Rivers of the World is a Thames Festival project delivered in partnership with the British Council's Connecting Classrooms initiative and with support from the HSBC Global Education Trust. The project links schools and over 2,000 young people around the world through a common theme: their local river.
"Rivers of the World enables young people from the UK and other countries to share, explore and celebrate their local environment, learn about other cultures and engage with global issues. By capturing their perspective on the world, these artworks are a striking reminder of how young people's creativity can provide a unique cultural insight." -Martin Davidson, the British Council's chief executive
Global Connections for global issues
Each year students from London secondary schools are linked with schools in other countries. Over the course of two academic years, they study their river, or their partner city's river, and, with the help of professional local artists, they produce large scale artworks which are exhibited along the banks of the River Thames as part of the Mayor’s Thames Festival and also displayed in high profile locations in each of the participating cities. Three new countries join the programme each year while the schools who have finished their two year cycle continue to develop their partnership through other projects. By 2012 over 17 countries will have taken part in Rivers of the World.