Listen in this month, as the people of Nine Elms celebrate the joys of local radio. Discover the creativity and resilience of its community’s legends, as performers Hunt & Darton broadcast their upbeat show, Radio Local.
This September, the residents of Nine Elms will join forces with innovative performance artists Hunt & Darton as they reimagine their quirky show. You are invited to listen in, from 7th to 13th September, as they broadcast online to celebrate the important role of local radio and community.
Radio Local will be created with, by and for the people of Nine Elms, using Hunt & Darton’s hyperlocal approach to highlight the role of local radio in the community. Together they aim to amplify the inspiring creativity, resilience and generosity of their community members.
UK listeners have turned to local radio in huge numbers, with many stations reporting record listening figures as a result. Now, Radio Local will be celebrating what it means to be local with the latest version of their show. It will be a platform for Nine Elms to celebrate its cherished community groups and influential individuals. They will be looking back over what residents have achieved by working together; documenting their lives in times of crisis.
Listen in to Local Legends
There will be interviews with residents and business from the Nine Elms area. Hear from ‘Local Legends’, including the former President of the Royal College of Midwives, Caroline Flint. Flint founded the first natural birth centre in South London. You’ll also get to hear from Flora Yu, leader of the Your Cakes initiative in Battersea, which delivered home-baked goods to key workers.
Other legends popping up on Radio Local will include Life Coach and Youth Leader Kafui Bresse, and influential community campaigner David Waterhouse.
Drawing on their signature deadpan, playful and inclusive approach, the Radio Local shows will also feature absurd game shows played by competing families, crowd-sourced jingles, song requests and restaurant reviews. There will also be hyper-local news bulletins, including how young people are dealing with going back to school.
On top of that, you’ll get to hear some of Hunt & Darton’s investigative reports, including a cooking tutorial from local six-year-old YouTube celebrity Little Chef. Also on the food front, there’ll be a visit to family-run outfit Captain Corelli. Find out how the Battersea food redistribution charity Waste Not Want Not set up a weekly pop-up restaurant in response to the pandemic.
Creative show celebrates community
Local arts will also feature on the show, with a performance from Battersea Power Station Community Choir and a guest commission from theatre collective HighRise.
Young people from the World Heart Beat Academy and the Elays network will also be recording content for Radio Local.
Hunt & Darton originally created the Radio Local shows by trawling the streets looking for familiar and intriguingly absurd local stories. But since the onset of the pandemic, they have taken their work online, partnering with Norwich & Norfolk Festival, Culture Mile in the City of London and the London Borough of Merton, creating unique hyper local broadcast experiences.
If you’re looking for more online events, these quirky happenings might take your fancy.
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