A festival celebrating the River Thames in Barking and Dagenham
Saturday 16th September, 12pm - 5pm & monday 18 September, 9.30am - 5.30pm
The riverbanks of Barking and Dagenham will come alive with a bumper programme of free arts and activities for all to enjoy. Immerse yourself in an extraordinary cardboard world, enjoy three performances from the world-famous Royal Opera House and James Wilton Dance, join us on a Silk River storytelling journey and Alice on her adventures in Wonderland, or sit back and enjoy the local craft, food and drink stalls. There will be plenty of opportunities for community participation on the day too with local groups bringing their own making activities.
This year, ThamesFest runs over two days: day one will be at the Rivergate Centre (Saturday) and day two will be Silk River, Barking and Dagenham's part of a international arts walk relay, read on for more about both days. (Click here to Volunteer).
The ThamesFest programme can be viewed and downloaded here. It will also be given out on the Saturday.
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Curated by local residents and Cultural Connectors from Creative Barking and Dagenham.
Saturday 16th September, 12pm - 5pm
Rivergate Centre, IG11 0FJ
Here is some more information about the programme. A full timetable for the Saturday will soon be announced here.
JAMES WILTON DANCE
‘Leviathan’ inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
Multi-award winning choreographer James Wilton presents a daring, energetic performance combining althleticism, electro-rock, martial arts, capoeira and contemporary dance. Join the captain and his crew of 7 on a perilous voyage to capture white whale, Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself - be careful what you fish for!
Check out the trailer here:
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
World-renowned Royal Opera House reimagine Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Magic Flute and Swan Lake for Barking and Dagenham’s ThamesFest. Disappear down a rabbit hole, explore the frozen magic on beautiful Swan Lake and play with the birdcatcher.
Markmark Productions bring us a seafaring spectacular is a musical comedy. The boat and its crew are trying to perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore but it doesn’t quite go according to plan.
Immerse yourself in a giant pop-up cardboard world, Cardboardia Embassy inspired by the Thames and themes of water. Made by the community at participatory workshops throughout the week (Click the link below for full details).
More about Cardboardia here.
Images: James Wilton Dance Company, Royal Opera House: Rachel Cherry, Cardboardia
Monday 18th September, 9.30am – 5pm
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 will come alive showcasing giant silk scrolls designed by local artists.
Creative Barking and Dagenham are proud to be part of this nationally significant project, which includes a relay of nine other river walks talking place between Kew and Southend. The walk will reveal a total of twenty colourful hand-painted Bengal silk scrolls created local artists. A paralell project will also run on the river Hooghly in West Bengal, India exploring the unique relationship between London and Kolkata.
The walk begins at St Margaret's Church, Barking and concludes at Barking Riverside.