Booking now open for T100 Dreaming June walks
Kinetika is pleased to announce that booking is now open for the June walks which launch this year’s walking, talking and making festival: T100 Dreaming.
Four new T100 walks from 10-13 June will explore routes around Grays, Tilbury, East Tilbury and Purfleet-on-Thames, Kinetika’s base.
These newly devised walks celebrate Thurrock’s heritage, its varied communities and links to the wider world. The development of the walks has been in partnership with Active Essex and Essex Cultural Diversity Project. Four walk leaders from diverse communities across Thurrock have been mentored by Saira Niazi, Director of Living London.
Saira Niazi from Living London said “I am delighted to be partnering with T100 Dreaming to meet new people and to discover new places. I am looking forward to finding out more about Thurrock’s rich heritage and diverse communities.”
Each of the June walks is an interactive ‘dreaming’ walk. The leaders of the walks have been partnered with local artists, who will encourage participants to get to know the communities on the walk routes and to reflect upon and share their hopes for the future of that community. In this way, the walks shine a light upon people with different backgrounds, from varied places and cultures who make their homes in Thurrock.
Friday 11 June: 4-6pm: Grays Town Taster
On Friday 11 June, the Grays Taster walk led by Hi Ching, takes place between 4-6pm and will offer walkers a chance to sample foods from around the world as the route visits restaurants around the town. Meet the chefs and get to know the people of Grays and their aspirations for the future. The walk will end with drinks on the foreshore.
Saturday 12th June 1-4pm: In Other People’s Shoes – East Tilbury
There is a choice of two routes at East Tilbury on Saturday 12 June. In Other People’s Shoes is a walk led by Winnie Nyamu and Melvin Ndebele from Bata Memorial Park to Coalhouse Fort, for afternoon tea. The walk will explore the residential, industrial and social legacy of Thomas Bata’s Utopian vision. Later in the afternoon, there is the option of joining a return walk along the sea wall Coalhouse Fort to East Tilbury Town.
Saturday 12 June 7-8pm: Film Screening
For those who are unable to attend in person, on Saturday evening there will be an online screening of short T100 films made by Fotis Begklis in 2020 during last year’s festival: T100 Calling.
Sunday 13th June 10-4pm: Grow Your Own – Purfleet-on-Thames
In Purfleet-on-Thames, the Grow Your Own walks offer a time to reflect on dreams for a more sustainable community. On offer are a circular walk at the RSPB Rainham Marshes or a walk from the RSPB to High House Production Park. Meet the Purfleet-on-Thames community who will share recipes and music. Saira Niazi will join the Purfleet – on – Thames walk, with local leader Jayshree Patel, to lead artistic activities and discussions on the sustainability, to create a new ‘recipe for Purfleet – on – Thames’. This walk is also in partnership with InspiralLondon, an ambitious artist-led walking trail winding in and out of London. This partnership will bring a new audience to Thurrock to explore its fascinating history and natural landscapes.
All walks are free to attend and led by an experienced walker, but booking is essential. Bookings are open for June walks now, with July walks to follow at a later date.
T100 Dreaming is part of Kinetika’s ambitious regional project, Beach of Dreams, a 500-mile walk from Lowestoft to Tilbury during which 500 dreams will be collected and represented on 500 silk pennants. This year T100 is also proud to be part of the Estuary Festival Associated Programme.
T100 Dreaming is made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England, Thurrock council, Active Essex, English Heritage, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund as well as a network of wonderful volunteers.