SHAWR, this Kurdish word, describes a sound that comes from a wind instrument or a traffic police whistle. SHAWR is a sound that is used to make aware, to provoke or create attention.
Therefore this year we decided to have SHAWR as a theme for Space21’s first radio art festival. SHAWR wants to draw attention to the critical aspects of listening and sound through various mediums.
SHAWR is a platform that can reflect on the everyday life of the Kurdish society and culture through listening. Sounds can give birth to awareness for our surroundings through listening, thinking and reflecting. Because we are living in a time where it is vital not just to understand but also to listen deeply to the things that surround us and shape our life.
In this edition for 2020 during the pandemic, Space21 explores sounds of SHAWR through a radio art festival which includes public radio live streaming on the street of Slemani, online streaming music improvisations, experimental music, noise music, talks and more. We open the ears and body for listening.
We will broadcast our festival via online streaming worldwide and small FM transmitters in public spaces in Slemani. The program is also broadcast on Cashmere Radio (Berlin), Radio Corax (Halle), Sphere Radio (Leipzig), and TeslaFM (Barcelona)
Four groups will create Four independent shows on different topics. Each day we broadcast two programmes: Talk and Performance
Curated by Hardi Kurda, co-curators: Klaas Hübner and Abel Korinsky.
Programme coordinators: Tina Klatte, Khanda Sarchl, Khabat Abas, Niga Salam
Abel Korinsky, Amer Ali and Brandon LaBelle (1 HR)