From September 6th to 15th, an exciting festival – the Mayor’s Thames Festival – will be celebrating the iconic river which runs through the centre of our magnificent capital city.
This year is set to be even more exciting than previous events, as it continues to expand further from its original locations between Westminster and Tower Bridges. This is the first time that it has lasted longer than a weekend, spread out across ten days of family-friendly river-based activities.
According to the festival director Adrian Evans, the 2013 festivities will be returning “back to source”, looking at events that have been inspired by the river Thames.
Water-related issues will also be addressed, with “new creative commissions, amazing river events, incentives to get people onto the river and many new activities to connect, involve and inspire people with London’s greatest natural asset”.
Highlights include a nighttime river opera by Turner-prize nominated artist Richard Wilson and Zatorski + Zatorski (1513: A Ships’ Opera, which will only be performed once), screenings of Nikolaj Larsen from Denmark’s A Portrait of the Thames in 125 short films, the river’s very first floating art fair, a 600-strong choir to entertain all who attend, a river race of 340 vessels and a completely unique barge-driving race of 40ft steel barges.
Other artists contributing to the programme this year include the UK’s Hew Locke and Layla Curtis, Korea’s Lee Yong-baek and Doug Fishbone from the US – the latter of whom will be carrying out deluxe river cruises of the Thames “featuring darkly comic and surreal live commentary”.
The event is largely free; however, some events are ticketed and so people are being advised to check in advance depending what they would like to go along to.
While it may seem quite some way in the future, people who would like to come along are being advised to book their hotel accommodation in London, as it will invariably be a popular ten days of fun for all ages.