The 9th Annual Hear Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival
Online June 24-27, 2021

The Hear Now Festival is a gathering place where the work of master storytellers is celebrated and shared. Attendees are immersed in a rich mix of live performances, panel discussions, playback sessions, hands-on workshops, and thought-provoking looks at the cutting edge of storytelling in the 21st century.

The 2021 Hear Now Festival is entirely a virtual event. We are hoping to resume our traditional, in-person event in Kansas City in 2022, if circumstances around COVID-19 permit. Please check back to this site for details.

View the entire schedule of events and presenters.
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Hear Learn workshops present opportunities to learn from established professionals.
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A juried compeititon that lets you hear the best of today’s audio fiction and sound art.

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Now Playing

Thursday, June 24, 2021

June 24-27 Podcast Palooza

Launches at 1:00 PM June 24

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Mark Twain Narrators

2:00 PM CDT

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Understanding and Using Foley Effects

6:00 PM CDT

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Innovations in Storytelling: Fred Greenhalgh

7:00 PM CDT

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ARTC: Lady Sherlock

8:00 PM CDT
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Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama

9:00 PM CDT
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Producing Horror Audio Fiction

10:00 PM CDT
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NATF After Party

11:00 PM CDT
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Attendees! What did you like best at the festival? Vote for your favorites!

Click these links to get details and vote:

Best NATF Playhouse or Live Peformance Events

VOTING CLOSES AT 4:30 PM CT ON SUNDAY, JUNE 27

Best Podcast Palooza Submissions

VOTING CLOSES AT 11:59 PM CT ON FRIDAY, JULY 23

Please respect the integrity of these polls and only vote for events you actually attended or submissions  you listened to. Thanks!

NATF Thanks Our Sponsors and Supporters

The Hear Now Festival is funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Missouri Arts Council.

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