2020 – 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 will be 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. It was not bestowed on an annual basis until 2001. Progressively it has become one of the internationally most important prize for cutting-edge works of radio art.

Last year, 272 productions from 30 different countries were entered, and 35 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 wish to discover works challenging the radio and sound art 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) by a live deliberative jury.

The Phonurgia Nova Awards in few words

  • These international radiophonic awards are open to all
  • The prize-winning works and award discussions by the jury of recent years are documented online here on the site Phonurgia Nova website
  • Works not yet broadcast 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
    15 July Deadline for submission
    3 September Nominations are published
    20 September Festival programme available on line
    1/2/3/4 October Competition Presentations live

OCTOBER 1/2/3/4 – 2020

Sounds, words, voices among the books !

The BnF / Bibliothèque Nationale de France
welcomes the Phonurgia Nova Awards for the fifth time


Rendez-vous October 1,2,3,4

Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris

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