Walking with Ghosts returned to Folkestone in November 2023. Around 3000 people joined us for this powerful immersive art experience which explores the legacy of war in Folkestone using film, music, poetry and personal accounts.
If you experienced Walking with Ghosts, we would be grateful if you could take a moment to share your feedback and reflections by clicking here.
We are now working with the Harbour Arm company and local community groups to explore how Walking with Ghosts might become part of an annual moment of remembrance at the Harbour Arm. Your feedback will shape the future of remembrance in Folkestone.
Walking with Ghosts 2023
Walking with Ghosts 2022
About Walking with Ghosts
Walking with Ghosts was developed in collaboration with local artists, community groups, schools and arts organisations. It is part of the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund, a national programme of 22 artist commissions inspired by the heritage of conflict and created in partnership with Imperial War Museums and 14-18 NOW, the official UK arts programme for the First World War centenary. The Gateways Partnership is based in the School of Arts and School of History at the University of Kent.
Walking with Ghosts was developed in 2022 in partnership with artists, community groups, schools and arts organisations. It is part of the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund, a national programme of 22 artist commissions inspired by the heritage of conflict and created in partnership with Imperial War Museums and 14-18 NOW, the official UK arts programme for the First World War centenary. It premiered as an 84-hour immersive multimedia artwork at Folkestone Harbour Arm Station. It returns for Remembrance Weekend 2023 and can be seen on 11 and 12 November between 3.30 and 11pm.
The artwork is inspired by, and uses, original film footage from the First World War, as well as photographs, artworks, poetry, letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, and testimony on war and its impact from 1914 to the present. These come together to create the immersive experience including an original soundscape inspired by the site and a recreation of the 'ghostly army' who marched through Folkestone from 1914. Everything you see and hear in the artwork is taken directly from original sources. The original score, which plays throughout and accompanies the images and voices, was inspired by these historic sources and by the sounds and sights of Folkestone Harbour and its historic station.