by Abhishek Thapar
A Piece about Love by Action Hero
What does Europe sound like? This question is explored by the artist duo Action Hero. Since 2018, Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse have been on the road with their camper van, inviting people to sing. They have already traveled through 34 European countries and met over a thousand people who sang love songs to them in a variety of languages. These songs about love in all its forms have been recorded in their mobile studio. This treasure trove of recordings will be lovingly arranged into a radio show that can be heard exclusively for one day.
At the end of the Ruhrfestspiele, the love songs from Recklinghausen and all over Europe will be heard on the Grüner Hügel:
Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse invite you to their radio show, where you can discover the love songs and their special stories. No political posturing, no hollow rhetoric or empty sound bites - these love songs from Europe convey a message that goes straight to the heart. You can hear friends singing together, children and their parents, people who have come to Europe from other parts of the world, people who are going back to their roots. You realize how similar the issues are that connect all of us at the core. You can experience eight hours of live broadcasting from the Ruhrfestspielhaus directly on site or via the internet at the own radio station RadiOh Europa. Come for a moment and stay for hours; it's hard to tear yourself away again. Listen to voices from Greece, Latvia or Ireland, hear your neighbors, or maybe your own love song. That's how versatile the sound of Europe is.
On June 7 and 8, Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse will already record voices and songs from Recklinghausen in their camper van. Come by and join in.
You can visit the live radio broadcast at any time. A digital broadcast is available on the radio station RadiOh Europa.
Language: in English, no language skills required
Free of charge
Join in and sing love songs in the mobile recording studio:
June 7, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Altstadtmarkt
June 8, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in front of the Ruhrfestspiele
In June, Action Hero will come to Recklinghausen and invites you and the entire city community to sing about love - no matter in which language! At two locations in Recklinghausen, the camper van will become a cosy recording studio for a few hours. Become part of a great journey: Visit the mobile home of Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse and record your favourite love song.
Photo: Lukasz Michalak
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