2002 31 August (Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre)
The first River Cultures Festival celebrated the Queen's Golden Jubilee at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre. The activities and workshops of that Summer culminated at night in a spectacular water procession of animal monarchs.
There were local stalls of world cuisine, snacks, head massage and arts & crafts. A football pitch was set up and fairground attractions included a bouncy castle, ball pond and rodeo. Kites made by young people were used to dress railings, flag poles and stalls.
Alpha Groove Night (Alpha Grove Centre)
Youth Clubnight hosted and webcast by FFWM with a DJ competition with special guest DJ's and MC's.
Gigathon (The Space)
A 12-hour spectacular of bands, cabaret, film and open mic.
Dockside performances (Docklands Watersports and Sailing Centre)
Featured were the East London Royals (majorettes), Nam Bei Chuan (martial arts), Alpha Grove Centre stiltwalkers, a fire eating jester, Afro-Carribbean girl dancers and a Beijing Opera actor. Anna Palm was the compere and ambient world music set the atmosphere.
Dockside Water Carnival (Docklands Watersports and Sailing Centre)
At dusk, a fire ritual took place as the painted bottles were lit and lasers filtered over the dock. From the far distance, a water procession of the carnival figures glided towards the dockside whilst the fire drawings designed by young people of Alpha Grove Centre were set on alight setting off a riveting pyrothechnics display. Music for the procession was specially composed by Hi Ching.
Dockside Workshops (Docklands Watersports and Sailing Centre)
Workshops in circus, kitemaking, paper boat making and rowing.
Painted bottles (SPLASH Arts) and kites (Cedar Centre) dressed the dockside at the Festival
Alpha Grove young people learned and performed stiltwalking and designed the Golden Jubilee 'Crown and Seahorses' fire drawing.