Lonely Planet Writer

London's Totally Thames festival announces exciting programme

This year’s Totally Thames festival in London hits its high watermark in September with 150 unmissable events staged at various points along its 42-mile stretch.

There are 16 days of literature, arts, film and music attractions with the Southbank Centre and the London Wetland Centre providing amazing offers for those taking part throughout the month, according to the Thames Festival Trust.

The month long festival along the 42-mile stretch of the River Thames takes place in September
The month-long festival along the 42-mile stretch of the River Thames takes place in September Image by Press Association

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, says there’s a special delight supporting the Totally Thames festival because it throws a major spotlight on life along the river and its banks.

The Thames River has iconic bridges and residential areas along its banks.
The Thames River has iconic bridges and residential areas along its banks. Image by Caroline / CC BY 2.0

The mayor claims that the Thames river is “at the heart” of London’s heritage. The festival celebrates and brings to life the history of that part of London.

Present day city dwellers and visitors are given the opportunity to explore the Thames river through the festival activities, he added.

The Director of London, Arts Council England Joyce Wilson welcomed the fact that the programme this year pushed the boat out to include new commission as well as visits by international artists.

She emphasised that the Kids Choir and the Rivers of the World programme had grown exponentially and opened up access to inspiring art activities for the young in London.

The CEO of Tideway, Andy Mitchell, CBE said that hand in had with the clean-up of the Thames river, Tideway endeavoured to link the city with its lifeblood. He said the month of activities would showcase “one of the world’s greatest waterways.”

The Chief Executive of London First, Baroness Jo Valentine believed the festival helped to shine a beacon on the role it plays for those living close to it. This included new housing developments on its banks to the famous bridges across it as well as the broad variety of activity taking place upon it.

She said the festival emphasised the culture and creativity which was part of the reason why London was the best place to work and socialise in.