A festival celebrating the River Thames in Barking and Dagenham
Saturday 16th September & monday 18 September
The riverbanks of Barking and Dagenham came alive this summer with a bumper programme of free arts and activities for all to enjoy. Local people immersed themselves in an extraordinary cardboard world, enjoyed three performances from the world-famous Royal Opera House and James Wilton Dance, joined us on a Silk River storytelling journey and Alice on her adventures in Wonderland, or people simply sat back and enjoyed the local arts & crafts, food and drink stalls. There were plenty of opportunities for community participation on the day too with local groups bringing their own making activities.
This year, ThamesFest ran over two days: day one was at the Rivergate Centre (Saturday) and day two was Silk River, Barking and Dagenham's part of an international arts walk relay, read on for more about both days!
We would like to thank ALL of those who were a part of this fabulous weekend of events.
LETS LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THIS YEARS programme HIGHLIGHTS...
The main stage ran a specially selected programme all day long, hosted by Sharlene Carter as she brought together local performers, dancers, singers and a fanatastic Bollywood flash mob!
Photo credits: Jimmy Lee photography
Monday 18th September
A colourful art walk through Barking and Dagenham marking the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence. Inspired by stories of the river and the local connections between old and new, the trail showcased giant silk scrolls designed by local artists.
Creative Barking and Dagenham are proud to have played a part in this nationally significant project, which included a relay of nine other river walks talking place between Kew and Southend. The walk revealed a total of twenty colourful hand-painted Bengal silk scrolls created by local artists. A parallel project ran on the river Hooghly in West Bengal, India exploring the unique relationship between London and Kolkata.
The walk began at St Margaret's Church, Barking and concluded at Barking Riverside.
Photo credits: Jimmy Lee photography, Mike Johnston
Part of Totally Thames Festival. Silk River was produced nationally by Kinetika.