Sounds Alive

Taking place as part of Dublin Culture Night, Sounds Alive is a different kind of radio experience. For one you’re not on your own. In fact, you’re in a room with forty other people – some you may know, others you don’t. The room is dark and you can’t see much, but what you hear is a kaleidoscope of sounds and voices, coming together to bring you an intimate night of spellbinding stories, thrilling performances and simply great radio.

The Voice in the Room – an evening of RTE 1 Documentaries & Features
Time: 6-7.30pm
Speakers: Ronan Kelly (The Curious Ear) & Liam O’Brien (Doc on One)

As producers of RTÉ’s Doc on One and The Curious Ear, Liam and Ronan spend a lot of time listening to radio, some good and some bad. Here you’ll hear only the great, as they share some of their favourite audio pieces from around the world with us and discuss what makes for a truly great radio story.

The Golden Years – a discussion of the Golden Age of Radio, followed by a live radio drama performance
Time: 8-9pm
Speakers: Roger Gregg & guests

Back in the 1930’s & 1940’s, before there was TV, families across the US gathered around the radio set for a night’s fun. Travel back to this Golden Age of Radio with The Ghost Behind the Black Door, a radio play, written and performed by Roger Gregg of the award-winning Crazy Dog Audio Theatre. Hear the story unfold through sound, and watch as these sounds are created live onstage through the magic of Foley.

The Long Goodbye – Donal Dineen’s Small Hours
Speakers: Donal Dineen & guests

Donal Dineen has been raising audiences on his own unique mix of alternative and electronic sounds from around the world for the last 15 years. The Long Goodbye sees Donal host a special live version of his Small Hours show, and celebrates his adventures in broadcasting with his fans, some very special guests, and incredible music.

Sounds Alive, brought to you as part of Dublin Culture Night on 23 September, is presented and produced by Julien Clancy and sponsored by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The evening is to be held in the cosy surroundings of Hello Operator, a stone’s throw from O’Connell Street.

Tickets for all three shows are free but seats are extremely limited and restricted to one show per person. Check out for details on how you can get yours.