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From London to Lagos: Totally Thames goes global.

Throughout September, London celebrates its largest natural asset with Totally Thames.

This annual celebration of the River Thames features a creative and diverse programme that inspires and connects people up and down London. It is curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust, funded as part of our National Portfolio.

Rivers of the World

Part of the programme is the Rivers of the World exhibition, celebrated at City Hall on 19 September.

Delivered in partnership with the British Council, Rivers of the World connects pupils around the globe to their local river through environmental, economic and cultural learning. 

Young people aged 12 to 14 work with professional artists trained by lead artist Shona Watt to create huge artworks for public display, inspired by their own research.

This year participating schools come from cities including Addis Ababa, Debre Zayit and Bahir Dar in Ethiopia; Lagos in Nigeria; Freetown in Sierra Leone; Hanoi in Vietnam; Kafua in Zambia; Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal; and from London, South End, Reading and Hull in the UK.

Adrian Evans, Director, Thames Festival Trust, said:

"Rivers of the World has a track record of inspiring young people in challenged environments for the potential for art in their lives."

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