Celtic Media Festival TORC for Pantisocracy – Best Radio Magazine Show 2018

At the Celtic Media Festival 2018 – our Pantisocracy Christmas Special was awarded a prestigious TORC award for Excellence in the ‘Best Radio Magazine Show’ category



RTÉ Head of Arts & Culture Ann Marie Power presents Celtic Media Torc to presenter of Pantisocracy Panti Bliss


What the Celtic Media Festival judges said in awarding the best magazine show to Pantisocracy:

“The winner stood out because it was one of those rare moments where you cannot tear yourself away from the Radio. It was emotional, funny, sad, brave and incredibly engaging.

The presenter handled the conversations brilliantly and managed to convey a sense of belonging but also reflected what it might be like to not quite fit in. Inadvertent misfits but with truly authentic voices.
So this year’s brilliant winner is Pantisocracy.”


In this special Christmas Day edition of Pantisocracy, – host Panti Bliss is joined by film maker Lenny Abrahamson, performer Gavin Friday, Grace Toland, Director of ITMA, Sean-Nós singer Róisín Elsafty and artist Amanda Coogan for a ‘cabaret of conversations’ about home, memory and belonging.

Panti and her guests

Panti and her wonderful guests

On a day that, for many of us, brings us back to our sense of ourselves and childhood, Pantisocracy explores ‘the heart of memory, the song of home’. What story does Christmas tell of us? more information and content on the episode webpage.


listen back to this award-winning episode in full


This is the second Celtic Media Festival award won by Athena Media as we won a TORC for the radio sports series Winning Women: After the Games in 2013.



Pantisocracy’s production team is Rory O’Neill (aka Panti Bliss), Helen Shaw, John Howard and Pearse O’Caoimh.