International Audio Arts Festival

April 4th-7th 2019

Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland



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HearSay Audio Prize 2021

Online Live Listens to Shortlisted Pieces

as part of HearSay Homefires.

Awards Ceremony 14th May 2021



The HearSay International Audio Arts Festival 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 mission is a simple one: To carve out a unique space to inspire the creative audio community around the world and to enrich the cultural and economic life of our home community in Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, a mountain village in South-West Ireland.


Every two years (excepting those which fall in the middle of a global pandemic), for the four days and nights of the HearSay International Audio Festival, Kilfinane also becomes the home of the worlds finest audio makers (present and future!)

What's happening at HearSay HomeFires (Schedule HERE)

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HearSay HomeFires : 7th-14th May 2021

This will be an online & completely FREE event

#HearSayHomeFires is #NotYourNormalHearSay


We’re still here. You’re still there. But this year we cannot meet in person.


From 7th to 14th May 2021, HearSay HomeFires will take place online.

A festival of remembering and unearthing, HearSay HomeFires is free to attend.


HearSay is a unique live event that brings audio makers of all disciplines from all over the world together, with the people of Kilfinane, who host the festival and share their town, welcoming HearSay onto their streets and into their pubs and homes since 2014.  World class audio in an Irish mountain village. Two communities discovering each other. A love of place. A love of sound. A shared space for new ideas and unexpected connections. HearSay is a kind of magic you can’t find anywhere else.


HomeFires won't be HearSay, it's not even going to try imitate a normal HearSay.

It's an invitation to listen, to connect, to drop in, to rebuild a sense of place, to renew a belief in life's possiblities.  


In 2021, let’s check back in, reminding and recalling, in our rooms all over the world and in Kilfinane itself, what life is like when we open our ears, what community means to us, and what happens when two communities meet.

There will be a premiere of a documentary film on HearSay17, an exploration of dance and sound, a lecture that is not what what it seems, a new podcast, a sonic pub quiz, screen dance, audio baking together, and of course, a virtual pub.  


There will be 'live listens' to the HearSay Audio Prize shortlists with creators joining us from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany,Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Norway, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, UK, & USA to present their work before an announcment of winners at the HearSay Prize Award Ceremony on May 14th.


All the audio works scheduled alongside the HearSay Prize have a Kilfinane connection. There will be live streamed presentations of pieces created over the last 25 years by visiting artists, in colloborations with Kilfinane people, created by artists from the surrounding areas, or made in Kilfinane for broadcast elsewhere. There'll be fragments of installations, reports from previous HearSays, features made for Irish Broadcasters pieces made for HearSay, rebroadcasts, remixes.

Its a chance to immerse yourself in the life of Kilfinane beyond the Festival, revisit community festivals, hurling commentary, wildlife walks, community choirs, campaigns, strikes, lived lives, old folks parties, pubs, rambling houses, amateur drama, poetry, craft groups, musicians, local history, and soundscapes.


For those still under Covid restrictions in Limerick, on the physical streets of Kilfinane there will also be a hint of summers to come with bunting and installations in public spaces to encounter.


We're digging in the archives, reworking materials, and opening our online doors to the world.

This year, we are bringing it all back home.


The HearSay HomeFires schedule is here 

In the meantime, please register to join us.


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