Estuary 2020: Associated Programme

Estuary 2020 is the second edition of the large-scale arts festival that celebrates the spectacular Thames Estuary.

Estuary 2020 (18 September – 18 October) is 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, it is an ambitious programme of artworks and events that explore and respond to powerful themes resonant to the estuary including industrial heartland, nationally important heritage sites, protected wildlife and open marshland, together with seaside fronts and port towns.

The festival includes installations, exhibitions, events and an accompanying film and talks programme. Artworks set in the landscape, or on the river itself, artist led walks and field trips explore the rich, diverse culture of the region and bring new audiences to significant sites fostering a deeper understanding of the estuary.

Estuary 2020 is managed by estuary-based arts organisations, Metal (South Essex) and Cement Fields (North Kent) working in partnership with a wide range of artists, arts organisations, local authorities, river agencies and businesses.

The festival team know they are not the only ones fascinated by the pull of the estuary and that many artists and organisations in the region are creating brilliant works and programmes in response to being by the water. Alongside the Estuary 2020 programme, to be announced in spring 2020, Estuary 2020 have put some of its funding aside to produce a marketing guide (in print and online) to shout about and share other programmes exploring the same theme, for those who are interested to take up the opportunity.

If you are organising an exhibition, screening, talk, gig, walk, performance or other arts and heritage event then get in touch!

Deadline: 30 June 2020

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