World Listening Day 2018: Future Listening

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You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2018, an annual global event held every July 18.

world listening day 2018 logoThis year’s theme is FUTURE LISTENING created by Filipino sound artist Teresa Barrozo.

The theme calls for reimagining a personal and universal future through listening. Participants are encouraged to examine their hopes, dreams, ambitions and fears for the future and reflect on the question,

“What does your future sound like?”

We invite the participants to imagine sonic possible worlds and the future of acoustic ecology through soundwalks, field recordings, site-specific performances, and curated events and concerts on the theme. Participants can also participate in virtual worlds by listening and sharing endangered sounds and identifying sounds they want to render obsolete in their future.

Future Listening ultimately aims to engage the world in opening its ears to the present and in acknowledging the immense capacity of the act of listening in shaping our collective future.

Here are general guide questions to consider:

What does your past sound like? What does your present sound like?
Which sounds do you wish to retain? Which sounds do you wish never to hear again?
Which sounds do you consider as toxic waste?
How does silence and noise sound in your future?
Which sounds have gone silent?
Can you still hear?

Dozens of organizations and thousands of people from six continents have participated in World Listening Day since its inception in 2010. Help share and grow participation in this annual event by adding your information to our online form.


  1. Hello! I write on behalf of the Sonoteca Bahía Blanca project – – This year, for the fourth time, we want to participate in World Listening Week, and we want to make a flyer, for which we want to know if you can send us the image and the logo separately to put together a design with the data of our activity. Thank you very much!

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  3. Hello to all. Congrats for more one edition of WLD.
    Green Field Recordings gonna participate, as usual, with a special compilation dedicated to WLD.
    I’ll try myself to do something too.

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  5. Great subject for this year’s World Listening Day! As in the last 2 years, I will work on a sound-walk (within Fragmentarium club in Stockholm:, Will register the walk once I know more details. All the best!

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