Would you like contribute to the HearSay19 Programme?

At HearSay19 an expected 80 events/sessions will take place over 4 days from Thursday April 4th- Sunday April 7th 2019. These will range from deep insights into the craft of creative audio to experiences with sound at their core. HearSay offers possibilities for playful experiment, intriguing collaborations, and fresh conversations.

The first two HearSay Festivals were programmed based on the ideas of the organizing team who drew inspirations from a rich range of people and sources. For the second HearSay Festival, there was a surge in suggestions on an ad-hoc basis from people who had been to HearSay before and who understood the creative possibilities.  From those approaches came everything from the Story Store in the derelict Hardware Store, Soundscape Yoga, The Lighthouse with a Michelin starred chef, the Secret Installation, The Blind Experiment, and thought provoking sessions on The Radio as Time Machine,  Boundaries between fact and fiction, Out of Sync, and The Sound of Terror. 

The HearSay family has grown since our humble beginnings.  In 2017, we experimented with an open call process for the first time. The response brought wonderful ideas and possibilities forward, the organising team would never have thought of The Radio Cinema, Audio Potluck, Invasive Specials, Scapes

For HearSay19, we want to again offer EVERYONE WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED a HearSay Festival the chance to pitch a event, session or experience. We await your idea with antici....pation!

[Note you can submit more than one idea if you like - simply fill out the form again]

What are we looking for?  

You know HearSay, You know Kilfinane - everything is possible! 

We're interested in contribution pitches on all aspects of creative audio from crafted podcasts, radio docs, film/TV Sound, audio fiction, sound/radio art, and more. 

Below we outline the 6 programme threads: 
Think, Deepen, Encounter, Converse, Experience, Celebrate. We've left the 2017 programme online HERE to give inspiration.  

[Please note that we are NOT looking for music performances - except where it is music IN COLLABORATION with the other creative audio elements (documentary, fiction, theatre, arts etc)​]

Does it have to be new?

Yes (ish) HearSay is about possibilities - about experimentation, about having the time and space to try something you've always wanted to try but didn't have the resources, the space, or the support.
If its something that you've said or done a million times before, it would be a waste of the opportunity HearSay offers. 

It might be an idea you really wish to explore properly, a provocation you want to give, a group of people you've wanted to get feedback or inspiration from.
Equally it might be something based on something you've already begun exploring, sounds you've gathered, a project that is still evolving, or HearSay might provide an opportunity to do something you've done before but in a completely different context, engaging with people who would be very unfamiliar with your discipline.
Just remember that HearSay is a place of community, of shared ideas and mutual support. 

Who do I have to be? 

To pitch an idea for HearSay19 via this form, you must have attended a previously HearSay Festival as contributor or participant or volunteer.

You don't have to have a big name! One of the joys of HearSay is that we support emerging ideas and talent who are doing something exciting. However, you do need to be able to carry off what you are pitching.​

Of course, you can have a big name! Another joy of HearSay is makers at the very top of their game being able try something fresh away from the performer-audience model. Instead you have the chance to be part of a community, and be inspired by what you are exploring and what you are experiencing.

What do I need to do? 
In the form below, we ask you give us your contact details, a brief biography of those involved, a 200 word outline of the idea, and guidance on technical and venue. 

We will also be asking all contributors whose ideas are greenlighted, to help out with an additional minimal preparation event (Open House, Chocolate Box Layer, Audio ReachOut) which are very enjoyable from previous years feedback so we ask you to nominate which you would like to do if sucessful.

What does HearSay19 offer?

We really appreciate you being willing to make HearSay19 magical. For contributors whose proposal is greenlighted, we offer

A comfortable bed immersed in a community of fellow contributors for the duration of the Festival.

Creative Residencies - On request, we can provide accommodation for up to one week in Ireland from Monday 1st April to Monday 8th April 2019 to make, prepare, mingle, explore - your choice.
We also have a very small number of multi-week residencies where a contributor needs time locally to create something for the Festival. 

Travel Support - We will contribute towards flight tickets if required
Some contributors in previous years have been able to secure travel support from their employers.  
We have had other contributors who have secured commissions to come to Ireland, others who have funding support available from another source - If that's possible great and let us know if need any letters or documentation, if not no worries 

Materials - We have a (limited) budget to assist with materials as required.

