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The Midnight Run is a walking, arts-filled, night-time cultural journey through a city. It gathers strangers and local artists/activists to explore, play and create whilst the city sleeps.

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Future & Past

Upcoming and archive of events.

The WISE WORDS Midnight Run
May
6
May 7

The WISE WORDS Midnight Run

  • Greyfriars Gardens

THE WISE WORDS MIDNIGHT RUN.

To become a Midnight Runner is to return to simplicity, to entertain without entertainment, to trust in community and conversation, to rediscover our essential creative selves, to move through the city as a child moves through a maze – with adventure, curiosity and play.

For Wise Words 2017 this Midnight Run, in partnership with The Marlowe Theatre, will explore Canterbury at night.

Wise Words Aims to inspire wonder and encourage curiosity through offering innovative and often unexpected encounters with poetry and storytelling.

Wise Words Festival takes place from 28th April to 7th May in the stunning Secret Garden, a unique and magical site just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Canterbury’s busy high street. The festival offers 10 days of thought provoking talks, walks, performances, workshops, music and poetry. 

Join in on Wise Words Festival's Midnight Run on Saturday 6th May at 7pm.


 

FEATURED ARTISTS.

Facilitated by award winning poet, tutor and Midnight Runner, Andy Craven-Griffths

More artists announcing soon!


 

How to join The WISE WORDS Midnight Run

Tickets can be bought online or at the Marlowe Box Office.

 


PIAF 2017 Midnight Run
Mar
3
Mar 4

PIAF 2017 Midnight Run

  • Perth Australia

PIAF 2017 MIDNIGHT RUN.

Join the The Midnight Run and explore the streets of Perth as part of Perth International Arts Festival 2017

Inua Ellams teams up with Western Australia’s own playful theatre innovators, The Last Great Hunt, to create an interactive tour of discovery.

To become a Midnight Runner™ is to return to simplicity, to be entertained by real experiences of the city you never knew existed. Trust in your fellow travellers and the art of conversation to move through the city as a child moves through a maze – with natural play and wonderment.

Read more from Chris Isaacs of The Last Great Hunt about the collaboration


 

FEATURED ARTISTS.

Inua Ellams

More coming soon!
 


How to join The PIAF2017 Run? 

All Tickets $36

Please note: The ballot for tickets to The Midnight Run has now closed. If you have been successful in securing your ticket you will be notified by Friday 13 January. For any queries, please contact PIAF box office on 6488 5555 or boxoffice@perthfestival.com.au.

Aug
21
12:00 pm12:00

The Floating Cinema Midday Run

To date, there has only been one ever midday run, in Bristol, circa 2015. However, due to overwhelming requests for a more family-friendly Midnight Runs, we are developing and creating Midday Runs. Similar structures and formats as Midnight Runs, but during the day!

Commissioned by Up Projects and Floating Cinema, and led by the incredible Kit Caless, this event explores Hackney "from the wick to the wilderness" as a new financial hub. We will be discussing and exploring all things financial, all things money, in typical MNR interactive, artistic and inventive fashion.

Gathering strangers, local artists and activists to explore, play and create whilst the city has a Sunday snooze, this specially designed one-off event responds to London’s increasingly precarious status as a financial hub. Expect artists, outdoor games, friendly strangers and a new perspective on money matters. The walk will start and end at The Floating Cinema, East Bay Lane - A ten min walk from Hackney Wick overground, London

Bring comfortable shoes and expect to travel by foot between each artist-led activity.

Tickets: £12. Concessions: £10.50.
Purchase from here and see you there!

Aug
19
5:45 pm17:45

The Luton Midnight Run

  • Hat Factory

Facilitated by Vicky Wright, this event celebrates the artistic and cultural heritage of a part of the country popularly associated with the airport... but it is a hot-bed of raw talent, creativity and vitality. 

Artists on the night are: Painter: Sophie Gresswell, Arts facilitator: Fiona Martin, Musician: John Leckey, Storyteller: Hannah Kelly and Dancers: Adeyinka Akinrinade & Charity Muiruri.

