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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 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 interpreting them onto 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



December 1, 2017 / Silk River

New Silk River Film by Mandakini Menon

Here is a beautiful new film by Mandakini Menon who captured footage from the UK section of the Silk River walk. This will give you a small taste of what to expect on the Indian walk 6-16th Dec, truly a journey of surprises!
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December 1, 2017 / Silk River

Silk River India Press Launch Today!

Silk River India Press Launch Today! British Council India hosted the press interaction in Kolkata today, where the Silk River...
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November 28, 2017 / Silk River

Silk River India Walk Flyer out now!

We're delighted to announce that the Silk River India Walk flyer is out now! Download yours here, or read it on the website.
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November 20, 2017 / Silk River

Silk River India Walk – Artists Weekend 8-10th Dec

Join us for an an immersive weekend experience soaking in the heritage and the magic of the Hooghly River, as the Silk River scrolls whisper their stories and secrets!
Indian artists are invited to this exchange with 15 visiting artists from the UK.
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November 15, 2017 / Silk River

Silk Unravelled Symposium 22nd Nov

We're delighted that Steve Shaw’s Silk River film is being shown as part of Silk Unravelled Symposium on 22nd Nov, in London.
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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


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