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Walking Month May

5 May, 2024

In most places, at least in the northern hemisphere, the month May typically brings warmer weather and the abundance of Spring. 

This makes it the perfect time for National Walking Month, organized in both the US and the UK.

National Walking Month was created to inspire people to move more and stay healthy. In the UK, the event is tied to the organization “Living Streets”, which promotes initiatives like "Walk to Work Week" and "Walk to School Week."

“Living Streets” is also behind the initiative “Walking Connects”, pointing out that communities thrive where people of all ages and abilities are able to walk together without barriers. Streets and public spaces are where community life flourishes. These spaces are brought to movement by walking together. 

But as well, walking’s true value comes to light when it provokes to slow down, making space for attention and awareness, for what is around us and who is around us.   

Our daily walking is typically an automatic, thoughtless action and one of the most basic human movements. But its simplicity gives it power when it’s experienced with awareness, removed from its usual context. This is why walking was picked up by artists and transformed into an art discipline in the 20th century. Walking came to play an important role in art, with a very deliberate intent to establish a change in the public's perception.

This is where it is all about in Catalonia, when about 50 walking artists will join the Conference/Encounter “Walking Arts and Relation Geographies” between July 1-6. The open call is extended till next Friday, May 10th. 

5 days left to send a proposal for a presentation or walkshop.

You can participate as an artist, researcher or just take part in the many talks and walks as an attendee. 

No matter the reason—whether you're walking for art, health, or just to enjoy time with others—walking offers a unique opportunity to bring people together in a spontaneous and accessible way, helping to reshape our perception of public space for the better.

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2024-05-07 18:00 · Online
Hundreds of thousands of miles of paths reach into, and connect, communities across England and Wales, however, there are several thousand that have been lost or barricaded over the years. Walking artists and activist, Jack Cornish has dedicated the last five years of his life to walking these forgotten routes. Keep reading
2024-05-15 18:00 · Online
Researcher and author Dr Anna Burton who has researched and written extensively about trees and how they have influenced the way we write about them; is the guest of Shani Cadwallender and Amelia Hodsdon, our writers in residence. Keep reading

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Announcing the winners of the Neighbourhood Narratives non-fiction writing competition. Keep reading
2024-05-12 13:00 · Highbury & Islington Station, London, UK
Want to get to know London through its parks? Join a Walk that takes in the Parks of north London. Starting at Highbury Fields we will walk through Stoke Newington and near north London, taking in Clissold Park, Woodberry Down Park & reservoirs, New River walk, and Finsbury Park. Keep reading

New walking pieces

The Bridging History series tells the tale of the colonisation and settlement of Dubbo, on Wiradjuri Country in Central West NSW Australia, through built infrastructure that changed the Wambuul Macquarie River forever. The bridges cross water and land with a much older story to tell. Today, you can cross all three brid... Keep reading
This is the 20-minute walk that my friend Henie and I have been doing every Thursday morning for over five months since the start of the covid-19 lockdown in London to do our weekly supermarket shopping. The walk starts in the Queen’s Park Estate in north-west London and ends at the Ladbroke Grove Sainsbury’s. The... Keep reading
A trip around the block, narrated by the light-up Walking Man. You will start on the corner of the street outside of Southwest Barbecue and follow his instructions on where to go. The Walking Man will point out some things along the way, give some history, and encourage you to enjoy the natural story of Keep reading

Upcoming events

2024-05-07 18:00 · Sydenham, London, UK
An immersive walking theatre show written by Bernadette Russell and brought to life by brilliant theatre company Teatro Vivo- about the battle of Sydenham Common an... Keep reading
2024-05-07 18:00 · Online
Hundreds of thousands of miles of paths reach into, and connect, communities across England and Wales, however, there are several thousand that have been lost or ba... Keep reading
2024-05-11 18:00 · Playhouse Cinema, School Road, Leominster HR6 8NJ, United Kingdom
An evening of short films by Herefordshire and Midlands based artists, writers and photographers who use walking in their practice. Keep reading

From our network

Day 310 - Thrush and 5.6 km drawing.Productivity and 2.6 km drawing. Keep reading
Announcing the winners of the Neighbourhood Narratives non-fiction writing competition. Keep reading
I have three new poems up on Northern Gravy, in their 12th edition. I have an unfortunate tendency to dwell for longer on rejections than acceptances when it comes ... Keep reading
   Day 309 -  Avoidance and 1.3 km drawing.Brevity and 1.5 km drawing.Fiduciary and 3.4 km drawing. Keep reading
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller   That quote sums up for me the heart, soul and joy of Street Wisdom. […] The pos... Keep reading
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller   That quote sums up for me the heart, soul and joy of Street Wisdom. […] The pos... Keep reading
We just love this write-up of a recent Street Wisdom Walkshop in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, hosted by the wanderful Anna Look and Tiffany Baker. Why not join Anna a... Keep reading

Stuff we found

London National Park City are hosting a week of walking events across the capital. Source: Upcoming Events | London Community Keep reading
A new website aims to offer a wide network of walking routes from British train stations, and is calling on hikers to add their favourites. Our writer accompanies t... Keep reading
A City Full of Stories: Anna Phillips on her work with Academy of St Martin int he Fields’ SoundWalk project Source: Planet Hugill: A City Full of Stories: Anna Phi... Keep reading
With its medieval Old Town and baroque monastery sitting alongside a modernist ensemble recently awarded World Heritage status, Kaunas is the perfect place to unrav... Keep reading

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disrupted walking

A mode of itinerancy which employs one of more tactics to interrupt any efficient journey from a to b; these tactics are often used as tools for playful debate, collaboration, intervention and/or spatial meaning-making.

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