2018 Inspiral Night Walking


April 19-22 2018

“the city is at its most earthly and unearthly at night.” (M. Beaumont NightWalking 2017: 2)

This unique festival of nocturnal walking, offers 4 days of curated walks, art, talks and exploration across North Kent starting at the end /beginning of Inspiral Trail, bringing the Inspiral experience back to Gravesham.  By reimagining the long-distance night walks of Dickens – from central London to Gads Hill – Inspiral creates other journeys of wild, ludic and untrammeled adventure*.


Working alongside Inspiral associate artists, local groups and enthusiasts – the Night Walking festival – curates a collection of accessible, informative and entertaining public walks, with events and public artworks, as we reclaim the streets together. Expect to meet the eminent orniphilosopher J D Swann, radical Quakers, a resurrected General Gordan, nocturnal fauna and tall taled, lantern-lit muddy Thames monsters. Or following in the footsteps of Charles Dickens and other Ghost story writers join Sarah Sparkes’ for a night of legendary Ghost Hosting.


Walks and experiences for all ages are interspersed with performances, events and interventions.  Join us as amateur naturalist, historian, archaeologist or simple moonwalker, to scour the night time, and prepare to be enlightened, amazed, challenged as we explore together the rich and overlapping histories of the area by day and by night. The night walking is an inclusive, fun way to explore and re-imagine our urban/semi-urban lives as we range across Gravesham and Dartford knocking on the ground, turning up the unexpected and the uncommon.


As Gravesham Arts Member and Director Inspiral Charlie Fox claims: “Walking, a practice of on the ground mapping, allows us to imagine together other cities, different times, and worlds, as we confront the reality of our ever-changing metropoles.” Opening the Inspiral metropolitan trail to the public, this 300-mile artist designed trail explores and exposes the unique connections that crisscross the expanding London Metropole. Inspiral seeks to foster a shared enthusiasm for exploration through hospitality, curated walks and artistic researches; re-imagining the built environment, as a place of extraordinary variety, contrast and potential by creating a walking trail through places we no longer see or have forgotten.


Events and Walks information to be added in new year.

*According to Will Self before: ‘the twenty-four-hour, strip lighting of the Spectacle, the nightwalk may have been many things, but first and foremost it was a dérive – a drift away from the straitened and narrow into the wild, the ludic and the untrammelled.’ (Xii forward NightWalking, Beaumont 2015)