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Join us for the official opening of A Mile in My Shoes!

A Mile in My Shoes - Winternachten 2022 - fotograaf: Empathy Museum
A Mile in My Shoes - Winternachten 2022 - fotograaf: Empathy Museum

Thursday 9 June 2022, 10.00 am - with music, coffee and Director OCW The Hague Korrie Louwes

Especially for the 27th edition of Winternachten international literature festival (the summer edition), art project A Mile in My Shoes, by the British artist Clare Patey (Empathy Museum), comes to the Spuiplein in The Hague. In this interactive 'shoe box', visitors can exchange their own shoes for those of a known or unknown fellow human being. During a short walk they hear the life story of the owner of the shoes through headphones. An ode to empathy!

Festive opening
The 'shoe box' on the Spuiplein will be festively opened on Thursday morning, June 9 at 10.00 am, in the presence of Alderman Robert van Asten, press, and some of the storytellers who belong to the shoes. Korrie Louwes will explain why she thinks this is such an important art project and she has the honour to be the first one to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. Further, there are performances by singer-songwriter Estatilia Brinkman, singer Diamanto Christoforidou and clarinetist Georgia Siama. All visitors will have the opportunity to try out A Mile in My Shoes and choose a pair of shoes in their own size, with an accompanying story. Everyone is cordially invited to this festive moment!

About A Mile in My Shoes
A Mile in My Shoes was previously shown in among others London, São Paulo, New York, Riga, Denver, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, and now comes for the first time to the Netherlands. Especially for Winternachten many Dutch and unique stories from The Hague were added to the 'shoebox'. Festival De Betovering also makes an important contribution: they made it possible that there are stories by and for children too.

Opening hours
A Mile in My Shoes Spuiplein
Thursday, June 9 through Wednesday, June 15: 12:00-18:00
Thursday, June 16-Saturday, June 18: 12.00-20.30 hrs.
Sunday, June 19: 12.00-18.00 hours

A Mile in My Shoes in Zuiderparktheater
From June 22 through July 17 on Wednesday afternoons and in the weekend
On Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
On Saturdays and Sundays from 12.00-16.00 (closed on Sunday 26 June)

Admission free and reservation not required

A production of
Writers Unlimited / Winternachten international literature festival The Hague
Clare Patey / Empathy Museum

In collaboration with
Zuiderparktheater The Hague
Festival De Betovering

A Mile in My Shoes is made possible by a contribution from the Dutch Foundation for Literature/Letterenfonds and the Municipality of The Hague.

Posted on: Wednesday 1 June 2022