Oh Europa

a 30,000 km long journey collecting love songs

Oh Europa is a collection of works that spans a continent and seeks to re-imagine the ways we in which we think about Europe and how we continue to share this space together.

In 2018, Action Hero moved out of their house and into a motorhome. Over 6 months, they drove 32,000km and visited 33 European countries. Along the way, they asked the people they met to sing them a love song. In 2019 the journey is continuing and more love songs are being added to the archive.

To date, Action Hero have activated a network of 43 beacons to broadcast these love songs, positioned on borders and edge-spaces across the continent. An epic song cycle broadcasting loud and clear from the thresholds of Europe, every new love song collected is added to the beacons, transmitting 24/7 and audible to anyone who visits and tunes in.

RadiOh Europa is an 8 hour performance and act of collective listening where Action Hero play every single love song they’ve collected. Its a deep-listening experience; a vast pan-European broadcast of voices from across the continent singing about love, desire, heartbreak, hope and longing. RadiOh Europa premiered at Transform International festival in Leeds in May 2019.

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Research and Development for this project was funded by Arts Council England

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.