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New LFW Venue and London Fashion Week Festival Announced

THE BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL have announced they will be moving their biannual events to a new home. The move will see all three – London Fashion Week, the newly renamed London Fashion Week Men’s and London Fashion Week Festival – united under one roof of the The Store Studios, located at 180 Strand in central London.

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Ashish SS17 (Nigel Pacquette, British Fashion Council)

Commenting on the announcement,  top decision makers from the mayoral office, the BFC as well as The Store Studios themselves have stressed London’s importance as one of the top fashion capitals of the world and how the upcoming change will serve to reinforce it as such. They believe hosting all three events in one location will strengthen their impact through establishing one venue.

Furthermore, the decision to transform the London Fashion Weekend into London Fashion Week Festival and prolonging its duration will aid the BFC in their mission to engage with the wider public through this ticketed event that gives them access to shows and high fashion usually reserved to industry professionals.

by Magda Pirowska

Tickets for the first London Fashion Week Festival at The Store Studios are on sale now here

Front page image: looks from BFC NEWGEN winner Molly Goddard’s recent collection

Life by the River: A Month of Events on The Thames

Totally Thames SS4Great River Race – credit Andres Arias Mesa

ORGANISED BY Thames Festival Trust (TFT) , Totally Thames 2015 festival aims to bring London’s river to life throughout September with over 150 arts, cultural and river events on the Thames.

Building on the success of 2014’s festival, which attracted 2.7m people to 134 events, this year’s Totally Thames will “celebrate the Thames and the many different ways London’s residents and visitors can connect with the river”. From paddle steamers to cruising on a Tall Ship to wild swimming, 20k Thames Bridges Trek and the fishing, kayaking and boat trips at Tidefest, to the annual Source to Sea River Relay, there will be many opportunities to engage with the Thames. For those who prefer to stay by the riverbank, there is mudlarking on the foreshore and an open day at Tower Beach.

The festival also offers concerts in riverside churches, special events at Thameside attractions, a late night tryst at Chelsea Physic Garden, special offers at riverside restaurants, and a night of poetry celebrating wild swimming. Over 300 man powered vessels take part in The Great River Race a colourful river marathon, which starts in Millwall on the Isle of Dogs and finishes by Ham House in Richmond in which over 300 man powered vessels take part in this river marathon.

Among the boats racing are 12 Dutch sloops manned by active and retired Dutch Marines that will have rowed 350km across the English Channel from Rotterdam to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Royal Netherlands Marine Corps. A formal head-to-head challenge from the Dutch Marines has been accepted by the Royal Navy which has confirmed that at least one of its own fleet will be crewed by Royal Marines.

Totally Thames SS1Rain Interactive by Luzinterruptus

Rain Interactive by Luzinterruptus will take place down the river at Waterman’s Arts Centre, Brentford, where a rain drop canopy will be built over three days by volunteers working alongside the artists, is part of a weekend of river-themed events by the Thames, featuring emerging artists, an underwater maze, graffiti and cabaret.

Totally Thames SS3Iain Chambers, Bascule Chamber Concert – Totally Thames 2015 – credit Steve Stills (4)

Innovative live art in various forms is also included in the festival along the whole stretch of the Thames. As well as theatre performances, kids’ choirs and a unique contemporary opera, The Lighthouse, accessed by boat at Trinity Buoy Wharf, Totally Thames is presenting the premiere of Bascule Chamber Concert inside Tower Bridge. The first ever public event to take place inside this fascinating feat of engineering, where composer Iain Chambers will transform this global landmark into a giant musical instrument based on sound recordings taken inside the chambers.

Totally Thames SS2Londonist Afloat – credit Londonist

Totally Thames also brings sculptor of underwater art Jason de Caires Taylor to the city his first ever London commission, The Rising Tide, a series of four equine sculptures installed on the foreshore at Nine Elms on the South Bank. These  sculptures will be visible at low tide and are in place throughout September.

Totally Thames Festival Director Adrian Evans, Festival Director says, “With 200 events to provoke interest, excitement and involvement with the Thames, its foreshore and the many assets and attractions that grace its waterfront, in September – London’s ‘river month’ – the Thames is the most vibrant river in the world.”

by Jane Dale

You can travel to Totally Thames events by boat. Major boat operators are offering 2-for-1 on river travel throughout September.

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