Sound Scene is an annual free and interactive audio arts festival organized by the DC Listening Lounge, an audio collective of Washington, DC-based sound artists and enthusiasts.
Now in its 14th year, this all-ages public festival celebrates the creativity of artists from Washington, DC and around the world. Sound Scene celebrates sound through audio art installations; live performances of dance, music, and spoken word; and small group workshops that explore acoustics, beat-making, sound production, sonic meditation, group improvisation, and more. Sound Scene typically features the combined talents of more than 50 artists and partners such as the DC Public Library’s Center for Accessibility, the Kennedy Center / National Symphony Orchestra, the PRX Podcast Garage, WPFW, and Rhizome DC.
Since 2016, Sound Scene has been hosted by the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and presented as a two-day full museum takeover. The event has broken attendance records for the museum. In 2019, Sound Scene attracted more than 14,000 attendees over 2 days.