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T100 Dreaming

WALKING, TALKING + MAKING

10th JUNE to 1st AUGUST 2021

 

With a series of specially curated walks, T100 Dreaming invites communities to come together to share their dreams, creatively re-imagining a better future as we emerge into a post–Covid world. T100 Dreaming will celebrate the sense of community spirit that the pandemic heightened as we dream of a more cohesive, creative and sustainable future.

The festival is part of Kinetika’s wider regional project Beach of Dreams, a 500-mile walk from Lowestoft to Tilbury during which 500 dreams will be collected and represented on 500 silk pennants.

The festival launch takes place 10th – 13th June with four new walks, then the main programme takes place 26th July to 1st August.

The creation of four new walking routes for T100 Dreaming has been supported by Active Essex and Essex Cultural Diversity Project. Walkers will have the opportunity to follow these newly devised walks which celebrate Thurrock’s heritage, its diverse communities and links to the wider world.

In addition, an exhibition that celebrates the journey and history of the T100 festival will be open to the public on the 13th June at High House Production Park.

The T100 exhibition captures the spirit of the festival and the people and places who have taken part along the routes over the last six years.  Alongside the display boards there are a range of beautiful items made during T100 over the years, including handmade journals, gorgeous silk flags, printed tablecloths, maps and recipes plus a series of short films by Fotis Begklis.

JUNE PROGRAMME

Thurs 10 June: 5 – 7pm: Tilbury is the Place For Me

Starts: Tilbury Town Train Station St Andrews Road, Tilbury, Essex, RM18 7JH
Ends: Tilbury Fort, Tilbury RM18 7NR

Tilbury Walk Page

This is a gentle walk around Tilbury Town and over to Tilbury Fort, celebrating the  community, reflecting on what used to be as we look forward to the future.

This walk begins as a residential route that stretches to the edge of the town. As we cross the cattle grid to make our way along the new Fort Road we will take in views of the farmlands and the Thames that runs alongside it.

Arriving at Tilbury Fort we will have access to this impressive historical site and be treated to a sneak peek of rehearsals for the T100 finale and a new song for Tilbury, ‘Tilbury is the Place for Me’.

📸 Image: Tilbury walk from T100 2019. Credit Mike Johnston.

 

Friday 11 June: 4-6pm: Grays Town Taster

A view of Grays on the Thames estuary

Starts Thameside Theatre, Orsett Rd, Grays RM17 5DX
Ends: Grays Beach Riverside Park, Grays RM17 5JP

Grays Walk Page

Meet the chefs and sample the delicious variety of world food available on Grays high street, culminating with a friendly drink on the banks of the River Thames. Led by local walk leaders, you can get to know the people of Grays and their aspirations for the future.

📸 Image: Grays, credit Saira Niazi

 

Saturday 12th June 1-4pm: In Other People’s Shoes – East Tilbury

People view statue of Bata factory founder

Starts East Tilbury Train station Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, Essex, RM18 8SB
Ends: Coalhouse Fort, Princess Margaret Rd, East Tilbury, Tilbury RM18 8PB

East Tilbury Walk

Join us for a walk around East Tilbury exploring the residential, industrial and social legacy of Thomas Bata’s Utopian vision from the 1930s and ending at Coalhouse Fort, for afternoon tea. During the walk, Sadie Hasler will lead a conversation, asking you to put yourselves in the shoes of your role model.  What do you aspire to achieve?  What can we achieve here by walking together?

📸 Image: Thomas Bata statue. Credit Katie Beadle.

 

Saturday 12 June 7-8pm: Film Screening

Beach mandala from T100 Calling

Online film screening of five short documentaries (4-5minutes each) by Fotis Begklis of T100 Calling Festival 2020.   The films celebrate T100 Calling, focusing on the making of the giant outdoor mandalas in Tilbury, Grays, Little Belhus and Purfleet for the 2020 season.

The films will be shown online between 7 and 8pm on the 12th June, accompanied by a Q&A with Ali and Fotis.  In addition, the aim is to show them during the event below on 13th June at High House Production Park if restrictions allow.

