Silk River

Silk River

As part of a year-long programme marking the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and the cultural relationship with the UK, Kinetika created Silk River, an ambitious project which explored 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, collaborated with associate artistic directors Ruchira Das (Think Arts, India) and Korak Ghosh as well as 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 gathered, shared and retold stories of these riparian communities through 20 hand-painted Murshidabad silk scrolls


Silk River culminated in two performative walks –

Along the Thames between 15th – 24th September and

along the Hooghly between December 6th – 16th, 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


Silk River Interactive Scrolls

Explore Silk River through the art, images and
reflections of the people that made it possible.

Silk River Souvenir Programme

View the Silk River souvenir programme HERE



September 11, 2017 / Silk River

10 Day Count Down – Gravesend

It's day 7 of the 10 day countdown! On the 21st Sept we will be discovering an area with an industrial history of cement, bricks and paper that sits alongside Europe’s finest Gurdwara.
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September 10, 2017 / Silk River

10 Day Count Down – Dartford

On 20th Sept, only 10 days away, we'll be enjoying a 4.2 mile walk around Dartford and discovering the legacy from its pop culture past that still thrives in the town today.
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September 9, 2017 / Silk River

10 Day Count Down – Purfleet

Day number 5 on the 10 day count down and it's an easy walk through Purfleet.  Join us on 19th...
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September 8, 2017 / Silk River

10 Day Count Down – Barking

Tick tock, you've guessed it!  It's only 10 days until we will be exploring the riverside and Indian connections of Barking!...
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September 7, 2017 / Silk River

10 Day Count Down – Greenwich and Woolwich

And the count down continues! In only 10 days time we will be exploring life on board the Cutty Sark through...
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Key Dates


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’


January 7th – 21st: Textile residency in Murshidabad

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

December 6th -16th: Indian Walks


19-31st Dec: Exhibition of scrolls at Victoria Memorial Hall