Terminalia - Festival of Psychogeography

Every 23rd February

A one day festival of psychogeography on 23rd February each year with a number of free events across the UK and the world!


Happy Terminalia!

Terminalia is a one day festival of walking, space, place and psychogeography on 23rd Feburary. Terminalia is the festival of Terminus, Roman god of boundaries and landmarks so if there was ever a god and festival for psychogeography this would be it! Events have been run on this day since 2011.

Want to run an event for Terminalia 2019? Contact Tim to add your event here. Events should be, psychogeographical, open to anyone to attend, and ideally free to attend (but sometimes things cost, and that's ok)
You set up the event, handle the numbers etc and it can show up here.
Events that are private, solitary, online only or not open to all can be placed in a smaller section of the site.

Show Events!

2018 Events Friday Feb 23rd

Media from 2018

Barletta, Apulia, Italy. Bernado Bruno: Walk Castle
The route of the Leeds walk
Leeds: High Court. First stop
Simon Bradley, Leeds. Pocket Museum.
Walking With The Wasteland, Seasalter
Divining with pendulum, Leeds.
Marking a boundary, Leeds
Video of the Leeds event by OSM Diaries
Japan: Widdershins Osaka
Tiger, Osaka
Magic Carpets, Aberystwyth.
Walking party, Aberystwyth
Space Walk: Photo by Ursula Troche
Street Gardener. Photo by Ursula Troche
Faustus Toast Selsey Toots. Radical Stroud (Thanks Deborah Roberts deborahroberts.biz for pics)
Jonny Map Hands: Radical Stroud (Thanks Deborah Roberts deborahroberts.biz for pics)
Alternative Memory Map: Radical Stroud (Thanks Deborah Roberts deborahroberts.biz for pics)

10am, Stroud. Radical Stroud: Terminalia Festival Walk

The folks at Radical Stroud have a walk planned for Stroud involving three very different interactions with boundaries and landmarks: spatial, temporal and linguistic.

1. Meet at the Upper Lockkeeper’s Café at 10am when Jon Seagrave will explain how the shadowy operatives of Stroud & District Psychogeography and Deep Topography Commission are attempting a 'subjective remapping' of the town, asking for YOUR assistance in locating the unseen energies that shape and guide our everyday actions here in the bosom of the Five Valleys. Where did YOU have your first kiss? Where do YOU go when you want tranquillity, or fancy a fist-fight? Help identify Aggression Hotpots, Enlightenment Nodes and Knee-Trembler Clusters! Ritual Pilgrimages and Fertility Dances may result!

2. Robin Treefellow will take us on a guided walk to Woodchester Roman Villa where we will slip through all manner of wormholes of Time.

3. We will then walk up Water Lane to the long barrow at Selsley where Stuart Butler will take us on a brief history of swearing: the boundaries between the sacred and the profane; the elemental and excremental; the physical and the psychical; by Janus and ...
Robin Treefellow will also talk of the two names of this barrow: The Toots and the Blacklow – it was the site of the old Saxon hundred moot called Blacklow Hundred. Folk still like to gather there!
We will finish with a toast to Faunus.

Please bring food and drink to share....And so to home.
Organized by Radical Stroud

NEW: Visit the Radical Stroud website for a report and many photos about this event: http://radicalstroud.co.uk/terminalia-festival-february-23rd-2018/

10.15am Osaka, Japan: Widdershins Osaka 2018

A walking tour of time, place and the city!

Join us Feb 23rd for a circular walk through downtown Osaka. We will be meeting in front of the coffeeshop at the top of the stairs at exit 13 of the Yodoyabashi Subway tation (Midosuji line) at 10.15am. The walk will leave at 10.30am

Organised by Gareth Morris Jones. For more information please email Gareth at garethmorrisjones@exweb.ne.jp

11am, Seasalter, nr Whistable. Walking with The Waste Land

On Friday the 23rd of February, members from the walking group Walking with The Waste Land and their friends will be conducting a walk from the Sportsman Car Park in Seasalter, near Whitstable, in Kent. We will meet at 11a.m. in order to catch the low tide at 11.47.

On this walk we will walk to "Mick’s post" from here we will experiment with some low tide mud walking, using knots in ropes to record the experience.
We will then return to Mick’s post where where we will tie the knotted ropes to Mick’s post in a symbolic ritual of the celebration of Terminus.

