In 2016, Adrian was the Campaign Director of Clean for The Queen, the UK’s biggest ever litter clean-up. He was also the Pageant Master of The Queen’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, an event for which he was honored with the LVP (Lieutenant of the Victorian Order).
THE KEY ROLE RIVER FESTIVALS CAN PLAY IN RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT PLANS
This presentation is all about river festivals and the important role they can play – particularly within an urban setting – in delivering key goals within River Basin Management Plans and specific River Action Plans.
He is the director of the Thames Festival – now called Totally Thames. The festival takes place throughout the month of September and there are river and waterfront activities peppered along the 42 mile stretch of the Thames in London.
This year is the 21st edition – which he was responsible for establishing the festival in 1997 and have been directing it ever since.
The way he interprets it, a river festival is a celebration of a river’s place in the heart of a community. Through our programme of arts, education and heritage events as well as river sport, river culture, community and environmental activities, we aim to increase public understanding and appreciation of the River Thames – and of rivers in general – and their importance to us all.
A river festival can encourage transformation of ideas about – and attitudes to – a river in the local community. Why is that important? Well the speaker would argue that the vast majority of people who live in cities these days have lost touch with their river. The river has become invisible to them – sometimes because riverbank expressways prevent them from doing so. Many people consider that the river has lost its utility as a transportation artery and a provider of water and is now part of the city’s sewage system – an inconvenience – something to be bridged over or tunnelled beneath so that people can get more quickly from A to B.