by Team London Bridge as part of its programme for Totally Thames – Thames Festival Trust

Totally Thames Festival 2023

Published on 31st July 2023

Totally Thames is an annual season of unique, diverse and accessible arts and culture throughout the month of September with activity taking place on, beneath, and along the River Thames. The month-long programme runs the 42-mile stretch of the Thames through working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses. The festival will feature art installations and exhibitions, performances including a climate cabaret, foreshore walks, talks, boat trips, river races and more this September, particularly focusing on sustainability and protecting the environment and ecosystem of the river. This exciting annual celebration of the Thames is back for its 27th year with an all-new look: each weekend will see a festival hub in a different London riverside location with events and activities, and there will be further events across London all month long. Find out more View events around London Bridge Totally Thames Festival is supported by British Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Platinum Jubilee Pageant Foundation, Port of London Authority, The Royal Docks Team, Team London Bridge, and Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.

River Net

Published on 01st September 2022

Showing at London Bridge Hive on September 22nd, River Net looks at the intermingling of natural and synthetic matter, our relationship with the materials we produce and their impact on the river. In this ice-based, time lapse video work, Irma uses material recovered from the river with a particular emphasis on plastic food netting. I’m interested in the ambiguity of something developed in part for its aesthetic appeal but, after single use, becoming unwanted and damaging to the natural environment. By repurposing it, she examines how much of the original, artificial beauty it retains whilst reflecting on how it might compromise the life of a river. “What I call ‘plastic coral’ attaches itself everywhere and to everything, breaking down over time into minute pieces that remain in our waters, rivers and oceans. It finds its way inside fish, animals, insects and humans, in all eco-systems even down to the very phylum of plants” 12.30 – 1.30pm Talk – booking required 1.30pm – 7pm Meet the Artist – drop in This one day event will start with a lunchtime screening of the film River Net after which Irma will talk about the project and take questions from the audience. She will also discuss how her practice relates to environmental issues, in particular micro fibre plastics and how her upbringing near Fanes National Park in the Dolomites impacts her view of urban ecosystems in London with particular reference to the river. Throughout the day, the 15 minute film will continue to run on a loop, and Irma will be available to engage and discuss with the public on an informal basis. There will be a small number of her fibre art pieces on show as well as other resources The event gives an insight into her current work-in-progress, with the 15 minute video work representing a preview of her ongoing longer-term project. The accompanying sound track was created by musician and soundscape artist Jonathan Lambert. This event is Supported by Team London Bridge and Totally Thames Festival.  


On Saturday 24 September 2022, the Jubilee Reflections Flotilla will mark the River Thames’ celebration of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Reflections will be an opportunity for the River Thames’ community and its stakeholders to come together to capture the enchantment of the night river, creating reflections as the boats glide peacefully by – allowing those viewing to remember the past and think to the future, whilst reflecting on Her Majesty’s reign and celebrate such a marvellous achievement. At dusk an illuminated flotilla of invited vessels, both manpowered and motorised, will parade down through central London from Chelsea to Tower Bridge. All craft will be decorated in white lights which will reflect on the water’s surface, creating a river of light. Find out more This event is part of Totally Thames Festival.

Discover London’s wildlife secret with ZSL’s new Thames virtual reality experience

Published on 06th September 2019

This free experience takes you on a journey below the surface of London’s great river. Step up to the Zoological Society of London’s VR portal, put on your swim goggles and ‘dive’ into the Thames. As you explore, you’ll join ZSL’s conservation team in discovering the incredible wildlife that lives below the surface. Every experience is different, so challenge your friends and family to see who can discover the most species. Make sure to keep an eye out for some surprises along the way! Find the experience on the bank of the Thames outside One London Bridge. Just 5 minutes’ walk from London Bridge station. This experience is free and open to all. As a charity, ZSL rely on donations for their wildlife-saving work. If you would like to support them there is a contactless card donation point at the experience, and all donations are greatly appreciated! ZSL’s Thames virtual reality experience, the first of its kind in the UK, was created by BYO and Somewhere Else using Timescope technology. The VR experience was supported by the Royal Bank of Canada. Part of Totally Thames 2019 which runs from 1-30 September.

Totally Thames: Kid’s Choir

Published on 31st July 2019

Kids’ Choir; a key music education project for the Thames Festival Trust, will perform at The Scoop as part of Totally Thames Festival.  Primary schools from all over London embark on a year-long singing programme under the guidance of conductor Richard Frostick. They learn new music and performance skills which they show off in an amazing concert at the Scoop, by the river Thames in front of a huge audience in September. Part of Totally Thames 2019. 1pm – 1.45pm

Sing for Water at The Scoop

Published on 30th July 2019

Sing for Water at The Scoop is an incredible day of music and fundraising for WaterAid. Sing for Water was initiated by Thames Festival Trust and composer Helen Chadwick in 2002 as a choral project which raises money for WaterAid. To date, Sing for Water has raised over £1 million for WaterAid projects in Africa and Asia. This year all the money raised will go towards communities in Malawi. Choirs from London and around the UK learn a repertoire of songs chosen by Roxane Smith and Katie Rose and are then sponsored to perform in a concert at the Scoop. Part of Totally Thames Festival September 1-30