See the T100 Calling Mandala Gallery

 

Sunday 13th June 10-4pm: Grow Your Own – Purfleet-on-Thames

Purfleet walk

 

Starts: Rainham RSPB New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet, South Ockendon RM19 1SZ
Ends: High House Production Park, Vellacott Close, Purfleet RM19 1RJ

Purfleet Walk Page

This walk will be split into two parts, both meet at Rainham RSPB:

10am-12.15pm: The first part of this walk explores the award winning bird sanctuary at RSPB, built on ancient marshland and once used as a firing range, it offers spectacular views of Purfleet-on -Thames and is the perfect place for us to reflect on our dreams for a more sustainable community.

12.15-4pm. The second part of the walk will pause at the Beacon for a ‘welcome to Purfleet-on-Thames’ talk with a brief history of the area, and a visit t0 Heavenly Greens Fruit & Veg based at St Stephen’s Church, before continuing to High House Production Park.  At High House Production Park members of the Purfleet-on-Thames community will share their journeys and local connection, bringing food, recipes and music. Together, we will capture our dream for a sustainable community by creating a recipe for Purfleet-on-Thames.

📸 Image: High House Production Park. Credit Saira Niazi

 

JULY PROGRAMME

*Bookings for July programme will begin mid-June*

Monday 26 July 1:30-4pm (times tbc): Imagination Our Nation – Stanford-le-Hope

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park visitor centre

Starts & ends: Stanford Train Station Stanford-le-Hope SS17 0JX

A walk from Stanford-le-hope to Thameside Nature Discovery Park, a stunning and innovative visitor centre built on a former landfill site, with superb views over Mucking Flats SSSI and the Thames Estuary. Great birdwatching, insect watching and ship watching.  After lunch the walk returns to Stanford-le-hope station.

This walk joins Beach of Dreams walk 29 as it arrives in Stanford-le-hope.

📸 Image: Thameside Nature Discovery Park. Credit Stephen McGrath.

 

Tuesday 27 July 11.30am – 1.30pm (times tbc): ‘In Other People’s Shoes’ East Tilbury

Walkers in the East Tilbury countryside

Starts: Thameside Nature Discovery Park Mucking Wharf Rd, Stanford-le-Hope SS17 0RN
Ends: Bata Memorial Gardens, Princess Margaret Rd, East Tilbury, Tilbury RM18 8NX

This walk starts alongside Beach of Dreams walk 30 in Thameside Nature Discovery Park and makes its way to East Tilbury where the residential, industrial and social legacy of Thomas Bata’s Utopian vision from the 1930s will be highlighted.
During the walk, Sadie Hasler will lead a conversation, asking you to put yourselves in the shoes of your role model. What do you aspire to achieve? What can we achieve here by walking together?

This walk ends at the Bata Memorial Gardens followed by an optional return to the starting point. Walkers from Beach of Dreams will continue on their longer route.

📸 Image: East Tilbury. Credit Mike Johnston.

 

Wednesday 28 July 11am – 2.30pm (times tbc): Germination – Langdon Hills

A person on a forest path surrounded by trees

Starts: Langdon Hills (Westley Heights) High Road, Basildon, SS16 6HU:
Ends: South Ockendon Village Green RM15

This walk joins with Beach of Dreams walk 31 following the same route.

We travel through the former Dunton Plotlands before heading across to the Mardyke, staying beside it through what was fenland until the 1960s.

📸 Image: Langdon Hills. Credit Mike Johnston.

 

Thursday 29 July 12 – 1.30pm (times tbc): Renewal – Little Belhus Country Park

Large circular mandala made from different coloured earth

Starts: Little Belhus Country Park, Arisdale Ave, South Ockendon RM15 5TT
Ends: Ockendon Town

In addition (TBC):
1.30 – 2:30pm Activities at the site
2:30 – 5:00pm Ockendon Town to RSPB Rainham walk

This walk at Little Belhus Country Park revisits the insect habitat mandala created during T100 2020 to see it in full bloom. Taking inspiration from growing wild flowers on brownfield sites we will imagine the future of this landscape that has been transformed from landfill and how it encourages us to think differently about the future of Thurrock.

