23 Days of Art, Music, Literature and Film

Estuary 2021 is the second edition of the large-scale arts festival that celebrates the lives, landscapes and histories of the spectacular Thames Estuary.

Taking place on the river itself, and along the 107 miles of South Essex and North Kent coastline, contemporary artworks, discussion and events explore and respond to powerful themes resonant to the estuary.

Artworks set in the landscape, online and within Covid-safe venues, explore the estuary through the lens of contemporary concerns, including climate justice, protest and rebellion, imperial legacy and the rich, often overlooked stories of its diverse communities, bringing new audiences to a deeper understanding of the estuary.

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 February 2021. Join our mailing list to be the first to hear Estuary 2021 news and announcements over the coming months.

Get Involved

If you are an artist, arts organisation, individual, school or community group there are a number of opportunities to get involved in Estuary 2021.

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Estuary 2021 offers an exciting opportunity to be part of the drive for change for the benefit of all who live, work and invest in our estuary communities.

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Estuary 2021 welcomes everyone and our artists and production teams have endeavoured to create programme that is accessible to all.

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We have identified the climate emergency as a key Estuary 2021 curatorial themes. Alongside this we have committed to reduce our planning and production climate impacts.

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Estuary 2021 builds on the success of Estuary 2016 which reached…

The archive programme from Estuary 2016 can still be viewed through this website HERE

'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.'

Gareth Evans

Estuary 2021 is made possible by

Principal Partners

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Major Partners

ecc uok thurrock thames_gateway selep medway  thames estuary   ebbsfleet    mayor locatekent kentcc gravesham uoe bas_coun   south_coun Here for Culture

Commissioning Partners

book_fest community_fund heritage_fund creative_coast bexleysalford fpg lesnes Essex2020Logo The Old Waterworks Logo UCA1

Festival Partners

arts_human uni_south uni_oxford uni_glas send_pier pla opp_se henley Flowers Gallery logoc2c roh southeastern Thamesmead2 Peabody2 BowArts3 raddison uber arriva

Festival Supporters

essex_diversity SouthEssex1 UniversityCentre1