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25 August 2009

Thames and Docklands dates for the diary

TWO EVENTS OF special interest to those of you into London history and sound are coming up on Friday 4th September as part of the Canary Wharf Film Festival.

The Museum of London Docklands is putting on a series of short films about the docks-that-were, including Basil Wright’s 1951 lyric documentary Waters of Time. Just before that, in the same place, is Listen: A Soundtrack of Shared Memories, a project involving youngsters and ex-Port of London Authority workers with a strong emphasis on sound, sound editing and oral history.

Then on the 12th and 13th of September is the Mayor’s Thames Festival. No, not Boris Johnson going for a swim and being mistaken for yet another disoriented whale, but a range of events including fireworks displays and a pageant of boats. Maybe reminiscent of the Croatian wave-powered Sea Organ will be a performance of Flood Tide on the 12th starting at 2pm. It’s a ‘musical composition generated by tidal flow . . . achieved by placing a sensor in the water which reads the speed of the current’, and will performed by forty musicians.

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