Most of us are dreadfully oblivious to our surroundings as we commute to and from work or school every day.
It’s a shock how we even get anywhere with our eyes glued to our smartphones or our mind running in — what often feels like — a million different directions. But a unique local event is attempting to put a stop to that – for at least four hours of our lives.
The event, called the Night Walk, is a guided walk that will take participants through several hidden sites in Vancouver on the evening of Sunday March 26.
The walk will be up to 10 km long and it will take around four to five hours to complete, although participants can choose to stop earlier, if they want. The location of the walk is a closely guarded secret and will only be revealed to the participants as they are guided through the pre-determined route.
Like many previous performances and events put up by Radix Theatre, the concept of the Night Walk is an innovative and socially relevant one.
The walk is inspired from a Situationist art movement from the 1950s called ‘psychogeography’. The movement encouraged walking for its own sake, often without any destination in mind, and paying close attention to the physical surroundings.
According to Radix Theatre’s Artistic Producer, Andrew Laurenson, the idea of walking at night has grown in popularity in recent years (especially in Europe) as individuals try to find respite from technology and their stressful, often socially alienated, lifestyles.
Individuals interested in participating can contact Radix Theatre at 604-255-8211 to register for the walk or visit the website for more details. Sunday’s event will mark the first Night Walk being organized by Radix Theatre with more in the works for the future.
Where: Meeting spot will be revealed when registering
When: Sunday March 26 at 5 pm
Tickets: Call or text at 604-255-8211; Free.