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.


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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.
Events that are private, solitary, online only or not open to all will be placed in a smaller "participations" section of the site.


2019 Events Saturday February 23rd

Afternoon: Leeds. Beating the Bounds

Leeds - Beating the Bounds - Circular walk around medieval boundary of Leeds. 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 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)

Meet at TBC, in afternoon (time tbc)

10.30: 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

TBC: Seasalter. 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.

Please contact elspethpenfold@yahoo.co.uk directly if interested . More info can be found on Thread and Word Facebook Page.
Details and times to be posted nearer the date.

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!


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