The UK International Radio Drama Festival is the UK’s only outward facing radio drama festival. It is based in Canterbury, Kent, offering anyone and everyone an opportunity to celebrate radio drama through open access to the live listening sessions in person and online.
The festival aims to bring diverse work from across the world, introducing a UK audience to the European tradition of radio drama often anchored in soundscape whilst celebrating our own more text based tradition. The festival provides a UK audience with the rare pleasure of listening to radio drama in other languages, supported by English language translations of the script. The festival also brings together work from national broadcasters with that of emerging independent producers and is proud that the major prizes have largely been awarded to this exciting but lesser known work.
Awards are made by a jury – membership of which is open to anyone who commits to listening to all the work across the week – and which always includes international producers who have travelled to the festival with their work.
An audience award – unique in Europe, decided by popular vote and open to anyone anywhere in the world to vote – complements the jury award and usually goes to work which has not achieved a jury award.
Last year, the audience award went to Georgian Public Broadcasting - read their message below:
I want to say a lot of thanks to you, it is very important for the future of Georgian Radio drama the success of our play “TRAVELING IN AFRICA”. For our team this is very good motivation for new inspirations and new radio plays.
This year on the radio drama festival there were a big number of really interesting radio plays. This fact shows, and I’m very glad to realize it, that the genre of radio drama is still actual and alive.
So nice, that the story line of our radio drama, very sensitive and painful theme for us, (as you know the part of my country – Georgia, is occupied), was so familiar for audience of different nationalities.
Many thanks to the people who organized this festival – so important for radio drama genre.
With kind regards, from all my team - Zurab Kandelaki"
How does the audience award work:
All the audio dramas will be available on our website radiodramafestival.org.uk for about a month, starting from the week of the festival, to allow people anywhere in world to listen to the programme and then vote online for their favourite piece to win.
Update March 2020:
Please note that the 6th edition of the Festival has been postponed to Autumn 2020, therefore online voting will happen later in the year. But we are still uploading online more than 60 audio dramas in March for anyone to enjoy. It’s not a substitute for this year’s festival. It’s just a little added extra, to help us through a difficult time :)
Any funds up to £1000 raised through this crowdfunder will go to the 2020 winner chosen by the audience (that's YOU!). If we raise more money, we will be looking at giving away more awards!
If you want to make a particularly generous donation, or are interested in supporting an individual/organisation (e.g. an emerging producer), please get in touch at [email protected]
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