Tickets Cost: £20/£15

Dress code: Comfortable shoes + sweater/jacket for the night! // Meeting Point: 5.45pm, outside The Hat Factory. At 6pm we will leave, so it’s important to be punctual! Bring With You: Money for food & drink (about £5 to pick up a snack along the way) // your favourite song on a phone or ipod, with a set of headphones // an old newspaper // an old empty bottle of water // an umbrella or waterproof if rain is a possibility // a healthy sense of adventure!

To purchase tickets, and for more info, please see Revoluton Arts.
 

The Balham Literary Festival
Jun
4
5:30 pm17:30

The Balham Literary Festival

Commissioned by the Balham Literary Festival, this Midnight Run is walking writing workshop, exploring literary history and talking points from Balham to Brixton. The event begins at 17:30 and finishes at midnight.

More info here.

The Wandsworth Fringe Festival Midnight Run
May
14
6:00 pm18:00

The Wandsworth Fringe Festival Midnight Run

  • Battersea Barge London

Healthy sense of adventure? Seeking experiences beyond the mainstream? Join The Midnight Run and explore the streets of London while the city sleeps!

The Wandsworth Fringe Midnight Run is a night-time, arts-filled, site-responsive walking tour through Nine Elms and beyond from 6pm to midnight.

The Midnight Run experience slows urban life to talking, playing and creating within various urban spaces. Because the event is for one night only with strangers, participants are afforded anonymity and can attend without any danger of judgement or consequence. By inviting artists of diverse practices to share their work, we encourage participants to step out of comfort zones and exercise their creative muscle. By inviting local artists who inform the route, we ensure what is experienced on the night is specific and true to the locality, the inhabitants and their environment.

The ground-breaking idea behind the Midnight Run is a return to simplicity, to entertain without entertainment, to trust in community and conversation, to rediscover our essential creative selves. 

This Midnight Run is facilitated by live artist and comedian Jonna Nummela.

Time: 17:45 pm | Tickets: £12.00 + £1.20 booking fee. Buy from here. | Further details: Here.

The Paris Midnight Run
Sep
12
Sep 13

The Paris Midnight Run

The Paris Midnight Run.

To celebrate 10 years of growing success, this Midnight Run falls under our ‘Light2015’ European tour featuring events in Rome, Madrid, Berlin, Paris and London. We are part of UNESCO’s (the intellectual strand of the United Nations) global International Year of Light series of events, and are raising funds to support Liter of Light– a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring eco-friendly solar bottle-bulbs to communities living in darkness. 50% of funds raised from tickets sold will go to lighting a women’s centre in Pikine, a village in Senegal.


FEATURED ARTISTS/ACTIVIST.

Kévi Donat. Tour Guide at Le Paris Noir.
Ulysse Mars. Singer/Songwriter.
Marie Bé. Journalist and Playwright.
Lola Peploe. Actress & Filmmaker.
Natalî Blanco. Photographer, Filmmaker.

LOCAL PARTNERS:

Shakespeare & Co
Le Comptoir Général
The Waxman Brothers. 

Facilitated by Inua Ellams and Andy Craven-Griffiths.


How to join The #MNRParis?
Buy your tickets: €20.00 (early bird) and €30.00* on Eventbrite. NOTE: the event is open to only 35 participants so reserve your ticktes quickly! Your €20/€30 will cover Midnight Run exclusive: Books, Pens, Stickers, Pins and above all, a donation to Litre of Light for the women's refuge in Senegal. // WE ARE ON FACEBOOK: here

DRESS CODE: Comfortable shoes + sweater/jacket for the night! // MEETING POINT Saturday 12 Sept 2015, 17.45, outside Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France. At 18.00 we will leave, so it’s important to be punctual! // BRING WITH YOU: Money for food and drink and a healthy sense of Adventure! // 

More details coming Soon!

The Berlin Midnight Run
Aug
15
Aug 16

The Berlin Midnight Run

  • Berlin Germany

The Berlin Midnight Run.

