Artist Ian Giles and Open Ramble East are organising walks with LGBTQI+ people throughout the East of England during 2019 as part of New Geographies. The rambling walks will move from urban centres out in to more rural spaces. They are an opportunity for LGBTQI+ individuals to socialise and collectively claim space. After each walk there will be a social event with food and music. As part of his research Ian has been meeting with members of the Gay Outdoor Club a membership led walking group founded in the 1970s. He has also been exploring queer sites and histories across the East.
Ian is organising public meetings in Colchester [16th Feb] - Fistsite, Cambridge [22nd Feb] - Ketlles Yard, Norwich [23rd Feb] - Outpost or Great Yarmouth [24th Feb] - Originalprojects.
The meetings are opportunities to share local LGBTQI+ knowledge, histories and connections. It is a chance for interested locals to help plan queer walking routes in each location, happening in spring 2019 and to suggest formats for a post-walk social event.
These events are free, all LGBTQI+ people, friends and families are welcome. Booking is recommended (seehttps://www.facebook.com/OpenRambleEast/ for further details.
Rainbow Flag flies in Great Yarmouth. The design originally created by Gilbert Baker in 1978. Image © Ian Giles