Opens September 2018 at London Bridge Railway Station as a part of Totally Thames 2018. The vital role our diverse and fascinating bridges play in spanning the Thames is explored in this exhibition with a series of unique gigapixel, panoramic and hybrid night and day images that look to bring the bridges to life. On the bridges as dawn rises over London a trickle of cars, buses, trains and pedestrians begin to move slowly across the bridge, this very soon turns into a steady flow and then into a mad headlong dash as the rush hour sends a seemingly endless stream of people and vehicles cascading over the bridge. Below on the river activity starts with the distinct blue and white clippers that hurry silently under the bridges, these are soon joined by a variety of pleasure boats that grow ever more packed and noisy as this years hot summer’s day gets into full swing. From Kayaks to Cruise ships and tugs loaded with ballast you never know whats just around the corner. For more go to http://totallythames.org/event/connecting-london or reichholdarts.com/thames
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Come and join the heart-warming sounds of over 400 primary school children singing as one. Kids’ Choir is a Thames Festival Trust project that works in schools from all across London to develop their creative and performance skills and then come together for a high quality choral performance. Led by Richard Frostick, one of the UK’s finest singing leaders, Artistic Director of the British Council’s World Voice programme and founder of the Music Centre, the children will join forces to delight audiences and perform a fantastic collection of songs at the Scoop. The children will sing a broad selection of songs about the weather, environment and will travel via Benin and Cameroon as they take the audience on a musical journey. This event is part of the Totally Thames 2018 programme.
Come aboard the Dixie Queen to join Inua Ellams’ Rhythm And Poetry Party as we sail down the Thames… What might eloquent voices from contemporary poetry and spoken word movements have to say about hip-hop’s past, present and future? Come find out at Inua Ellams’ Rhythm And Poetry Party…a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, night of hip-hop-inspired poems and favourite hip-hop songs. Specifically curated for the Totally Thames, this event features Laurie Bolger, Anthony Anaxagorou, Danielle Dash, Tyrone Lewis, Ella Frears, Al The Native, Michelle Tiwo, Ross Sutherland, Theresa Lola and Inua Ellams. The R.A.P Party has been at the Southbank Centre, Rich Mix, Shoreditch House, Dublin International Literature Festival, Lagos International Poetry Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Brighton Dome to name a few. Essential Information The boat will return to Tower Millennium Pier If you have access requirements please contact Totally Thames by email here or call 020 7928 8998.
Totally Thames returns this September with an unmissable programme of over 100 events on, beneath and along the River Thames. From boat trips and walks, to exhibitions and concerts, the festival’s diverse line-up of arts and culture is a month long celebration of the magnificent River Thames. London Bridge highlights include: Inua Ellams’ R.A.P Party Schools choirs at the Scoop Tower Bridge Bascule Chambers concerts #careersonthethames London Children’s Curriculum Festival on Potters Fields Park Henry Reichhold Connecting London exhibition at London Bridge Station Check out the line up here.
Following last year’s sell out concert series in the Bascule Chamber, composer and curator Iain Chambers returns to fill the atmospheric subterranean Victorian space at Tower Bridge with a brand new programme. Featuring newly commissioned vocal works performed by the Marian Consort, a dynamic internationally-renowned young early music vocal ensemble, recognised for their fresh approach and innovative presentation. The Marian Consort will perform classic renaissance pieces, some exploring the phenomenon of voice-hearing. There will also be new site-specific music, alongside specially-commissioned spoken word performances from Rae Levine; plus celebrated tabla player Kuljit Bhamra MBE will perform an exclusive solo set. The Bascule Chamber houses Tower Bridge’s huge counterweights during lifting. When the bridge is at rest, this dramatic brick-lined space stands empty. These unmissable, atmospheric concerts provide a unique way of experiencing one of Victorian engineering’s greatest feats. Book here Essential information Please note performances are subject to change upto 24 hours before due to the working nature of Tower Bridge. Ensure you have read the full terms & conditions before booking. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.
