T100 is an annual walking, talking and making festival that encourages multiple stories to surface in Thurrock. T100 continues to grow each year, gaining new activities and events, new walkers, new routes and new partners to support the programme. What began as a walking celebration of Thurrock – 10 miles, 10 walks, 10 days, has developed into an outdoor arts festival stretching along and across the estuary into Southend and Kent, hence the name T100.
Over the last eight years, we’ve travelled on a journey with a growing team of local volunteers, one year spontaneously building the theme for the next, all the time drawing more people in through a range of arts activities.
The T100 exhibition captures the spirit of the festival and the people and places who have taken part along the routes over the first five years. Some of the exhibition information can be explored on these web pages, but there is so much more to see in real life, such as the beautiful handmade journals, the gorgeous silk flags, the printed tablecloths, the maps and recipes created and collected as the festival has grown.
The exhibition is available for hire, please see our Shop for more information.
Click the below buttons to find out more about each T100 festival year.
In 2015, Kinetika was invited by the Council’s Public Health Department to develop a Thurrock walking arts festival to change people’s attitude to walking, reveal accessible footpaths across Thurrock and get people talking to each other.
What began as a 100-mile marathon across the borough, has developed into a festival that starts and ends in Thurrock and stretches along and across the estuary, into Southend and over to Kent.
The concept of T100 is very simple. In response to a theme selected for the year, a programme of walks and community-led activities is devised by local groups.
The festival takes place in towns and villages across an area over 3 weeks each summer, with a series of walks connecting all the events together.
Leading up to the festival, activities are undertaken in libraries, schools and community spaces and have included writing, drawing, cooking, painting, researching, dancing and acting. The results add colour to the walks which have incorporated heritage talks, shared community meals, outdoor theatre, silk flags reflecting local stories, singing and even the making and performing of an animated 12-foot-tall Tilbury Docker puppet designed by local high school students.
The magic of T100 is its simplicity as a framework. It enables groups to come up with their own ideas, develop them as separate projects then showcase and share them to the wider community as part of the ten-day festival.
With support of the National Lottery Community Fund we are inviting our growing team of volunteers and supporters to imagine how T100 can become an independent organisation from 2023. One that produces an annual festival to celebrate the people of Thurrock, showcasing talent, resourcefulness, resilience, diversity and to collectively imagine a healthy, future-proof, creative community.