The Thames Festival Trust runs an extensive learning and participation programme that reaches over 3,000 young people in London and across the world each year. Its main activities centre on education about the Thames and international river cities through art and singing.

Our flagship, year-round art and education programme. Delivered in partnership with the British Council's Connecting Classrooms,  it connects students in London with their peers around the world to explore one another's cultures through river themes. Large-scale works of art are then produced in response to what they have learned and are then exhibited, publicly,  beside the rivers they celebrate. An estimated 1 million people see the artworks in London and the partner river cities each year.


Year 5 singing project aimed at increasing and supporting singing in primary schools. Students learn about the river through rehearsing a repertoire of songs that culminate in an open-air performance on the south bank during the Thames Festival every September. Since its inception in 2003, thousands of London schoolchildren have taken part in the programme. Each year we work with up to 400 primary school children who perform at The Scoop beside City Hall as part of Totally Thames in September.

The Thames Festival Trust's education projects are all linked in some way to the Thames. Each project is aimed at fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of the river, its diverse history and its role as a living, working waterway.