• Photo of performer Sally Pomme Clayton performing on a stage on the River Thames
    Photo: Gabor Gergely

Totally Thames is an annual season of surprising, diverse and accessible arts and culture along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames. It is curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust, working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses to bring the river alive every September.

Everyone is welcome to apply to join our programme, and we are eager to support artists, creatives, producers, river enthusiasts, young people, heritage professionals and businesses from all backgrounds to submit exciting and new ideas that hold the River Thames at their heart. We want you to think outside the box presenting either indoor or outdoor events, installations or activities that are in, on, by, beneath and about the river that encourage audience members to interact with and consider it in new ways.

  • Photo: Gabor Gergely
  • Photo: Gabor Gergely
  • Photo: Peter Macdiarmid
  • Photo: Tom Elkins
  • Photo: Alan Skene

For inclusion in Totally Thames 2019, we are looking for creative and accessible events and activity that respond to at least one of the following:

  1. Explore unusual, hidden or untold stories connected to the River Thames
  2. Raise awareness of plastic pollution in the River Thames
  3. Include activity that encourages audience members to directly interact with the River Thames in unique ways
  4. Incorporate digital media and technology using creative and stimulating techniques

We are particularly interested in activity that takes place in the month of September as opposed to year-round.

We welcome submissions from all who share our vision of interesting, open and participatory events celebrating our river, and particularly encourage project and event submissions from artists, creatives or curators who are:

  • Emerging or early-career under 30s
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • Disabled
  • LGBTQ+

Watch our Totally Thames 2018 highlights


If you would like to submit an event or project for consideration, please carefully read the Submission Guidelines document, and then fill in the Expression of Interest form. If you are an individual or group of artists/producers, please also fill in the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form, all of which can be found below.

Please return these forms to contact@thamesfestival.org by Friday 5 April at 5pm. Please note that we are unable to accept submissions after this deadline.

We will let you know whether or not you have been successful by Tuesday 16 April.