Estuary

Estuary is a biennial festival developed by Metal based in Southend on Sea as a cultural celebration of the spectacular Thames Estuary region
across both the north and south shorelines and on the river itself.  The inaugral festival – Estuary 2016 – took place over 16 days in September and
October 2016 with a curated programme of art, literature, music and film. A mix of new and existing works pulled together powerful themes resonant
to the place, its landscape, history and communities and were presented in significant, historic and unusual venues along the 40 miles of Essex
and Kent shorelines.

“A festival that brilliantly matches the intention to the amazing site and constantly keeps culture and the community / social in
perfect balance - so much so that I think anyone who encountered it will now think of the festival as much as the place
(as part of the place) when the word Estuary comes to mind.”  Audience Feedback, Estuary 2016


We are proud to share with you our headline statistics for the reach and response to Estuary 2016:-
     ● 23.7 million people reached through press and media
     ● 101,179 live audiences
     ● 265 artists
     ● 55 events
     ● 32 schools / 1157 school pupils
     ● 16 days of art, literature, music and film
     ● 7 key venues

Press coverage can be found here
A PDF of the full programme can be downloaded here

We are now excited to be pulling together
ideas and partners 
for Estuary 2018

Photo credit: simon-fowler.co.uk

Estuary 2016

Calendar

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October

 

November

 

December

 

January

 

February

 

March

Archive of 2016 Locations

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Thames Estuary Production Corridor

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Angus Carlyle A Crossing Bell in Beijing

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Estuary films at Whitechapel Art Gallery

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Raga Dawn Film

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The Estuary Songwriting project film

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2016 Greenpeace Photo Award - Gideon Mendel

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Estuary 2016 App is Out!

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A Crossing Bell to Beijing

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SHORELINES PROGRAMME - 18/19 SEP

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POINTS OF DEPARTURE PROGRAMME - 18/19 SEP

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FORT FILM NIGHT PROGRAMME - ESUARY 2016

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SOUTHEND CHARABANC FULL PROGRAMME - ESTUARY 2016

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SOUND OF THE THAMES DELTA PROGRAMME - ESTUARY 2016

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ESTUARY 2016: PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

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TILBURY CRUISE TERMINAL MAP - ESTUARY 2016

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LOCATIONS BUS MAP - ESTUARY 2016

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Estuary 2016 Press Coverage: The Guardian

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Zephyr Tall Ship Overnight Stay at Shorelines

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Short Term Job Opportunity - Invigilators wanted

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Wish You Were Here Opening

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Southend Charabanc Busking Acts Call Out

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Tom King - Favourite Walk

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Nicola White - Favourite Walk

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Liz Lake Residency

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Andrew Kotting - Favourite Walk

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Julian Hoffman - Favourite Walk

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Estuary Lab Artists Announced

Following a UK-wide open call, six artists have been selected to take part in the Estuary 2016 Culture LAB in May, followed by a commission to create work for the festival in September.

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Caroline Bergvall - In Residence

Caroline is coming for a residency at Metal to develop her Estuary performance, Raga Dawn. It's a sunrise vocal performance to be performed outdoors from the last hours of night until the very early morning.

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Jem Cohen - In Residence

The acclaimed US film maker Jem Cohen has been in Southend this week, staying at Metal and filming out in the landscape of South Essex to create his brand new work for Estuary 2016.

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Estuary Festival Press Coverage

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