Monday, 17th May 2021

Special – 15.00 CET

Telling Stories with Immersive Sound

By Henning Schmitz (Sound engineer and Musician, Germany)

A big theme accompanying all my sound works is how to get the most possible attention from my listeners. How can I pull the listener’s perception into my story and let her feel immersive soundscapes. I would like to share a bit of my approach, using simple recording concepts, some mixing technics, and 3D audio technology tools. [Read more…]

Please listen with headphones

Meet t​​​​​​​he Maker – 16.00 CET

Discussion Group A

Group leader

Claudia Gschweitl (ORF, Austria)


Anatomy of Fear (Audioteka, Czech Republic)
Brit Jensen / Jiri Slavicinsky

The documentary called Coffee starts on board of a plane. A young man is sitting in his seat, excited to be finally on his way to Israel for the exchange studies, he has dreamed of. During the flight, however, something happens that changes not only his six months abroad, but perhaps the rest of his life. [Read more…]

This feature contains sexist, fascist and racist language.

Gardiens de la Paix (ARTE radio, France)
Ilham Maad

Alex, a member of a police escort unit in Rouen, France, discovers the existence of a private audio chat group on WhatsApp, which includes around ten of his teammates. Some are still police trainees, others, like him, have been police officers for more than 20 years. Intrigued by the presence of his own name in the chat messages, he discovers disgusting and offensive words that are openly racist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic. [Read more…]

Discussion Group B

Group leader

Daria Corrias (RAI, Italy)


Reading the water (BBC, UK)
Phil Smith / Dan Sheperd

Writer, naturalist and fisherman Chris Yates has been wanting to return to a secret lake in Wiltshire he last visited 20 years ago. In summer 2020, he spends a day there in search of an ancient carp which, he says, is “the size of a small submarine”. [Read more…]

The Thunderstorm (RTP, Portugal)
Sofia Saldanha

Thunderstorms are one of the most unpredictable weather phenomena. When lightning strikes the sky lights up and we hear a rumbling. They are beautiful to watch, but can leave behind a trail of destruction. Thunderstorms trigger human emotions and inspire artists imagination. [Read more…]

Discussion Group C

Group leader

Agnieszka Czyżewska-Jacquemet (Polskie Radio, Poland)


The Little Shop of Secrets (RTE, Ireland)
Bill Murphy

In the early decades of the last century two sisters, Nora and Sheila Wallace, ran a small newsagents in the centre of Cork City.  However, their customers were unaware that when they bought their newspaper, that this small shop also traded in military secrets during the Irish War of Independence. [Read more…]

Transit Marseille (DLF Kultur, Germany)
Johanna Tirnthal

In 1940, Marseille became the last free port in France occupied by Hitler’s Wehrmacht. Countless German-speaking refugees in exile were trying to find a passage on ships and leave Europe. Among them was the German writer Anna Seghers, who captured the atmosphere in her novel “Transit”. [Read more…]

Plenary – 17.00 CET

How Language shapes the Narrative

With Kübra Gümüşay (Author, Germany)

Kübra Gümüşay is a journalist, award-winning activist and author of the bestselling book “Sprache und Sein”. Her field of expertise includes language, media, discourse and issues related to race and gender. In 2018 Forbes Magazine listed her as one of the „30 under 30 Europe“ in the „Media & Marketing“ category.

Listening Theatre – 19.00 CET

Death Row Book Club (BBC UK)
Sarah Shebbeare

In 1985 Anthony Ray Hinton was found guilty of a double murder, and sentenced to death. He spent the next 28 years of his life in solitary confinement in an Alabama prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Incredibly, Ray lived to tell the tale, and this is his story. Listen in as he transports you to his cell and to the depths of his imagination, and eventually, finds hope. [Read more…]