Thurrock 100 Stories
T100 Stories ended with a colourful mass performance by over 100 Thurrock schoolchildren from across the borough who used the 100 batik silk flags created in the course of the project as part of a vibrant finale choreographed by one of the UK’s pre-eminent mass dance leaders, Jeanefer Jean-Charles, and her team. The performers were joined by 50 people who had walked from Tilbury Fort to Coalhouse Fort in the final event of the walking festival, and by the Thurrock Marching Band. An audience of 400 people watched the performance in the sweltering Coalhouse Fort.
Artists Laura Trevail and Jacci Todd worked with local history and community groups, residents, 19 schools, and no fewer than 500 students in 2016, running workshops over a three month period to collect 100 stories about Thurrock. These stories helped us to inform our walks for that year, and led us to create 100 silk flags for the T100 Festival.
The T100 stories have been compiled into a book, which is available to purchase from our Shop.
We also created an interactive story app, created by creative computing students from Bath Spa University, led by Lee Scott. We are very grateful to Lee and his team.
Explore the map for yourself (click on it below) to discover T100 Festival stories!
On top of those we spoke with to find these stories, a further 216 people came together at Kinetika studio to paint the flags! Overall, more than 3,000 people took part in the project this year.
See a short film of the finale:
And see photos from the event: