(Photo: courtesy of Mawgat International Audio Drama Festival)
The new Mawgat International Audio Drama Festival has invited listeners to interact by sharing their own tracks which meet the guidelines set out by the organisers.
The festival’s first edition began on 7 June and will conclude on 7 July; it is taking place online via a digital platform designed exclusively for the programme.
Participants are requested to download one of the two audio recordings of abstract sounds provided by the festival. The tracks aim to help the participants write, record and share their work on social media platforms.
The organisers clarify steps of the game as follows:
1. Listen to the two recordings and choose one of them.
2. Write the story/script.
3. Adjust the story’s rhythm to the sounds.
4. Experiment with the story and the sounds, so you can reach the best way of weaving them together.
5. Record the final audio track.
6. Share your story on social media by using the following hashtags: #Mawgat #AudioDrama.
The festival is a collaboration between the Orient Productions and Studio Emad Eddin Foundation, and Arts Council England and the European Union.
The festival incorporates a variety of activities, presenting a number of audio works written by young Egyptians who participated in a workshop supervised by radio presenter Asmaa Samir and writer Abeer Soliman.
The festival also presents a set of audio tracks developed by numerous Arab artists, such as the Syrian writer Mudar Alhaggi, who participates with two works which tackle the theme of Syrian refugees in Germany: Barzakh and The Dead are Busy.
Among other projects held within the festival's framework is “Sounds like a Whisper,” presented by a group of young writers and journalists from Egypt, Syria and Switzerland. In it, they go deep into personal experiences embedded in a sense of alienation, unity, identity, war, borders, death, immigration and destiny.
The festival also offers radio projects addressing children aged 5 to 12.
Read more about the festival and how to participate on the festival's Facebook and website.
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