On Friday 5th July renowned drag queens Sink the Pink will be performing a special and elaborate performance to mark the start of Turning Tides Festival. In addition to this LA-based conceptual artist GERONIMO will reveal I Can Taste You on a Rainy Day; a bold, large-scale installation of 25 inflated water droplets which will inhabit The Tide throughout the festival. Ranging from 1 to 7 metres tall, these vibrant, painterly droplets will become the set to the flamboyant performance by Sink the Pink.
With the backdrop of the Thames (and the iconic O2), visitors can expect an outrageously exciting production like no other as vigorous queens, club kids and dancers take to the stage to announce that London’s first elevated cultural park is open.
Spanning over the weekends of 5-7th and 12-14th July and created to celebrate the official opening of The Tide, the elevated riverside park on Greenwich Peninsula, created by the co-designers of the High Line in NYC, Turning Tides Festival is London’s largest FREE festival, offering a selection of wellness, art, music and shoreline feasts inspired by the river for all to enjoy.
Festival headliners include: Village Underground, Gaz Coombes, Geronimo, Morning Gloryville, MUBI, Mulatu Astatke, Oumou Sangaré, Scanner, Sink the Pink, Tank & The Bangas, ‘The River Knows’, with special guest performance by Laura Mvula, and Yoko Ono’s Wish Trees.
Turning Tides will celebrate the eclectic space’s versatility with music, performance art, film viewings, food and wellbeing activities – please see below further information:
- MUSIC: Featuring consummate rocker and songwriter Gaz Coombes, East London’s cultural collective and music venue Village Underground, who have curated a revolving programme of international and local musical artists spanning both weekends, Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke, Los Angeles-based violin experimentalist, Sudan Archive, New Orleans funk and hiphop ensemble Tank and the Bangas and Grammy-award winning Malian musician Oumou Sangaré. Closing the Turning Tides Festival will be The River Knows, an unforgettable event with musical director Dave Okumu entitled celebrating the geological and metaphorical power of the river, the inspiration of The Tide.
- ART: Launching the festival on Friday 5th July, LA-based conceptual artist GERONIMO will reveal her bold, large-scale installation of 25 inflated water droplets, spanning between 1 and 7 metres tall, which will inhabit The Tide throughout the duration of the festival, and will play set to a flamboyant drag show performance by Sink the Pink.
- WELLBEING: Throughout the Festival there will be a number of wellness and shoreline activities, including London-based Morning Gloryville offering an energetic sober celebration of music, yoga and reiki sessions, group tai chi sessions, yoga and dance sessions.
- FOOD: Across both weekends will be a rolling line-up of shoreline feasts on artist duo Studio Morison’s Seafood Disco Picnic table, London’s longest picnic table at 27 metres, as well as other dining options including, Mama Fuego, Ardoa and the Turning Tides Food Market.
- FAMILY: London-based, Argentinian ceramicist and illustrator Kinska will transform neighbouring NOW Gallery with her My Opera House exhibition, inviting visitors into a real human sized garden of ceramic creations.