Silk River Walks

8th September 2017

The Silk River Walks are part of Silk River, a project that links 10 locations along the Thames with 10 places along the River Hooghly which runs through Kolkata: Kew and the Botanical Gardens, Woolwich and Barrackpore, East Tilbury and Batanagar which both had Bata factories and factory villages, etc.
Silk River is part of the Totally Thames Festival and the British Council's UK/India 2017 which marks the 70th year of Indian independence.
In each location local people - artists, schools, community organisations - have worked together to identify stories linking them with the river, India, silk, the past and the present. Those stories are distilled into designs that have been painted on to 6 metre silk flags which will be carried from Kew Gardens to Southend on 10 consecutive days from 15th to 24th September.

Details are at . All these walks are open to the public and will include performances curated by our local partners. The flags will be carried only by boots and boats (a Thames Clipper from Putney to Blackfriars, a boat from Purfleet to Dartford, the Gravesend-Tilbury ferry) there are "link walks" for experienced walkers. Most are short walks except the East Tilbury to Leigh-on-Sea walk on Saturday 23rd. People are welcome to help carry the flags. Details of these walks are on the LDWA London group's website at
 If you would like to join the link walks please email Gordon Parker at or

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