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!

Events

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!

2019 Events Saturday February 23rd

10.30am Stroud. Radical Stroud Terminalia Walk

This year, Radical Stroud are carrying out a circular walk in Oakridge. In honour of Terminus we will visit the site of Oakridge Common. It was enclosed in 1866 against local opposition and we will view the present day boundaries with an eye to the past. In our usual eclectic fashion we will also take in the site of a Roman villa, a long barrow and the crash site of a WW2 German bomber.
Quiet lanes and footpaths and a few styles. A couple of steep climbs. Likely to be muddy. 2-3hours.
(Also see some images from last years walk)

Meet at 10.30 at the gate of the Church of St Bartholomew, Oakridge Lynch
Latitude: 51.7291 / 51°43'44"N Longitude: -2.1277 / 2°7'39"W
OS Eastings: 391278 OS Northings: 203385
OS Grid: SO912033
More details and a map on Radical Stroud's blog post

10.30am Glasgow, Scotland. Terminalia Glasguensis (Terminalia of Glasgow)

Celebrate Terminalia Glasguensis on Saturday 23 February with a walk around the boundaries of the ancient town, following the River Clyde, the Molendinar and the St Enoch Burn. Terminalia is the ancient Roman festival of boundaries, held on the last day of the Roman year, when citizens and landed proprietors processed round the edges of their property and praised Terminus, the god of boundaries, for continued peace and stable borders.

The walk begins in Glasgow city centre at 10.30 am, and will last around three hours. Bring drinks and snacks to share, and a small item to leave behind at a boundary point. If you would like to take part, please e-mail ronnie@ronnie-scott.com

10.30am Osaka, Japan: Widdershins Osaka 2019

A walking tour of time, place and the city!

Join us Feb 23rd for a circular walk through downtown Osaka. The walk maps onto the Leeds bars onto Osaka. We will be walking from Yodoybashi at 10.30am and finish at the same place around 1pm. View poster for the walk.

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

11am Seasalter, Kent: A Walk with Thread and Word in Seasalter for Terminalia

Through Thread and Word we are organising a collaborative walk - inviting participation with interventions and eco-poetry in Seasalter which is between Whitstable and Faversham in Kent. There is a proposal to build 1,000s of solar panels, along part of our route through Seasalter which will decimate the surrounding environment.
The walk will focus on the boundaries between alternative ways of producing energy and our surrounding environment and natural habitat. We already have a boundary sea wall to protect the surrounding land from the sea ..... as well as a boundary for fishing for bait .... (which we walked last year) and a graveyard of old Groynes to protect the beaches.
The walk on Saturday Feb 23rd as part of Terminalia Festival which celebrates the Roman God of boundaries Terminus, will use the surrounding countryside to explore ideas and consider where we draw the line as we try to protect our environment. We will use threads to record our thoughts as we respond to the surrounding landscape and poetry readings chosen from the eco -poetry archive to inspire our thoughts related to the area.
We will end up in a local pub 😊 where we will write a short declaration of findings it might even be a poem! I hope you can join us.

Meeting for a 11am start from outside the Sportsman in Seasalter. The walk would last about an hour and a half walking on mostly flat terrain.
Also visit the Faversham council listing of the walk.
Please contact elspethpenfold@yahoo.co.uk directly if interested . More info can be found on Thread and Word Facebook Page.

12pm Barbican, London: The Act of Walking - Paving the Streets of London.

This walk will start at White Cross Street but we will meet prior outside Barbican underground station at 12pm, it will last one hour, following the route of the 1542 Paving Act. Due to the walk having various stops and changing with the context of each experience, its end location remains unknown but will be somewhere along this route. The route will raise questions around human impact on the environment and urban topographies, whilst exploring the significance of the pavings history from all the way back in 1542 to the evidence of history from yesterday. We will explore the stones themselves, the cracks in them, the litter on top, the chewing gum tarred into them and finally the pebbles and the dirt.

Organised by Lucy Faherty. If you are interested or want more information please email Lucy, it's handy to get a good idea of numbers before the walk.

12pm Swansea: The Infinite Lawn

Join us on an mission to find The Infinite Lawn, a surreal exploration into urban sprawl and the continued greyifaction of the urban environment, as we attempt to walk a seamless greenbelt through the city by only permitting grass, moss or other flora to pass underfoot.
Taking our cue from Italo Calvino's novel Mr. Palomar, we will practically explore the questions the novel raises around the symbolism and perceived homogeneity of the well manicured lawn, and the use of managed horticulture as public and private status symbols and boundaries.
Join us on February 23rd for an epic hop, skip and jump across Swansea.

Starting location TBC. For more information please visit the Facebook Event Page for the Infinite Lawn including details of participating at your own location.
Organised by Mat Hutchinson / Stephen Donnelly and the team who attempted to levitate Swansea's Palace Theatre.