Equipment We will provide all technical equipment and crew needed to realise your idea. If you need surround sound, radio mics, 

Practical Support to realise your vision - We want HearSay to be a place of possibilities. We've dealt with everything from a request for a piano, a confessional, a bathtub, 20 mattresses, design assistance for a box, soil, actors, location guidance, water-proofed surround sound, local people to interview, singers, harpist, a hair salon, blindfolds.
We've matched possible collaborators together.  If you've a clear idea about how to make it work, we're here to support you with whatever you need to make it work.  

Invitation and Multi-day Festival Pass
Finally, HearSay19 is an independent and not-for-profit Festival - We ask all attendees to make a contribution in accordance with their means. 
As a contributor, you will be issued with an invitation to the Festival and a Multi-day Festival Pass where​ outside of your own event(s), you get to experience and join in everything
You can make any donation you feel you wish to with no expectations. We really value your time, and commitment to making HearSay a slice of Audio Heaven. 

Any Questions? 

If you have any queries about HearSay19 or the questions below, please don't hesitate get in touch with the Festival Director Diarmuid McIntyre via diarmuid@hearsayfestival.ie 




1. We are ONLY accepting HearSay19 pitches via this form from those who have either attended a previous HearSay Festival (as contributor, volunteer, or participant).

Which previous edition(s) of HearSay did you attend? 

2. Your Details *
Name (Person 1)
Email Address (Person 1)
Telephone Number (Person 1)
Which Country are you from? (Person 1)
Name (Person 2 - if its a collaboration)
Email Address (Person 2 - if a collaboration)
Telephone Number (Person 2 - if a collaboration)
Which Country are you from? (Person 2 - if a collaboration)
Name (Person 3 - if a collaboration)
Email Address (Person 3 if a collaboration)
Telephone Number (Person 3 - if a collaboration )
Which Country are you from? (Person 3 - if a collaboration )
3. Biography 
(Tell us about yourself)
If there is more than one person involved, please gives us details of all the people
Please write in the third person - like it would read on the final website  (See HERE for examples)
Person 1 - Biography Summary (10-15 Words)
Person 1 - Longer Biography (150 Words)
Person 2 - Biography Summary (10-15 Words) - If a collaboration
Person 2 - Longer Biography (150 Words) - If a collaboration
Person 3 - Biography Summary (10-15 Words) - If a collaboration
Person 3 - Longer Biography (150 Words) - If a collaboration
4. Pick a Programme Thread for your idea
There will be 6 strands to the HearSay19 programme - Where does your idea fit?  (If you would like to delve a little deeper into each of these strands click here to have a look at the 2017 events that took place under each category)

Think HearSay provides space to Think deeply about sound. Varied in their approaches and subject matter, join a selection of HearSay contributors as they explore intriguing topics of their choice. 

Deepen  If you are looking for rich insights into the creative process of some of the world's finest audio makers, then HearSay is definitely the place for you. The Deepen sessions are all about practicality and craft drawn from the creators of the sounds in the film, comedy, drama, art and features that inspire us. 

Encounter HearSay is about a village coming together to celebrate creative audio at every turn. During HearSay, explore the village and Encounter #audioeverywhere. 

Converse 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.  

Experience There are some things that could only happen at HearSay. Sometimes playful, often dramatic, always surprising, it’s the things we Experience that burn in our memories. 

Celebrate The HearSay Awards and a lot, lot more. From intriguing new ways to engage with audio to being blown away by new audio creations, from unearthing stunning audio from the past to sharing audio from the creators of the future -  the Celebrate thread does what it says on the tin - celebrates wonderful creative audio from around the world.

Please pick which thread you feel your idea is most at home in.