This walk meets Beach of Dreams walk 32 and walkers can choose to join the Beach of Dreams group continuing to RSPB Rainham or return to Ockenden Town.

📸 Image: Giant insect habitat mandala made at Little Belhus Country Park in 2020. Credit Unique Imaging

 

Friday 30 July 5.30pm – 7.30pm (times tbc):  Grow Your Own – Purfleet-On-Thames

Purfleet Beacon surrounded by flags

Starts: Rainham RSPB New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet, South Ockendon RM19 1SZ
Ends: Purfleet-on-Thames Beacon, Centurion Way, Purfleet RM19 1QA

Almost a circular walk, it begins at RSPB Rainham and meets the end of the Beach of Dreams walk 33 as it passes the Kinetika studios on the return to Purfleet -On-Thames.

There will be echoes of the walk from 13th June and opportunities to learn more about the Purfleet-on-Thames community, ending with a sunset picnic at the Purfleet Beacon.

📸 Image: Purfleet Beacon surrounded by flags illustrating great things about Purfleet, made by Kinetika.  credit Mike Johnston.

 

Saturday 31 July times vary: Spring Clean –  Grays

Walkers passing the impressive wall of graffiti near Grays

Long walk option 1
10am – 4pm (times tbc)
Starts: Purfleet-on-Thames Beacon, Centurion Way, Purfleet RM19 1QA
Ends: Grays Beach, Thames Rd, Grays RM17 6HF

Short version option 2
12.30pm – 4pm (times tbc)
Starts Thameside Theatre, Orsett Rd, Grays RM17 5DX
Ends: Grays Beach, Thames Rd, Grays RM17 6HF

The start of this walk joins with Beach of Dreams walk 34.
The route is beside the Thames almost the whole way alongside the famous mile long grafitti wall. There is plenty of industry, but wilder patches too, as we cross under the QEII Bridge on our way to Grays.

In Grays, there is the option to join this walk at Thameside Theatre (option 2) at 12.30pm.

There will be echoes of the town taster walk from 11th June meeting the chefs and sample the delicious variety of world food available on Grays High Street and culminating in a colourful procession from the High Street to Grays Beach.

Carrying our Spring Clean message through to 2021 we will work with the Thameside Theatre, Riverside Local, Thames 21 Volunteers, The Lightship Café, and Grays Yacht Club to clean up the foreshore and bring it to life in a celebratory event for Grays. The event will end with the Beach of Dreams silks setting sail into the sunset as we reflect on our aspiration of a plastic free beach-front and a clean future for our great great grandchildren.

📸 Image: Walking along Grays graffiti wall credit Mike Johnston.

 

Sunday 1 August 11am – 5pm (times tbc):  Tilbury is the Place For Me

Members of One Community Development Trust waving colourful flags

Starts: Tilbury Town Train Station St Andrews Road, Tilbury, Essex, RM18 7JH
Ends: Tilbury Fort Tilbury RM18 7NR

Join us as we celebrate Tilbury’s rich heritage whilst imagining the future.

Inspired by Lord Kitchener’s 1948 Calypso “London is the Place for Me” sung upon arrival at Tilbury Docks on the Empire Windrush, a new piece of music is being created -‘Tilbury is the Place for Me’. This new song for Tilbury is being created in partnership with English Heritage, Kinetika Bloco and award-winning, Trinidad born musician, Anthony Joseph working with local Youth Services and the Tilbury community and will be played at this T100 Dreaming finale at Tilbury Fort.

During the day there will be performances from the Kinetika Bloco and workshops including a calypso movement session in preparation for the finale performance ‘Tilbury is the Place for Me’.

Walkers from Beach of Dreams walk 35 will join the T100 finale at Tilbury Fort.

📸 Image: One Community Development Trust at Tilbury carnival with flags they helped to create. Credit Mike Johnston

 

 


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