In London event news, the Totally Thames Festival kicks off today for a month's worth of cultural and arts activities along the river's 42 miles. With backing coming from local and national governments the festival sets out to "Increase visitation to the multiple assets and attractions on the Thames in London" while aiming to be "the best season of river events in the world".
Activities include: Brunel's London, a river cruise from Embankment to the Brunel Museum passing under three of his bridges; Music events in Tower Bridge's Bascule Chambers (the areas that the road retracts into when the bridge is up) with performances from composer Iain Chambers and a rather interesting 'interactive shoe shop' idea from The Empathy Museum in Wandsworth inviting guests to walk a riverside mile in someone else's shoes while listening to a stranger's (audio) life story.
Talks will also take place throughout September on subjects and topics associated to the river including The Port of London and the Thames during WW1; how artists have portrayed the river in Through Artists' Eyes and on the subject of sustainability and the environment, Message November 1982 "Flood defences of London now secure".
For further details please go to the Totally Thames Festival website for more details.
Picture courtesy of Dominic Alves via Flickr: Thames Festival Finale Fireworks 2011.
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