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Silk River

As part of a year-long programme marking the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and the cultural relationship with the UK, Kinetika have launched Silk River, an ambitious project which explores the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River.

Ali Pretty, Kinetika’s Artistic Director, is collaborating with associate artistic director Ruchira Das (Think Arts, India) and an international team of artists, writers and photographers to capture and interpret the experience of journeying along these two mighty rivers.

Working in 20 locations from Murshidabad to Batanagar (Hooghly) and Kew Gardens to Southend (Thames) we will gather, share and retell stories of these riparian communities through interpreting them onto 20 hand-painted Murshidabad silk scrolls

Silk River will culminate in two performative walks, the first along the Thames between 15th – 24th September and the second along the Hooghly between December 7th – 17th 2017.




June 20, 2017

Article in Gravesend Reporter

Today there was an article in the Gravesend Reporter about the local groups from that area taking part in Silk River.
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June 20, 2017

Article in Your Thurrock

Today there was an article in our local press - Your Thurrock, covering local artists involvement in the Silk River project.
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June 7, 2017 / Silk River

Textile Residency Begins!

The textile residency has started at the Kinetika studio to paint the UK scrolls. We're using the very precious triple woven, hand made silk from Murshidabad. This is a peek at progress so far!
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Key Dates


January 7th – 21st: Textile residency in Murshidabad

January 28th & 29th: Murshidabad Heritage Festival, presentation of scrolls

December 7th -17th: India Walk Dates

    • Thurs 7th – Murshidabad
    • Fri 8th – Krishnanagar
    • Sat 9th – Chandannagar
    • Sun 10th – Barrackpore/Serampore
    • Mon 11th – Tagore’s House/Kurmatouli
    • Tues 12th – Burrabazar
    • Weds 13th – Howrah
    • Thurs 14th – Kidderpore
    • Fri 15th – Batanagar
    • Sat 16th – Botanical Gardens
    • Sun 17th – Victoria Memorial Finale


April & May: Design workshops

June 5th – 18th: Textile residency in Kinetika studios

September 15th – 24th: Thames Walk

  • Fri 15th – Kew Gardens
  • Sat 16th – Tower Hamlets
  • Sun 17th – Greenwich
  • Mon 18th – Barking and Dagenham
  • Tues 19th – Purfleet
  • Wed 20th – Dartford
  • Thurs 21st – Gravesend
  • Fri 22nd – Tilbury
  • Sat 23rd – East Tilbury
  • Sunday 24th – Southend



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