CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle – I Have a Dream Walk (Rights and Equality)

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Saturday April 18th 2015
11.45am – 4pm

Start: Tate Modern (outside The Turbine Hall entrance), Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Ends: Walworth
Cost: free/voluntary donation
This month the Largactyl Shuffle will look at Rights and Equality in the ‘I Have a Dream Walk’
The guided walk will include talks about the campaign to abolish the slave trade, civil rights, the state of the NHS, homelessness, and will end at the Aylesbury Estate with a talk about the current housing crisis.

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle is a guided, stigma-busting cultural walk, designed to encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history.

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle is a guided, stigma-busting cultural walk, designed to encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history.
The walk is suitable for all levels of walking and is accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities. Join us for as long or as little as you like.

The walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443 if you cannot find the walking group on the day.


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Largactyl Shuffle Walk Dates 2015-2016


Largactyl Shuffle

Are you interested in London’s hidden stories? Then CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle is for you! Join us on our fun guided cultural walks for mental and physical wellbeing.
Each month the walk explores a different theme, through intriguing talks on local history, arts and health. You can learn new things, make friends, get fit and have fun!

 The Largactyl Midnight WalkShuffle has been running since 2006 and is named after the oldest anti-psychotic drug, Largactil, that can have extreme physical side effects including a distinctive shambolic gait, or ‘shuffling’. The walks are researched and led by our Largactyl Shuffle volunteer group who meet weekly to plan the walks.

Walks happen on the third Saturday of each month and last approximately 4 hours.

Walks are family friendly and inclusive and are suitable for people of all abilities including wheelchair users. You can join us for half an hour, half a mile or the full distance of 4.8 miles.

Walks usually start from outside the main entrance of Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ OR from outside the Turbine Hall entrance of Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG.

Upcoming Walkscooltan-arts-largactyl-shuffle

March 21st 2013 –Women’s Day Walk
Tate – Waterloo

April 18th 2015 – Rights and Equality Walk
Tate– Walworth

May 16th 2015 – Pagan Walk
Tate Modern  –  Camberwell

June 20th 2015 –Midnight Walk
Tate – Maudsley

July 18th 2015 – Garden Walk: Green Cuisine
Maudsley– Myatts Fields

August 15th 2015 – Be a Good Sport Walk
Tate Modern– Bermondsey

September 19th 2015 – Black Heritage Walk
Maudsley – Peckham

October 10th 2015 – Sponsored Walk
Maudsley – Southbank

November  21st 2015 – Mysteries Walk
Maudsley – TBC
11:45am – 4pm

December 19th 2015 – Urban Landscape Walk
Tate Modern – TBC
11:45am – 4pm

January 16th 2016 – Barking Mad Walk
Maudsley – Burgess Park
11:45am – 4pm

Feb 21st 2015 – LGBT History & Performance Walk
Camberwell Green – Vauxhall

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle – LGBT History Walk

On Saturday, 21st February  CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle celebrated LGBT History Month with a fun guided walk from Camberwell to Vauxhall.

The walk focused on Southwark’s rich Queer history interlaced with tales of momentous local Drag pubs and Camberwell’s lost music halls. Here are some photos of the day:

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Largactyl Shuffle Flash Mob at the V&A

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On Friday 21st November 2014 CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle took part in the #ExpressYourself event at the V&A Museum with a flash mob protest about mental health.

Check out a video of the event online here:

Volunteer Serena Ruffoni was there and wrote the following review:

A CoolTan Arts gang performed a mighty flash mob at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Friday 21st November. I was there to participate and I’ll tell you how it went.

I’ve never participated in a flash mob, I’ve just been told to show up at the V&A at 18.30 so here I am. Among the elegant, hipster crowds, I immediately spot a group of people hanging around with an air of suspicion, hiding placards and materials behind their backs.. It was them of course. A few directions, discussions, and organizations from Lou and Genevieve, and we are set to go.

The aim is to attract people’s attention on the issues people with a history of mental distress experience, mainly isolation, social stigma and prejudice. And we’re going to do it in style! We are equipped with colourful placards, leaflet, banners, and we are prepared to make noise!! For added dramatic effect, we have our drummer who’s eager to be as loud as possible to make us heard.

Around 19.00 people here are quietly watching the exhibition, glass in hand, chatting. They don’t expect what’s going to happen…And then, suddenly, the music stops. Boom!!
The drum sets off while four of us make a real mess with whistles and bells. The audience stops chatting, as their attention is drawn to a group of people standing still on the balcony’s hall. What they see is one of our group, with her mouth shut my tape, showing a series of banners reciting “DO I LOOK MENTAL TO YOU?”


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Largactyl Shuffle Literary Walk – A Review

literary walkOn Saturday 15th November 2014 CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle led a guided Literary Walk from Denmark Hill to Peckham Rye. The walk commemorated William Blake’s birthday and stopped for talks celebrating South London’s literary world, looking at novelists, poets and scriptwriters with connections to the area. These included the painter, poet and printmaker William Blake, the poets Dylan Thomas and Robert Browning and Victorian crime fiction. Photography by Jonathon Vines

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