Saturday 16th September, 12pm - 5pm, Rivergate Centre, IG11 0FJ

This year Thamesfest will feature the Silk River project and we will be celebrating the river on Saturday 16th September between 12pm and 5pm at the Rivergate Centre and a river walk will take place throughout the borough on Monday 18th September.

Job opportunities: Community Coordinator and Cardboardia Coordinator - Deadline Friday 18th August, 12 noon.

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This year’s programme includes 3 shows from the Royal Opera House with a range of opera and ballet, James Wilton Dance brings ‘Leviathan’ (based on the story of Moby Dick) and local groups will bring their own making activities for all to get involved with on the day. There will be plenty of opportunity for community participation on the day, including the chance to play within the amazing ‘Cardbordia’ – a wonderful cardboard creation based on our river theme.

‘Silk River’ also forms a significant part of this year’s festival. As part of a year-long programme marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence and the cultural relationship with the UK, Kinetika have created ‘Silk River’, a project which explores the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River. Find out more about our Silk River project here!

Images: James Wilton Dance Company, Royal Opera House: Rachel Cherry, Cardboardia


Cardboardia Needs you!

come and help us create a giant cardboard sculpture for Thamesfest!

Cardboardia 2017

Cardboardia 2017

Cardboardia is a participatory project, led by Russian artist, Tyran of Cardbordia. Tyran will bring a team of four artists to lead the participatory workshops during a creation week, 11th – 15th September. This will be open to local residents - between 10 and 20 people, with the majority of sessions open to adults, and some will be open to children.

Tyran and the artists will work with participants to create fun and well-crafted cardboard structures, props and costumes for workshops and performance at THAMESFEST. This will have a river theme, in keeping with the theme of this year’s festival, inspired by the ‘Silk River’ project.

The creation space (for the creation week) will be in Parsloes Park (the sports changing pavilion), and the structures and props created will then be transported to THAMESFEST, Rivergate Centre, to feature within a participatory performance on Saturday 16th September.

Contact Sophie on email hello@creativebarkinganddagenham.org or call 020 8594 7136 to book your FREE place!