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Totally Thames 2016

Totally Thames 2016, a month-long festival of arts, culture and heritage which takes place along the whole river throughout September, have launched this year’s programme.

It includes over 150 events from large-scale art installations on the Thames, through concerts in secret spaces such as the Tower Bridge bascule chamber, right down to guided foreshore and nature reserve walks. You can view the full line-up here.

London First has backed the festival over the past 3 years, helping to get it off the ground, drawing in 2.6 million visitors to riverside London at last year’s Totally Thames.

Many London First members have been active supporters during that time, encouraging the dynamic culture and creativity that help make London the best city in the world in which to live, work and play.

The key highlights this year include:

Floating Dreams by Ik-Joong Kang
1-30 September
Bankside, adjacent to the Millennium Bridge, free
A major London installation by Ik-Joong Kang, one of South Korea’s most renowned and celebrated multimedia artists, and will take the form of a compelling, large-scale installation situated in the centre of the Thames by Millennium Bridge.
More here.

The Singing Bridge by Claudia Molitor 
9 –25 September
Somerset House, free 
A brand new work by composer and artist Claudia Molitor, in partnership with Somerset House, which explores the.
More here.

Light Up The Ladies Bridge  
23 –24 September, 7pm – 11pm
By Waterloo Bridge and National Theatre, free 
A celebration of Waterloo Bridge (aka ‘The Ladies’ Bridge’) and its rebuilding during World War II by a predominantly female workforce with two evenings of live performances, film and large scale photographic projections on the National Theatre’s fly tower  of these trail-blazing construction workers.
More here.

Bascule Chamber Concerts curated by Iain Chambers   
24 –25 September, various, £25 plus booking fee 
South Bascule Chamber, Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP
Following the sell-out concerts last year, composer Iain Chambers returns to fill the atmospheric subterranean Victorian space at Tower Bridge. The chamber’s unique acoustic is showcased with specially-commissioned new works for voice, curated by Iain Chambers and performed by the award-winning Juice Vocal Ensemble and Ben See Group.
More here.

Londonist Quiz Afloat with Matt Brown
13 September
£15 /£12.50 concessions plus booking fee
Battersea Barge, Nine Elms Lane, London SW8 5BP

Following last year’s sell-out quiz, Totally Thames has teamed up again with Londonist to run a pub quiz with a difference. The Battersea Barge will host this floating quiz, with quizmaster Matt Brown who will be testing participants’ London knowledge and observation skills.
More here.

If you would like to find out more about the events or about getting involved, please contact Matthew Hill, mhill@londonfirst.co.uk

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