Urban Walking Festival
Client: Panuku, Auckland Development and Auckland Transport

The Urban Walking Festival is Auckland’s celebration of local places. It was established in 2019 and ran until 2023

The Urban Walking Festival centres local people celebrating their place, sharing what makes it special and advocating for what they love about it through walking and conversation.

The festival is a collection of walks spanning Auckland led by enthusiastic urbanists who uncover and share the stories, experiences and secret corners of their local area for us.

The festival was inspired by the annual international festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations Jane’s Walks. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

Postponed due to Covid19 in 2020, the 2021 Urban Walking Festival came back strong presenting 36 walks, 2 film screenings and one talk across a 4 week festival between 22 April and 15 May. In 2022 the festival took place in November and was delivered digitally, with 12 original commissions across guided walking apps, audio streaming, augmented reality, sms and a digital scavenger hunt.

Download the comprehensive report summarising the the three festivals here 17.6mb