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The Mayor’s Thames Festival

Posted on August 26, 2011

The Mayor’s Thames Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary on September 10–11 from Tower Bridge to the London Eye. With food, drink, music, interactive art, performances, an illuminated night carnival and river firework finale, the festival is one of Europe’s most spectacular free events. 

Highlights for social dancers include al fresco ballroom tango lessons opposite St Paul’s, the Electro Swing SpeakEasy and Lady Luck Jive stages and the Korean Cultural Centre B-Boy programme.

The festival will culminate in its carnival procession on Sunday night, which will be led by Tutatis’s giant horse constructions from Menorca, giant Taiko Drums from Japan and include 2,000 dancers, drummers, lantern-carriers and costumed masqueraders. 

Supported by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England and its principal sponsor Barclaycard, the Mayor’s Thames Festival is delivered by the Thames Festival Trust, a not-for-profit charitable trust, which uses the weekend to exhibit the work of the 10,000 London children who take part in its year-round arts and education projects, along London’s South Bank. 

See www.thamesfestival.org for the whole festival programme.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Now acting editor of Discover Britain magazine, she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success.

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