Sewer Festival in Hilversum, the Netherlands
The media city of Hilversum will soon stage a world first: The Sewer festival!
It’s a unique sound project that can be heard at street level from the city sewer system. From 18 to 21 May 2005 sound will be heard coming from the drains in town center. During the four-day period the city of Hilversum will expand in size and activity with the addition of an acoustic subway network, including subway stations, subway musicians, and many ear-opening sounds.
This will be the very first performance of its kind. It has been given the name
‘rioolFest©H’sum2005’. (Riool=Sewer in Dutch)
The rioolFest©H’sum2005 sound project is the brainchild of sound artist Willem Davids, who is also responsible for making it happen. “The sound source, the heart of the festival, is a purpose-built speaker assembly that is placed in the sewers main pipe.
Sounds in this pipe must travel their way out of sewer system by rising to all connected sump grates at street level. The grates act as sound speakers through the open surface water system. It’s that simple, but very out of the ordinary at the same time.“
Media city with a special sewer system
Willem Davids (52) is a Hilversum radio maker with 30 years of experience who also makes documentaries for ‘RVU-Educational Broadcast Organization’. His love of sound, his craving to experiment and the character of Hilversum (city with a special storm water sewer system), are the main sources of inspiration for this project.
Davids: ”It’s no coincidence that the festival is held in the centre of Hilversum, or rather, rising from the city centre. I live here and it’s the media city.”
According to Davids the sound project can be experienced in different ways. “Firstly, the shopping public will be taken by surprise when they hear sounds emerging from the pavement. Or you could pause to listen around one of the many sump grates, to enjoy an imaginary grand subway station and everything that goes with it.” Davids sees possibilities for sewer festivals all over Europe.
The rioolfestival ‘rioolFest©H’sum2005’ is being supported by the Hilversum Council. The Council is also providing help with the publicity and technical support.
Sound technician ‘JanSfax’ Rotterdam
Technical center: café ‘Het Wapen van Hilversum”
Dienst Waterbeheer en Riolering (DWR)
Website: www.rioolfest.nl This Press Release in Dutch
Info not for publicity.
Willem Davids, organization