Sound Walk September is the yearly global festival celebrating sound walks.
In 2017, the Museum of Walking, of which Andrew Stuck is the founder, sought a means to celebrate outdoor audio, geo-located, immersive performances, listening walks and sound walks. He has been podcasting since 2008 as Talking Walking, through which he has interviewed dozens of sound walk creatives who bemoaned the fact that much of their work had a very limited lifespan.
Sound Walk Sunday 2017, beamed a day to promote existing works and encourage these creatives to reprise older walking pieces or make new work. We then collected these works in an open access online database and archive. The event was given a boost by its inauguration in 2017 during the international walking arts encounters Made of Walking in La Romieu, in south west France, with participants from 17 countries, and 6 live sound walks events during the encounters, along with daily public Talking Walking interviews in English and in French during the week long event and podcasts.
Teaming up at the end of 2018 , with Geert Vermeire, the convenor of Made of Walking, writer, curator and a locative multi-media expert with a focus on the environment, and with Babak Fakhamzadeh, an award winning locative app developer, we reprised Sound Walk Sunday in 2019 as a global festival, with key institutional partners in Brazil, Australia, Greece, Spain, Germany and Poland, with the event quickly evolving into a month-long Sound Walk September 2019, becoming not only a showcase for innovation, but also a valued community-building resource, bringing practitioners together, many of whom are remotely working creatives who have previously felt isolated or ‘ploughing a lonely furrow’.
The 2019 edition of Sound Walk September had the organisational support of the international Made of Walking network consisting out of 900 walking creatives worldwide.
Attend an event
Upcoming events can be found in our events listing.
Experience a walking piece
Visit our directory of walking pieces to discover sound walks to listen to or follow.
A Sound Walk Sunday 2019 Media Resource is available. You can also read the FAQ. You can also join our group on Facebook and talk with other walking artists. Sound Walk September also has a dedicated Twitter account.
Sound Walk September is a volunteer-led festival, with contributors and organisers earning no fees, with many hundreds of people volunteering time and effort. We are establishing an Advisory Board and if you are interested in becoming more involved or are able to support the project through a financial contribution or by volunteering time and effort, please get in touch.
Use the hashtag #SWSYY, with YY replaced by the last two digits of the year when publishing to social media. So, #SWS19 and #SWS20 for Sound Walk September 2019 and Sound Walk September 2020, respectively.
How to create your own piece
Want to know how to make sound walk? Go to our FAQ.
Submit a walking piece or event
To submit a walking piece or event to our directory, go here. Your submission will be available for the public to access at any time.