The Totally Thames Festival
London’s annual celebration of its river, Totally Thames, takes place this month with a diverse and creative programme of events. Not to be missed are nightly outdoor screenings (27–29 Sep, 20.00–23.00) of the 12-minute Epoh Beech animation, The Masque of Blackness projected onto the National Theatre flytower, plus supporting exhibition at Gallery 46 (until 6 Oct).
Another highlight takes place on 15 September when four speakers will be talking about the River Thames at Southwark Cathedral, as part of Stories of London: The River Thames – A Day of Talks (10.00–16.30). Speakers include Sarah Gaventa, Director of the Illuminated River Foundation, who will be talking about the story behind this ambitious art project which looks to illuminate the bridges of the River Thames. Over the course of the day, attendees can also find out about the history of the Port of London, once one of the busiest ports in the world; uncover the story of Agnes Beckwith, the ‘premier lady swimmer’ of her day; and explore the oldest tunnel in the world’s oldest underground system.