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October 19, 2017 / News Coverage

Silk River leads the Festival of Lights

A cultural project based at High House Production Park, Purfleet, opened proceedings at Diwali in central London last weekend.
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October 18, 2017 / Press Release

Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Silk River Unfurls - Community Programme and Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew as part of autumn arts festival
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October 18, 2017 / Press Release

Silk River flies Thurrock flag at Trafalgar Square Diwali celebration

Last Sunday, 15th Oct, colourful banners from Purfleet, Tilbury and East Tilbury, along with all the other Silk River scrolls, took a leading role in the Mayor of London’s annual Diwali celebration in Trafalgar Square
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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 12, 2017 / News Coverage

Flags Play Role in Festival

Appearing in the Thurrock Indpendent today, 12th Oct, a short piece about the Silk River scrolls featuring in the Diwali celebration at Trafalgar Square on Sunday 15th Oct.
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October 11, 2017 / News Coverage

Silk River Project to join Diwali at Trafalgar Square

As reported in Your Thurrock on 11th Oct 2017, Silk River scrolls are to take part in Diwali at Trafalgar Square.
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October 7, 2017 / News Coverage

Asian Voice

The Asian Voice covered the Diwali in London story where the Silk River scrolls featured as opening moment in the parade, and later as site decor.
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October 5, 2017 / News Coverage

Times of India

The Times of India has reported "Silk River scrolls from Bengal to open Diwali Festival at Trafalgar Square"
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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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September 28, 2017 / News Coverage

London Leg of Art Walk Ends

London Leg of Art Walk Ends - Silk River appeared on the front page of the Thurrock Enquirer today.
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September 28, 2017 / News Coverage

Flag Waving Festival Comes to East Tilbury

Tilbury and East Tilbury were visited by the Silk River 'art' walk this week to celebrate a major bilateral year of cultural exchange between the UK and India.
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September 28, 2017 / News Coverage

Indian Themed Art Trail Brings Borough to Life

Indian Themed Art Trail Brings Borough to Life. A fantastic festival celebrating the regions links to India has come to a colourful conclusion.
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September 28, 2017 / News Coverage

Echo Southend

The Echo Southend reported on the finale of the UK Walk on 24th Sept, appearing online and in the paper on 28th Sept.
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September 27, 2017 / Press Release

Silk River banners carried 138 miles from Kew to Southend

After carrying the 22 Silk River banners 128 miles (206km) on foot and 10 miles (16km) by river, triumphant participants from ten areas along the Thames arrived in Southend on Sun 24th Sept.
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September 27, 2017 / Press Release

Silk River finale comes to Dartford!

Silk River finale comes to Dartford!
Last Wednesday, 20th September, DAN members joined What If Gallery, Dartford Borough Council, Kinetika, and other Silk River participants on the Dartford leg of the Silk River journey.
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September 27, 2017 / News Coverage

Scrolling along country lanes

Scrolling along country lanes - The Thurrock Independent covered the Silk River walk in Tilbury and East Tilbury this week.
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September 27, 2017 / News Coverage

The Quint – what’s Linking London with Bengal?

What’s Linking London to Bengal? 20 Murshidabad Scrolls on Thames.
Thank you to Anjana Parikh of The Quint website for reporting on our project.
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September 27, 2017 / Silk River

Thank you!

All ten of the Silk River UK walks are now complete! What an amazing journey - 138 miles by boot and by boat from Kew all the way to Southend on Sea. We would like to extend a heart felt thank you to all the partners, performers, artists, walk leaders, link walkers, schools, teachers, boat owners and participants who made it such an outstanding success.
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September 26, 2017 / Press Release

Tilbury and East Tilbury were visited by the Silk River ‘art walk’ last week

As part of this year’s Totally Thames festival, on Fri and Sat last week Tilbury and East Tilbury celebrated the UK’s rich cultural relationship with India by hosting Silk River, a spectacular 10 day art walk.
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September 24, 2017 / Silk River

Day Ten: Warning: This Kind of Thing Could be Addictive

Dawn on the last day of our journey and I’m staring out the window into a tarnished silver mirror that is the Thames estuary. It is a perfect day for a walk..
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September 23, 2017 / Silk River

Day Nine: We Cross the Border into Picturesque

It has taken a week of walking from Greenwich to reach a place that knows for sure that it is picturesque.
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September 22, 2017 / Silk River

Day Eight: The Beach of Broken Dreams

Tilbury was always going to be excluded...
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September 21, 2017 / Silk River

Day Seven: We all need a bit of salvation – even the tomatoes

According to legend, the last bear who fought here was killed, shaved and eaten by the local yobboes
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September 21, 2017 / News Coverage

Communities Share Colourful Message

Wonderful front page coverage of the Silk River walk in Purfleet by the Thurrock Independent 21st Sept. Read the article online...
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September 20, 2017 / Silk River

Day Six: From Small Beginnings…

Dawn is just breaking when we emerge from the Kinetika studios
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September 19, 2017 / Silk River

Day Five: The Benefits of Slow Travel.

