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16 Jun, 2024

Come October, Lisbon will host the Walk21 International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities. This yearly conference was organised for the first time in the year 2000, and has been held in a different city every year.
This time, the stated goal is to better understand how we can develop and implement walking policies and programmes that deliver walkable communities and safer streets, as well as broader community participation while enhancing the value of walking.

These conferences perhaps tend to lean a bit more towards city planning and urbanism, but also provide connections to a broader interpretation of the role of ‘walking’ in society, including ‘walking’ as an artistic practice.

I’m very much looking forward to attending this year’s Walk21, my first, while I will also host a walk shop during the conference. My event will take participants to the streets, nudging them to explore public space on their own terms. However, as the conference program isn’t quite settled yet, I can’t tell you, yet, when I’m expected to entertain the masses. 

If you keep an eye on conference updates, and considering my walk shop will be outside of the conference venue, in public space, who will confirm your conference credentials if you just happen to be at the right place at the right time? You could conjure up the most perfect situation, and I hope to see you there.

More within our own purview, Nau Côclea is hosting this year’s Walking Art and Relation Geographies, starting in just two weeks, in Catalonia. I sadly can't make it, but if you are attending, you’ll see many familiar faces, including my WLC co-founders Andrew and Geert. 

And, did you notice that WLC now hosts a podcast archive with podcast episodes? The archive already includes some 150 episodes and is growing quickly. Take a look.

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2024-06-18 14:00 · Northey Island, Maldon, UK
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2024-06-22 15:00 · 75 Great Lawn Oval, New York, NY 10024, USA
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A narrow gap in a drystone wall or rock face ie one a fat man would be foolish to try to get through. A number exist in the Lake District bearing that specific name but it is also a general term in Cumbria for any narrow gap.

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