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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 logo, ,dark side of planet earth seen from space with brightly lit citiesThis 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.

15 Comments, RSS

  • Fermín Enrique Ramirez

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    April 21, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Hello! I write on behalf of the Sonoteca Bahía Blanca project – http://www.sonotecabahiablanca.com – 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!

  • Luís Antero

    says on:
    May 10, 2018 at 11:59 am

    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.

  • jacek smolicki

    says on:
    June 4, 2018 at 4:28 am

    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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/237500350103317/, http://www.fragmentarum.club). Will register the walk once I know more details. All the best!

  • Martha Riva Palacio Obón

    says on:
    June 21, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Hi, I write on behalf El Cúmulo de Tesla in Mexico City. We’re organizing a conference with woman writers, scientists and sound artists to participate in this year’s World Listening Day. We’ll entry all the details soon. It’s a great subject!

  • Pat

    says on:
    July 9, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Can you fix the typo? “Communty” to “Community”

    Thank you!

    • Eric Leonardson

      says on:
      July 10, 2018 at 5:23 am

      Yes, we’re working on that now. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

  • Vince Hancock

    says on:
    July 17, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Hi there,
    I seem to be going around in circles. A recent post on the WLP Facebook page mentions 2018 events happening “now (July 14) and through the week” and directs me to this webpage. An inquiry posted to that same FB message — having found no list of events for WLD 2018 here — is answered with the suggestion that the WLP FB page is the closest thing to a list of events.

    Would it be possible to simply post, somewhere on this website, a simple list of all the events submitted through the online form…and update it, as needed?

    • Eric Leonardson

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      July 18, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Thanks so much for your interest in participating in WLD 2018. This page tells everyone about the purpose and prompts the theme for this year’s theme. This link to the WLP’s “events page,” on the WLP Facebook Page is the best online place available to see a listing of public WLD 2018 events that have happened and are happening: https://www.facebook.com/pg/worldlistening/events/.

  • Marlem Núñez Peñaflor

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    July 18, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Feliz día a todos por esta oportunidad de coincidir en un espacio en torno a la escucha. No soy artista sonoro, pero a través de la Comunicación que es mi disciplina formativa, he tenido algunos acercamientos de reflexión académica en torno al maravilloso universo sonoro. Brevemente les comparto que mi pasado sonó a risas, gritos, niños corriendo y jugando en el parque, los pregones de los vendedores de chicharrones, globos, raspados y helados, todo ello acompañado de cantos de rondas y juegos infantiles “Amo a to
    Matarile rile ro
    Que quiere usted
    Matarile rile ro
    Yo quiero un paje
    Matarile rile ro
    Escoja usted
    Matarile rile ro… ”

    Hoy en día mi presente suena a autos; cláxons; música, vendedores y trovadores en el transporte público, vendedores ambulantes. Los fines de semana llegan con un remanso sonoro al caminar cerca de la laguna de mi comunidad, en la que pese a su deterioro aún es posible escuchar a los patos, garzas, pájaros, el sonido del agua al chocar en la orilla en los días que hace viento, toso ellos sonidos que se mezclan con el ladrido de los perros de los caseríos cercanos, las ovejas y vacas que algunos pobladores crían.

    Espero continuar en este punto de encuentro para intercambiar y aprender de quienes llevan un buen trecho en la discusión, investigación y creación sonora.

    Saludos sonoros desde México.

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