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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 launched 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, the first along the Thames between 15th – 24th September and the second along the Hooghly between December 7th – 17th 2017.




May 27, 2017

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

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

Designing the UK Scrolls has begun!

What a week; every day exploring the history and identity of a different place!
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Key Dates


January 7th – 21st: Textile residency in Murshidabad

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

December 7th -17th: India Walk Dates

    • Thurs 7th – Murshidabad
    • Fri 8th – Krishnanagar
    • Sat 9th – Chandannagar
    • Sun 10th – Barrackpore/Serampore
    • Mon 11th – Tagore’s House/Kurmatouli
    • Tues 12th – Burrabazar
    • Weds 13th – Howrah
    • Thurs 14th – Kidderpore
    • Fri 15th – Batanagar
    • Sat 16th – Botanical Gardens
    • Sun 17th – Victoria Memorial Finale


April & May: Design workshops

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

September 15th – 24th: Thames Walk

  • Fri 15th – Kew Gardens
  • Sat 16th – Tower Hamlets
  • Sun 17th – Greenwich
  • Mon 18th – Barking and Dagenham
  • Tues 19th – Purfleet
  • Wed 20th – Dartford
  • Thurs 21st – Gravesend
  • Fri 22nd – Tilbury
  • Sat 23rd – East Tilbury
  • Sunday 24th – Southend



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