Next festival: 30 March - 2 April 2023


eavesdropping returns in Spring 2023, relaunched and reinvigorated! We have shifted to a festival model, folding together the series and the symposium into a riotous four-day deep-dive into new sounds and fresh thinking. We will also be operating from a new home: Cafe OTO in Dalston, East London.


Over the course of four evening events, each a double-bill, eight performers present their latest works or works-in-progress in an intimate and informal setting. The programming within each set is artist-led: repertoire is only announced on the night, giving the performers the control and the flexibility to present whatever serves them best and giving the public special insight into the performer's freshest work. We aim to stimulate your ears and your imagination by presenting a surprising collection of artists working at the experimental fringes of a variety of musical genres.


Woven through the festival are talks, discussions and workshops, giving an opportunity for local and visiting artists alike to reflect together on a given topic. Weighty talks given by our invited guest speakers sit alongside shorter presentations/performances/proposals gathered through a Call for Provocations (now open!) and the programme is punctuated by roundtable panels and discussions. The vibe is low-key and friendly, whilst definitely being thought-provoking. 


more info on our 2023 festival here




We are developing a new strand to our work, providing training and development opportunities for freelance musicians, artists and creative thinkers in the eavesdropping community. Given the popularity of our sessions last season on Unconscious Bias, we are offering two fully-subsidised sessions early in 2023, delivered by TONIC Theatre


18 February 2023: 'Making Space for Making for Change'

31 March 2023: 'Race and Allyship'


more info here


Every season Juliet sits down with each of the featured artists and chews the fat. The 'eavesdropping conversations' podcast provides a glimpse into each artist's practice ahead of their performance and very often wanders off into unexpected territory... With 21 episodes and counting, this is a fascinating archive of intimate reflections.



Beyond the festival, we also try to create platforms for our artists through partnerships with other organisations. 


eavesdropping at The Red House

14 April 2023: Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

19 May 2023: Ryoko Akama

28 July 2023: Rihab Azar [booking not yet open]


eavesdropping at The Red House is an opportunity to meet artists experimenting at the fringes of various musical genres and to hear what they’re working on at the moment. 6pm start for a relaxed hour of music and chat, with drinks served beforehand. Venue: The Red House, Golf Lane, Aldeburgh, IP12 5PZ



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