Midsummer’s Dream
Saturday 22 June 11am-4pm & Sunday 23 June 11am-1pm | FREE

Suitable for all ages | Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult | All materials provided | Complimentary refreshments

Join artists, performers and crew aboard LV21 for a fun Midsummer weekend packed full of creative drop-in activities celebrating and exploring themes of citizenship, identity, nationality, belonging and the human rights.

Saturday 22 June 11am-4pm

Fly the Flag for Human Rights

Meet Dr Tony Malone artandtea.co.uk, Global Human Rights Advisor, International Visual Artist, Master of ChaDao Buddhist Philosophy and a Troublemaker for Peace to hear about his work with Amnesty International and World Scouting to develop new ways to explain and engage with human rights as well as drawing attention to the need for young people to be protected and empowered with Human Rights. He will be sharing a wide range of recently launched new human rights resources.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, artist Ai Weiwei has created a flag to celebrate universal human rights. Be inspired by his design and get creative to help us create a collaborative #citizenSHIP flag. The completed flag will be flown aboard LV21 alongside Ai Weiwei’s flag during the Fly The Flag week 24 – 30 June 2019 when people across the UK are invited to celebrate that human rights are for everyone, every day.


Right at Home

Make yourself right at home aboard LV21. Find a comfy seat to enjoy a number of performances or take a more active role and join in to create new work with the performing artists.

A collaborative sound-making session with Minimus and Roy Smith whthppnsfpththsbttn? will be creating ambient soundscapes from delayed contributions and distorted memories in the depths of the LV21. Bring your own sounds, instruments, voice and thoughts and plug into Minimus to explore ideas about rights, community and belonging.

Drawing inspiration from the ancient Pirate Code tradition, James M’Kay,  a tour guide, stand-up poet and public speaker, will continue to develop a set of rules, an article of agreement, a Custom of the Coast for LV21. Sharing some of the ideas suggested by participants in previous session, he invites you to have your say on the rules in debate of rival Codes – what should stay and what should go?

Performance Lecture 1pm

Encounter artist Gen Doy in the lower deck of the ship experimenting with sound and projection based on events seen in the estuary surrounding the ship and relating to nationality, migration, acceptance and notions of citizenship, including the arrival of The Empire Windrush, carrying some 500 settlers from Jamaica, at Tilbury Dock on 22 June 1948.

Welcome to the Galley Table!

Linking in with this year’s T100 Walking & Talking / Welcome to the Kitchen Table! project that connects diverse communities along the River Thames, sharing food and recipes, finding what different groups have in common and sharing an understanding of different cultures, artists Xtina Lamb and Päivi Seppälä invite you to create your own textile table setting for a Communal Tablecloth that will be handed over to the Gravesend Borough Market in July.

Join in the T100 walk across Gravesham during the day on Friday 19 July and come to see the finished tablecloth at the Twilight Market in Gravesend Borough Market in the evening 6-10.30pm


For further details about the T100 walks and accompanying activities: thurrock100.com

Thames Barge Match 2019

Thames Barge Match is one of the oldest annual sailing barge races in UK. Competing barges set sail in the early hours of the morning from Lower Hope Reach off Standford-le-Hope heading towards Southend and then Gravesend.

Take a seat on deck in the afternoon to witness the homeward leg of the race and see these historic barges compete head to head as they near the finish line at Gravesend Town Pier.