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Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland


International Audio   Arts Festival

29th September - 1st October 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 9 different Awards. In 2015 there were entries from 24 countries. ALL Award winners received flights from anywhere in the world to HearSay2015!   The HearSay Prize 2015 winners


The organisation behind the incredible HearSay International Audio Festival - Three 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 3rd HearSay Festival will take place from Friday September 29th to Sunday October 1st 2017

“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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Festival Dates Finalised: The Third HearSay International Audio Festival will be held in Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland from the 29th September to the 1st October 2017. Registration for HearSay2017 will open in late Spring 2017.  These dates are final.  Start planning your trip to Ireland!


The Theme of HearSay2017 is "Discovery".  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 in late April 2017.


The HearSay Audio Prize 2017 now CLOSED FOR ENTRIES (The Final Deadline was 2nd March 2017).  To make the prize even more accessible, we kept the Full entry fee the same and introduced a new EARLYBIRD deadline (15th December)  with an entry fee reduced by 30%.


The 2017 Prize again has two streams 'CELEBRATE' for existing audio work (which can be reworked) produced before the 31st December 2016, and 'CREATE' for new audio created especially for the prize. Entries must be between two and seven minutes in duration. There are nine awards altogether and the prizes include Flights to Ireland from anywhere in the world for HearSay2017. In 2015 winners were flown from Canada, Argentina, Israel, Italy, England and Australia!


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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 ...