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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 created 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 –

Along the Thames between 15th – 24th September and

along the Hooghly between December 6th – 17th 2017.
Silk River is part of Totally Thames that runs from 1-30 September 2017

“Silk River involves organisations in UK and West Bengal who work in heritage, culture, craft, tourism and education. We are delighted that this exciting project is part of the UK India Year of Culture, which seeks to showcase innovative and creative work from both countries, building deeper connections between communities.” Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council East and Northeast India




August 1, 2017

Indian Walks Open for Booking

We are very excited to announce that the Silk River Indian Walks are now open for enquiries and booking! Participate in a unique 12-day International Residency that has been created especially for the Silk River project.
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July 20, 2017 / Silk River

Silk River Film prompts panel discussion in Kolkata

The Silk River film, shown in Kolkata on 20th July, inspired debate about the importance of place and community in traditional arts
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July 20, 2017

Indian Walk Program Unveiled!

A unique journey down the river Hooghly from Murshidabad to Kolkata. Join a group of contemporary artists, historians, writers and musicians from UK and India for the Silk River India Walk, where you will engage with the local artisans and community members along the way, participate in curated events comprising of talks, workshops and film screenings, share practice, create an artistic response, either individually or collectively.
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Key Dates


April & May: Design workshops

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

September 15th – 24th: Thames Walks


January 7th – 21st: Textile residency in Murshidabad

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

December 6th -17th: Indian Walks



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