RADIO BROADCASTING // audio story mentoring
these are our (audio) stories
My dad George Fairfax was an actor and director who grew up in Nangiloc, up Mildura way. 18 years ago he passed away and in his honour the Fairfax Festival was set up for young creative minds in the region to experiment with their imaginations and then concoct performance pieces from these colour-filled dreams. In 2014 the Festival ran for the 18th time from Sept 16-19 and I took the trip to Swan Hill to work alongside the Marruk Marruk Project to tell stories with sound. Throughout the week we wrote stories, recorded wild sounds, hunted for sound effects, made music and when
In 2015, PBS 106.7FM worked in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria to present the Collaborative Radio Project. The project, facilitated by PBS presenters Maddy MacFarlane and Jess Fairfax (also a MAV Project Officer), provided skills development workshops and one on one mentoring to 12 budding radio makers from emerging, refugee and asylum-seekers communities. The project aimed to provide the skills and networks necessary for participants to be empowered to tell their own stories through radio and sound and to encourage engagement with community radio.
THE COLLABORATIVE RADIO PROJECT
The program incorporated training in radio techniques and collaborative radio making, as the 12 participants from Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Iran and Vietnam were partnered with experienced producers from PBS, SYN and ABC Radio National. In total, 10 stories were made, including one husband and wife team covering a mix of documentary, personal narrative and soundscapes that spoke of the power of music, the challenges of resettlement, mental health issues in refugee communities and overcoming personal demons.
The Collaborative Radio Project was a recipient of the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence in Media and a Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Award in Excellence in Training. The program was funded by Creative Victoria.
performance time approached on Friday evening, we asked the audience to put on a blindfold as we sat on the banks of the Murray River, around Uncle Bruce’s storytelling circle, with a futuristic bonfire made by fire crackling iPhone apps (OHS did not permit fire starting). We shared four recorded stories and performed four stories live, where we made the music and sound effects there and then. Shout outs to the young people within Marruk for your creative artistry, ideas, stories and enthusiasm, to Richie Halal for your unmatchable tech, lighting and sound support, and all the amazing peeps who make the festival happen, providing a space for the kooky and inventive minds of regional VIC to be nurtured. Here you will find the four recorded audio stories, plus a short radio doco made by one of the participants Mary Gabriel about her dreams and aspirations.