International Audio Arts Festival

April 4th-7th 2019

Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland




There's a spirit of possibility at HearSay. A sense of the unexpected, the unfamiliar. Sometimes playful, often dramatic, always surprising, it’s the things we Experience that burn in our memories.

This is a workshop about the act of listening. Participants can ask any question in English, and they will get an answer to their question in a language they are not familiar with at all.


Based on the TRUE STORY of Rachel Ní Chuinn and Conor O’Toole’s adventures pushing a pram around the town, Prambulate is a mash-up of humorous audio fiction and audio tour. THE PROTAGONIST is tired, hungry, and needs to use the bathroom. But they’ve just got the baby to sleep. Prambulate, allows you to experience the dark side of sound, trying to keep a baby asleep when everyone and everything else wants her to be awake.

Prambulate - the dark side of sound

Rachel  Ní Chuinn (Ireland)

A sound artist and radio producer  

Conor O'Toole (Ireland)

An award-winning stand-up comedian and radio sitcom producer.

Floris van Manen (The Netherlands)


Fatos Vladi (The Netherlands)

An award winning documentary director and journalist

I ask, so I listen

A HearSay tradition, at the end of the festival, In The Dark will be holding an Irish wake, but for audio - a piece of tape which didn’t make the final cut. You know the tape we’re talking about: it still excites you, you’ve tried many times to find a way for it to live, reworking it over and over. You still dream of one day making something with it. But, deep down, you know it's time to let it go.


All HearSay participants are invited to bring a piece of audio to mourn. From raw recordings to elaborate edits that didn't make the cut. There are no distinctions in our final moments. All of the HearSay family are your mourners.


Chief Mourner: Nina Garthwaite


Following by HearSay19 Festival Closing


The HearSay

Audio Wake

Daniel Lewis (USA)

A writer, artist, lawyer and DJ

Johannes Bech Dalsgaard (Denmark)

A writer, artist and games master

Maria Dønvang (Denmark)

An audio producer

Soundscape Cartographer: A Solo Expedition Into Deep Listening

Walk into a room. Lie down. Put on the headphones. We take you into the cosy scenery of a bedroom. Your body gets heavier and slowly, slowly you walk with one of us into dreamland. From a common starting point three stories evolve. Each of us takes you on a different journey. Listening to all three dreams you will encounter familiar voices and places, though a little different.


Lena Löhr (Germany)  

An anthropologist of sound and installs

Martina Weber (Germany)  

A journalist and producer of (newspaper) podcasts

Carina Pesch (Germany)  

Director and author for radio feature and radio play


Pez and Geoff's Sonic Pub Quiz

The Sonic Pub quiz is the ultimate test of how well you listen. Consisting of dozens of fast-paced, broadly-ranging, audio challenges, it's silly, fun and sometimes quite disgusting. But it should make you a better sonic storyteller.

Peregrine Andrews (UK) 

Sound designer, mixer and radio producer

Geoff Marsh (UK) 

Science writer and radio producer from London

Empathy Museum (UK) Launched in 2015, the Empathy Museum is dedicated to promoting empathy through a series of participatory arts projects with a focus on storytelling and dialogue.

A Mile in My Shoes Returns

A Mile in My Shoes is a shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes - literally.


Housed for HearSay17 in Hayes Interiors. This working shop's shelves and counters holds a diverse collection of 150 pairs of shoes and audio stories that explore our shared humanity.


From a Syrian refugee to a sex worker, a war veteran to a neuro surgeon, and new stories from Kilfinane, visitors are invited to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger whilst listening to their story and go on empathetic as well as a physical journey.

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Follow the Mindful Farmer deep into the Celtic landscape as he guides you through the forest. Let your mind escape and run with the wild deer and boar across the dark green fields. Hear how the power of listening can still your mind.

De-stress with the Mindful Farmer

Cristal Duhaime (Canada) 

The co-creator of CBC’s Love Me, Winner of the 2015 HearSay Prize Fiction Award and the Prix Italia.



Brian Leach (Ireland)

Musician, sound artist, and instrument Maker.

Jesse Halloway (Ireland)

Artist in residence at The Guest House in Shandon Cork

Pachypodium Lamere (Madagascar)

Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit

The Uncooperative Collaborator

A HearSay fiction that reaches out into our senses.


A local woman decides to cash in on the popularity of ASMR youtube videos (a brand of calming videos that use props such as scissors and brushes to elicit “brain tingles”) by creating her very own Kilfinane-specific audio whispers. But in the process of making the perfect auditory journey for her subscribers, she ends up realizing a truth about her own past.

The Uncooperative Collaborator shows new ways of interacting with sound, new connections between organic life and digital hardware, and new sounds from outside the realm of human constructs. If there is an intelligent message within these systems, we’re listening.

Table For One

Lucy Dearlove (UK)

An audio producer and enthusiastic eater based in London

HearSay is a wonderful, intense communal experience. We're eating together, listening together, even sleeping in shared rooms. In the midst of all this fellowship experience one of the most underrated pleasures: eating alone. In Table For One, you can take your seat at the most exclusive restaurant in Kilfinane (capacity: 1). Diners can choose their dishes from the menu: each one a delicious audio story about solitary dining.


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!

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In the Dark London (UK)

Chief Mourner Nina Garthwaite is the founder of In the Dark - a collective of audio makers and enthusiasts that lifts spoken word radio out of its traditional settings and celebrates it in new and exciting ways.

Geraldine O'Sullivan (Ireland) 

A radio documentary maker and writer

Pat Mulcahy (Ireland)

The Mindful Farmer

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In "Sounds Alive" guests will be guided in a text-based "vision quest" of sorts, to set out into the wilds of Kilfinane and reckon with the sounds and spirits they encounter in a voyage of exploration and deep listening.

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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.



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