Mick’s post is a white post in Seasalter which has been erected near the sea wall to indicate the boundary for the digging of bait in the estuary.
Images from these walks will be posted on Twitter @womenwhowalknet @elspethpenfold, using the #Terminalia hashtag. To find out more about Elspeth's walking as research please visit her website blog: http://www.elspeth-billie-penfold.com

If you would like to attend this walk please contact Elspeth: elspethpenfold@yahoo.co.uk

12pm. Colchester. Ruth Raymer: Beating the Bounds Around the Walls of Colchester Town

In honour of Terminalia, Ruth and you will be walking around the walls of Colchester town in Essex - the oldest and longest town wall still surviving in Britain today, 'beating the bounds' and taking in the breathtaking views of the town and its environs. Colchester prides itself on being the oldest recorded town in Britain. The Roman wall is home to some of the rarest mosses and lichens and if you look really hard you may even find one of the remaining ammonite fossils in the wall. Odd finds such as the slice of wall sitting beside pizza place all add to the curiosity of this ancient structure.

We will depart from the Firstsite Gallery Cafe at noon on Friday 23rd Feb - find address and map here: http://firstsite.uk/visit/
If you would like to join the walk, please contact Ruth at rrayme@essex.ac.uk

1pm, Aberystwyth. Terminalia - An Aberystwyth Celebration Walk

There will be a celebration of Terminalia in Aberystwyth. Terminalia was celebrated in Aberystwyth in 2017 by a select group, and will be again in 2018. The town map is very clear to this day, and various historical sources confirm the course as:
Castle Point, South to Tan Y Cae, Along to Heol Y Bont, Dan Dre, Chalybeate Street, Baker Street, Alfred Place, Crynfryn Row, Marine Terrace, King Street, Y Ro Fawr, Castle Point
While the walls are no longer visible, their route is easy to trace. There were gates at Heol Y Bont, Great Darkgate Street, Eastgate and Pier Street, which will be noted as part of the tour.

Meet at 1pm, Castle Point (at the sea wall). The tour takes less than 30 minutes. This year we will travel clockwise, in opposition to last year. More details about the walk.
Some words of wisdom are available, that enthusiasts might read in advance. Organised by Roger Boyle.

NEW Read about this walk at http://rogerdboyle.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/terminalia-2018.html

3pm, Barletta, Apulia, Italy. Bernado Bruno: Walk Castle

Bernardo is leading a cicular walk around the area of Barletta Castle in Apulia, Italy.
The walk will also be documented by Bernardo on smartphone. This walk should last one hour and departs from the castle.

For more details and to attend, please visit the Walk Castle page.
Organised by Bernado Bruno

5.30pm, Leeds. Beating the Bounds Walk - Circular walk around our boundary of Leeds

5.30pm Route planning, dowsing and map browsing for a strict 6pm departure from the bar at Wharf Chambers Co-op Club . 2 hrs (easy). Bring treats to share, flowers to leave and alcoholic or soft drinks to keep you warm! With events, interventions, and special performances from local artists. Led by Tim Waters

A slightly different format to past years, we will find, in addition to the medieval stones, our own boundary markers of the city. Using crystal dowsing techniques over maps in the bar beforehand participants will plot out a route to follow within the city centre. Walkers will then head out to explore the divined places and examine whats there and uncover boundary indicators. Once done (or after a set amount of time), examining our new boundary markers and the map, we will head inwards to find the centre. At each newly found marker, we shall celebrate the boundary with snacks, drinks and flowers, do please bring some to share!

We're happy to report that 2018 finds all the medieval boundary markers of Leeds, the bars, marked with blue plaques and/or uncovered. Our actions over the years has been successful! This year we will seek in addition to explore the city by finding new boundary places. The medieval boundary stones marked out the limits of the medieval city, and the entrances and toll booths for animals and trade. Terminus is also the god of non physical boundaries such as time and seasons and relationships. How has the city changed from ancient times - can we ask our unconcious minds where these new marks would or should be?

Beating the Bounds: Additional Interventions and Performances

Simon Bradley will perform a guided tour of his "Pocket Museum of Displacements" at a location along the walk.

Anzir Boodoo will perform a traditional Roman blessing at a suitable spot along the walk - possibly including an invocation to a Roman river god.

Meet 5.30pm at Wharf Chambers bar to be part of the essential dowsing, divination and route planning activity. We will leave the bar at 6pm sharp.
Event is free, just turn up. Tickets would be nice, they are not required but help us plan numbers.

Beating the Bounds Leeds (Facebook)

NEW After Event: view a video of this walk taken by Gregory (OSM Diaries) on YouTube Psychogeography and boundaries of Leeds

6.30pm, Statford, London, Tapping Into The City: Group Walk - Stratford

Tapping Into The City looks at our movements through private-public space in the city, the impact of urban surroundings on us and our relations with each other.
Come and join in this live art piece - a group walk around Stratford - one of London's most overtly regenerated areas and centres of privatised-public space (Westfield Stratford City, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and East Village are all within walking distance).

