Radio Silence: Listening Party

15 Apr 2018
12pm - 2pm
Independence Visitor Center, Liberty View Ballroom, 599 Market St, Philadelphia

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Radio Silence, by Michael Rakowitz and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

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Radio Silence, by Michael Rakowitz and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

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Radio Silence, by Michael Rakowitz and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

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Radio Silence, by Michael Rakowitz and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Mural Arts Philadelphia presents a public listening party to celebrate the launch of a multi-episode radio broadcast for Radio Silence, a project conceived by artist Michael Rakowitz in 2017. The event is free; RSVP is required.

Inspired by famed Iraqi broadcaster Bahjat Abdulwahed, who lived in Philadelphia as a refugee until his death last year, Radio Silence premiered in a large-scale performance on Independence Mall in summer 2017. Featuring Rakowitz as the host, the performance included performances and storytelling by members of the local Iraqi refugee community, a special “house band” ensemble of musicians in the Arab tradition led by Pew Fellow Hanna Khoury, followed by Iraqi cooking demonstrations.