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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 was part of Totally Thames that ran 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

 


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News

October 18, 2017 / Silk River

Kew Exhibition

The Silk River Scrolls will feature in their very own exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew 22-27th Oct.
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October 16, 2017 / Silk River

Diwali in Trafalagar Square

What a wonderful day at Diwali in Trafalgar Square! Huge thanks to all the scroll carriers who represented their areas from Kew to Southend and to Jane Ford for choreographing the procession.
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October 2, 2017 / Silk River

Silk River Scrolls to open Trafalgar Sq Diwali

We're delighted to announce that the Silk River Scrolls have been invited to open the Diwali celebration in Trafalgar Square.
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Key Dates

UK

April & May: Design workshops

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

September 15th – 24th: Thames Walks

 
15th Oct – Diwali, Trafalgar Square
22-27th Oct Kew Exhibition
16th Nov – Exhibition, workshop & reprise performance of  Tower Hamlets walk ‘from Street to Stage’ 

India

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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