Ask anyone of a certain generation to think of a song that starts "We are family...I have got all my sisters and me." and they will probably keep singing. Written and produced by Nile Rogers, made popular by Chic and then by scores more including Sister Sledge and The Spice Girls, it is probably the most popular disco hit of all time. Ten years ago, Nile Rogers turned to walking as a therapy when diagnosed with having cancer, and started blogging about his walks in an around his neighbourhood in New York City, calling it "Walking on Planet C". This was made into a BBC radio documentary in 2012 that we have unearthed and highly recommend. We are on the look out for other intriguing walking gems, and invite you to join an informal meet-up of "Walking Detectives".
The UK is finally catching up with France - although not on the football field, but out on the streets, where street harassment is now a criminal offence. This change in the law began with a teenage-led campaign by two sisters on behalf of girls and young women, that is called Our Streets Now. Day or night, many are victims to intimidation and verbal abuse by predominantly older men. We have previously highlighted this in our Cafes, with guest from Leeds and Sao Paulo. Thankfully there are opportunities for everyone to enjoy nocturnal exploits, as our next Cafe guest, Fay Stevens, reveals in Into the Night: an evening of nocturnal wanderings. And should you want to delve in to the night, with more listening, then we can recommend this Thinking Allowed programme from 2016 in which Laurie Taylor interviews Matthew Beaumont and Laura Elkin on the The Flaneur and The Flaneuse.
We have a live sound art event coming from Barcelona this week, that will include Pedro Freitas, our first Sound Walk artist resident at the Nau Côclea Contemporary Creation Center, who will join in a collaboration with Orquesta del Caos. The evening starts with a conversation with Geert Vermeire and Pedro Freitas in Hangar, in Barcelona.
The Urban Tree Festival writing competition got off to a great start with 50 attendees at a free online creative writing workshop, for which Geert Vermeire valiantly stepped forward to lead when both our Urban Tree Festival writers-in-residence were taken ill. You can watch a video recording and find out more about the theme ‘Secrets of The Trees’ from the festival's Youtube channel here. So there is nothing stopping you now...get writing!
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15 Dec · Thu · 18:00 (UTC) · Online
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20 Dec · Tue · 19:00 (UTC) · Online
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