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Silk River 2017 - It’s a long way to Southend!

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Meet outside the Peterboat Pub

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Leigh-on-Sea

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Kinetika invites you to join us for a ten–day performative walk along the River Thames as part of Silk River. This ambitious project explores the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River.

A team of artists led by Kinetika’s director, Ali Pretty, has been working with communities along the way to devise a series of unique walking events that will reveal the stories of those who live and work on the river and the connections they have with parallel communities living alongside the Hooghly in West Bengal.

Each community has created a 6m hand-painted silk scroll that is a visual narrative of their walk. Every day a core group will welcome 2 new scrolls, one from the River Thames community and one from the Indian partner location, to be carried by participants from Kew Gardens to Southend where there will be a finale moment as we walk all 20 to the end of the mile-long pier.

The journey will be full of surprises, you can join for a morning, an afternoon, one or ten days and every day we will reveal more stories online, so you can experience and interact with us wherever you are.

Silk River will continue and culminate with a ten-day journey along the river Hooghly 7-17 Dec 2017. Contact jo@kinetika.co.uk if you’re interested in taking part.


It’s a long way to Southend!

Ready for a hearty portion of Leigh-On–Sea’s fish and chips, we begin our last day carrying all 20 scrolls through this thousand-year-old community of fishermen. We meet local artists and hike up the hill to Chalkwell Park to experience Metal’s digital exhibition on ipads. Fuelled by legendary Rossi Ice cream, we gather in numbers to process up the pier for a finale performance from the Mudlark Choir, and a parting moment when we send our stories out into the ocean with a blessing from the Hindu Association for the scrolls' safe passage from London to Kolkata.


9.30 am Start outside Peterboat pub, 27 High St, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2EN. Welcome and introduction to the day.

Talks with artist and fishermen at Old Leigh and an opportunity to visit Old Leigh Studios and Leigh Heritage Centre.

12 noon to 1.30 pm Picnic lunch at Metal in Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Park (SS0 8NB). Please bring your own lunch; teas & coffees will be provided. Dance performance by Hindu Association and an opportunity to try Spiky Black – a NetPark’s digital app.

1.30 pm A short stop at the Crow Stone with an introduction by Ken Crowe.

2.30 pm Arrive at Southend Pier, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE.

3.00 pm Arrive at pier head for finale performance, organised in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

4.15 pm FINISH – the scrolls leave the Pier on a boat.


Walk Route:

Follow this link to see the map of the wall: http://bit.ly/2rA9Z5d

Technical difficulty of walk: Easy

Distance: 5.2 miles


Whilst we endeavour to make all our walks as safe and enjoyable as possible, any walk attended is done so at your own risk.

You need to choose walks within your capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take your word that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen.

Walk leaders will be at the start of the walk regardless of the weather. In the unlikely event of any unforeseen circumstances, Kinetika reserve the right to change or cancel a walk and/or performance. Please check the Silk River website regularly for any updates or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything!

Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear- best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home. Make sure you bring a packed lunch, if necessary, and plenty to drink.

Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however Kinetika,the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes.

We will be taking photographs and video of this event to promote and celebrate the project in print and online. If you do not give consent to be photographed or filmed please let a member of the Kinetika team know on the day.


Data Collection

Silk River is funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and as a funding condition we are asked to collect participant data. The data we collect is anonymised and submitted to ACE. We do require your name and email address but only to communicate with you in connection with the event. We hate junk mail and would never sell your address or bombard you with emails. We don’t want our data collection questions to feel intrusive so you are either not required to answer or we include a ‘prefer not to say’ option.

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