Czech Radio’s Concert for Animals Won at the Prix Europa 2021
Czech Radio’s project titled “Koncert pro zvěř” (Concert for Animals – A Hushed Conversation with the Landscape) was awarded at the festival of television, radio and online production Prix Europa 2021 in the category of the Best Radio Music Programme of the Year. Created last summer in the open landscape of the mountain meadows and ponds above Velké Karlovice in the Beskid Mountains, Concert for Animals offers a silent thank-you to nature.
“I am so proud Czech Radio won at the prestigious festival of television, radio and online production, Prix Europa 2021, despite there being competitors from the whole Europe. This is a recognition of the work of all colleagues from the Vltava station and the Production who contributed to this original project,” says René Zavoral, Director General of Czech Radio.
Music performers and sound artists played an extraordinary concert in the vicinity of Velké Karlovice to say thank you to nature, thank you to animals, plants, wind, water and silence for being still with us, humans. Ten performers interacted with the landscape, meadow grass, insects, mushrooms, trees, hills, wind or water, while other colleagues were capturing it all by microphones. The concert was subsequently broadcasted by Czech Radio Vltava. You can listen to it here.
“It is amazing that the winner of such a renowned European festival is a chamber tribute to nature – the playful and gentle Concert for Animals. It shows a great respect for the art of listening and it is a celebration of musical experiments. Hearty congratulations to the authors of the idea and to those who went out there and brought the idea to life,” says Jaroslava Haladová, Editor-in-Chief of Vltava station. “On behalf of the whole team I am very happy the project stroke a chord and I hope that through the Prix Europa platform, it might possibly inspire others to embrace similarly oriented radiophonic thinking and promote environmental thinking as well as the awareness of the fragility of our being here on this planet,” says Ladislav Železný, the author of the programme.