To celebrate 10 years of growing success, this Midnight Run falls under our ‘Light2015’ European tour featuring events in Rome, Madrid, Berlin, Paris and London. We are part of UNESCO’s (the intellectual strand of the United Nations) global International Year of Light series of events, and are raising funds to support Liter of Light– a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring eco-friendly solar bottle-bulbs to communities living in darkness. 50% of funds raised from tickets sold will go to lighting a women’s centre in Pikine, a village in Senegal.


Featured Artists.

Teija Vaittinen. Actress & drama teacher
Maria Olivieri. Poet & Cabaret Performer.
Dario Jacopo Laganà. Photojournalist.
Amelia Umuhire. Filmmaker.
Aida Bresoli & Tom McLean. Photographer & Drawing coach. 
 

Local Partners.

San Miguel Beer.
Bar Raval: Lübbener Str. 1, Kreuzberg.
Avantgardenlife: a herb sensory experience by Tash.
Barettino: Reuterstraße 59 in Neukölln.


How to join The #MNRberlin? 
Buy your tickets: €20.00 (early bird) and €30.00* on Eventbrite. NOTE: the event is open to only 35 participants so reserve your ticktes quickly! Your €20/€30 will cover Midnight Run exclusive: Books, Pens, Stickers, Pins and above all, a donation to Litre of Light for the women's refuge in Senegal. // WE ARE ON FACEBOOK: here

DRESS CODE: Comfortable shoes + sweater/jacket for the night! // MEETING POINT: Saturday 15 August 2015, 17.45. At Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien (Mariannenplatz 2). At 18.00 we will leave, so it’s important to be punctual! // San Miguel will be providing food and documenting the Midnight Run Dinner Experience. Do not be camera shy! // BRING WITH YOU: Money for food and drink and a healthy sense of Adventure! // 

Facilitated by Founder of the Midnight Run, award winning artists: Inua Ellams.
More details coming Soon!

The Epic London Midnight Run
Jul
18
Jul 19

The Epic London Midnight Run

  • London England

The London Midnight Run.

To celebrate 10 years of growing success, this Midnight Run falls under our ‘Light2015’ European tour featuring events in Rome, Madrid, Berlin, Paris and London. We are part of UNESCO’s (the intellectual strand of the United Nations) global International Year of Light series of events, and are raising funds to support Liter of Light– a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring eco-friendly solar bottle-bulbs to communities living in darkness. 50% of funds raised from tickets sold will go to lighting a women’s centre in Pikine, a village in Senegal.

The Midnight Run began in London and under this strand of events, we are creating a Mega Midnight Run. For the first time where, there will be FOUR SIMULTANEOUS events starting in North, South, East and West London and working with four incredible arts organisations.

The Albany Midnight Run supported by Apples & Snakes and Spread the Word.
Facilitated by Jonna Nummela

The Almeida Midnight Run
Facilitated Kit Caless

The Bush Theatre Midnight Run
Facilitated 
Imogen Butler-Cole

The Roundhouse Midnight Run
Facilitated Eleanor Fogg.

Tickets on sale now from each venue's box office.
Tickets are not interchangeable between venues. 

Sign up to the mailing list to keep up to date
 

The Ipswich Midnight Run
Jul
3
5:45 pm17:45

The Ipswich Midnight Run

The First ever Ipswich Midnight Run: 

A walking, arts and culture-inspired journey like no other, The IPSWICH Midnight Run is a unique opportunity to discover iconic spaces and explore different art forms while walking and talking. Join performance poet and adventurer Andy Craven-Griffiths and artists from a range of disciplines to experience the Town in a new light. For full information visit:
www.ip-lit.co.uk or www.ip-art.com or contact us.

Tickets £12 or £18 with a light bite.
Booking: Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St Stephen’s Lane.
Mon-Sat 9am-4.30pm. Tel: 01473 258070 or email: tourist@ipswich.gov.uk.

VIDEO: Freddie Ward
PHOTOGRAPHY: Hannah Maynard
ROPE MAKER: Des Pawson
POET: Andy Bennett
DRAWING: David Baldry

Facilitated by Andy Craven Griffth

The Madrid Midnight Run
Jun
20
Jun 21

The Madrid Midnight Run

  • Madrid Spain

The Madrid Midnight Run.

