The Unquiet Earth: Everything you need to know about world listening day

The World Listening Project is devoted to fostering understanding of the world and its natural environment through the practice of listening and field recording. Their signature initiative World Listening Day is almost upon us and here's how you can get involved...

Founded in 2008, the World Listening Project is on a mission to engage humanity and educate the world about our natural environment, societies and cultures using artistic and educational activities.

Shortly after the project was launched, they began spreading their message by conducting public workshops, forums, and lectures, as well as participating in exhibitions, symposiums, and festivals. After a two year run of successful initiatives, the team embarked on their most ambitious project so far, World Listening Day, which was launched in 2010. 

Everything you need to know about world listening day - Field Recording

World Listening Day is an annual event that engages and expands the global community in varied practices related to listening and field recording. The intent is to create an international day of awareness for the "burgeoning and diversifying interests in our changing acoustic environment through local and online activities".

Each year World Listening Day has a unique theme chosen by a different ambassador, its purpose is for participants to spend time thinking about the subject and also base their activities around it. The theme for World Listening Day 2021 is 'The Unquiet Earth'.

World Listening Day 2021 - The Unquiet Earth


Created by Lisbon-based filmmaker, curator and organiser Raquel Castro, The theme for 2021 “The Unquiet Earth” is an invitation to reflect on and engage with the constant murmur of the Earth, sounds beyond the threshold of human hearing, to remind ourselves that we share this mysterious and awesome planet. Small, hidden, subterranean, aerial, underwater, infra- and ultrasonic sounds, inaudible to the naked ear, can bring a new, potentially hopeful, perspective on the future of the planet and humanity. 

How to get involved

Listeners of all kinds are invited to host and participate in three activity types:


  1. 24-hour #WLD2021 streamed program hosted by the World Listening Project. Participants are invited to submit audio and video works.

  2. Local events that are organised and led by groups or individuals for the public. Sound walks, installations, workshops are examples.  The World Listening Project will help promote and celebrate activities on their platforms.

  3. Personal celebrations. You are invited to share media and written work about private responses to the prompt of World Listening Day 2021: The Unquiet Earth.

To participate in any of the activities you can register here

The World Listening Project also welcome everyone to share news, ideas, and questions about the event in the comments of the pinned post in their Facebook Page and Facebook Group.

If you're getting involved with World Listening Day 2021 we'd love to see and hear what you do, please share your audio, video and images with using the following email address.


World Listening Project

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