Thousands of Londoners are expected to party along the banks of the River Thames this weekend (Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2008) when the capital holds the annual Mayor’s Thames Festival.
The two day event is a free celebration of both the capital and its river and takes place between Westminster and Tower bridges. Organisers estimate that over three quarters of a million people attended last year’s event which included celebrations of food, music and dance.
Southwark Bridge will once again be closed to traffic for the Feast on the Bridge – 300 metres of banquet tables with high-quality food to savour and feasting and harvest ceremonies galore.
Live performances include shows from Last for One, the multiple award-winning Korean breakdance group, and a specially commissioned parkour rig featuring free running crew Urban Freeflow (UF). On Saturday, over 300 boats will take part in London’s river marathon, The Great River Race.
Nine stages will showcase different styles of music. The Green Man Stage by City Hall will be headlined by Banco de Gaia, while Chris Jagger’s Atcha heads-up two days of non-stop zydeco and Cajun rhythms on the Swamp Rock Stage.
A spectacular fireworks display is promised to round off the weekend’s celebrations.
More information: www.thamesfestival.org