News/March 2021

Photo: Alex Kershaw


We’re excited to announce that Rider Spoke will be shown at a number of amazing places over the coming spring and summer months. Come back here or visit the Rider Spoke project page for new dates as they are added.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival: 27-29 May

Experience Norwich like never before as you cycle through the city streets at golden hour.

101 Outdoor Arts, Newbury: 4-6 June

Bookings now on for Corn Exchange, Newbury.


About Rider Spoke

Cycle through the streets, searching for the perfect place to hide a secret. Ride on and the voices of strangers will draw you to new and unknown places.

Rider Spoke invites you on a ride guided by a smartphone app with a narrator and a delicate score by Blanket. Think about the people in your life while you search for hiding places. Record messages and share them with strangers you will never meet. To cycle alone, in the evening, with no particular destination offers a rare freedom.

Rider Spoke premiered with a sold-out season at the Barbican in London and has since been shown in 20 cities worldwide.


We have tested Rider Spoke for use by audiences with diverse access needs. We welcome you to take part on your bicycle, wheelchair, mobility scooter, alternative cycle or on foot. We also offer some access technologies, suggested routes and additional assistance – including a free ticket for your carer or buddy – on request. Please read our Access FAQs to find out more and contact Brighton Festival Box Office (01273 709709) to book a ticket with additional assistance.


Rider Spoke was first shown at the Barbican in London in October 2007 and has subsequently been presented in Adelaide, Athens, Brighton, Bristol, Budapest, Cambridge, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Falmouth, Kupio, Leeds, Linz, Liverpool, Madrid, Sydney and Terni.

Rider Spoke was developed in collaboration with the Mixed Reality Lab at University of Nottingham, Sony Net Services and the Fraunhofer Institute as part of the European research project IPerG (Integrated Project on Pervasive Gaming).

Rider Spoke at Brighton Festival is supported by BTN Bikeshare.