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Royal Greenwich to host London’s most spectacular Tall Ships Regatta for 25 years

The Royal Borough of Greenwich will host London’s largest Tall Ship event in 25 years thanks to an agreement between the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Sail Training International.  The event, involving up to 50 of the most spectacular Tall Ships in the world, will take place in September 2014. It will be the first major Tall Ships event since London hosted the Tall Ships Race in 1989.

On Tuesday 7 May, the contract to bring the Regatta back to the capital will be signed on board the Lady of Avenel, a vessel with strong connections to Royal Greenwich. The former training ship was originally fitted out by Wilfred Dowman- owner of the celebrated Cutty Sark.

On the same day the Royal Borough of Greenwich will launch the Royal Greenwich Festivals 2013 which will feature a new river strand that will welcome the return of Sail Royal Greenwich. Running until September 1, Sail Royal Greenwich will feature a stunning fleet of tall ships which will sail the Thames and offer visitors unforgettable views of iconic maritime Greenwich.

The Royal Greenwich Festivals have become a mainstay of the capital’s cultural scene attracting audiences from far and wide to enjoy the entertainment on offer in one of the UK’s top tourist destinations.

Local arts organisations such as Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Greenwich Dance will showcase an eclectic mix of music, dance and performance throughout the day giving people a taste of the cultural vibrancy of Royal Greenwich.

The Royal Greenwich Festivals have firmly established Royal Greenwich as the place to experience world-class entertainment as it showcases the very best in dance, music, art and theatre. Royal Greenwich is recognised as a great place of culture, its rich mix of arts and entertainment helping to attract millions of visitors from all over the UK and worldwide every year.

Cllr Roberts, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “Royal Greenwich is widely recognised as a premier destination for culture; its rich mix of arts and entertainment helping to attract more than 15 million of visitors from all over the UK and worldwide every year. We are absolutely committed  to the arts – not only for the enjoyment they bring but also for the huge contribution they make to our local economy – more than 12,000 jobs depend on tourism and culture.

Royal Greenwich boasts the longest river front in London making it the best place to host the Tall Ships Regatta. This will be a fantastic opportunity to boost the economic potential of the borough even further while providing a stunning visual display and opportunities for local young people to experience sailing on the high seas.”

The Royal Borough already supports a series of festivals, and many of the country’s best loved and most experienced cultural groups are based in the borough from the internationally renowned Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, whose Director Bradley Hemmings was joint Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic games.

Running throughout the year the Royal Greenwich Festivals provide some of the best and most varied entertainment in the heart of a World Heritage Site, on the banks of the River Thames.

Over 200,000 people attended last year’s events which included imaginative street performance, music to suit all tastes and invigorating dance performances.

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