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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

 


 

News

July 14, 2017

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

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

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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Key Dates

UK

April & May: Design workshops

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

September 15th – 24th: Thames Walks

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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