21–24 March 2024

eavesdropping festivalEliza McCarthy, Mariá Portugal, Ellie Wilson, Sandra Kazlauskaitė, Anna Dennis, Farida Amadou + more

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eavesdropping returns to Cafe OTO for another four-day festival, curated by Juliet Fraser, which includes four evening double-bill events and a weekend-long forum of talks, roundtables and provocations. We hope to stimulate your ears and your imagination by presenting new work by eight artists working at the experimental fringes of a variety of genres. The programming within each set is artist-led: repertoire is only announced on the night.

During this year’s forum we will explore the topic ‘Experiments in Failure’. Weighty talks given by guest speakers Soosan Lolavar and lisa minerva luxx sit alongside shorter provocations, and the programme also includes a roundtable on contemporary opera and a special screening of Daniel Weintraub's documentary 'Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros'. The vibe is low-key and friendly, whilst definitely being thought-provoking.

Tickets are available for individual events or in two bundles: one 'series pass' for the whole festival (available via the main festival page) and one 'series pass' for the forum (available via the forum page). 



eavesdropping is a platform for the sharing of new music and new ways of thinking about music. Excited by experimentalism, we create opportunities for artists and audiences to practise engaged listening and compassionate debate. Our activity includes a festival, a forum, a podcast, and training and development workshops. Our mission is to build community through an ethics of curiosity and care, in the belief that ripples do make waves.


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