As the Sound Women Festival fast approaches, here’s some key facts from the event, compiled by Digital Radio UK’s Lucy Forster:
1) The theme of this year’s festival is ‘the future’. Through workshops, talks and inspiring advice from those at the top of their game – DJs, editors and producers – we examine what lies on the horizon.
2) We’ll explore the creative and technical future of audio. What will it look like? How will it sound? How will we make it? How will audiences listen?
4) This is the second Sound Women Festival, and the second time it has been held at BBC Broadcasting House in London.
5) Festival goers will be allowed to visit the BBC‘s Blue Room to tinker with latest apps, add-ons and gadgets. The Blue Room is a space where staff and invited guests can learn about the latest technologies that will fundamentally influence the content we make, and how it is consumed by audiences.
6) For the first time this year, the festival will include surgeries, where members can book in for one-to-one advice from industry professionals.
7) Speakers include the 2014 Radio Academy Award winners Livvy and Chrissie and stand-up comedian, writer, actress and campaigner Francesca Martinez who was named One of Britain’s Most Influential Women in 2014’s Women’s Hour Power List.
8) There will be live performances from Kate Fox, the stand-up poet and writer; Deep Throat Choir, an all-female singing sensation and Yve Blake. Yve collects memories from strangers and turns them into music and is preparing something special for the day.
9) The radio sector employs around 23,000 people, half of whom are female. The Festival is open to all of them.
10) The Festival is open to Men too… it’s not just an event for women!