Student, professional, artist or journalist. Enter the SoundArt Radio Competition First Spark Festival 2013

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First Spark celebrates the overlooked festival of Imbolc, or Candlemas,  the earliest signs of spring, and a time for new ideas in radio, transmission art and electronic music.

First Spark 2013 has the subheading ‘Alternatives to Journalism’ as we explore many ways to tell the stories that cross our path or affect us from far away. There will be a one day event, a 24 hour radio installation, a discussion and, the bit we’re most excited about, a competition for 1 minute radio documentaries.

Your radio documentary can be on any theme and told in any format, so long as it is audio only. It should be within a hair’s breadth of 1 minute, and have a great title. It must be entirely your own work, though could be a reworking of something you have made before. You can enter as a team or as an individual. No other information (eg pictures, explanatory text) will be taken into account by the judges. The deadline is 5pm on Friday 18th January.

We’d really like to play them all on Soundart Radio during the first week of February, though anything that is in breech of our guidelines will not be broadcast. The winners (one over 18 yrs, one under) will be announced at the First Spark event on 2nd February 2013. More details on this, and names of judges, to follow soon.

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