Press Release: UK International Radio Drama Festival 2017

Submissions are now open for the 3rd UK International Radio Drama Festival (UKIRDF) that takes place in the historic seaside town of Herne Bay between February 20th-25th, the submission deadline is 31st December 2016.

Through a local FM broadcast the festival airs a variety of radio dramas from across the world, in their native languages, over the course of the festival. Once the dramas have been aired FM audiences will be able to listen to the shows again via our website.

As well as featuring in the festival we are also honoured to be able to have two awards, £2,000 for feature drama and £750 for short drama and there is also a Public Award of £750 voted for from our listeners both online and on air.

What makes the UKIRDF so unique is that we are the biggest international radio drama festival in the UK. The 2016 festival had over 60 submissions from all over the world which enabled the creative team to programme 30 feature programmes and 10 shorts over the festival period.

We aim to truly champion the power of that radio drama continues to play in the lives of audiences and to further this the UKIRDF theme is From Stage To Air, more information on this can be found in the Festival Regulations.

UKIRDF remains a free festival to submit to and we welcome radio dramas from national broadcasters, professional bodies and independent producers.

You can check out their website here. Or, if you’re interested in submitting, download and fill out the form.

HEAR Now Festival 2016

The annual audio arts show is around the corner. Starting June 9 and ending on the 12th, it has a number of lineups for 2016. The show takes place in Kansas City, MO and is in its 4th year. HEAR Now is a festival for audio storytelling enthusiasts. Everything from audio dramas, audiobooks, full-cast readings and more–the event has workshops, live recordings, competitions and everything an audio storytelling fan could want.

This year’s attractions include “Celebrating Mark Twain,” “Shakespeare in Sound,” “The Mark Time Awards” and much more.

Find out about the festival by visiting:

If you plan on going this year or have attended in the past, leave a comment on this post. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this festival for the audible arts.