About The Mayor's Thames Festival:
Launched in 1997 with an amazing high wire walk across the Thames, the festival has grown to become one of Europe's largest free, open-air arts festival.
Thames Festival commissions high-profile, cutting-edge arts events for unique environments on and around the river. It also showcases the best in street arts, with pyrotechnics (that's 'fireworks' to you and me), illuminations, art installations, river events, street theater, massed choirs, circus, and music. Tens of thousands dance in the streets at the festival's climactic event, a spectacular Night Carnival that's a vivid mixture of masquerade, dance, music, and fantastic costumes.
The Festival's iconic illuminated Night Carnival takes place on the Sunday evening and brings together over 2,000 dancers, drummers and masqueraders along London's Victoria Embankment. It's followed by the traditional river-based firework spectacular, which will be bigger than ever and a fitting finale to an incredible summer in 2012.
Other highlights include the Festival's Kids' Choir, which sees 600 children perform a new repertoire from composer Sam Lee, celebrating its tenth anniversary and London's longest food and crafts market along the riverside walkways. Throughout the summer the Thames Festival Trust will be announcing new elements set to take place that mean this year's event is set to be like no other.
- The finale is fireworks between Waterloo & Blackfriars Bridges on Sunday at 9.45pm.
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