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Down by the River


Totally Thames launches a packed programme of over 100 events in a month-long arts and cultural celebration, running along the 42 mile course of the river through the capital.

Regattas, river races, foreshore archaeology, environmental and educational activities are part of the programme, as well as river-themed activities in all 17 London riverside boroughs.

Totally Thames director Adrian Evans said: "We want the River Thames, the capital's greatest natural asset, to be a source of constant inspiration and delight throughout September."

Nine Elms on the South Bank will be showcasing the work of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who is best-known for his outsized Rubber Duck. His first-ever UK commission, an intriguing new sculpture which takes its inspiration from the river's fascinating history, will be on display from 2- 29 September.

On the evenings of Friday 5 and Saturday 6 September, French installation artists Carabosse transform Battersea Power Station into a dazzling display of light and flame a magical "Fire Garden".

The Source to Sea River Relay follows the journey of a bottle of water, taken from the source of the River Thames and carried down the length of the river to central London. This event will involve communities from the Gloucestershire Hills to the Thames Estuary.

Rivers of the World, led by Shona Watt, is an exhibition of large-scale artworks from 16 August until 14 September along the South Bank, on riverside walkways west of Oxo Tower Wharf, in front of Tate Modern and by Tower Bridge.

River Works by Jacques Limousin reinvents rubbish in surprising ways, giving waste a new life as art. This free exhibition at Royal Victoria Dock, from 5-7 September, transforms Thames foreshore flotsam into art.

Dozens of river events will also be held in Richmond, Kew, Brentford, Hammersmith, Imperial Wharf, Wandsworth, Vauxhall, South Bank, St Katharine Docks and the Isle of Dogs. To encourage people to travel by river, Totally Thames will be promoting 2-for-1 ticket offers on most Thames river services throughout the month of September.
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Why? Month-long programme of riverside acitivies
When: 1-30 September
Where: Along the Thames
Cost: Many events free, some events charge applies
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