Estuary 2021

John Akomfrah, Mnemosyne, Estuary 2016. Photo: Jon Webber

Estuary 2021 will be the second edition of the large-scale arts festival that celebrates the lives, landscapes and histories of the spectacular Thames Estuary. Taking place on the river, and along the 83 miles of South Essex and North Kent coastline, contemporary artworks, discussion and events will explore and respond to powerful themes resonant to the Estuary.

Postponed from September 2020, Estuary festival will now run from Saturday 22 May to Sunday 13 June 2021. 

Installations, exhibitions, events and an accompanying film and talks programme will respond to the region’s industrial heartland, nationally important heritage sites, protected marshes and wildlife, alongside seaside fronts and port towns.

Artworks will be set in the landscape, online and within COVID-19-safe venues, exploring the Estuary in relation to climate justice, protest and rebellion, imperial legacy and the rich, often overlooked stories of its communities, bringing new audiences to significant sites to foster a deeper understanding of the estuary.

Estuary 2021 is an ambitious, transformational programme of work, linked to an innovative skills programme delivered by a wide range of arts and agency partnerships across the region.

The full programme will be announced in November 2020 alongside a new website.

Estuary 2021 is led by a partnership between Estuary-based arts organisations Metal in South Essex and Cement Fields in North Kent, and made possible through Creative Estuary, an ambitious long-term project to develop the Thames Estuary into the world’s largest creative hub; a world leader for the creative and cultural industries.

For more information about Estuary 2021 visit estuaryfestival.com

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Are you an artist, community group or cultural organisation based around the Thames Estuary?

Plan an event between 22 May and 13 June 2021 and join the Estuary 2021 Associated Programme.

Find out more and get involved

The deadline for expressions of interest is 30 November 2020.

If you have any questions or need any assistance completing the Expression of Interest form, email us at info@cementfields.org.