International Club of Budapest
We will partner widely for audio production, drawing teams from among university departments, publishers, other literary projects, local radio and others, to produce podcast series from across Council of Europe under our umbrella for our shared radio platform – this really is community radio for literature from Europe.
Trafika Europe Radio is a 47-country literary project intended as a new piece of infrastructure for cultural Europe—a new kind of platform for building community and appreciation for European literature. We want to increase mutual regard continent-wide, with podcast series featuring authors, publishers, and translators, covering events, encouraging literary tourism, sharing stories and poetry and playing “literary” music from across Europe, for an international English-speaking audience online.
New approaches for nudging forward a sense of belonging together more in Europe are urgently needed—perhaps never more so in our lifetimes. While one might identify socio-political repercussions of this—xenophobia, anti-immigrant backlash etc.—these can be seen as symptoms merely. The EU’s economic and political pillars grew disproportionately to the cultural growth needed for greatest ongoing harmony and openness. By now many are calling for new approaches, recognising this gross imbalance.
We seek to complete our online radio interface, support content producers in Europe, and begin online radio operation in first-half 2017. Cultures will have a new shared platform to delight and inform us more in Europe—and internationally—with the richness of their contemporary literatures, sparking greater regard and, hopefully, increasing market share and enrichment of our shared international culture. Audience demographics, book sales, festival attendance et al. can measure this concretely.
We have preliminarily arranged for WPSU to develop our online radio interface—pending funding. They have among the top-rated digital media facilities in the public sector (from the US) and impressive experience with outsourced radio interface development. Meanwhile we’ve been consulting widely with key literary organizations and individuals, to establish teams with needed cultural/technical expertise, translation fluency, media resources and savvy to represent their literature in audio format. We will support production for especially lesser-known, smaller/poorer cultures, and conclude arrangements with existing media outlets, university communication/media depts. and others for audio series production. We also plan some own audio production, and will receive audio from existing archives.
Our twofold aims are to enhance English literary culture with greater access to the richness of new European writing, and provide greater community for cultural Europe, as a new kind of platform shared among authors, university departments, media outlets and the general public across the 47 Council of Europe countries. “If we are to continue to play a sensible, grown-up role in the European project, then projects like Trafika Europe may help to plug an important gap.”—Roger Cox, The Scotsman
We’re told our approach is visionary—a right idea at a needed time—in helping maintain the high-water mark achieved in openness among cultures, and offering a platform for continued growth in mutual regard. With its audio focus, Trafika Europe Radio opens a new dimension for European literature, emphasizing storytelling, poetry, radio theatre, festivals, discussion and song. Our European-level perspective is a fresh page for the continent’s minority and lesser-known cultures—and migrants too!
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Project will be ongoing, with timeline and budget given here for development and first-year radio operation, as follows: Third-party radio interface programming, related site development and cloud service (first-year): €18,500; Travel: €3,500 EUR; Personnel (project manager, radio tech, project assistant): €27,500; European radio series’ production offsets: €90,000; Promotion: €10,000; Administrative and legal fees: €12,500; Miscellaneous €3,000.
Are you experienced with radio or other media, literary translation or publishing, theatre or events organizing? Are you from a Council of Europe country (including the UK, of course)? We’d love to hear from you! This is your Radio—truly community radio for literature from Europe. Are you a literature lover? What would you like to hear on our Radio from other European cultures—or from your own? For more inspiration, check out our introductory video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ4DczOnAXg