5. Title for your Event/Session *
6. Programme Description of your event/session (70 Words Max)
Please describe your session as it might appear in the Programme at a Glance for HearSay19 - (30 Words Maximum)
Example from 2017
"Larks do More than Sing: We're all journalists now!' or should we be? The producer of "Tim Key and Gogol's Overcoat" makes the case that at their best, apparently “lightweight” features can deliver deep, moving and profound insight and that harnessing playfulness is actually one of the unique and precious ways audio stories reveal truths about our world and ourselves."
Example from 2017
"Potluck - In this HearSay version of Potluck, guests will bring only their ears and mouths to the table as the meal will be provided by guests absent in corporeal form but present sonically. There will be three different courses, each one in the form of a crafted audio piece exploring the preparation of a dish and the emotional journey experienced by the person cooking it."
Example from 2017
Audio Archaeology - Kilfinane: Sounds from Kilfinane’s past and present intermingle in a stew of audio tape. Cut into fragments, partially erased by magnets and then buried in a hole in the ground – after several days steeped in the earth of Kilfinane the remaining audio snippets will be exhumed, washed and dried, spliced back together and played as part of a special listening event; a ritual of memory and forgetting.  Come and hear the sounds that endure.
7. Outline your event/session for the programming team (200 Words Max)
Please informally describe your session so that the programme the programming team behind HearSay can understand where you are coming from, what the topics covered might be, the intention behind it etc - (200 Words Maximum)
8. What are the people who attend your proposed event doing? 
What would the attendees be doing, Are the sitting standing, drifting? 
What are they seeing/hearing/experiencing?
Is it the same throughout or is there different phases
is there a beginning, middle and an end that people should be there for all of ? or is it  staged on a drop in basis?
9. How long wouldr you proposed event be?

10. How many people could attend/participate at any one time?
(say "unlimited" if restricted only by venue)
11. How many times could you stage this event if requested? 
(If its complicated like "Once a day", or "three time but only in quick succession" or "all day for one day only"- please use "Other (please specify)"and let us know what you are thinking - thanks) 


12. Have you an idea as to what venue might suit your event/session?

13. Audio-Visual Requirements for your Event/Session
(This is only to guide us - we'll be back to discuss in more detail should your idea be selected)


14. Is there anything else about your session that might be useful for us to know? 
Anything you can tell will really help - don't worry about being exact - we can always discuss this in more detail if you're sucessful.
- It must take place in the pitch-black.
- We will need to 'dress' the venue with cloths and lights.
- We would need 5 people to help with the event distributing drinks
- It is not suitable for people under 18
- It will need a rehearsal the day before.
- There must be a waiting area for people about to enter.
- We would need 4 actors to be a part of a recording session.
- We will need 10 mattresses.
- We will need access to a set of different instruments. 
- We would want to record with older people who are local in the week before
- We need wifi to connect live with a contributing collaborator in another country
- We will need a chamber made of cloth.

15. Helping out with a mini-event

In addition to the session you've proposed above. We will be asking every contributor who is successful with their pitch to help out with a second mini-thing (Open House, Chocolate Box, Audio Reach-out) that should need minimal preparation on your part but which helps make HearSay so special.

Below are outlines of the three mini-things. Please review and then choose which you would like to do, if any, if you are selected as a contributor to HearSay19. 

Open Houses (host a conversation in a local's living room kicking off the conversation with a short piece of audio over a cup of tea or hot whiskey.) 
12 people are brought to a house where tea (or more!) is waiting. The host producer/artist sets the scene by playing 5-10 minutes of a work or of a number of works that they were involved in creating. The room is then opened up to enable participants to literally ask anything of the host (and each other), sparking off insights, stories, discussion into and around the creative process.
[NOTE - We want participants to discover disciplines & creators that they may not be familiar with as well as to have chance encounters with people whose work they admire. The participants WILL NOT KNOW in advance which contributor will be appearing at the session they have sat in on.].
Would you like to host?

The Chocolate Box of Aural Delights (different contributors curate different layers - hat-tip to Neil Sandell)
Curate and playout a selection of audio pieces for 45 minutes in the Kilfinane Library. It can be many, or just one. They can be long or short. complete or extracts.  They can be yours or someone else's. They can have a relationship to each other,  or not connected at all. At HearSay17 we had real designer chocolates to accompany the audio!
Would you like to be an audio chocolatier?

Audio Reach-outs One of our favourite things about HearSay is that there is no name badges. Its a place to feel human and share experiences and insights. We're aware that there are many people who would be shy to ask for advice about their audio, their direction, their hopes. Audio Reach-outs will either be 1-to-1s or in a really small group. Would you like to take 30 minutes to listen, give feedback, and guide? 

What one would you like to do the most? (please pick one)


16. Your space
Give us feedback, ask any about any queries, worries or issues you have. What's motivating you to contribute to the HearSay19 Programme? Let us know!

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