Over 6 months in 2018, Action Hero travelled over 33,000km across Europe in a motorhome. On the way they asked the people they met to sing them a love song. This ever-evolving archive is now broadcasting 24/7 from beacons placed, by the artists, on the borders, invisible boundaries, margins, cultural junctures and geological edgelands of Europe.

The locations of these beacons currently transmitting love songs can be seen on the map above, along with video taken from the site. If you want to listen to the broadcast, navigate to the beacon nearest you using the Oh Europa app, which is available for both IoS and Android.

In 2019 we will continue to travel through Europe making recordings inside our motorhome, which doubles as a recording studio and our home whilst we’re on the road. We’ll also be presenting a handful of performances at various locations where you can hear all the love songs we’ve collected.

For more about Action Hero and our other work, visit our website.

Concept and performance: Action Hero
Dramaturgy: David Williams
Sound Consultant: Duncan Speakman
Graphic design: Graeme Swinton at Actually
Technologist: David Haylock at Watershed Pervasive Media Studio
Android Logic Sculptor: Elliot Long at Elroid Ltd
Co-produced with Farnham Maltings (UK). Co-commissioned by Transform (UK), Matchbox (DE) and Farnham Maltings (UK). Supported by British Council, Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio (UK), Vooruit (BE), Latitudes Contemporaines (FR), Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (GR), Anti Festival (FI), Ördögkatlan Festival (HU), Interdisciplinarte (IT), Romanian Association For Performing Arts (RU) and Bristol Old Vic Ferment (UK). Action Hero are a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.

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6months

31598km

33countries

1000's of songs

Route
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UK Ireland 2729km
2
Spain Portugal 4318km
3
Portugal Spain 6120km
4
Spain France Switzerland 7307km
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Switzerland France Luxembourg Germany 8205km
6
Germany Austria 8948km
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Austria Germany Belgium Netherlands 10661km
8
Belgium France 10808km
9
France Belgium 11190km
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Belgium Netherlands Germany Denmark 12299km
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Denmark Sweden Finland Norway 14830km
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Norway Finland 16888km
13
Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Poland 18435km
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Poland Czech Republic Slovakia Austria Slovenia 19691km
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Slovenia Croatia Hungary 20280km
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Hungary Croatia Serbia FYROM 21197km
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FYROM Greece 22126km
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Greece 22435km
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Greece Italy 23195km
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Italy Switzerland 23901km
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Switzerland Germany 24458km
22
Germany Finland 25296km
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Finland 25709km
24
Finland Netherlands Germany Czech republic Slovakia 27704km
25
Slovakia Hungary Romania 28917km
26
Romania Hungary Austria Germany Belgium France UK 31598km
Route Mobile
1
UK Ireland 2729km
2
Spain Portugal 4318km
3
Portugal Spain 6120km
4
Spain France Switzerland 7307km
5
Switzerland France Luxembourg Germany 8205km
6
Germany Austria 8948km
7
Austria Germany Netherlands Belgium 10661km
8
Belgium France 10808km
9
France Belgium 11190km
10
Belgium Netherlands Germany Denmark 12299km
11
Denmark Sweden Finland Norway 14830km
12
Norway Finland 16888km
13
Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Poland 18435km
14
Poland Czech Republic Slovakia Austria Slovenia 19691km
15
Slovenia Croatia Hungary 20280km
16
Hungary Croatia Serbia FYROM 21197km
17
FYROM Greece 22126km
18
Greece 22435km
19
Greece Italy 23195km
20
Italy Switzerland 23901km
21
Switzerland Germany 24458km
22
Germany Finland 25296km
23
Finland 25709km
24
Finland Netherlands Germany Czech Republic Slovakia 27704km
25
Slovakia Hungary Romania 28917km
26
Romania Hungary Austria Germany Belgium France UK 31598km

Find Us

TransformLeeds, UK – 23-27 Apr
MatchboxNeustadt, DE – 25-26 May
Latitudes ContemporaineLille, FR – 10-15 Jun
Openbare Werken VooruitGent, BE – 21-24 Jun

Ördögkatlan FestivalHU – 31 Jul-4 Aug
SNFCC – Athens, GR – 22-25 Aug
Interdiscipinarte – Terni, IT – 30 Aug-3 Sep
MatchboxHambach, DE – 10th-16th Sep

Anti FestivalKuopio, FI – 25-29 Sep
Bucharest Intl Platform – Bucharest, RO – 11-14 Oct
Grand Theatre – Groningen, NL – 3-4 Oct
Ferment, Bristol Old Vic – Bristol, UK – 20 Oct

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