Friday 23rd February, 6.30pm. Meeting point - at the bottom of the Meridian Steps (the stairs leading up to Westfield, next to the bus and underground station and opposite Stratford Centre).
Nathania will explain the piece and then we'll walk together for an hour or so, simply moving as one through the city space, listening to its sound and the sound of our feet. Afterwards we can retreat to a warm pub nearby. Ideally we'll wear shoes with pennies stuck to the soles.

All welcome! Free, but please book on Eventbrite to secure your space - Tapping Into the City - Tickets (Eventbrite)
Further info and updates on event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1700941356611797/
Tapping Into The City Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tappedcity. Also view the project video on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/186335190
Contact info, project and other works - nathaniah@gmail.com / www.nathaniahartley.com

6.30. Dalston, London: #DiviningDalston - Wonder Wander around Ridley Road and Dalston

It's Terminalia Festival of Psychogeography, so after years of informally exploring and documenting Dalston, Hackney Tours is pairing up with cult Ridley Road gallery space Doomed to host another Hackney Tours Wonder Wander in this fascinating and culturally rich area.
Hackney Tours has been combing the borough since 2009 and recording the results (see here for examples) while Doomed have been running deliberately non-commericial shows with a strong photography element and hosting alternative free education sessions by arts academics.

Join some interesting fellow travellers to stimulate your grey matter. Tour guides, photographers, philosophers, thinkers...
Dust off your Debord and let's take our very own Dérive (Drift) – making our own fun as we explore the backstreets and create our own psychogeographical work.
Don't be intimidated by any of the big French words, it's really just about being open and receptive to what's around you and taking a moment to stop and smell the flowers. That's what I call a 'wonder wander'. Your opinion and thoughts about what you see and experience are what's important, not what a textbook says.
We might make some amateur maps, take some photos, or create a narrative. It's not rocket science - but it is fun!

Organized by Hackney Tours in collaboration with Doomed Gallery Dalston .
All welcome! Free, but please book on Eventbrite for tickets Divining Dalston - Tickets (Eventbrite)

Other Participations

Direction South West: Ursula Troche will be celebrating Terminalia, moving from London space into Torquay space, presenting her work at The Art of You Exhibition at the Artizan Gallery in Torquay, you can read more about her work for the show on Ursula's blog
NEW Read Ursula's Terminalia 2018 blog post.



Psychogeography is basically how places make you feel. Places are defined by borders and boundaries, what's there and what isn't. Psychogeography is also about transforming the places where we live. It's about experiencing the urban environment in other ways. It's a reaction against the prescribed, officially allowed uses of places - that of consumption, entertainment, transit, habitation. It seeks towards a transformation of the everyday. It offers a critique of urban planning. It is a form of play. It's the poetry of place. It's the effect of an area on your emotions and thoughts.

By doing psychogeography, by walking across places and spaces in a different way, we may learn three new things: About the places themselves, about ourselves and how we relate to these particular spaces, and about space and place in general with possibly seeing a glimmer of whats really going on there.

If ever there was a god of psychogeography, Terminus would be it, and Terminalia would be our feast day. The Festival of Terminalia has therefore been adopted by us! It is about the boundaries and borders, real, historical, fictional and imagined. Places of beginnings, endings and thresholds.

Termnius & Terminalia

"Neighbours gather sincerely, and hold a feast, And sing your praises, sacred Terminus: You set bounds to peoples, cities, great kingdoms: Without you every field would be disputed."
From Ovid's Festivals - Book II

Terminus was one of the really old Roman gods - he didn't have a statue, he was a stone marker - and his origin, associated with a physical object, and lack of the usual stories that go with the gods, may have originated from animalistic religions. He had influence over less physical boundaries too, like that between two months, or between two groups of people. Terminalia was celebrated on the 23rd February - which was the last day of the Roman Year, the boundary between two new years.

A squared-off column is dug into the ground, a solid block; on it stands a bust of a man with ringlets, and proclaims he yields to no one. Such is Terminus; this end alone drives our race. The date is unmovable, the time foreordained by fates, and the last days bring a judgment on the first
from Alciato's Book of Emblems: Emblem 158

Traditionally, feasting and sacrifices were performed during Terminalia at boundary markers. In Roman times for the festival the two owners of adjacent property crowned the statue with garlands and raised a rude altar, on which they offered up some corn, honeycombs, and wine, and sacrificed a lamb or a sucking pig. They concluded with singing the praises of the god.

Previous Years

Terminalia has been running since 2011 always on 23 Feb. Click the link below to read up on previous years events and see a bunch of photos from previous years.

Past Years

Let's Get In Touch!

For more information contact Tim via Email, Twitter or join the Leeds Psychogeography Group