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.
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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