Thurrock 100 is a creative community project that aims to celebrate the stories and places of Thurrock – and share them with the wider world!
Thurrock 100 is a walking festival with a difference, started in 2015 by local arts company Kinetika. The area has a rich and unique history and the festival has not only explored it on foot in previous years, but also in story telling and flag making.
Thurrock 100 is a unique cultural project that aims to strengthen the area’s shared identity and foster pride in its heritage, building a programme of physical and creative activity that will contribute to a healthier and happier Thurrock.
With the help and support of local people, so far it has mapped and explored 31 local walks, made 110 silk flags, run a dance programme, published a book of 100 local stories and engaged thousands of people.
In 2017 Thurrock 100 walking festival ran on 7-9th July and featured specially commissioned performances by the locally based Complete Commedia Company. They wore character and story-themed costumes made by South Essex College students on the Costume Construction degree. This marked two exciting new collaborations for Kinetika with plenty of scope for future development.
The 2017 walking programme explored routes around Horndon, Grays, Chafford Gorge, Lakeside, East Tilbury, the Bata site, Coalhouse Fort and Langdon Hills. This year, due to the generous support of Arts Council England and Thurrock Council, all walks and performances were free.
Matthew Brown, Regeneration Programme Manager at Thurrock Council said:
“Thurrock Borough Council is proud to support Thurrock 100 Tales, now in its third year. Last year’s project saw over 3,000 people take part in collecting and writing stories, walks in the borough, a publication and a finale performance. Thurrock 100 Tales celebrates the borough’s history and heritage, and once again the 2017 project featured an event at Coalhouse Fort which plays a key part in Thurrock’s story and heritage.”
All the stories are available on the interactive web page here; use the pins on the map to navigate your way through them at your leisure.
Or the ‘Thurrock 100 Stories’ book is available to buy HERE.
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