India's first radio festival today
New Delhi: For the first time ever in India, a Radio Festival will be organised by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) in partnership with UNESCO to mark the World Radio Day here on Thursday.
The event, conceived by the association's Managing Trustee Archana Kapoor, aims to bring together radio professionals, podcasters and other digital audio programmers. It will be held at the UNESCO House in New Delhi and is open to all.
The World Radio Day (TWR) is observed on February 13 in every year.
While speaking to the Millennium Post, Archana Kapoor said, "This is the first ever Radio Festival in India. It is all about rediscovering creativity, music, technology and innovative ways of stoking people's imaginations to create a million images through programmes in different genres. The festival is a platform to celebrate sound and reiterate the relevance of radio in today's time. It is not a conference or a seminar space. It is an opportunity to talk about the energy, the inspiration, the power, and the challenges of broadcasters, programmers, and other stakeholders and what keeps us all going in this crowded media space."
"Defined as a social medium it straddles two forces -- information and entertainment. Our effort is to break the silos that public, private and community radios and podcasters work in," she added further.
Moreover, it includes all forms of radio and audio offerings to tell their stories and share experiences on a variety of themes like Sports—which is the World Radio Day theme of this year.
Officials from All India Radio, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, multiple stakeholders from the Industry, NGO Sector, and Private FM Radio Players will also be participating in the day long festival.