20,000

listens as of August 2021

Project Champion – Rachel Smith
Project Lead – Anna Casey

Photo © Hunt & Darton / Christa Holka

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May 2020 Boost the Local Economy Creative Citizenship

Radio Local
in Culture Mile


Two weeks of daily live broadcasts,
bringing  the sounds and stories of
Culture Mile into people’s homes
About the Project

Radio Local in Culture Mile was initially designed as a two-day live broadcast from the Barbican Centre's OpenFest biennial, with performance artists Hunt & Darton creating ‘local radio’ through live participation with audiences and advance work with local communities.

In light of COVID-19, the project was reworked as 14 hour-long daily broadcasts, with the artists broadcasting and working with participants remotely .

In June 2020, Radio Local took to the airwaves for two weeks, broadcasting a daily show with local people as the stars to an audience of over 20,000 across the run. Streamed live on the Culture Mile website as well as on Resonance FM, performance artists Hunt & Darton remotely engaged local residents and businesses, bringing the sounds and stories of Culture Mile into people’s homes.

The quirky shows featured interviews with residents and businesses within Culture Mile, alongside a heady mix of absurd gameshows, hyper-local news bulletins and restaurant reviews sampling the best of the area’s takeaways.


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120 local participants were involved, including



11

local businesses

18

city workers

14

City of London employees

6

artists

47

local residents

2

groups of local young people

Listen to the Highlights

Radio Local
in Culture Mile...



Builds a sense of community

88%

agree
Is for everyone who lives locally

84%

agree

Made me feel more connected to the area

84%

agree