News#VoicesOfCommunity: OPEN CALL for Singers and Spoken Word Poets (Closed)

#VoicesOfCommunity: OPEN CALL for Singers and Spoken Word Poets (Closed)

Are you interested in joining the RISE UP “Voices of Community” Project & Exhibitions?


Who we are looking for:

A singer and/or spoken word poet who is…

  • a member of RISE UP’s selected language communities (Aranese, Aromanian/Vlach, Burgenland Croatian, Cornish, Seto)
  • actively working with the community language as a singer and/or spoken word poet
  • interested in introducing their language and art to a wider audience
  • curious about learning more/experimenting with various auditory formats and digital art
  • open to collaborating with RISE UP and the selected Voices from other communities, and is
  • involved in the local artistic and cultural community and could facilitate contacts for the RISE UP Travelling Exhibition.

This is your opportunity to…:


  • Record an inter-communal, multi-language album of songs and poetry in minoritised European languages: during the residency, each “Voice” will perform and professionally record 3+ traditional songs or poems, 3+ of their own songs or poems, as well as 3+ local stories or legends with technical assistance. Translations and explanations in English will also be recorded to make them available to as large an audience as possible.


  • Co-create and network with other minoritised language artists: all “Voices” will also work together on 1+ song(s) and/or poem(s) that will explore the similarities and differences of their language varieties, and will network (e.g. by connecting with Youth of European Nationalities (YEN)) to exchange ideas and experiences with language activism. All 46+ recordings will be made available as the official “Voices of Community” album on the RISE UP website for free and donation links to the artists and local institutions will be added.


  • Participate in a free workshops with digital experts and collaborate on an immersive- interactive installation: before the residency, all “Voices” will be asked to compile a list of 25 words and phrases that they consider particularly relevant for their community + explanations of why they were chosen in their language variety and in English. During the residency, the “Voices” will read this list, as well as another list of 25 fixed words for all language communities out loud. These recordings will flow into “KIELI”, a digital installation by Ferran Belda which will be presented at SONAR+D (June 2024) where visitors can interact with all five language varieties. An upgrade will be showcased during other exhibitions, and potentially at the European Capital of Culture, Tartu in October 2024. The ”Voices” can ask for visitor input: visitors can pronounce a word in their language variety, hum a melody or sing along. These visitor audio files will be stored and sent to the “Voices”. The “Voices” will participate in an online workshop in 2025 with experts from IRCAM to learn how to generate new sounds with these audio files as their “individual project”.


  • Support the RISE UP Travelling Exhibition & perform together at a concert: the “Voices” will also assist ESPRONCEDA in contacting local artists and culture experts from their communities in order to create a Travelling Exhibition on all five selected language communities, including establishing contact with experts on written texts/books, the history of the language and archaeology of the region, interviews with community activists, etc. At the very end of the project, you will be invited to a concert where all Voices will perform together live, in order to showcase your talents to a wider European audience.

The application period is now closed. In case you are interested in #VoicesofCommunity, do not hesitate to contact us at