The format of the guided walk is surely the most direct way to share information with a group: nothing separates the guide and attendees from the subject. Familiar environments are revealed to be layered, nuanced realms worthy of our observation, consideration and comment; an experiential narrative that was formerly private and silent becomes shared and vocal.
The benefits are many: no specialist equipment is needed, the guide is on hand for questions and – handily – there are several ‘walking breaks’ in the narrative, allowing thoughtful digestion of the themes. The world can seem like a veil has been lifted. Why don’t we attend guided walks more often?
For Start // Stop… Ben Waddington – director of Birmingham’s Still Walking festival – leads a city walk that is at once a reflection on the identity and invisible rhythms of the city and an unpicking of the hidden mechanics of the guided tour.
Expect to learn about crowd dynamics, pedestrian behaviour, deep observation and use of Civic Spaces as much as the industrial and aesthetic heritage of our city.
Presented by Still Walking Festival.