To celebrate 10 years of growing success, this Midnight Run falls under our ‘Light2015’ European tour featuring events in Rome, Madrid, Berlin, Paris and London. We are part of UNESCO’s (the intellectual strand of the United Nations) global International Year of Light series of events, and are raising funds to support Liter of Light– a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring eco-friendly solar bottle-bulbs to communities living in darkness. 50% of funds raised from tickets sold will go to lighting a women’s centre in Pikine, a village in Senegal. A year after the first edition in the Spanish capital city (see PHOTOS & VIDEO), The MNR returns to Madrid – this time hosted by “Estación21” festival thanks to Chulapa Flow Productions.

HOW to JOIN The #MNRmadrid?

Sign up on Facebook and buy your ticket (30€) * on Eventbrite. For further information, email to: themidnightrun@gmail.com. Or call: +39 366 9777735. NOTE: the event is open to 35 participants, hurry up! The ticket includes: MNR tour & ART performances + MNR items + Dinner + Drink + Breakfast + donation to “Liter of Light”.

MNR DRESS CODE: comfortable shoes + sweater/jacket for the night! MEETING POINT: Saturday 20 June 2015, 17.45 @ KM 0 – Puerta del Sol, Madrid. At 17.45. We leave at 18:00, so be punctual!

LOCAL ARTISTS:

LOCAL PARTNERS:

  • Chulapa Flow Productionscultural organization, creator of “Estación21″ festival.
  • Free Eco-Tours Madrida way to know the city by meeting innovative and sustainable realities, especially in La Latina and Lavapiés.
  • Glissando: The unique Spanish guitar building school.
  • El Azul: From breakfast to dinner, a peaceful corner in Barrio de las Letras (Calle Fúcar 1).
  • El Cielo: the best from the market become delicious take-away food (Calle Fúcar 4).

Facilitated by Inua Ellams. Come with us!

The Paris Midnight Run
Jun
12
5:45 pm17:45

The Paris Midnight Run

  • Maison de la Poesie

The 12th of June will see the first ever Paris Midnight Run! Commissioned by Maison de la Poésie (MdlP) under their Tandem project, this event will focus on a Paris-London relationship; on the relationship between the two cities. The ‘Mini’ Midnight Run - from 6pm to midnight - will work exclusively with Paris based London artists and that activities, following MdlP's mandate will have a strong literary focus. Tickets available from here. The artists are:

Facilitator - Inua Ellams.
Poet - Pascal Petit - www.pascalepetit.co.uk
Novelist - Adam Biles - www.adambiles.com
Photographer - Edouard Burgeat - www.edouardburgeat.com
Guide & Vocalist - Melody David - www.melodymeets.com
Actress - Lola Peploe

Partners:
Shakespeare & Co.
Facilitated by Inua Ellams

 

The Last Word Midnight Run
May
29
5:45 pm17:45

The Last Word Midnight Run

Commissioned as part of The Roundhouse's Last Word Festival, this six-hour MNR will focus on celebrating poetry and spoken word, and will serve as a taster to the Summer Mega Midnight Run event. Tickets cost £12:50 and are available directly from the Roundhouse here. The artists are:

Poet: Keith Jarret - http://zoneonetosix.blogspot.co.uk
Photographer: Wayne Thomas - www.waynethomas.co.uk
Singer Theatre Maker: Rhys Cook - www.oberonwhite.com
Musician: Eden Roxx - www.soundcloud.com/edenroxx
Filmmaker: Stuart Sutton.

Facilitated by Inua Ellams

 

The Roma Midnight Run
May
23
May 24

The Roma Midnight Run

The Roma Midnight Run.

To celebrate 10 years of growing success, this Midnight Run falls under our ‘Light2015’ European tour featuring events in Rome, Madrid, Berlin, Paris and London. We are part of UNESCO’s (the intellectual strand of the United Nations) global International Year of Light series of events, and are raising funds to support Liter of Light– a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring eco-friendly solar bottle-bulbs to communities living in darkness. 50% of funds raised from tickets sold will go to lighting a women’s centre in Pikine, a village in Senegal.

