Initially held in 2009, when we began broadcasting on our Community Radio licence, First Spark is a weekend of radio experiments to coincide with the ancient festival of Imbolc, or Candlemas (also ‘Groundhog Day’) that falls at the beginning of February. It marks the midway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, and is when we begin to feel the earliest signs of Spring. Small shoots, the earliest flowers, frogs coming out of hibernation. It is a better time than New Year’s Day to kick off a good habit; a better time than Twelfth Night to take down Christmas decorations. For us, it is a time to consider the First Sparks of ideas, energy, electricity, transmission – a radiogenic point in the calendar.
We are asking artists, musicians, poets, to respond to this theme and send us work for broadcast. We expect short, pre-recorded works we can air – new or otherwise – but are also open to surprises, including long form sound pieces; live streamed performances; or visit our studio and do something live if you are based nearby.