Still Walking Festival
Some Cities are pleased to announce a new addition to the team in the appointment of our new Creative Director Darryl Georgiou.
In his role as Creative Director, Darryl is going to help Some Cities develop it's remit and profile across lens based and interdisciplinary approaches whilst, at the same time, we continue our existing photographic profile within community engaged and participatory practice with diverse groups.
Darryl, Principal Lecturer in Media Arts at Coventry University, is an interdisciplinary artist, exhibiting internationally and working across a range of media. His artwork is held in both national and international collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens/New York
This week Darryl announces the Still Walking Festival a series psycho-geographic interactions with the past, the present and the landscapes and spaces of Birmingham between the 10th and 25th of September.
Some Cities, co-director, Andrew recently documented Darryl's return to the Handsworth of his youth in preparation for his upcoming walk and as the first of our collaborative approaches we're looking forward to the range of new challenges and opportunities that Darryl's appointment will bring - we'll keep you posted!
All of us at Some Cities is dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone, regardless of their backgrounds or abilities, to engage and take part in the arts.
Whilst our remit is expanding beyond just photography and the areas beyond Birmingham in which we work will expand too (co-director Dan is currently working on projects in Lebanon); our focus on photography and the power it gives individuals to share and express themselves will never fade.
More information on the Still Walking Festival can be found here:
All of the walks have limited spaces so booking ahead is essential. To book, please go to the programme page. Tickets for tours are £5 each unless stated and the times and starting points for each event is given in the booklet. Not sure where a particular location is? Maps for all the locations appear on the website programme. Most walks are not circular, but walkers can be escorted back to the starting point
What if it rains? We’re a hardy bunch and will press on with the tour in all but the very worst weather. If it proves to be absolutely horrible, we thought it would be a shame for a like-minded group of people to trudge home in the rain when they could be talking to each other over a hot drink and a biscuit or three. We’ve identified nearby sheltered space for each event for the guide to chat about their work, answer your questions and listen to your ideas.
What to Bring
Whatever the weather, please dress accordingly. The ground conditions for each event is described in the programme, though most don’t stray far from the pavement. Sensible shoes as standard and accessibility is described. Most events just require you to book and turn up, but if any extra equipment is needed, this will be described in the programme. You may like to arrive a few minutes early to allow the event to begin promptly – and to say hello!
Terms and Conditions
- If you cannot attend an event, refunds can be issued or tickets reallocated to another name up to two days before the event, after which no tickets can be refunded.
- Tickets are sold on the understanding that there will be a wet weather alternative (see Hob Nobs) if the weather should be too bad to undertake the walk. No refunds will be issued unless the guide cannot undertake the walk and every effort will make sure the event runs as advertised. Most events cannot be rescheduled but may be delayed to allow for a break in bad weather: this decision will factor in also ticket holder’s later commitments, nightfall and the wider event programme. The guide and organiser’s decision on bad weather should be accepted.
- Events may be documented photographically for the future promotion of Still Walking events or to promote other events we become involved in: please advise the organiser if you would prefer not to appear in these depictions.
- Terrain, accessibilty and suitability for children and pets will be described in the event details. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear clothing suitable for the weather and environment. Where they exist, please use the pavements, pedestrian crossings and avoid walking ahead of the guide.
September 10th - 25th