Detailed information on local artists, starting points, price, partners and features and tickets can be found here. This event will be Facilitated by the founder, Inua Ellams.

The Midnight Meet Up.
Mar
18
7:30 pm19:30

The Midnight Meet Up.

  • Southbank Centre

After Over 600 midnight runners, 130 artists, 7 cities and 4 countries, this year, THE MIDNIGHT RUN turns ten years old! The simple concept of walking, talking and exploring a city with 35 or so strangers, led by 5 artists, has quietly grown into a grassroots international movement, on the verge of going global. 

To celebrate our 10th birthday we’d like to invite past MNRunners and artists to meet, screen our favourite event highlights, share some special memories, give informal feedback on past events, share exciting plans we have coming up this summer and explain various ways of getting involved!

We will have:  Interactive workshop taster intro to Midnight Run activities, official announcement about 2015's 10 year anniversary European events, more in depth news about London's events, featured speakers sharing memories: Previous MNR contributing artist, & MNR attendee and finish with drinks and chit chat. Book your tickets from here: https://eventbrite.com/event/16066280678/

The London Midnight Run
Aug
16
Aug 17

The London Midnight Run

The London Midnight Run in collaborations with People Brands Events and by Vita Coco. Facilitated by Inua Ellams.

Artists:
Poet - Andy craven-griffiths
Musician - TJ Owusu
TaiChi - Amaia Arbizu
Photographer - Oliver Holms
Filmmakers - Michael & Katie Garrett

The Madrid Midnight Run
Jul
26
Jul 27

The Madrid Midnight Run

The Madrid Midnight Run, in collaboration with CCT. Facilitated by Eleanor Mazzoni-Wagner. More details: Here

STREET ARTIST - Ciril Vidal
POET, SONGWRITER & GUITARIST - Paco Cifuentes
VIDEOMAKERS - Stefano Caprile & Alejandra Cano
PHOTOGRAPHER - Pasquale Caprile  (Lomography Ambassador Spain)
+ SURPRISE GUEST: Rozalén (SINGER)

The Mini Christmas Midnight Run
Dec
6
5:45 pm17:45

The Mini Christmas Midnight Run

  • Southbank Centre

Commissioned by Southbank Centre, This Midnight Run celebrates the spirit of giving and the and the wintry time of year. Wrap up warm! Tickets here . Special thanks to Afia Yeboah.

Artists:
Poet - Andy  craven-griffiths
Light painter - Michael  Petiafo
Photographer - yemisi  Blake
Film Maker - Katie  Garrett
Music Leader - Rahel  Debebe - Dessalegne

The Radar Festival Mini Midnight Run.
Nov
15
5:45 pm17:45

The Radar Festival Mini Midnight Run.

Commissioned by Bush Theatre as part of the Radar Festival. Tickets available here.

Artists:
Filmmaker / Nathan David Bryon
Poet / Yrsa Daley-Ward
Photographer / Yasmin Akim
Theatre / Jamie Rocha Allan
Historian / Rudy Perkins

The Spoke WaterWalk Mini Midnight Run
Oct
4
5:45 pm17:45

The Spoke WaterWalk Mini Midnight Run

  • Hackney Town Hall

The Spoke Water Walk Midnight Run was developed in partnership with: A New Direction, Apples and Snakes and Spread the Word. Tickets from here

Featured Artists:
Poet: Raymond Antrobus
Film maker: Michael Garrett
Photgrapher: Giordano Di Pino-Forino
Musician: Alex Mills

The Ideas Tap Midnight Run
Aug
16
Aug 17

The Ideas Tap Midnight Run

The Ideas Tap Midnight Run. In collaboration with Ideas Tap and PUMA. Facilitated by Inua Ellams.

Artists:
Filmmaker - Ben  Garfield
Light painter - Michael  Petiafo
Storyteller - Gemma O'Meara 
Tai chi master - Amaia  Arbizu 
Photographer  - Sonia  Sharma

The Superhero Midnight Run.
Jun
13
Jun 14

The Superhero Midnight Run.

Commissioned by poet Nick Makoha, This Midnight Run was designed to celebrate themes from his play 'My father and other superhero.' Facilitated by Inua Ellams. More details here.

