International Audio Arts Festival

April 4th-7th 2019

Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland




Eavesdrop on live conversations between creators interspersed with compelling audio extracts  as they explore wonderful sounds and their approach to making them. Participate in interesting conversations brought about in surprising ways.

Think speed debating, think talk without the chit, think the conversation of life... Adding a touch of theatre and the surreal to the art of conversation, Salon du Chat is an arts project with a twist. Recreating the atmosphere of Bohemian Paris, with a knowing nod to online chat rooms, Salon du Chat is a shrine to the art of good conversation.Take a seat, a drink and a menu. But instead of ordering food, order conversation. Who knows, you might actually have the conversation of your life...


Salon du Chat creates a new menu for each festival or event has been host to hundreds of stimulating conversations, inspirational chats and momentous discussions.




SoundDay Brunch

Sound Me Out are bringing their audio feedback sessions to Kilfinane. Whether it's a half-made feature, a finely tuned documentary that you’re still not happy with the final edit, raw audio or even the sound of your dog sneezing, this is the place to bring any sounds that you want some feedback on from a willing and friendly audience.


Sound Me Out Kilfinane

Planting the seed for a multi-English podcast

Meet audio producers from all over the world in the Rose Centre of Kilfinane, listen to the varieties of English accents while scenting the odour of different roses. And talk about the idea of a podcast with one topic and multiple stories told by producers from different parts of the world, with different English accents.


















Funding innovative audio can be a challenge. The BAI Sound and Vision Scheme invest over €1m each year in audio production and has innovation as one of its core objectives.  If you are an Irish based audio maker,


Come along to see if your ideas match the funds objectives. Ask the questions you've always want to ask in an open  and friendly conversation.





Held in local peoples living rooms, the HearSay Open Houses are becoming the stuff of legend and embody the spirit of HearSay. Just 12 people and a mystery host who only declares themselves as the tea (or hot whiskey!) is poured.  


Previous secret hosts include Helen Zaltzman, Chris Brookes, Neil Sandell, Lu Olkowlki, Alan Hall, Julia Barton and Steven Rajam in the Old Gaol and the Priest's house,


Discover disciplines & creators that you might not be familiar with and have chance intimate encounters with people whose work you love!










Open Houses

Mystery HearSay19

Event Contributors

Rachel Humphreys (UK)

A freelance producer, currently working on The Guardian's Today in Focus podcast.

Andrea Rangecroft (UK)

A freelance audio producer and co-founder of the audio feedback group Sound Me Out.

Salon du Chat (Ireland)

Originally conceived by Roisin Buckley, Gillian Jonker, Jennifer Moroney Ward and Conor Buckley, Salon du Chat has featured at festivals and events around Ireland.

This Wachter (Switzerland)

A Swiss producer of audio stories, podcasts and live shows and founder of the Audio Story Lab in Bern, Switzerland.


You MUST have a festival pass to attend most events in the Think, Deepen, Converse and Celebrate Strands & many events in the Encounter & Experience Strands. Collect your pass at the Welcome Desk from September 28th.


To be eligible for a festival pass, you must either

     have received and RSVPed to a festival invitation  


     be a resident (with 5 miles) of the village of Kilfinane 


Expressions of Interest in receiving an Invitation closed June 22nd 2017. Invitations were issued to people from 30 countries. Festival Passes for those coming from outside Kilfinane are now COMPLETELY BOOKED OUT.

If you are lucky enough to get to come to #HearSay17 - GIVE WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD FOR YOUR FESTIVAL PASS




If you've just heard abouth HearSay17, don't despair! Many Events in the Encounter & Experience Strands are marked OPEN TO ALL. For these NO PASS IS NEEDED. More events will be marked "OPEN TO ALL" (including from other strands) in the week of #HearSay17. See you in Kilfinane!

Funding Possibilities for Irish-based Producers


Ciarán Kissane (Ireland) 

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, operator of the Broadcast Fund (Sound & Vision)  supporting new and innovative radio programming.

Open your ears and eyes to incredible audio made in languages other than English  Radio Atlas and the HearSay Audio Prize 2019 - GanBearla present a premiere screening of the 6 shortlisted Gan Bearla Award nominees pieces freshly subtitled for Radio Atlas and presented in a live conversation with the makers.


"A Caixa"

Sofia Saldanha (Portugal)


"Das Lied der Salatschleuder" Johanna Fricke (Germany)


"Time to talk"  

Miriam Arndts (Denmark)



Sayre Quevedo (USA)



Joyce de Badts & Wederik De Backer (Belgium)


"Puzzle of Borders"

Laura Romero (Spain) & André Cunha (Portugal)



Radio Atlas & HearSay Audio Prize 2019 GanBearla Nominees

Radio Atlas no text

GanBearla - Premieres & Insights

This Wachter1 SALON DU CHAT SQUARE open houses Spund Me Out



HearSay "Immerse passes" give all access to all events on all days.

Both "Give what you can afford" and "Fixed charge" passes were sold out three months before the festival this year. A "Discover" Pass was available to local people within 10 kilometres of Kilfinane (without charge) from the Welcome desk at the Ballyhoura Apple Farm.



HearSay19 Programme NOW LIVE!

Download HERE - now with event timings and Venues