Thanks for your message – the item will appear on the Radio Netherlands website tomorrow (Wednesday), but in the meantime the artist’s name is Willem Davids and his own website is http://www.rioolfest.nl
From: A Bocaner
Posted At: Thursday, June 16, 2005 5:50 PM
Posted To: letters
Conversation: the sewer festival/Dutch Horizons
Subject: the sewer festival/Dutch Horizons
I’m unhappy that cities around the world today look more and more alike, with the same shops, the same restaurant franchises, and the same advertising billboards, and so on, and I don’t like the way we’re so often harassed by noise in public spaces, but somehow the Sewer Festival in Hilversum strikes me as an absolutely brilliant idea. Perhaps because it makes people more aware of their surroundings, rather than less. I can imagine people starting to look around when they hear these unexpected sounds. They probably notice the sewer grates for the first time, and they might even look at other people and maybe even smile. How ironic! Maybe they even start to wonder what other secrets their city has been keeping.
I want to thank you for a great story. I listen to the radio for hours every day and it’s mostly rather depressing stories about things I’d rather not know about. This one, however, made my day. I love hearing about creative people who get us to think in new ways about what we take for granted.
I looked for the artist’s name on your website, but didn’t find it. Thank him for me.
Le Bourg, Sonac, France