World Listening Day 2021 – The Unquiet Earth

World Listening Day 2021 – The Unquiet Earth

World Listening Day, July 18, 2021: THE UNQUIET EARTH, opens its registration portal today for this year’s 24-hour stream and live event listings around the world. 

CHICAGO– The 11th annual World Listening Day, a free, global celebration of sound and listening, occurs for 24 hours on Sunday, July, 18, 2021, a date honoring one of the early thought leaders in the realm of acoustic ecology, sound art and sound studies, Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. Listeners of all kinds are invited to host and participate in three activity types: 24-hour streamed program hosted by the World Listening Project, self-organized and initiated local live and public events in your own locale, and/or your own personal celebrations. The 24-hour #WLD2021 stream program will be curated by the #WLD2021 steering committee who will produce and host that event on Full event guidelines may be found on the website and questions directed to

All participants may register here:

Registration to submit work to be included in World Listening Day’s 24-hour Stream remains open through June 19, 2021. 

Registration for live events to be included in World Listening Day public listings and cross promotion remains open until July 17, 2021.

Raquel Castro with WLD logo
Raquel Castro, creator of “The Unquiet Earth” theme for WLD2021.


Each year a theme is created by someone with a deep connection to the act of listening. Lisbon-based filmmaker, curator and researcher, Raquel Castro, created the theme for 2021. ”The Unquiet Earth” is an invitation to reflect on and engage with the constant murmur of the Earth, sounds beyond the threshold of human hearing, to remind ourselves that we share this mysterious and awesome planet. Castro shares that, ”Small, hidden, subterranean,aerial, underwater, infra and ultrasonic sounds, inaudible to the naked ear, can bring a new, potentially hopeful, perspective on the future of the planet and humanity. Listening as activism encourages us to question our attitudes as listeners as we aim to construct a more inclusive and empathetic new world. Join the unquiet revolution!”

Activities include soundwalks, installations, field recording and sound making workshops, privately streamed performances and an array of other artistic, scientific, activist, interdisciplinary and personal events and works calling participants to listen.

Soundwalkers on WLD2019 in Chicago
Montreal-based artist Amanda Gutierrez (front left) leads augmented reality soundwalk titled, “Walking With the Limits of Gender” on World Listening Day 2019 for the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Summer Soundwalks In the Parks series, partnered with Nightingale and the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In the Parks program. Photo by Adrian Wood 2019.


The World Listening Project (WLP) is a not-for-profit organisation devoted to fostering understanding of the world and its natural environment, societies and cultures through the practices of listening and field recording. The WLP was founded in 2008 and is supported by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, a U.S. affiliate member organization of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

# # #