Wednesday, 7 September 2011

The Thames Festival.

The Mayor's Thames Festival takes place in London this weekend.10th/11th September. There are events planned all along the river from parades and fireworks to crafts and music.

I've picked out a few of my favourites from the programme to 'whet' your appetite!

Akari Lantern Project

Sat 10 – Sun 11 September 2011 / 12 noon  6pm, Saturday & Sunday
Tate Modern grass
Image: Japan Society

It is 6 months to the day since the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March. You can join lantern-making workshops, badge-making workshops, origami crane sessions and other Japanese craft activities to raise awareness of local communities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Rivers of the World

is the Festival’s flagship art and education project.

Artwork: Coombe Girls             

In 2011, students from London, Bangkok (Thailand), Washington DC (USA), Istanbul (Turkey), Seoul (Korea), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Derry / Londonderry & Donegal (Ireland) have worked with artists to create magnificent artworks inspired by the study of their, or their partner city’s, river.

The artworks are on display in the gallery@oxo and along the banks of the River Thames.

Chapeau Magique and La Galette

Sat 10 – Sun 11 September 2011 / 1pm - 6pm
The Bandstand in Gabriel's Wharf

  • This looks so much fun.
    Huge sheets of brown wrapping paper are used for the large-scale production of origami wizard hats, in a magical playground environment underneath an ever-unfurling 7km roll of paper. Children and adults too are invited to roll and fold and squeeze and scrunch their very own paper hat.

    Please follow the link for more information.

    I've made this treasury today, inspired by the river.

  • 1 comment:

    1. I'm always in London on the 'wrong' weekend. I wish I'd been there for the Akari Lantern Project.
      Better planning is called for!