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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 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 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 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 App

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



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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October 26, 2017 / Silk River

Kew Exhibition Photos

What a fantastic exhibition it was at Kew Gardens 22-27th Oct. This is the last time all 20 scrolls were displayed together before they travel India for the Silk River India walk.
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October 25, 2017 / Silk River

Tower Hamlets presents Silk River Forever 16th Nov

Thursday 16 November 2017 5.30pm - 8.30pm. ‘A’ Team Arts presents Silk River Forever Hoorah!
Silk River Forever Hoorah! is adapted for the stage and devised as part of the Silk River performance walk by the House of Talent youth. This production follows the changing migration, trade and social landscape of Tower Hamlets through song, drama, spoken word and declamatory storytelling.
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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 December: Exhibition of scrolls at Victoria Memorial Hall


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