The Mayor’s Thames Festival (11 & 12 Sept)

Thames Festival02The Mayor’s Thames Festival is London’s largest free outdoor arts festival – a spectacular celebration of London and its river. An exciting mix of arts, spectacle and entertainment, all focused around the River Thames, the festival is a key highlight in London’s cultural life.

The festival commissions new work, and transforms unusual spaces on and around the River Thames with a mixture of street arts, performance, carnival, pyrotechnics, illuminations, art installations, exhibitions, river events, massed choirs, circus, music and dance, food and feasting. The finale is a magical illuminated Night Procession that winds along the north and south banks of the Thames, followed by a fireworks display fired from the centre of the river itself.

The two-day festival takes place in September, on the River Thames, the riverside walkways, roads bridges, docks and public open spaces from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond. It’s all about bringing people together and encouraging them to take part.

The festival’s creative reach is not confined to a weekend – via our one year-round education and outreach programme we are working with over 400 schools and community groups, with the aim of increasing interest in, and appreciation of, the river and its environment.

The festival is delivered by the Thames Festival Trust, a not-for-profit charitable trust with an independent board of trustees.

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11 & 12 September