The Audiocraft Podcast Festival is returning for 2020 with a slew of top industry creators and executives sharing the latest insights on the burgeoning medium.
The festival will take place virtually on Saturday July 25th on online events platform Hopin.
Headlining this year’s event is Gimlet co-founder/Spotify head of podcasts Matt Lieber, Science Vs host Wendy Zukerman, Nancy co-hosts Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, Forest 404 creators Becky Ripley and Timothy X Atack and Tiddas 4 Tiddas co-founder Marlee Silva.
The 2020 festival theme is ‘expanding the world of audio’ and speakers from around the world will be exploring the art of audio-storytelling and the growing podcast industry. Keynotes include Matt Leiber (Gimlet/Spotify) reflecting on the explosive growth of podcasting, Kathy Tu (Nancy/WNYC) talking about why podcasting is the perfect medium for queer storytelling and Australian podcast royalty Wendy Zukerman on audio journalism and the struggles of covering COVID-19.
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in virtual workshops, meet-ups, and on-on-one chats, and Leah Harris from Spotify will be fielding live podcast pitches at the event.
Audiocraft co-founder Kate Montague said in a statement: “The Australian audio industry has been through immense change since our first Audiocraft Podcast Festival five years ago. The market is at it’s healthiest stage yet and with more and more listeners tuning in, now is the perfect time for creatives, marketers, advertisers and brands alike to be exploring the medium.
“As the leading podcast creative agency in Australia, we understand all the elements needed to create the perfect podcast. The festival is our chance to share our expertise and bring together the best in the industry for some quality conversations.”
Spotify partnerships lead Prithi Dey added: “Spotify is thrilled to be the lead partner of this year’s Audiocraft Podcast Festival. As the podcast industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, powerful storytelling has never been more potent than ever.
“Around the globe, we’re seeing more voices than ever come to the medium for the first time, from independent creators to A-list talent. We’re thrilled to see more people engaging with this intimate and immersive medium, and are excited to hear from both creators and industry executives on how they see podcasts developing in the coming months and years.”
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