Rivers of the world
Rivers of the world


Rivers of the world - Rivers have a way of captivating people. Stand on the banks of one of the world’s major rivers and you can still feel the wonder Wordsworth expressed over two hundred years ago, watching the Thames flow through London in the early morning. Rivers of the World, the flagship art and education project of The Mayor’s Thames Festival delivered in partnership with the British Council, has been capturing this enthusiasm and inspiring pupils and teachers in eighteen countries across the world since 2006. The project enables young people to explore, celebrate and share their local environment, learn about other cultures and engage with global issues. It also provides fantastic opportunities for pupils to work with talented professional artists to create amazing pieces of art work for public display in London and participating cities globally. It provides a wealth of exciting cross-curricular activities designed to expand knowledge and understanding, and encourage pupils to explore and reflect on local and global issues. This will help them to gain an international outlook and develop the skills they will need for life and work in an increasingly inter-connected global society.

The British Council will select six schools to take part in the project. We offer six schools the opportunity to be partnered with a UK school and work with a local artist to produce high quality digital artworks with groups of students. These artworks will then be displayed as part of the Totally Thames Festival in London in September 2016 and locally in the overseas country via an online digital exhibition. 

Project timeline 

December 2015 Recruit artist and schools 
February - March 2016

Overseas artist training event in the UK
Match Vietnam schools with partners - collaboration begins 

April - June 2016

Implementation of the project

  • Artist provides two - three training workshop in six schools
  • Students produce artworks
July 2016  Submission of final artworks to Thames Festival Trust 
August - October 2016

Totally Thames exhibition UK
Online Exhibition on the British Council website 

More information 

Please contact Van Tran, Society and Development Officer at van.tran@britishcouncil.org.vn for more information.