International Audio Arts Festival
November 17th-19th 2017
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A not for profit initiative (currently organised on a voluntary basis) that aims to celebrate and inspire creative audio around the world.
Home of the HearSay Audio Prize - celebrating excellence in creative audio of all disciplines with 9 different Awards. In 2015 there were entries from 24 countries. ALL Award winners received flights from anywhere in the world to HearSay2015! The HearSay Prize 2015 winners
The organisation behind the incredible HearSay International Audio Festival - Three days and nights of sound, story and sharing taking over the mountain village of Kilfinane in Co. Limerick, Ireland (population 700)
Rikke Houd (Denmark) Kaitlin Prest (Canada) Tony Churnside (UK) Niall Brady (Ireland) Jesse Cox (Australia) Benoit Bories (France) Jonathan Mitchell (USA) Ronan Kelly (Ireland) Aline Pénitot (France) Sam Greenspan (USA) Jimmy Eadie (Ireland) Louis Kornfeld (USA) Chris Brookes (Canada) Eleanor McDowall (UK) Tim Desmond (Ireland) Sharon Mashihi (USA) Diarmuid McIntyre (Ireland) Luke Clancy (Ireland) Helen Keen (UK) Mairead O'Connor (Ireland) La Cosa Preziosa (Italy) Kevin Thornton (Ireland) Nina Garthwaite (UK) Helen Zaltzman (UK) Ciaran Kissane (Ireland) Sarah Blake (Ireland) Neil Sandell (Canada/France) Kevin Brew (Ireland) Michael Umney (UK) Laurent Baraton (France) Mary Elaine Tynan (Ireland) Alan Hall (UK) Cristín Leach Hughes (Ireland) Miriam Underhill (UK) Tadhg O'Sullivan (Ireland) Ed Baxter (UK) Mary McDonnell (Ireland) Annie McEwen (Canada) Deirdre O'Shaughnessy (Ireland) Julia Barton (USA) Hurdy Gurdy (Ireland) Limerick Gospel Choir (Ireland) In the Dark (Bristol) (UK) Eugene Boyle (Ireland) Grace Digney (UK/Ire) Conor Garrett (UK/IRE) Steven Rajam (UK) Eoin O'Kelly (Ireland) Zoe Comyns (Ireland) The Resonance Radio Orchestra (UK) Cathy FitzGerald (UK) Laura Morris (France) Brendan Baker (USA)
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“A magical, informative, inspiring experience.” ::: “A brilliant and inspiring festival well worth visiting.” ::: “An extraordinary adventure into sound. The perfect festival.” :;: “Completely magical, slightly mad, unexpected, unconventional, surprising and wonderful.” ::: “A new kind of audio festival that presented fresh ideas in intimate ways, grounded in a rich and welcoming community.” ::: “Woodstock for radio!”
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The HearSay Audio Prize 2017 is now OPEN FOR ENTRIES with a different submission schedule than originally planned. We have now aligned it much closer with the Festival - our apologies to those who were waiting frantically for the submission button to be active. You've a few more weeks to prepare something beautiful!
The Final Deadline is the 28th of February 2017. We've had a number of requests to make the prize even more accessible and so we have both kept the Full entry fee the same and introduced a new EARLYBIRD deadline with an entry fee reduced by 30%. The EARLYBIRD deadline is 15th December 2016.
The 2017 Prize has a similar structure and rules to the previous prize with two streams 'CELEBRATE' for existing audio work (which can be reworked) produced before the 31st December 2016, and 'CREATE' for new audio created especially for the prize. Entries must be between two and seven minutes in duration. There are nine awards altogether and yes the prizes include Flights to Ireland from anywhere in the world for HearSay2017. In 2015 winners were flown from Canada, Argentina, Israel, Italy, England and Australia!
The Theme of the next HearSay International Audio Festival dates have been announced as "Discovery". We're really looking forward to putting together a magical programme drawn from across the creative audio disciplines. An open invitation for contributor proposals for HearSay2017 will be announced in late November 2016. The third HearSay Festival will be held in Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland on the 17th-19th November 2017. Start planning your trip to Ireland in 2017. . Registration for HearSay2017 will open in Spring 2017.
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