Over 6 months in 2018, Action Hero are travelling over 30,000km across Europe in a motorhome, recording songs of love, hope, heartbreak, loss and desire, sung by the people we meet. This ever-evolving archive will be broadcasting 24/7 from beacons placed, by us, at literal edges of the continent, but also the invisible boundaries, margins, cultural junctures and geological edgelands of Europe.

The locations of 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. Keep checking the map as more beacons will be added during the journey.

For more about the project, see here.

At various points on the journey, we will be in situ making recordings inside our motorhome, which doubles as a recording studio and our home whilst we’re on the road. See the Journey page to see where we’re going and where we’ve been so far.

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

30000km

30countries

1000's of songs

Route
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 Belgium Netherlands 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
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

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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