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 Contributions, and the programme is punctuated by roundtable panels and discussions. The vibe is low-key and friendly, whilst definitely being thought-provoking. 


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.



We are developing a new strand to our work, providing training and development opportunities for the eavesdropping community. At the close of season three (2021) we offered Unconscious Bias training: two fully subsidised 90-minute workshops aimed at freelance artists and delivered by TONIC Theatre. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. More training opportunities are on their way.



Beyond the festival, we also try to create platforms for our artists through partnerships with other organisations. Aldeburgh Festival invited Juliet to curate an eavesdropping event this summer as part of their Alternative Festival at The Pumphouse. 


Sunday 19 June 2022, 4pm (lasts 1 hour)


The Pumphouse, Aldeburgh

link to booking


Founded by soprano Juliet Fraser in 2017, eavesdropping is an artist-run charitable organisation whose ‘tentacular’ model of activity is motivated by intersectional feminism. 

eavesdropping makes space for the sharing of new music and new ways of thinking about music. Excited by experimentalism, we create opportunities for artists and audiences to practise engaged listening and compassionate debate.

Our mission is to build community through an ethics of curiosity and care,

in the belief that ripples do make waves. 



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