Sound Walk September

Sound Walk September is the yearly global festival celebrating sound walks.

Explore the SWS20 Awards shortlist

Discover this year’s submissions and the events listing.

Check out 30 Days of Walking and participate in Shorelines.

We are excited to announce a varied programme of events taking place around the world during Sound Walk September. Under the constraints of the pandemic, we are hoping to offer outdoor experiences for individuals, as well as on-line talk shops, plus some interactive collaborative projects which you can contribute to during the month.

Listen to stories, get closer to nature, travel to far away places, immerse yourself in different cultures, add your voice, record the ambience, learn how to make sound walks, and submit your own work, as well as participate in lively debates, and intimate café conversations. And, share your discoveries with experts from the world of sound walking.

History

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 more than 1000 walking creatives worldwide.

Participate

We are now accepting submissions for Sound Walk September 2020. You can read our open call, and submit a walking piece or event.

Attend an event

All upcoming events can be found in our events listing. We also have a dedicated event listing, just for SWS20.

Experience a walking piece

Visit our directory of walking pieces to discover sound walks to listen to or follow. Check out the submissions for SWS20.

Media enquiries

Sound Walk Sunday 2020 Press Kit 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.

You can download the logos below and use them as you see fit.

Support us

There’s a range of options available to you as to how you can work with us, including several options for sponsorship and financial support. Read up on how you can work with us.

Lots of individuals donate their time and effort to make Sound Walk September a success. 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.

Help was had

We were happy and lucky to be able to rely on the volunteer work provided by Liam Forrest and James Luce. Thanks!

How to create your own piece

Want to know how to make sound walk? Go to our FAQ.

Past festivals

Mission statement

What we pursue as part of Sound Walk September, we try to do in a way that matches the mission we’ve set for ourselves. Read our mission statement.