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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 riperian 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.




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 / 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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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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