HearSay HomeFires 2021

“the ‘woodstock for audio’”

I thought it was going to be every year now, as they announced at the end of the festival? But I guess not.

To answer your question, Diarmuid posted this earlier in the HearSay19 Facebook group:

At the closing of #HearSay19 I did, nourished by all the kindness after the death of my dad, and awash and high on the inspiration that was all around, express a plan to
change from it being every two years to having it in 2020!! When sobered from gri ef and exhaustion, we first looked at late 2020, and then came to acknowledge our original plan of 2021 was the right one. April is the right time and Audio magic takes time. Apologies for those you were already packing their swimming trunks - You now have 18 months to plan your trip to Kilfinane. We will
have early registration as well this time to enable longer term planning.
But HearSay will not be quiet in 2020 - We will be announcing in October, details of our first set of Creative Residencies and how to pitch for them. Come stay in the lodges, create something, present a rough draft and return for the Festival. The HearSay Prize will also be active in 2020 with a deadline in late January and we will also be hosting one-off events in Ireland and beyond.

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An update from @Diarmuid:

In a normal year, the HearSay International Audio Arts Festival is a unique live event that brings audio makers of all disciplines from all over the world together, with the people of Kilfinane, who host the festival and share their town, welcoming HearSay onto their streets and into their pubs and homes since 2014. World class audio in an Irish mountain village. Two communities discovering each other. A love of place. A love of sound. A shared space for new ideas and unexpected connections. HearSay is a kind of magic you can’t find anywhere else.

In 2021, let’s check back in, reminding and recalling, in our rooms all over the world and in Kilfinane itself, what life is like when we open our ears, what community means to us, and what happens when two communities meet.

So what’s happening?

HomeFires won’t be HearSay, it’s not even going to try imitate a normal HearSay.

It’s an invitation to listen, to connect, to drop in, to rebuild a sense of place, to renew a belief in life’s possiblities.

There will be a premiere of a documentary film on HearSay17, an exploration of dance and sound, a lecture that is not what what it seems, a new podcast, a sonic pub quiz, screen dance, audio baking together, a virtual pub and of course tea and scones!

There will be ‘live listens’ to the HearSay Audio Prize shortlists with creators joining us from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany,Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Norway, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, UK, & USA to present their work before an announcment of winners at the HearSay Prize Award Ceremony on May 14th.

All the audio works scheduled alongside the HearSay Prize have a Kilfinane connection. There will be live streamed presentations of pieces created over the last 25 years by visiting artists, in colloborations with Kilfinane people, created by artists from the surrounding areas, or made in Kilfinane for broadcast elsewhere. There’ll be fragments of installations, reports from previous HearSays, features made for Irish Broadcasters pieces made for HearSay, rebroadcasts, remixes.

Its a chance to immerse yourself in the life of Kilfinane beyond the Festival, revisit community festivals, hurling commentary, wildlife walks, community choirs, campaigns, strikes, lived lives, old folks parties, pubs, rambling houses, amateur drama, poetry, craft groups, musicians, local history, and soundscapes.