The Phonurgia Nova Prize has been awarded this year for the 25th 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.
This 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 are pleased to discover works challenging the radio and sound art universally. During a “weekend marathon”, the submissions were auditioned and reviewed by a live jury at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (the French national library) by a live deliberative jury.
We are very proud to share with you the Grand Prize Winners for the Phonurgia Awards 2020, announced at the BnF.