For the past 14 years Version Festival has introduced innovative projects that tackle local social and urban issues. The festival highlights projects and people that engage public interest and promote the cultural use of public space.
In Deccmber, 2014 the FCC granted the Public Media Institute, our nonprofit arts organization, a license to build a low-power FM station to serve our community and up to 1.7 million Chicago listeners. We are calling it WLPN or Lumpen Radio. It is broadcasting live on the internet and will be on the airwaves at 105.5 FM once we finish building our studio, buy equipment and lease our tower. It’s our most ambitious project to date and we need you to join us and help us build it.
This year VERSION FESTIVAL’S theme is 100 WATTS, the strength of our new Low Power FM Radio Station that we are building right now. VERSION FESTIVAL 15 : 100 WATTS will be an on-air laboratory and campaign to create the kind of radio station we believe our city needs. Lumpen Radio will be a conduit for musicians, artists, thinkers, critics, activists, and instigators from Chicago and around the world, and our festival will serve as a beta test for producing and experiencing these essential sounds, ideas, and programs.
In addition we will transform our gallery, the Co-Prosperity Sphere, into a studio for recording and broadcasting live events and programming. We will also record and broadcast live music, performance, and spaces throughout the city.
We have joined forces with local radio producers, audio alchemists, activists, DJs, podcasters, record labels, bands, storytellers, spoken word artists, time travelers, poets, librarians, art critics, educators, performance artists, and sound editors to present our Version of what a radio station should look and sound like. Please join us from April 23 to May 3, 2015.