The Mayor's Thames Festival London, September 2011
Posted at August 18, 2011
In London, a city known for its great festivals all year round such as the Camden Fringe festival, the Mayor’s Thames Festival is its largest outdoors arts festival. As “Visit London” states, the festival is “a totally multicultural and all-embracing celebration of London and the Thames.” It’s a great way to celebrate the end of summer. This year, the Mayor’s Thames Festival will take place Saturday 10th of September and Sunday the 11th of September. If you are planning on visiting this year and need a hotel, check out the Jurys Inn range of hotels in London.
This free festival also brings together Londoners of all ages and from all the city’s numerous communities, truly a great way to celebrate both the city’s history and its current rich multiculturalness, as well as promote environmentalism and the protection of our planet. The festival commissions new work and transforms the River Thames and its walkways, roads, bridges, docks, and public open spaces, from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond.
The festival will feature great music, dancing, street arts, river races, pyrotechnics, art installations, massed choirs, and food and wine. On the last night of the festival, a magical illustrated Night Carnival will take place, followed by a spectacular fireworks display fired from the centre of the River itself.
The Mayor’s Thames Festival always showcases the incredible creativity of London. In 2010, 94 artworks created by almost 600 artists and art groups were commissioned. A big part of the festival is it’s educational and outreach programs which continue year-round. Over 10,000 young people were involved with the festival last year. The result is one of London’s most-loved events, a fabulous free weekend of arts, spectacle, and entertainment for the residents of this great and historic city.
This year, the Thames Festival has collaborated with the National Theatre, so juggling acts and ballet will be included. For example, Page Blanche will present her outstanding live art show, with nine canvases stretching out to from a giant blank page on which festival goers can witness her create great art. A performer specialising in the great art of sword swallowing will also perform. The Dutch group Cirq’ulation Locale will present a juggling show honoring famous boy bands such as Westlife, Take That, and Blue. Juggling artists Kate Wright and The Gentleman Juggler will also perform. The National Theatre will also present “ballet with a twist,” which combines classical ballet with comedy and acrobatics.