13th-22nd Sept 2013
Birmingham’s Festival of Walking
Still Walking is back for another two weekends of guided tours and walking events. This year the festival programme boasts walks created by artists, from Birmingham and further afield. All have been invited to devise something especially for this event. I’m always fascinated by visitors’ impression of the city; how they respond to it and what they see. Everyone experiences the world differently and I hope the diverse programme reflects this. Joining the artists, there’s the usual mix of historians, architects and geologists, all with their own take on what a guided tour can do. See you on the walks!
Fri 13th Sept
Birmingham once had a golden age of magnificent, bespoke factories, built to order. The buildings and their uses had such an intrinsic connection that their owners were confident to incorporate the company name into the fabric of the building… read more
Sat 14th Sept
Where does accidental end and art begin? Iris Bertz explores the use of the accidental in art and focusses on how it is possible to see art everywhere, if you know how to look. Iris will lead a guided tour starting at the current exhibition at the Ikon by Shimabuku… read more
Sat 14th Sept
What is the legacy of Birmingham: motor city? How do we treat our subway spaces today and how do we feel about our car parks? This 100 minute walk will explore aspects of the city’s social, architectural and town planning history… read more
Sun 15th Sept
A collective silent walk introduced and led by Simone Kenyon.
This is a walk to find the quietness both inside and out. The silent walk is a way to meditate upon our own step in the world and the collective experience of walking together… read more
Sat 21st Sept
This walk visits a variety of locations in the city, asking how the atmosphere of places and buildings makes us feel. Darryl examines the subject of historical memory and TV location scene-setting within the context of these places… read more
Sat 21st Sept
For Drag and Drop, David Helbich and Shila Anaraki will pick you up from the starting location and manouvre you to specific sites around the city where you will be dropped off to await collection… read more
Balsall Heath Local History Society
Sun 22nd Sept
11.45am or 2.15pm
Join us for a walk along historic Ladypool Road and meet some of the characters who lived there. See – and take part in – the events that shaped their lives, with surprises and re-enactments along the way… read more
We’re hoping to raise £1601 to cover the costs of creating some of the events on the programme. There’s a selection of rewards to choose from, from thank-yous, to personalised art prints, to exclusive and bespoke walks and events. Click here for details.