What’s going on in … London
30 days, 42 miles, 100+ events, 1 river…
Taking place for the first time throughout September 2014, Totally Thames is an exciting new, month-long celebration of the river across its 42 London miles.
An annual, 30-day spectacular programme of events, it will feature arts, music and community festivals; colourful regattas; thrilling river races; foreshore archaeology, exploration, environmental and educational activities; as well as river-linked activities in the 17 London riverside boroughs.
A River-long Collaboration
Totally Thames is a collaborative effort, linking communities, local authorities and river-linked groups across the London stretch of the river. One event goes even further than that – the Source to Sea River Relay – which will involve communities along the whole of the Thames from its source in the Gloucestershire Hills to the Thames Estuary.
Major Events for 2014
Other major events being delivered by partners for the inaugural Totally Thames season includes Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, (presented by the Royal Borough of Greenwich); The Great River Race; Handel’s Fireworks Music and Illuminations (presented by Historic Royal Palaces); The Big Thames Tidy (presented by Thames21) and dozens of river events in Richmond, Kew, Brentford, Hammersmith, Imperial Wharf, Wandsworth, Vauxhall, South Bank, More London, St Katharine Docks and the Isle of Dogs, amongst others.
The very recognizable symbol of the entire month-long celebration is HippopoThames by Florentijn Hofman
A large, VERY large HippopoThames has landed at Nine Elms on the South Bank!
Renowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has created an extraordinary 21-metre-long hippo sculpture for Totally Thames. HipppoThames will be semi-immersed in the river at Nine Elms on the South Bank, central London’s newest district until Sunday 28 September.
Known for scaled-up sculptures, such as Rubber Duck, Hofman’s sculptures often originate from everyday objects, but HippopoThames’ design has been inspired by the fascinating prehistory of the River Thames, and the hippos that used to inhabit it!