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In 2022, Side Street Studio Arts in collaboration with the Ghostly Podcast launched the Dark Matters podcast festival, a Weekend of Deep, Dark, and Demented Podcasts. The festival boasted live recordings of some of the best local dark-themed podcasts.

Drawing on the success of the inaugural event, Dark Matters returned in 2023 with an even stronger lineup. 2024 marks a change.

On February 24th Dark Matters will return as the first installment of Audio Matters, a new series of live podcasting events.
Joining Dark Matters are Laughing Matters (May 11th) a celebration of comedic podcasts, and Gray Matters (November 23rd), a celebration of informative podcasts.

All three will be full day events highlighting the best that podcasting offers!

The Audio Matters events will hopefully open up our local audience to new and interesting podcasts, and give podcasters the opportunity to not only expand their listenership, but to also experience feedback from a live audience.
Submissions for Dark Matters are now open and can be found on Side Street Studio Arts website. Submissions for Laughing Matters open on January 18th, and for Gray Matters on July 30th.

All questions in regards to Audio Matters can be directed to Side Street Studio Arts Director of Special Projects, Nick Mataragas at

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