Thames Festival 2009

Thames Festival 09
Fireworks at Thames festival

Community group celebrates the Capital’s waterway and cultural life at the Thames Festival

The Mayor's Thames Festival takes place annually in mid-September. Activities take place over the weekend of the 12th and 13th September on the River Thames, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges, docks and public open spaces from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond.

The festival is a stunning, free celebration of London and its river and it has become a key highlight in the city's cultural life.
Its river and water-focused activities aim to inspire and excite and its extensive education programme involving some 300 schools hopes to increase interest in and appreciation of the river and its environment.

Many Thames Festival activities are based on public participation. The festival commissions new work, and transforms unusual spaces on and around the River Thames with a mixture of street arts, performance, carnival, pyrotechnics, illuminations, art installations, exhibitions, river events, massed choirs, circus, music and dance, food and feasting.

The finale is a magical illuminated Night Procession that winds along the north and south banks of the Thames, followed by a fireworks display fired from the centre of the river itself.

This year CCFfL funded Cycooldelic Revolution run by New Generation will be taking part in the night carnival so look out for their distinctive rickshaws and their pedal powered float that they have developed with the help of many including Magnificent Revolution, Bicycology and Southwark based i-bike.