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by Angela Lord (subscribe)
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Take me to the River

Totally Thames takes to the river with 150 events throughout September. One of the highlights is an eye-catching installation by Ik-Joong Kang, one of South Korea's best-known multimedia artists, which floats in the centre of the River Thames by Millennium Bridge.

Floating Dreams is made up of 500 drawings which have been transferred onto Hanji, a traditional Korean rice paper, and transformed into a single work of art. Illuminated from inside, the lantern structure records memories from the time of the Korean War of 1950-53, and serves as a beacon of hope for the reunification of North and South Korea.

Estuary 2016 is a two-week festival of art, literature, music and film, inspired by the Thames Estuary. Enjoy some of London's finest riverside restaurants with Dine by the River or take advantage of 2-for-1 river travel during September. The Southbank Centre, Thames Barrier and the London Wetland Centre also have special events and offers.

If you take any memorable photos of riverside events, you could submit them to Thames Lens 2016 competition which is calling for excellent, quirky photographs that succeed in bringing the Thames to life.

Images must have been taken between the beginning of October 2015 and the end of September 2016, and can feature any part of the River Thames or Thames-related subject along the stretch of the river between Hampton Court and Erith. The deadline for entries is Saturday 1 October.
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Why? festival of river-themed events
When: Throughout September
Where: Along the river Thames
Cost: Some events free, check website for details
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