Estuary 2021 today confirms new dates following a postponement from September 2020. We are delighted to announce that the festival will now run from Saturday 22 May to Sunday 13 June 2021.
Now in its second edition, this large-scale arts festival celebrates the lives, landscapes and histories of the spectacular Thames Estuary. Taking place on the river itself, and along the 83 miles of South Essex and North Kent coastline, contemporary artworks, discussion and events explore and respond to powerful themes resonant to the Estuary.
Originally imagined before COVID-19, Estuary 2021’s festival partners are now working together to develop and reshape the programme alongside the commissioned artists and the wider community of the region, to culminate in a major celebration of culture, creativity, recovery and renewal.
Installations, exhibitions, events and an accompanying film and talks programme will respond to the region's industrial heartland, nationally important heritage sites, protected marshes and wildlife, alongside seaside fronts and port towns.
Artworks will be set in the landscape, online and within COVID-19-safe venues, exploring the Estuary in relation to climate justice, protest and rebellion, imperial legacy and the rich, often overlooked stories of its communities, bringing new audiences to significant sites to foster a deeper understanding of the estuary.
Estuary 2021 is an ambitious, transformational programme of work, linked to an innovative skills programme delivered by a wide range of arts and agency partnerships across the region.
Estuary 2021 is made possible through Creative Estuary, an ambitious long-term project to develop the Thames Estuary into the world’s largest creative corridor; a world leader for the creative and cultural industries.
Estuary 2021 is led by a partnership between estuary-based arts organisations, Metal (South Essex) and Cement Fields (North Kent).
The full 2021 programme will be announced in November 2020 alongside a new website.
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