International Audio Arts Festival

29th September - 1st October 2017

Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland



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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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Our mission is a simple one: "To create a home that celebrates and inspires creative audio all around the world. "


For three days and three nights this autumn that home is Kilfinane, a mountain village in Ireland that for the duration of the HearSay Audio Festival is taken over by the worlds finest audio makers. In 2015 that meant 84 incredible events in every nook and cranny of the village in a joyful gathering of audio adventurers from 25 countries. Come September 29th 2017 the magic begins again!


HearSay hosts international award-winning contributors from all disciplines of creative audio; radio features, film sound, sound art, theatre sound, music, audio fiction. Hearsay fosters collaboration & imagination, compelling insights, creative challenges, unique experiences with no name badges. HearSay means passion and free-flowing inspiration rooted in a real sense of community


Our process for expressing interest in receiving an Invitation to HearSay17 CLOSED on June 22nd. At the end of June, We invited people from 25 countries to join us for HearSay17. Crew Applications and Pitching Ideas are also now CLOSED.


NEWS UPDATE August 9th 2017 -- Though HearSay17 is completely booked out, we will be opening up a LIMITED Number of additional places at HearSay17 over the coming weeks in conjunction with Festival Announcements.  These places will be allocated to and drawn from a Reserve List which is now open.

News Update 27th July 2017 --- We're celebrating the release of the 2017 HearSay  Audio Prize Shortlists with TEN #HearSay17 places drawn from the NEW Reserve List on 1st August.  JOIN THE RESERVE LIST HERE!  


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Updated 11th August


Eric Nuzum (USA) 

Rikke Houd (Denmark)  

Kaitlin Prest (Canada) 

Douglas Murray (USA) 

Steven Rajam (UK) 

Diarmuid McIntyre (Ireland) 

Katherina Smets (Belgium) 

The Empathy Museum (UK)

Jonathan Mitchell (USA)

Michael O'Kane (Ireland) 

Julia Barton (USA) 

In the Dark Bristol (UK) 

Cathy Fitzgerald (UK) 

Cristal Duhaime (Canada) 

Phil Smith (UK/Germany) 

Slavek Kwi (Slovakia) 

Brett Ascarelli (Sweden) 

Veronica Simmonds (Canada)

Andrea Rangecroft (UK)

Eran Sachs (Israel)

Laurent Baraton (France)

Salon Du Chat (Ireland) 

Lucy Dearlove (UK)

Phoebe Wang (USA) 

Zoe Comyns (Ireland) 

Mark Vernon (UK) 

Chris Brookes (Canada) 

La Cosa Preziosa (Italy) 

Alexander Adams (USA)

Jessica Foley (Ireland) 

Rachel Ni Chiunn (Ireland) 

Meira Asher (Israel) 

Emer Horgan (Ireland) 

Peregrine Andrews (UK) 

Johnny Spence (Canada)

Ingrid Leonard (Belgium) 

Geoff Marsh (UK) 

Fatos Vladi (Albania) 

Robin Parmar (Canada/Ireland) 

Steve Fanagan (Ireland) 

In the Dark London (UK) 

Annie McEwen (Canada)

Grace Digney (Ireland)

Rob Byers (USA)

Ed Baxter (UK)

Ciaran Kissane (Ireland) 

Inne Eysermans (Belgium)

Benjamin Partridge (UK) 

Diane McCorry (USA)

Caroline Hennessy (Ireland)

Matt Kielty (USA)

& many more to be announced!

The 2017 HearSay Prize Shortlists NEW - The HearSay Prize Winners!