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Dream FM presents: ‘What do you dream of?’

Join us for the in-person premiere of What do you dream of? — a special broadcast & sound work created with the people of Greater Manchester

Night falls and metropolis mirrors the cosmos. Destinies connected by light and dust send signals, alone, to one another. The city glitters: On Air.

In August 2021, artists Danielle Swindells and Brit Seaton asked the people of Greater Manchester what they dream of. Directed to the automated voicemail system of fictional radio station Dream FM, members of the public picked up the phone and left their answers.

The sound work What do you dream of? brings together selected hotline musings of the vast metropolitan borough. Strange encounters during sleep, visions of change for a better world and personal tales of love and loss are among a constellation of intimate responses to the question, capturing an audio portrait of dreams spanning from simple and symbolic, to poetic and surreal.

What do you dream of? features an original score by Joshua Inyang and Joshua Tarelle, Space Afrika, which takes sonic cues from pre-digital airwaves, the DIY spirit of pirate radio and musical auras of Greater Manchester’s past and present.

Join us on Thursday 18 November 5.30 – 8pm at Manchester Central Library for a special premiere of the broadcast

Doors open: 5.30pm

Broadcast begins: 6.00pm

Broadcast duration: 1hr 30mins

This event is BSL Interpreted by Lizzie Wharton.

Seating will be socially distanced and we politely encourage you to wear masks unless exempt.

Free – booking required below – please cancel if you are unable to attend


Also – Online Broadcast:

What do you dream of? will also broadcast from www.dream-fm.com every night at 9.00pm from Thurs 18 Nov to Thurs 16 Dec 2021.

Inspired by the fading format of night-time radio talk shows, Dream FM stages a conceptual transmission that draws on the experience of listening together while apart, the unifying liveness of radio, and the comfort it can bring in the lonely hours when the public, as orator and audience, speaks to itself.

Dream FM is tuned in to emotional connections between strangers across Greater Manchester. The sound work platforms local voices in an experimental piece of archived social history, guided by imagination and the collective sharing of innermost thoughts.

This project is made possible with support from Manchester Independents.

Visit: www.dream-fm.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/0161dreamfm

Twitter: www.twitter.com/0161dreamfm

Email: [email protected]


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