Walking Festival of Sound is a transdisciplinary event exploring the role of walking through and listening to our everyday surroundings. It combines a number of free and public events including walking performances, walking seminars and listening sessions, all taking place in diverse public spaces and online. Walking Festival of Sound facilitates a meeting point for the international network of practitioners and researchers interested in sound and walking. Through diverse events we explore how walking and listening practices can augment and challenge the way we perceive, navigate through, and care for our shared environments. In 2019 the festival took place in two cities, Stockholm, Sweden and Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. In April 2021, the festival moved to Krakow, Poland and Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2022, the festival visited Seoul, Korea and Vancouver, Canada. Zurich, Switzerland, is the festival's site in 2024.



The festival was founded and is directed by
Jacek Smolicki and Tim Shaw

The 2024 edition in Zurich is funded by Collegium Helveticum


Contact us by sending an email to info[at]wfos[dot]net

Follow us on twitter @walking_sound

Supported by: friendliness, conviviality, mutuality, and insubordinate forms of non-institutional attentiveness. Thanks to all participating artists. WFoS 2019 was funded by Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts. WFoS 2021 was funded by European Cultural Foundation's Culture of Solidarity Grant. WFoS 2022 is funded by Vancouver New Music and Arts Council Korea. The WFoS events are also facilitated thanks to Jacek Smolicki's postdoctoral artistic research funded by the Swedish Research Council between 2020-2023. WFoS 2024 is funded by The Collegium Helveticum, the joint Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) of ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, and the Zurich University of the Arts.