Port of Tilbury to become the new venue for Thames art festival

Date: April 14, 2016 By: Gemma Heath in River Thames News
Port of Tilbury to become the new venue for Thames art festival

For 17 days in September and October, Thames boat charter companies will in high demand when people combine a luxury Thames cruise with a visit to the Port of Tilbury. The Port has been selected as the main venue for a new biennial Thames art festival – Thames Estuary Festival.

The festival attractions 

The festival is brought to Essex by the renowned art group Metal, organisers of the Village Beach Festival. Metal believes in celebrating places and communities via contemporary art.

The festival, on the Thames Estuary, offers a mix of existing and new art. Themes will relate to the Thames Estuary, its history, communities, and landscape. Visitors can enjoy a blend of contemporary art, music, film, and literature.

To mark the opening of the festival, Port of Tilbury has announced that it will open its Railway Station and Cruise Terminal. The port will also host community days, with talks on local heritage and guided tours on a vintage bus.

The festival partners 

Metal has partnered with the five estuary authorities, the National Trust, Thames Estuary Partnership, South Essex Local Enterprise Partnership, Port of London Authority, and several other agencies. They have brought together arts and business partners, including Port of Tilbury, Southend Museum, Totally Thames, Coalhouse Fort, Southend Pier and Foreshore, Focal Point Gallery, and Whitechapel Gallery. South Essex College and local schools will also partner Metal for the festival.

Forth Port, the owner of Port of Tilbury, stated that it was backing the Thames Estuary Festival because it supports the diverse workforce of the Port, strengthens local communities, improves the environment, and spreads understanding and knowledge about the Port’s historical and cultural heritage.

The Thames Estuary Festival runs from 17th September to 2nd October, 2016.