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The Sonic South

May 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In order to introduce wider audiences to this trove of Southern narratives, and to support a growing community of audio producers, the Southern Oral History Program is thrilled to announce our first audio competition and live listening event, The Sonic South.

This year we are highlighting women’s voices, which have always been central to SOHP’s collection. Women’s stories help us understand the social and economic changes that people across the South have experienced and initiated. Women’s leadership and activism—their persistence in the face of authority—have been key to the political movements of our time. Of course, not all women have embraced change; persistence can also mean the ongoing power of old traditions and ways of thinking. No matter what our politics or our outlook, all our lives have been indelibly shaped by these stories.

We are inviting audio producers of all levels to use the SOHP archive to create new and innovative audio stories, documentaries, sound art, or sonic experiments. The finished work must focus on the theme of persistence—interpreted however the producer may wish—and must use the voices of southern women from the SOHP’s archive of more than 6,000 interviews. Producers are encouraged to think creatively about format, structure, and style.

The competition will culminate in a public listening event on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the new Current Theater.

Leoneda Inge, Race and Southern Culture reporter for WUNC will moderate the evening, where we’ll listen to the top five works selected by the SOHP’s panel of judges, followed by a short discussion and reception. The event is free and open to the public.


May 10, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Current ArtSpace + Studio
123 W. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516