Podcastfestival 2020
18 en 19 september online & offline

The world looks different, and so does the Podcastfestival 2020. The third edition of the Dutch Podcastfestival will take place online and at selected locations from September 18-19. For the first time, this year’s festival is based around a theme: invisible.

Audio is invisible. We cannot see sound. But through podcasts we give shape and meaning to hidden worlds, we reveal voices who in turn change how we see the world around us. For example, what is it like to be visually impaired in the Netherlands?

Tatjana and Sander, who won the pitch competition at last year’s Podcastfestival, will premiere their Podcast De Witte Stok (the white cane). We’ll also talk to Alix Spiegel, one of the creators of NPR’s Invisibilia podcast. Due to the measures surrounding the COVID, we can’t meet in large numbers. This makes this year’s visitors invisible to each other, so we won’t see you at the Podcastfestival. Or will we?

In August we will announce locations where visitors can experience parts of the programme in a live setting. Everything from those locations will be streamed to the festival website, where you can buy your ticket for the online festival now.

Onzichtbaar - we zien je niet op het podcastfestival!


What does the programme look like?

This year, for the first time, the Podcast festival programme is spread over two days and part of the programme takes place online, because unfortunately we cannot get together with many people.

The first day of the festival, 18 September, will be the date of the first Dutch podcast conference. This is the only part of the festival programme that takes place completely offline and physically in the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. The programme of this conference will therefore not be streamed. This day is aimed at people who are professionally involved in podcasting, both Dutch and non-Dutch speaking. Due to the social distancing measures there is room for a maximum of 100 attendees.

On the evening of 18 September we will open the virtual festival site. Anyone with a festival or conference ticket can listen to or join the conversation. On Saturday 19 September you can listen to the entire programme live via the website. Afterwards, you can also listen back to the parts you missed as a podcast.

Online? What about offline?

This year’s Podcastfestival will take place in at least three locations at the same time in the Netherlands. This means you can enjoy the festival programme and meet other podcast makers and fans at those locations, if you have a ticket. Due to the social distancing measures, tickets for live attendance will be very limited. Everything that happens at these locations can also be followed online at the online festival site, where a number of online only parts of the programme will also take place.

Is there also an English-language programme?

This year, for the first time, part of the programme will be presented partly in English. This will take place in the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam-Noord, and of course you can follow it online via www.podcastfestival.nl.

When will the programme be announced?

The programme will be announced step-by-step from August via our newsletter and on the website. Sign up through this website.

What if there is a second lockdown in September?

Then we will move the entire programme to the online festival site.

The Podcast Festival 2020 is made possible by the Creative Industries Fund NL, The Democracy and Media Foundation, the Dutch Journalism Fund, the Dutch national fund for the visually impaired, the Dutch Catholic Fund for the Visually Impaired, The Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision, Hindenburg and in cooperation with Tolhuistuin, Oneworld Magazine, VPRO Gids, Women Inc and Dag en Nacht Media.

Het Podcastfestival 2019 wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door het Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, het Stimuleringsfonds voor de Creatieve Industrie, Stichting Democratie & Media, het Nederlands Letterenfonds, het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, audio-editing app Hindenburg en Auto.nl, in samenwerking met Tolhuistuin en Dag en Nacht Media. Het bezoek van Tim Howard wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door het International Visitors Programme van Het Nieuwe Instituut met steun van het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken.