Photo credit: http://www.londontown.com/LondonEvents/MayorsThamesFestival/80a32/imagesPage/26889/
The Mayor's Thames Festival is this weekend and, for me, it is one of the highlights of the year.
Cut and pasted from the Thames Festival Website:
The Mayor’s Thames Festival is London’s largest outdoor arts festival and one of the most spectacular, feel-good London events of the year. It is a celebration of London and the River Thames, one that is free and open to all.
A vibrant mixture of live music, dance, art installations, carnival, river races and street arts, the festival transforms the Thames and its banks and brings Londoners together at the heart of their city. Events take place on the river itself, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges and public open spaces from the London Eye to St Katharine Docks. Come down to the river in September and celebrate the cultural diversity and creativity of London in grand style!
Launched in 1997 with a spectacular wire-walk above the Thames, the festival takes place every September. It is delivered by the Thames Festival Trust, a not-for-profit charitable trust with an independent board of trustees.
Follow the link for all the information:
The highlight of the Thames Festival for me is the Night Carnival and the Fireworks Finale.
Sunday 9 September 2012 7.15 - 10pm
Parades along Upper Ground, Blackfriars Bridge & Victoria Embankment.
An extraordinary, vibrant illuminated parade of 1,500 dancers, drummers, lantern-carriers & costumed masqueraders featuring music, dance and carnival from:
Albert & Friends Instant Circus, A.P.P.L.E., Art Start, Bloco Fogo, Caporales San Simón Londres, Elimu Paddington Arts Band, Emergency Exit Arts, Festive Road, Flamingo Carnival Arts, Fox Carnival, Godiva - Imagineer Productions, HAFAD, Inspiration Arts, Kinetika Bloco, Latin American Multicultural Group, London School of Samba, Mahogany & Hypnotick, Mandinga Arts, Morenada Bloque Kantuta, Morenada Intocables Londres, Paraiso School of Samba, Same Sky, SE1 United, Shademakers, Oshu Kanatsu-Ryu Shishi-odori and Truro School of Samba.
Full details here:
Sunday 9 September 2012 10.30 - 10.45pm
Mid-river between Blackfriars & Waterloo Bridges
Photographer: Ray Wise
Photo credit: http://thamesfestival.org/events/info/firework-finale
The Thames Festival firework finale is one of only 3 city centre river displays permitted each year, so we work hard to ensure we pack a massive pyro punch, sending over a ton of fireworks up in a spectacular display on Sunday 9 September.
In 2012 we are again working with internationally acclaimed pyrotechnic experts Pains Fireworks, winners of the Montreal International Fireworks Competition 2007, which is considered within the industry to be the Olympics of the fireworks world. The history of Pains Fireworks has been rooted in London for over four hundred years; Edmund Pain started gunpowder manufacture in Woolwich in 1593.
Full details here:
I will be at the Thames Festival for most of the weekend and I am particularly looking forward to the Night Carnival which is one of the highlights of my year!