Totally Thames Open Call

Totally Thames is an annual season of diverse and accessible arts and culture throughout the month of September along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames. It is curated and managed by Thames Festival Trust, working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses to bring the river to life every September.

We are committed to working towards a more diverse cultural sector. Our recruitment process is open to all, but we are particularly keen to hear from ethnic minorities, those who self-identify as LGBTQIA+, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those who self-identify as disabled, as these groups are currently underrepresented in our teams. 

We will only select events which align with our aspirations as an organisation and are thoughtfully responding to our criteria. For inclusion in Totally Thames 2021’s curated programme, we are looking for events that:

  • Respond to at least one of the following:
    • Hidden stories of the River Thames
    • Plastic Pollution in the River Thames
    • Illuminated River
    • Community River
    • Art and the River
    • River Archaeology & Foreshore
  • Have a Digital element
  • Have funding or a funding plan in place
  • Submit a Covid-19 related Risk Assessment
  • Take place on or around the River Thames in London between 1 - 30 September 2021
  • Be as engaging and accessible to as wide a range of people as possible
  • Have a venue secured or in negotiation. It will be your responsibility to lead on this relationship, though we can provide some advice and possibly introductions and suggestions
  • Have a PRS form submitted or to be submitted if music of any kind features
  • All licenses and documents in place and/or investigated 

The deadline for applications is Fri 16 April.


For information on how to apply and a full list of requirements and guidelines, please head to our website


If you are Under 30 we are running a parallel development programme called Tide Changers where you can apply with your project idea for Totally Thames for the chance to be guided through your event development with hands on and financial support. More info here

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