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City of Threads – a new 12-part immersive podcast series

Created by a team of visually impaired (V.I.) and sighted artists, collaborators and participants, City of Threads by PECo Theatre invites you on a journey into the city as experienced through the perspectives of its V.I. citizens, a place of sensory delights, navigational challenges, dangers and shared discoveries.

Each episode of the series will take you on journeys into the city, in the company of the V.I. travellers who took them, and immerse you in stories of love, loss, activism, community, resilience and friendship.

The podcast, launched on 25th of March 2021, will challenge assumptions, reveal new understandings and ultimately ask us to reimagine how our cities are working for us all.

The use of immersive sound design will transport you into the heart of the journey, enriching and transforming the listener's own perceptions of the city through felt experience.

The very first episode called 'We're going in..' features Professor Ute Leonards from the University of Bristol as an expert commentator, discussing inclusive city design and what can be learnt from understanding more about V.I citizens experiences of navigating the city environment.

Ute's connection with PECo Theatre and the City of Threads podcast project stems back to 2019 from a research collaboration as part of an Arnolfini city fellowship Could this be the place? from which the source material and inspiration for the creation of City of Threads comes.

The fellowship was co-created by PECo Theatre’s Rachel Aspinwall and Holly Thomas, collaborating as a sighted and a V.I. artist, and was co-designed with a group of ten core collaborators from the V.I. community, in collaboration with Arnolfini, the Pervasive Media Studio and the University of Bristol. With the help of wearable technology to collect verbal accounts, physiological measures and GPS data, the fellowship’s aim was to unearth and make heard the usually unheard stories of V.I. citizens and uncover the impact of city design, services and culture on V.I. citizens’ experience of navigating and accessing the city.

To find out more and to subscribe go to: https://cityofthreads.podbean.com/

Created with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund