ThamesFest 2017 - featuring Silk River @ The Rivergate Centre, Barking [16 September]

ThamesFest 2017 - featuring Silk River

12:00 - 17:00

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The Rivergate Centre
Minter Road, IG11 0FJ Barking, United Kingdom
A free festival celebrating the River Thames in Barking and Dagenham.

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.


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.

We will be sharing some of our stories from the project at Thamesfest and you will have the opportunity to sign up to a Silk Painting workshop on the day.

Be sure to join us on Monday 18th September for the full walk with Kinetika as the journey begins at St Margaret's Church, Barking and concludes at Barking Riverside, joining up the past with the present and future stories of the borough and the river.

You can sign up to join the walk here! >>

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