Following last year’s sell out concert series in the Bascule Chamber at Tower Bridge, composer and curator Iain Chambers returns to fill the atmospheric subterranean Victorian space with a brand new programme as part of Totally Thames 2017. This year’s concerts showcase three major new works, alongside commissioned spoken word performances, and an immersive sound walk exploring London’s greatest hidden space. Click here for more details and booking. The programme includes a contemporary response to Handel’s Water Music by Langham Research Centre, 300 years after Handel’s famous work was premiered on the Thames. This ground-breaking new piece will see the group ‘play’ the sound of the Bridge’s river and road traffic live, using hydrophones in the river and contact microphones on Tower Bridge itself. Clarinettist Kate Romano will perform alongside Langham Research Centre in a new composition for oscillators and clarinet. Kate will also perform Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint a rhythmically intricate work by the American composer. Award-winning Franco-Cameroonian singer Coco Mbassi will perform a new work in the Bridge’s Accumulator Chamber, imagining the conversations happening on board boats carrying immigrants. Plus poet Kayo Chingonyi will create and perform new spoken word for this unique space. Kayo has received the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and was shortlisted for the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize. His new collection Kumkanda is out now. Supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. South Bascule Chamber, Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, SE1 2UP Suitable for ages 14+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
Check out highlights from the array of events and activities taking place this September in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Totally Thames Festival – Throughout September – Riverside Each year, Totally Thames brings London’s river to life throughout the month of September with an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events. The month-long programme runs along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames through working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses. The season includes an exhibition following the living history of London’s boatyards, documented as part of the Working River project. Telling the stories of boat builders from Teddington to the Thames Barrier, the project has recorded the working lives of these boatyards, their history and their legacy for the river today. Chinese Food Festival at Potters Fields Park | 8th – 10th September | FREE Now in its third year, the Chinese Food Festival will return to Potters Fields Park at the foot of Tower Bridge between 8 – 10 September. The festival will feature a food fair, cooking masterclass area and discovery journey. The food fair will see over 20 food stalls offering authentic dishes including Sheng Jian Bao, Chongqing Noodles, Taiwanese fried chicken and traditional soup from Henan. Bermondsey Street Festival | 16th September – FREE The annual ‘Village Fete in the City‘ returns this September, celebrating the creativity and community of Bermondsey Street. Enjoy a rich and wide variety of experiences that reflect the characterful area at its best; from food, drink and fashion to the infamous annual dog show… Pop-up Cinema at The View from The Shard | 18th September – £35 The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show returns to The View from The Shard to continue their ‘Extraordinary’ season of films at over 800 ft above London, the UK’s Highest Cinema. Their September screening will be a late night viewing of The Big Lebowski. Dressing up as the Dude is encouraged and there’ll be an opportunity to order an Espresso Martini and macaroon pairing during the interval. Tea Total at The Courage Yard As part of Totally Thames festival, Courage Yard is putting on a one day event celebrating Britain’s intimate love affair with our favourite beverage. A range of workshops from Tea Blending to Tea Cocktails are on offer, alongside a super zen Tea Ceremony to raise your fan status to solid tea connoisseur. Plus expect award-winning street food, an artisan tea-themed market, live DJ set by The Roustabouts and swing dancing lessons by Swing Patrol to do the Tea Dance justice. For more riverside fun this September check out the One Big Summer Guide 2017. Read online or download.
Totally Thames is a marker in the calendar and Team London Bridge has been a proud sponsor now for over 10 years. Even if we’ve not had the best end to summer this year, the river celebrations mark the changing of the seasons and some of the last opportunities to enjoy the riverside before autumn sets in. Each year, Totally Thames brings London’s river to life throughout the month of September with an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events. The month-long programme runs along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames through working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses. Continuing the success of 2016’s festival, which drew an audience of 2.2 million people to 150 events, this year’s Totally Thames will celebrate the Thames and the many different ways London’s residents and visitors can connect with the river. 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. Beside the river, there’s mudlarking on the foreshore and an open day at Tower Beach. Chances to get active include joining #oneless for the Big Bottle Count 2 Sept, taking the Thames Path Challenge 9 Sept and the fishing, kayaking and boat trips at Tidefest 10 Sept. The festival balances these with the more sedate pleasures of concerts and live performances in riverside venues and special events at Thameside attractions. At our own London Bridge Hive, the Working River Exhibition follows the living history of London’s boatyards. This exhibition features the photography of Hydar Dewachi with lunchtime screenings of the documentary film ‘No Cash, No Splash: An Oral History of London’s Boatyards’ produced by digital:works. Working River: Film & Photographic Exhibition is open for viewing 25-29 September, midday to 7pm. Lunchtime screenings are at 1pm. Entrance is free, no need to book. Activities locally kick-off with Maria Arceo’s Future Dust sculpture made of plastic litter on Potters Fields Park 1 Sept. Other happenings taking place in and around London Bridge include the Why Do We Love Shad Thames guided walk 23 Sept, Working on the River exhibition 16 Sept and Bascule Chamber Concerts 22-24 Sept – both at Tower Bridge, the Kid’s Choir and Sing for Water at The Scoop 17 Sept, Thames Opera Cruise with MBNA Thames Clippers 23 Sept, and Tea Total at Courage Yard 30 Sept. For a full run down of events and booking details (if required) click here. Follow @totallythames #totallythames
image credit Hydar Dewachi An exhibition following the living history of London’s boatyards, documented as part of the Working River project. Telling the stories of boat builders from Teddington to the Thames Barrier, the project has recorded the working lives of these boatyards, their history and their legacy for the river today. This exhibition features the photography of Hydar Dewachi, who was commissioned this summer to respond to these yards, and the people who work there. There will also be lunchtime screenings of the documentary film produced for the project about the boatyards, by production company digital:works. Part of Totally Thames. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. · Twitter · Facebook · Instagram