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2024-02-27 19:00
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Following the announcement of “WALC – a new future of walking arts – the largest cultural investment putting walking arts on the map” we are delighted to have as Café guests representatives from each of the consortium partners who put together the successful EU funding application for the Walking Arts and Local Communities project.

With seven partners from five countries, WALC establishes an International Center for Artistic Research and Practice of Walking Arts, in Prespa, Greece, at the border with Albania and North Macedonia, and sets a new model for artists and organisations in community-based practices benefitting the rural and natural areas of all partners. WALC builds on the previous work of hundreds of artists and researchers in a shared network practicing Walking Arts as a collaborative medium, involving local inhabitants, engaging with local activists and nature workers, young artists, and curators, open for an international public.

WALC is setting an innovative model of trans-European cooperation, for community-based practices, based on walking arts. and the emergence of new art venues, beyond the established art market, through experimentation and new artistic networks, and as a fertile ground for contemporary and emerging disciplines. It fulfils the need for community-based art practices that strengthen one of the main purposes of art; renewing its relation to society, more needed than ever in our world of today.

Names and faces familiar to many walking artists, we hope to introduce them to people who have not yet considered walking art, they include Yannis Ziogas, Geert Vermeire, Clara Gari, Anna Luyten, Sylvie Marchand, Miguel Bandeira Duarte and Kostas Diamantis Balaskas.

We look forward to hearing their hopes and aspirations of how the WALC project may evolve. Come along and find out how you can benefit through involvement in the project.

The Walking Arts and Local Communities consortium partners are: Visual March to Prespes, University of Western Macedonia (Leader, Πανεπιστήμιο Δυτικής Μακεδονίας, UOWM, Greece),  walk · listen · create (WLC, Belgium), WalkLab2.PT at the University of Minho (UMINHO, Universitade do Minho, Portugal), Cultural Association Cochlea (Asociación Cultural Cochlea, CACN, Spain), Association Temps Reel (Gigacircus, France), Action Synergy SA (AS, Greece), School of Gaasbeek (De School van Gaasbeek, SvG, Belgium).

Thanks to the EU Creative Europe Cooperation grant this Café is a free event – when booking your ticket, take a moment to bring your walk · listen · create profile is up to date, or add a bio to create one if you haven’t already. To keep up to date with the Walking Arts and Local Communities over its four year duration, make sure you are subscribing to the weekly walk · listen · create newsletter.

A video recording of the event will be made available in due course.

Yannis Ziogas

Yannis Ziogas

Marŝarto23 shortlisted

Yannis Ziogas was born in Thessaloniki (Greece, 1962). His main visual practices are painting, installation work and walking. He has served as Dean and Associate Professor at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, School of Visual Arts, University of Wes...

Geert Vermeire

Geert Vermeire

Founder Online Jury 2022 Online Jury 2023 Online Jury 2024

Geert Vermeire is a curator, poet and artist, moving constantly between Greece, Portugal and Brazil, with a focus on spatial writing, locative sound & performance and social practices. He develops collaborative processes, departing from the ethical in...

Clara Gari

Clara Gari

Marŝarto Grand Jury 2023 Marŝarto Grand Jury 2024

Clara Gari is an artist, a researcher, art curator and cultural manager. She is the co-founder and director of the Contemporary Art Center Nau Côclea, and of the walking program Grand Tour. Her biography joins cultural management and art practice with...

Anna Luyten

Anna Luyten

SWS Grand Jury 2022

Anna Luyten studied at the Unversity of Ghent and the Antwerp University and holds the masters in philosophy, master in applied Literature Science and master in Theatre studies. She is a performative philosopher, writer, teacher, radio- and televisionma...

Sylvie Marchand

Sylvie Marchand

Sylvie Marchand's practice brings art and new technologies together around the creation of interactive devices. She was born in France where she acquired training in the performing arts and anthropology. In addition to her theoretical research, she continu...

Miguel Bandeira Duarte

Miguel Bandeira Duarte

Born in Caldas da Rainha, 1970. Postdoctoral student, Art Department, University Beira Interior, 2023; Researcher at Lab2PT – Landscape, Heritage and Patrimony Laboratory PHD in Fine Art: Drawing, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, 2016; Fun...

Fred Adam

Fred Adam

Online Jury 2024

Founder of the locative media portal the GPSmuseum and co-creator of the collaborative mapping and locative media platform CGeomap, co-creators of the Deep Time Walk app and Jungle-ized the app that brought the Amazon rainforest to Times Square in NYC. Exp...

Andrew Stuck

Andrew Stuck

Founder Online Jury 2022 Online Jury 2023

Andrew is the founder of the Museum of Walking, created to bring people together and to make and showcase walking pieces and performances. Andrew also is a podcaster, interviewing creative people who use walking as a catalyst for their practice. Talking Wa...

Natacha Moutinho

Natacha Moutinho

Online Jury 2024

Natacha Antão Moutinho is a painter, an integrated researcher at Lab2PT (Landscape, Heritage and Territory Laboratory) and an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, Art and Design of the University of Minho (UM), Braga and Guimarães, Portugal...

Walking Arts & Local Communities (WALC) is an artistic cooperation project, co-funded by the European Union, Creative Europe, starting in January 2024 for four years. With seven partners from five countries, WALC establishes an International Center for Artistic Research and Practice of Walking Arts, in Prespa, Greece, at the border with Albania and North Macedonia, backed up by an online counterpart in the format of a digital platform for walking arts.

WALC builds on the previous work of hundreds of artists and researchers already practicing Walking Arts as a collaborative medium, and having met at the significant previous walking arts events and encounters in Greece, Portugal, Spain, France and during online activities at walk · listen · create.

We acknowledge the support of the EU Creative Europe Cooperation grant program in the framework of the European project WALC (Walking Arts and Local Community).

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

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  1. Sounds wonderful. Congratulations on getting such substantial funding. I have another walk café on 27th at 8. Will you be recording this so I can listen and watch later? Thanks, Tamsin

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