In my footsteps

Curating the neighbourhood

GMT 12:26 Monday ,21 December 2015

 Migrant Voice - Curating the neighbourhood

Marion Vargaftig

Manifesta’s latest initiative In My Footsteps is an interaction between people and place, combining local history and Heritage with communal culture and personal identity. First piloted in London’s East End – Whitechapel, Limehouse and Poplar – it has engaged local residents, young and old, in living-heritage activities: unearthing, highlighting and celebrating fresh ‘takes’ on particular places that matter to them. Working with museums, local historians, community groups, and creative facilitators, participants from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds have become, in effect, ‘neighbourhood-curators'. They created their own trails - mini walking tours, guiding us through fascinating journeys of discovery, imaginatively weaving together personal stories and reminiscences with broader social history. The trails are now encapsulated on a free mobile App, so that others can explore them, virtually as well as for real.

For more information and to watch a 2.5 minute film click here and go to In My Footsteps website to check out the App. 


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