Contest – Phonurgia Nova
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Once a year, by means of numerous European radio partners, Phonurgia Nova Awards distinguishes authors who explore reality and imagination with sound

The Phonurgia Nova Prize has been awarded this year for the 26th time. Born in 1986, the Festival is the oldest and most prestigious event in the field of radio and sound art in France. Progressively it has become one of the internationally most important prize for cutting-edge works of radio art.

Last year, 305 productions from 30 different countries were entered, and 40 of those were selected for the Festival at the BnF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France). Our ear is loaded with a new culture of sounds, and a new art of listening, inspired by radio and sound practices. The Phonurgia Nova Awards take the experience of this phenomenon and identifies the outlines of this abundant universe. Amongst many others composers, authors and radio makers, Chantal Dumas (Canada), Yves Meylan (Switzerland), Dominique Petitgand (France), Bernadette Johnson (Switzerland), Alessandro Bosetti (Italy), Andréas Bick (Germany), Hanna Hartman (Germany), Sébastien Dicenaire (Belgium), Joaquin Cofreces (Argentina), Sherre Delys and Russel Stapleton (Australia) have all been crowned as prestigious prizewinners.

Again this year, we will be pleased to discover works challenging the radio and podcast universally. During a “weekend marathon”, the submissions will be  auditioned and reviewed by a live jury at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (the French national library).

The Awards in few words

  • They are open to all
  • The prize-winning works and award discussions by the jury are documented on the Phonurgia Nova website
  • Works not yet broadcast or podcast are also welcome
  • Important dates you should know – the list will be continuously updated, as we get closer to the festival :
    15 May Submission system opens
    5 July Deadline for submission
    5 September Nominations are published
    20 September Festival programme available on line
    2/3 October Competition Presentations live
  • Discover the winners 2020


Rendez-vous October 2 /3

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Come at the Festival and attend public listening and deliberation days.