2.30pm Barletta, Apulia, Italy: "The Scenes of Crimini" Among the Perimeters of the Ancient Walls of Barletta

After organizing, a few years ago, a temporary installation made of metal nets and enveloped and classified waste called "The crime scene" in Cassano Murge. The "garden of scraps" was an operation accomplished by collecting elements and garbage of all kinds and shown to the public in one of the most important squares for a few weeks.
During the Festival of Psychogeography 2018, our journey took place in the direction of Porta Marina and then we crossed the Walls of Carmine and stopped at the Paraticchio, there we laid a chaplet of symbolic laurels to practice our ritual dedicated to Terminalia. Then we went along the borders that are no longer there ... the probable track of the beaten sixteenth-century city walls. In Piazza Castello, we placed another small laurel wreath at the foot of the monument to the missing in the sea
This year for the Festival we propose a singular "walk" between the perimeter that contains very particular "boundaries" of the ancient center in the city of Barletta: "The Scenes of Crimini" Among the Perimeters of the Ancient Walls of Barletta
The crime scene proposed here is a sort of identification of very singular places within the medieval walls where they were carried out in remote times acts of brutal violence: murders, murderers etc. We can imagine how many episodes may have occurred in ancient times in the square in front of the castle, along the walls of the Carmine, between the streets of the village! Returning through these tales and symbolic geolocalizations these particular boundaries, Pursing of the "titles" or symbolic stick stickers on the walls of the palaces, between the streets of the medieval nucleus is an operation that symbolically re-enacts buried episodes and forgotten tames ... ..In the so-called seaside village among the humble houses or the ancient palaces of civilians, between churches and buildings inhabited by monks / nuns. In the building next to the church of Sant 'Andrea, turned into a prison how many violences were consumed?
In this way, we will perform a performance in which we will reactivate one of these criminal incidents, now forgotten, which took place in Barletta.
The episodes we will mention are:
1) The massacre of the Terlizzesi occurred on 10 January 1899 near the disappearance "Porta Nuova", where the two brothers Baldassare da Terlizzi lost their lives
2) Aggression to the Evangelical Community in March 1866 that cost the lives of 4 people, of which only one of evangelical faith occurred near Via del Pesce.

Schedule
14:30 Piazza Aldo Moro: Talk on Baldassare da Terlizzi murders
15.15 Walk around walls
16:00 Via Fieramosca: Talk "Le porte del morto".
16:30 Walk onto Via San Giorgio
17:30 Via Nazareth: Performance: 1866 the massacre of the Evangelists
18:30 Finish at a nice spot in the old town.

Participants are asked to bring flowers to be placed along the path.
For more details and to attend, please find details on the Event Poster.
Organised by Bernado Bruno (blog)

3pm Utrecht, the Netherlands: The Lazy End

The ancient Terminalia festival is particularly meaningful for the city of Utrecht, where ancient Romans once built a military fort on what is now the Domplein, marking the northernmost border of their vast empire.
Starting at that very real Terminus (a God represented by a temporal or spatial boundary marker), this open participative walk will take us southwards to one of the city's storied streets - the Gansstraat. This street, bordered by a prison on one end and a cemetery on the other, is popularly known by its nickname The Lazy End, where "on one side they sit [captive], and on the other they lie." While walking down to The Lazy End, we will playfully explore Utrecht's many identities as a 'center' or 'boundary' and dwell on the notion of ending in life and times.
Depending on weather conditions, we may indulge in a brief lie-in at the cemetery before the group returns to the city center for Terminalia Bacchanalia in a bar near het Ledig Erf.

This walk is organized by Ienke Kastelein and Witold van Ratingen.
Starting point: by the passage underneath the Domkerk. 15.00.
For more details including the full schedule of the day please visit the Het Luie End - Terminalia Festival Walk event page on Facebook.

4pm Leeds: Beating the Bounds - Circular walk around medieval boundary of Leeds

Leeds - Beating the Bounds. Bring treats to share, flowers to leave and drinks to keep you warm! With events, interventions, and special performances from local artists.
We will be walking in an anti-clockwise direction around the city, visiting the ancient boundary stone markers that defined the medieval boundaries of the city. Traditionally, feasting and sacrifices were performed during Terminalia at boundary markers, and we will do the same with things like poetry, cake, flowers or a drink! The boundary markers around Leeds are called bars (gates, possibly that barred off an entrance) and mark the borders where the city ended and the countryside began. Most are recorded and some still exist.
This year as we will be walking during the day we will be able to see the Burley Bar Stone which is inside a bank!
(Check out the previous years pages to see what has happened before)

Beating the Bounds: Additional Interventions and Performances

* 'Out of It! Post-urban Desire Lines'. Edgeogs (Simon Bradley & Ursula Troche) will perform untidled voyages from the inner reaches to the outer reaches.

* Anzir Boodoo will perform a traditional Roman blessing at a suitable spot along the walk (bus or train terminus) - possibly including an invocation to a Roman river god!

* Wesley Perriman will stage an intervention very close to the East Bar stone.

Attend

Meet at 3.45 at the North Bar pub on New Briggate. We will leave on the dot at 4pm. The walk usually takes between 2 and 3 hours.
Bring flowers to lay and drinks and treats to share.


Other associated events.

Patrick S Ford, Vietnam. Saigon Citadel Walk

Patrick will be conducting a walk in District 1 of the city, accompanied by a fellow walker - Nina Yiu Lai Lei - and they shall circumnavigate the site of a previous citadel that was destroyed in 1859. Patrick has plotted the location and worked out a route that would follow the line of the original outer walls of the citadel, recording the walk with photographs, sound recordings, ambient colours. More details on Patricks's blog, 33 Temple

About


Psychogeography

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!


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