You might think the closest thing to birdlife here is Canary Wharf...
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September 18, 2017 / News Coverage

Indian media coverage

Great to see that Silk River is getting press in India too! This was sent to us by our Indian partners.
The Silk River walk will be visiting West Bengal Dec 6-17th, we can't wait.
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September 18, 2017 / Silk River

Day Four: You Have to Walk a Place to Understand it

We enter a strange landscape where a Porsche dealer is neighbour to a strip of woodland filled with rubbish: a duvet hangs in a tree, a tiny vole lies dead on the cycle path.
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September 17, 2017 / Silk River

Day Three: Authentic Wicked Bunny Hops

Just after dawn I peer out the window of the working men’s hostel where we are staying on the Isle of Dogs and see a fox, a squirrel and a crow disputing the contents of a rubbish bin.
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September 16, 2017 / Silk River

Day Two: Into the Melting Pot – Tower Hamlets

If yesterday was all trees and lovely riverside views, today promises to be very different.
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September 15, 2017

Day One: Magnificent Bananas. The Walk Begins at Kew Gardens

You can’t walk down a London street carrying a seven-metre tall flag without drawing attention.
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September 14, 2017 / Silk River

10 Day Count Down – Southend!

In 10 days time we will begin our last day carrying all 20 scrolls through this thousand-year-old community of fishermen. We will meet local artists and see Metal’s digital exhibition on ipads as well as be treated to a performance from the Mudlarks Choir, amongst other surprises.
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September 13, 2017 / Silk River

10 Day Count Down – East Tilbury

Oh my goodness, it's day 9 of our 10 day count down! Well what a treat we have for you today! The Bata Heritage Centre are leading the walk to give you real insight into the buildings and local history, and very generously they have agreed to provide real props for the performance.
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September 12, 2017 / Silk River

Silk River Film Showing at the BFI Tomorrow 13 Sept!

As part of Totally Thames, Kinetika present a Silk River film screening looking at how this ambitious project has explored the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and India's Hooghly River. The screening will be followed by a question and answers session with some of the project's key partners.
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September 12, 2017 / Silk River

10 Day Count Down – Tilbury

On the 21st Sept we are in 'Gateway to the world', otherwise known as Tilbury! It is still a very busy port and we will hear stories of how it used to be before the age of shipping containers, when tea arrived from India in chests, cargo was unloaded in wheelbarrows and rum came in barrels.
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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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September 6, 2017 / Silk River

10 Day Count Down – Tower Hamlets

In 10 days time we will be winding our way around the wonderful streets of Tower Hamlets, tracing the footsteps of the Huguenot silk weavers
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September 5, 2017 / Silk River

10 Day Count Down – Kew

We can't quite believe it, but it's only 10 days to go until the Silk River UK Walks kick off!...
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August 31, 2017 / Silk River

Silk River Scrolls at Totally Thames Launch Party

All twenty of the hand painted Silk River Scrolls were finally revealed together at the Totally Thames launch party on 30th Aug. It was the first time that they had all been seen together. Representatives from all ten UK Silk River partners were there to see them, and we were delighted to have been invited to be part of this event produced by Totally Thames.
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August 1, 2017 / Silk River

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 / Silk River

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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July 14, 2017 / Silk River

Film Screening Kolkata 20 July 4.45pm IST

We are delighted to invite you to watch a film screening and panel discussion on the Silk River project, which explores artistic exchange between communities along the Thames and Hooghly.
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July 7, 2017 / Silk River

UK Walk Programme Open for Bookings

All routes are confirmed and bookings are now live for the UK Silk River walks!
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June 30, 2017 / Silk River

The painting is complete for UK Scrolls!

Huge thanks to all participants, artists and group leaders! The painting of the UK silk scrolls is now complete!
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June 30, 2017 / News Coverage, Silk River

Silk River Press

We are delighted that we appeared in Dartford Living in an article about the local groups from that area taking part in Silk River.
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June 20, 2017 / News Coverage, Silk River

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 / News Coverage

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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May 27, 2017 / Silk River

Invite to Silk River Documentary Screening 1st June

Everyone is invited to a screening of the SILK RIVER documentary! Date/Time: Thursday 1st June 6.30pm Venue: The Brady Centre, Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU
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May 24, 2017 / Silk River

Design Workshops are Complete!

We've continued to uncover the links between UK and India by visiting Dartford, Gravesend, Tilbury, East Tilbury and Southend!
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May 15, 2017 / Silk River

Designing the UK Scrolls has begun!

What a week; every day exploring the history and identity of a different place!
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April 20, 2017 / Silk River

Silk River Talk 30th April 2017

Coinciding with the Isle of Wight Walking Festival & Richard Long’s exhibition, Ali Pretty will be speaking about 'Silk River', this major international walking project that connects the Thames and the Indian river Hooghly.
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March 27, 2017

Thurrock Artists – CPD Opportunity!

Opportunity for Thurrock Artists   June 12th – 17th 2017
  • To participate in SILK RIVER, a major arts project involving a cultural exchange between the UK and India.
  • To develop your artistic skills by participating in a 6 day silk batik workshop, led by internationally renowned arts organization Kinetika.
  • To gain knowledge of your local community and their stories, and those of an India-linked partner, through the development of a silk batik scroll.
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February 15, 2017 / Press Release, Silk River

Silk River – UK / India Year of Culture Press Release

Date: 15.02.17 Silk River, a major project led by Kinetika, is to be part of the UK-India Year of Culture....
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February 12, 2017 / News Coverage, Silk River

From Thurrock to the World

Fantastic feature now live where Ali discusses with Essex Life her passion for history, Thurrock and its links to the world and how this all ties in with the current Silk River project.
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February 7, 2017 / Silk River

Kinetika invites West Bengal Patachitra artists to work with communities along The Thames Estuary

A week of workshops will kick off the Silk River project in the UK, collaborating with the Government of West Bengal and UNESCO Rural Craft & Cultural Hubs (RCCH).
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