JANE'S WALK COLCHESTER
We are looking forward to JANE'S WALK 2023!
Saturday 6th May - Sunday 14th May 2023 (inclusive)
For those new to Jane's Walk...
Jane's Walk is an international weekend of local walks led by local people on local themes (‘citizen-led, walking conversations’), taking place in towns and cities around the world, honouring the legacy of the urbanist, writer and activist, Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), and marking the anniversary of her birth.
About Jane Jacobs, the festival namesake
"You've got to get out and walk!" Jane Jacobs
About Jane's Walk Colchester
Jane's Walk was established in 2007 in Toronto, Jane Jacobs’s home for her last 40 years. Jacobs was writing and speaking right up until her death aged 89 in 2006, and was a well-known and much-loved public figure. Walking as a vehicle for understanding place, alongside discourse and civic engagement, were dominant lifelong themes in her work. Hence 'Jane’s Walk', the creation of Jacobs's many friends and colleagues: a weekend festival of walking established to commemorate her life.
By the time of Jacobs’s death however, her ideas and influence already extended worldwide, and Jane’s Walk too went rapidly global. In 2016, a decade after its inception in Toronto, over 1,000 Jane's Walks took place in 212 cities, in 36 countries, across 6 continents.
Colchester held its first Jane’s Walk festival in 2011, and is proud to have been the UK’s first Jane’s Walk town. Over the years since, it has reached a further 13 UK towns and cities, including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry and Belfast.
Images from former Jane's Walk years in Colchester (click arrows left/right to scroll)
"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because,
and only when, they are created by everybody" Jane Jacobs
Walk Colchester is grateful to the following local organisations for their support of Jane’s Walk Colchester over recent years:
To CCC Cutural and Creative Fund, Firstsite Gallery, The Headgate Theatre and Colchester Arts Centre (in 2023) for their sponsorship and/or support in kind. And similarly to The Minories (Colchester Institute) and CODA Jazz Bar in recent years.