John Akomfrah, Mnemosyne, Estuary 2016. Photo: Jon Webber

John Akomfrah, Mnemosyne, Estuary 2016. Photo: Jon Webber

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Estuary 2020

September – October 2020

Estuary 2020 will be the second edition of the large-scale arts festival that celebrates the spectacular Thames Estuary. Taking place on the river itself, and along the 60 miles of South Essex and North Kent coastline, an ambitious programme of artworks and events will explore and respond to powerful themes resonant to the Estuary coastline, which includes industrial heartland, nationally important heritage sites, protected wildlife, acres of open marshland, together with seaside fronts and London commuter towns.

The festival will include installations, exhibitions, and large scale events, with an accompanying film and talks programme. Performances set in the landscape, or on the river itself, artist led walks, field trips and podcasts will explore the rich, diverse culture of the region and bring new audiences to significant sites fostering a deeper understanding of the Estuary.

Estuary 2020 will be an ambitious, highly visible and transformational programme of work, linked to an innovative, region-wide skills programme delivered through a wide range of arts and agency partnerships across the region.Estuary 2020 is led by a partnership between Estuary-based arts organisations, Metal (South Essex) and Whitstable Biennale (North Kent).

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