Wednesday 27 June 2012

The Mayors Thames Festival 2012

Sunday 3rd June 2012 was a remarkable day in the long and eventful history of the Thames - a thousand boats took to the river for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
It was amazing to see the river full with boats both old and new, flags flapping, crew waving, music playing all in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.
For me, it has been an honour to see this project through all the way from initial conception through the gestation of planning to the delivery of the event itself. I shall never forget it!
I shall be doing whatever I can to ensure that the focus on the river prompted by the Pageant is taken forward to the next spectacular event on the river – the Thames Festival on 8th & 9th September in just over 10 weeks time.
Adrian Evans
(Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Master & Thames Festival Director)
Thames Festival news:
Rivers of The World exhibition
Fantastic artworks created by secondary school pupils from London and across the globe as part of the Rivers of the World 2012 programme will be exhibited at thegallery@oxo on the South Bank from 15 August – 9 September.
As the Festival's flagship global art and education project, delivered in partnership with the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms, with support from HSBC Global Education Programme, Rivers of the World links over 2,000 young people around the world each year through a common theme: the river.
In 2012, students from London are partnered with students in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Sylhet (Bangladesh), Surakarta (Indonesia), Derry - Londonderry and Donegal (Ireland), Seoul (Korea) and Dubai (UAE).
We need your support!
If you love the Thames Festival please become a Festival Friend and help keep London’s most spectacular weekend of the year FREE for everyone to enjoy! Every year we transform the River Thames and outdoor spaces and bring audiences the best in outdoor arts, with live music, dancing, art installations, river races, carnival and fireworks. All events are free, and many are the end result of creative work we do with young people all over London.
But we can’t do this without your help. We are a registered charity and in addition to support from Arts Council England and the Mayor of London we need to raise over £1 million to deliver the festival each year. We only manage to do this via the commitment and generous support of our corporate partners, core funders and people like you – our keen supporters who love the work we do.
So please go to find out about how to become a Festival Friend, along with all the lovely benefits you will get. Thank you so much for your support – it’s vital for our future and we value it immensely.
XX Scharnhorst
The world première of spectacular new site-specific performance, XX Scharnhorstby British composer Orlando Gough, will be showcased at this year’s Festival.
Building on last year's triumphantTransmission piece, XX Scharnhorstresponds to HMS Belfast's monumental past to create a breathtaking performance about love, loss and the tragedy of war. Commissioned by the Thames Festival, this is the finale of a two-year project which commenced in 2011.
Win London Eye flights!
We’ve also got 20 pairs of tickets for flights on the EDF Energy London Eye, and want to reward people that are supporters of the Festival.
You don’t need to do anything yourself, as you’re already entered by being on our mailing list, but please do forward this around to your friends and colleagues so they have a chance to win – all they need to do is sign up to our mailing list by the time the draw takes place.
We’ll select 20 names at random from all of our subscribers at noon on Monday 2nd July and let the lucky winners know by email that day. The tickets are valid for flights up to and including Weds 11 July – so you’ll need to be quick to use them up!
Volunteer with us.
“Volunteering is a great way to have a kind of 'front seat' to the events! I’d definitely recommend volunteering - it's a feast for the eyes and soul, and a learning curve.”(Festival volunteer 2011)
Volunteers play an invaluable part in Thames Festival each year and 2012 is no exception. There are lots of different ways to get involved and help to make the festival happen. 
If you are interested in volunteering, please register your details on this page of our website, and we’ll be in touch with more details soon. Once you’ve registered to express your interest, we will be in touch to see how we can match up your individual interests and skills with the opportunities and projects we have on offer.