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Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland


International Audio   Arts Festival

November 17th-19th 2017


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Celebrating & Inspiring Creative Audio

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HearSay is ...

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 11 different Awards. In 2015 there were entries from 24 countries. ALL Award winners received flights from anywhere in the world to HearSay2015! The 2015 shortlist    The HearSay Prize 2015 winners


The organisation behind the incredible HearSay International Audio Festival - 3 days and nights of sound, story and sharing taking over the mountain village of Kilfinane in Co. Limerick, Ireland (population 700)

Celebrating & Inspiring Creative Audio


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Our HearSay Family has grown! Hundreds of people came to #HearSay2015 from 25 countries. 84 events took place in 19 venues over 3 magical days last November. The third HearSay Festival will take place in November 2017 with the Hearsay Audio Prize 2016 closing this November.

“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 2016 opens in September. The #HearSayPrize2016 will open for entries on Tuesday 20th September 2016 and will close on Tuesday 22nd of November 2016. The 2016 Prize will have a similar structure and rules  to the HearSay Prize 2015 with two streams 'Celebrate' for existing audio work (which can be reworked) and 'Create' for new audio created especially for the prize.


The dates of the next HearSay International Audio Festival dates have been fixed!  We're taking time to ensure the magic grows and continues. 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. 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 this October. Registration for HearSay2017 will open in Spring 2017.


There's more! Details of our first HearSay Residency will be announced this Autumn/Fall with yet more exciting developments in the pipeline.


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Passion and free-flowing inspiration with a real sense of community


Audio Everywhere- a hub of audio activity and interactions between creators and listeners. Events take place in ever nook and cranny from village streets to hair salons, sitting rooms to churches!


Collaboration & creativity - crossing disciplines, passionate discussions, compelling insights, creative challenges and the most compelling audio from around the world.


International award-winning contributors from all disciplines of creative audio radio features, film sound,  sound art, theatre sound, music, audio fiction ...