Artists:
Musician: Randolph Matthews
Poet: Nick Makoha
Photographer: Wayne Thomas
Illustrator: Ada Jusic & Arianna Corradi

The Barcelona Midnight Run
Jun
8
Jun 9

The Barcelona Midnight Run

  • Barcelona Spain

The Barcelona Midnight Run. Facilitated by Inua Ellams, in collaboration with CCT. More details here.

Artists:
Dancer - Sheila Ruiz
Storyteller - Tania Muñoz
Artists - Mono & Peca
Artist - Maxó Rennella
MUSICIANS - Wiggum
photographer - Jonathan Edery
Videomakers- Emmanuelle Martin 
             + Ismael Guillermo Ordaz Reyes

The Islington Word Festival Midnight Run
May
18
May 19

The Islington Word Festival Midnight Run

The Islington Word Festival Midnight Run, Commissioned by The Islington Word Festival: http://wordfestivalislington.co.uk. In collaboration with Spread The Word: http://www.spreadtheword.org.uk for further details, prices and ticket information, go here

ARTISTS:
Poet - Jay Bernard
Illustrator -  Willa Gebbie
Theatre - Anne Tipton 
Photographer - Marita Pappa
Film Maker - Fergus Dingle

 

The Tate Modern Midnight Run
Sep
22
5:45 pm17:45

The Tate Modern Midnight Run

  • Tate Modern

Commissioned by the Merger Festival, The Tate Modern Midnight Run will celebrate communities in South London more details here.

Artists:
Musicians - Akinori Fujimoto & Mikey Kirkpatrick
Poet - Malika Booker
Writer - Christina Mbakwe
Theatre Maker - Mia Truelove
Photographer - Tommo Photo

Facilitator: Inua Ellams.

The Milan Midnight Run
Sep
15
Sep 16

The Milan Midnight Run

  • Milano

The Milano (Mila) Midnight Run, the second international was created in collaboration with CCT. Special thanks to Eleanor Mazzoni-Wagner. Further details here.

Artists:
Painter - Daniel Nicolas Schiraldi
Parkour -  Milan Monkeys
Musicians - Moscaburro
Photographer - Patric Alfred Haroldo 
Videomakers - Rosalba Russo & Federica Fichera

Guerrilla SPAM
+
Diego Mancino

The Firenze Midnight Run
Sep
8
Sep 9

The Firenze Midnight Run

The Firenze (Florence) Midnight Run, the first ever, was created in collaboration with CCT. Special thanks to Eleanor Mazzoni-Wagner. Further details here.

Artists:
Street Artist - Clet Abraham
Parkour - Parkour Firenze 
Musicians - Many Track Minds
Photographer - Patric Alfred Haroldo
Videomaker - Guido Baroncelli

Guerrilla SPAM
MEP (Movimento Emancipazione Poesia)
Evi Reci
+
Riccardo Onori & Francesco Vieri

The London Midnight Run
Aug
18
Aug 19

The London Midnight Run

The London Midnight Run was created in partnership with The Royal society of arts and Kings College. Thanks to: Georgina Chatfield and Jocelyn Cunningham. Facilitated by Inua Ellams.

Artists:
Filmmaker - Edwin  Mingard
Photographer - Folaju  oyegbesan
Singer - Tanya  Wells 
Writer - Sarah  lester 
Poet - Nick  Makoha
Academic - Simon  Tanner 
Activist - David Slater

The Pelourinho Festival Academy Midnight Run
Jul
19
Jul 20

The Pelourinho Festival Academy Midnight Run

  • Southbank Centre

The Pelourinho Festival Academy Midnight Run was commissioned by the Southbank Centre in response to Rio Occupation. It was created specifically for a selection of delegates from Pelourinho in Brazil. Special thanks to Jessica Santer, Yemisi Blake and Allegra Winton at Puma Entertainment.

Facilitated by Inua Ellams.

Artists:
Filmmaker - Zainab Adamu
Photographer - Charlotte Mayhew
Singer - Luzmira Zerpa 
percussionist - Skanda Sabbagh 
Dancer - Patricia Rosa