International Audio Arts Festival

April 4th-7th 2019

Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland



HearSay17  Overview

Programme & Schedule

Programmed events will begin on Friday afternoon, with lots of opportunities for listening and interacting from the beginning. And don’t worry if you don’t know anyone else who’s going to the festival, there'll be lots of opportunities to interact and be introduced right from the beginning


All HearSay events will take place within a few hundred metres of each other. It’s a very small village


In 2014, which was the inaugural year of the festival, we had around 50 sessions in 15 locations around the village ranging from peoples' living rooms to churches, pubs to coffee shops, libraries to schoolrooms.  In 2015 there were 84 events.


There were talks and "Conversations with", Dark Delights (blindfold tasting with audio performance), and Audio Agony Aunts. There were live collaborations, audio performances, and a cafe where every item on the menu was a conversation topic to do with sound, walks in the dark and an Audio Wake. People browsed a pop-up radio museum, wandered with a locative sound app of the village, and participated in a listening/memory session in the barbers.


HearSay is about encountering ideas and creators you mightn't have been aware of. We want participants to ‘stumble upon' inspiration. Therefore for sessions hosted by local people in their kitchens and living room, the host contributor isn't known until the tea is poured.  


In this carnival of audio, you quickly realise that you can’t be at every session and its fine to simply go for coffee or a pint and just talk. A lot of the magic at HearSay takes place in unexpected conversations.


There's no distinction between those who contribute and those who attend. No session or contributor 'headlines' and when contributors' sessions are done, contributors get to sit in and be inspired and engage at the others' sessions.


A core part of the ethos of the festival is that it is inspiration and celebration. The barriers between creators, broadcaster, and passionate listener are removed and we all get a few days to remind ourselves why we do what we do and what we love.

The HearSay Audio Prize 2017


One of the initial drivers in making people aware of the Festival was the HearSay Prize. It attracted entries from 5 continents this year. The 2017  HearSay Audio Prize Shortlist Nominees and the Winners have been announced Click here to get all the details.


Creating New Work/Celebrating Existing Work There are two entry streams in 2017, one for new work made especially for the prize and the other for great work already broadcast/performed. This year's special categories to encourage entries from specific disciplines include Radio Art, audio fiction, (true) storytelling, use of sound, amongst others.


Flights to HearSay for EVERY Award Winner This year EVERY award winner will (among many other great prizes) recieve a free flight to Ireland from anywhere in the world  to join us for the HearSay17 Festival.  And if you've already booked your ticket, your flight costs will be be reimbursed!

Planning Your Journey:  The two nearest Airports are Cork and Shannon (just outside Limerick City). Both are around 60 minutes drive.  Dublin Airport is 2.5 hours drive (220km) Detailed travel information is available under Getting To HearSay

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