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‘Extra-Ordinary’ Floating Cinema to moor at Queen Mary

A floating cinema will dock on the Regent’s Canal by Queen Mary, University of London this week, as it gets ready to host a summer film festival celebrating the capital city’s ‘extra-ordinary’ unsung heroes, buildings and neighbourhoods.

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The Floating Cinema, designed by Duggan Morris Architects
The Floating Cinema, designed by Duggan Morris Architects

On Saturday 27 July, the purpose-built barge, complete with brand new auditorium, sets off from Queen Mary to navigate the capital’s waterways, from Open East Festival - which celebrates the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - to Limehouse Basin, via the River Lea and Regent’s Canal. 

Between events it will return to its mooring spot alongside the university’s Mile End campus.

On Saturday 21 September, whilst stationed at Queen Mary, the Floating Cinema will host a series of free screenings of architecture-themed films as part of Open House London - the capital’s annual architectural showcase.

Throughout the summer, the Floating Cinema will host a programme of events across London, from intimate on-board screenings, film talks and educational activities, to large scale outdoor films for bank-side audiences.

The summer’s highlights include a series of hosted tours and talks. On Tuesday 6 August, London Lost visitors can discover what lies beneath the surface of the city’s waterways, led by the Museum of London’s archaeological experts in human skeletal remains and burial grounds. In Troubled Waters on Tuesday 3 September, a serving officer with the Thames Valley Police will talk and present rare archive films showing the policing of London's canals and rivers throughout history.

A family ‘horror weekender’ takes place at Granary Square, King’s Cross from 9-10 August and a fancy-dress screening of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie will be held in Bow on 23 August.

The Floating Cinema is the creation of UP Projects, in partnership with Hackney based artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, who have designed the event programme to “spotlight the often overlooked and ordinary parts of everyday life, bringing to attention the brilliance on our doorstep”. The barge was designed by Duggan Morris Architects and is supported by The Legacy List, with corporate partner Bloomberg.

Many Floating Cinema events are free, but tours are ticketed due to limited capacity. Screenings at Queen Mary take place from 10am-5pm on Saturday 21 September and are free, but booking is advised.

For more information, booking details, and the full programme of Floating Cinema events, visit

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