From gripping investigative series like Serial and The Teacher’s Pet to informative episodes of Stuff You Should Know and shows celebrating niche fandoms, people seem to be plugging into podcasts more and more. From Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June, Sydney will turn into a hub for audio, hosting over 400 podcasters at the Audiocraft Podcast Festival.
The festival offers an opportunity for podcast makers and fans alike to attend talks and live events and network with other audio nerds. Saturday 1 June is a special Conference Day at AFTRS. This is a chance for experienced and emerging podcast and audio makers to get together and learn from each other. The day will be packed with masterclasses, panel sessions, guided listening sessions and meet-ups, giving fantastic opportunities for podcasts newbies and veterans alike to upskill and connect.
The Friday of the festival (31 May) will be centred on people beginning their podcasting journey, taking the form of an editing workshop. Run by Chris Mottes (Hindenburg) and Giordana Caputa (Community Media Training Organisation), this practical session will help those with great podcast ideas who want to learn the building blocks of audio editing.
The final day of the festival (2 June) will celebrate some of the best audio moments from podcasts old and new. Taking place The Calyx at The Royal Botanic Gardens, guests will be able to enjoy hearing fantastic stories through wireless headsets sat on a picnic mat in the wonderful setting. Live podcasts events will be happening, along with creative listening sessions and workshops.
Speaker highlights include:
Avery Trufelman (99% Invisible, Radiotopia)
Jonathan Zenti (Voxnest/Meat)
Natalie Tulloch (Spotify, NYC)
Mark Pesce (The Next Billion Seconds, PodcastOne)
Travis De Vries (Broriginals)
Stephanie Van Schilt (Sisteria)
Tim Roxburgh (Unravel, ABC)
Purchase tickets for the event here.