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

For inclusion in Totally Thames 2020’s curated programme, we are looking for creative and accessible events and activity that respond to at least one of the following themes:

  • Unusual, hidden or untold stories connected to the River Thames: The River Thames holds the key to London’s history, with stories spilling from its seams at every nook and cranny. We’re looking for stories presented in intriguing ways which spotlight some of the river’s lesser known tales.
  • Plastic Pollution in the River Thames: Plastic pollution in the river is rife; and the river flows to none other than the ocean, meaning that its impact is global. We are interested in artworks, installations and projects that respond to and/or actively tackle and educate about this issue.
  • Mayflower 2020: 2020 marks 400 years since the Mayflower departed Plymouth for the shores of the United States of America. If you have an event or project that holds the story of this voyage at its heart, we want hear about it.
  • River themed Performance Art: We are looking to spotlight outdoor performance as a means to celebrate the River Thames, as we believe that dance, theatre and music perfectly represent the river with their potential to be flowing, dynamic and diverse. We will look particularly fondly on performances that take part in unique or outdoor locations.
  • Mudlarking: This curious practice has captured the imaginations of many, with thousands of historical artefacts found by licensed mudlarkers every year. If your project incorporates or is inspired by mudlarking, make sure you submit.

Submission Guidelines

Who Can Apply?

We welcome submissions from all who share our vision of interesting, open and participatory events celebrating our river. We 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+

All Events Should

  • Take place in London between 1-30 September (inclusive).
  • Be as engaging and accessible as possible to a wide range of people.
  • Have a venue secured or in negotiation. It will be your responsibility to lead on this relationship, though we can provide some advice and possibly introductions and suggestions.
  • Have funding secured or strategised.
  • Have a PRS form submitted or to be submitted if music of any kind features (we request proof).
  • All licenses and documents in place and/or investigated (permissions, TENs, insurance, etc).

What We Offer

Please note: If you are accepted onto the programme, the partnership with us is primarily promotional, and Thames Festival Trust is unable to provide financial support for events. Applicants will be responsible for securing funding of proposed events and projects to cover the production of the event.

By being part of Totally Thames you will receive:

  • Valuable brand recognition as being part of an established, leading arts festival.
  • In-kind marketing support such as:
    • Brochure Inclusion (150K readership/dependent on space).
    • Email Inclusion (7K subscribers).
    • PR Support (640M reach) with the potential to be picked up by leading publications such as Time Out.
    • Social Posts (31K followers).
    • Website Event Page (460K page views).
  • Networking opportunities to meet other artists and organisations taking part in the festival.
  • Support, advice and guidance from the Thames Festival Trust team.
  • Potential to be introduced to organisations who have programming space during the festival.

How To Apply

If you would like to apply to take part in this year’s Totally Thames, make sure you fill out the form at the link below by Friday 13 March.

If you would like to talk to a member of the team about your idea before you submit, please email Sophie to arrange a phone call or meeting.