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ESTUARY 2021 arts festival closes with two waterside dusk performances

24th September 2021

Estuary 2021 arts festival has announced two final events that will bring to an end the second edition of the large-scale arts festival that celebrates the lives, historical impact and landscape of remarkable Thames Estuary.

SILT and Nattsong are both commissioned as part of Estuary 2021 which began in May, with the main festival programme taking place across locations in south Essex and north Kent, as well as online.

I can’t help feeling a little nostalgic as the festival draws to a close and nights draw in. But what a wonderful way to draw the curtain on what has been an extensive and broad programme of art and performance. Hopefully it has given you inspiration, and fortunately its not too late to catch these final performances.

Last performances of Estuary 2021


SILT is an outdoor, site-specific performance created by Arbonauts, the artists Helen Galliano and Dimitri Launder, performed as the tide turns form high to low tide, and as dusk falls and is commissioned by Metal for Estuary 2021.

Described by Time Out magazine as “An immersive experience experts Arbonauts are back with another mind-bending mixture of art, theatre, music and low-lighting.”

Visitors can expect to be captivated by the performance that takes its name from the fertile sediment found in abundance in the Thames Estuary, between the land and the sea.

SILT by Arbonauts

  • Friday 24 September – Saturday 25 September 2021, at 6pm
  • Shoebury East Beach, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 8NB

Tickets are free. To book visit


Nattsong, written and directed by Caroline Bergvall, is an ambitious and immersive audio-visual live work for spoken voice, vocal duo, electronic projections and a sonic installation in multiple languages. It includes a new vocal composition for two voices by British composer Gavin Bryars. Caroline will be performing alongside a duo of voices, which includes soprano Peyee Chen, and with sound design by sound artist Jamie Hamilton. It is staged at Turner Contemporary, overlooking the sea.

‘Thank heaven then for Caroline Bergvall, an artist and poet pushing the boundaries of language in a blogged-up and twittering digital world…’ The Guardian

Nattsong is commissioned by Cement Fields for Estuary 2021 with project partners Rivers Institute and Prototype Press. It is supported by Arts Council England.

NATTSONG by Caroline Bergvall

  • Friday 5 November 2021, at 6-7pm
  • Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate CT9 1HG

Tickets are free. To book visit

Why the Arts Matter

It is no secret that I am a super fan of the arts – my career started in theatre and it’s a lifelong passion for me. I am not alone on the Thames Estuary Growth Board in recognising the immense value art and creativity have in making great places to live, inspiring people, as well as unlocking jobs and skills opportunities, and economic benefits. Brilliant Board members Ken Dytor and Rai Mia, in particular, are active in championing creativity in the Estuary.

And as a Board we are a proud supporter of Estuary 2021 and co-funded works launched in the summer as part of the arts festival spanning the length of the Thames Estuary, and we look forward to continuing to support our partners driving forward the creative side of the Estuary’s transformation.

The inspiring and successful Estuary 2021 programme was made possible through the very brilliant team at Creative Estuary, an ambitious long-term project to develop the Thames Estuary into the world’s largest creative corridor; a world leader for the creative and cultural industries. Estuary 2021 is led by a partnership between fabulous Estuary-based arts organisations, Metal (South Essex) and Cement Fields (North Kent).

Social and Economic Contribution of the Creative Sector 

The Estuary’s creative sector has a huge role to play in the region’s growth. Thames Estuary Production Corridor has the potential to create 50,000 jobs and generate £3.7bn, playing a crucial role in the region’s social and economic recovery. In addition, recent research found that creative workspaces have a positive impact on local communities, creating desirable places to live and boosting house prices in the surrounding area.

As this year’s big showcase of draws to a close, I’d like to urge you to book to catch these performances and support the sector. Book your tickets now!