Thames Festival 2009
A celebration of the Thames
(Photos ©urban75, Saturday 12th September 2009)
Taking place annually in mid-September, the The Mayor's Thames Festival (to give it its full name) serves up a feast of activities on and around the the River Thames, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges, docks and public open spaces from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge.
Billed as a 'free celebration of London and its river,' the festival commissions new work, and offers street arts, performance, carnival, pyrotechnics, illuminations, art installations, exhibitions, river events, massed choirs, circus, music and dance, food and feasting.
The weather was fantastic and we had a pretty good time, although the growing popularity of the event made getting around a very slow business.
A parrot and a puppet. And why not?
Art gallery in the OXO tower.
Relaxing on the beach - which would later host an unofficial party in the wee small hours.
Inside the Bank Side Gallery, which had a superb collection of watercolours on display.
Outside the Tate Modern.
These were lit up with fire in the evening and apparently looked spectacular (unfortunately, we missed the illuminated Night Procession and fireworks display this year).
Looking over Southwark Bridge, transformed into a, "harvest feasting environment with fabulous food and entertainment."
Crushing the grapes.
An old fella spins a few yarns.
Big crowds on the Millennium Bridge.
The attraction of these 'standing still buskers' still eludes me.
Work on the creation of a cross-river station with a new entrance on Bankside has started at Blackfriars Railway Bridge.
A huge bee thing. On wheels.
Looking for books under Waterloo Bridge.
A mightily unconvincing camel fails to impress passers by.
A last look at the helter skelter.
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