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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June - you can download a PDF of the programme here. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Art

Katya Rogatchevskaia

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy and Myths

Event 40 Venue: Starlight Stage

Katya Rogatchevskaia

100 years on, as Russia again fills the headlines, an intriguing insight into a world shocked and changed forever. The British Library curator introduces the most resonant exhibits from their Russian collection -- from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda and Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Joanna MacGregor and Chris Riddell

The Illustrated Goldberg Variations: A 30th Anniversary Commission

Event 104 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Joanna MacGregor and Chris Riddell

Renowned pianist Joanna MacGregor is one of the greatest contemporary interpreters of JS Bach’s iconic set of 30 variations on a sarabande aria. She plays the piece accompanied by the Bach-lover, cartoonist and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, who will draw 30 pictures inspired by the music, live on stage. The drawings will be shown on-screen.

Price: £13.30
 
 

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks to Philippe Sands

The Index Platform – Pussy Riot

Event 105 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks to Philippe Sands

An interview with the musician and activist, who was arrested after her punk band’s 2012 performance in a Moscow cathedral. She was convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and sentenced to two years penal servitude. Nadya Tolokno now has permanent residency in Canada, from where she continues to protest human rights abuses.

Price: £10.30
 
 

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W19 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critter’s colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

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Tracey Emin in conversation with Dylan Jones

Talking About Art

Event 137 Venue: Tata Tent

Tracey Emin in conversation with Dylan Jones

Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.

Emin’s work has an immediacy and often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her oeuvre within the tradition of feminist discourse. By re-appropriating conventional handicraft techniques – or ‘women’s work’ – for radical intentions, Emin’s work resonates with the feminist tenets of the ‘personal as political’. In Everyone I’ve Ever Slept With, Emin used the process of appliqué to inscribe the names of lovers, friends and family within a small tent, into which the viewer had to crawl, becoming both voyeur and confidante. Her interest in the work of Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele particularly inform Emin’s paintings, monoprints and drawings, which explore complex personal states and ideas of self-representation through manifestly expressionist styles and themes.

Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, becoming the second female artist ever to do so. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In 2011 she became the Royal Academy’s Professor of Drawing and in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts.

She talks to the editor of GQ magazine.

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Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Event 150 Venue: Scribblers Hut

The illustrator discusses and demonstrates his working practice.  This event is aimed at students and young artists.

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Screenprinting with Sunny Todd Prints

Event W20 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Learn how to silk-screen print with locally based and internationally acclaimed textile designers Sunny and Emma Todd. Their bold, graphic artwork is stocked in Liberty, Heal’s, Le Bon Marché, Amara and Anthropologie. Sunny is also a textiles lecturer at Hereford College of Arts. Create your own one-off stencil and screenprint it onto a canvas bag for you to take away (Fairtrade and UK-produced).

Age 8-11
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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W21 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 3-7
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Screenprinting with Sunny Todd Prints

Event W22 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Learn how to silk-screen print with locally based and internationally acclaimed textile designers Sunny and Emma Todd. Their bold, graphic artwork is stocked in Liberty, Heal’s, Le Bon Marché, Amara and Anthropologie. Sunny is also a textiles lecturer at Hereford College of Arts. Create your own one-off stencil and screenprint it onto a canvas bag for you to take away (Fairtrade and UK-produced).

Age 12+
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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W23 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 8-11
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Screenprinting with Sunny Todd Prints

Event W25 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Learn how to silk-screen print with locally based and internationally acclaimed textile designers Sunny and Emma Todd. Their bold, graphic artwork is stocked in Liberty, Heal’s, Le Bon Marché, Amara and Anthropologie. Sunny is also a textiles lecturer at Hereford College of Arts. Create your own one-off stencil and screenprint it onto a canvas bag for you to take away (Fairtrade and UK-produced).

Age 16+
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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W26 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 12 +
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Screenprinting with Sunny Todd Prints

Event W27 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Learn how to silk-screen print with locally based and internationally acclaimed textile designers Sunny and Emma Todd. Their bold, graphic artwork is stocked in Liberty, Heal’s, Le Bon Marché, Amara and Anthropologie. Sunny is also a textiles lecturer at Hereford College of Arts. Create your own one-off stencil and screenprint it onto a canvas bag for you to take away (Fairtrade and UK-produced).

Adult
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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W29 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or take home...or both. One thing's for sure...mud will fly!

Family event
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Screenprinting with Sunny Todd Prints

Event W30 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Learn how to silk-screen print with locally based and internationally acclaimed textile designers Sunny and Emma Todd. Their bold, graphic artwork is  stocked in Liberty, Heal’s, Le Bon Marché, Amara and Anthropologie. Sunny is also a textiles lecturer at Hereford College of Arts. Create your own one-off stencil and screenprint it onto a canvas bag for you to take away (Fairtrade and UK-produced).

Adult
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Tristram Hunt

The World, by Design: The Victoria & Albert Museum in an age of Brexit, BRICS and Netflix

Event 197 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Tristram Hunt

The new Director of the V&A explores the role of culture and curation in a world turning on a new axis, where intelligence is artificial and some pots are still priceless; where a common wealth of resources and makers can fashion global treasures.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Hereford College of Arts:  Illustration Workshops

Event W33 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Come and work with Hereford College of Arts students of illustration to create exciting and inventive images. Be prepared to explore ideas beyond your imagination.

Age 4-7
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Hereford College of Arts:  Illustration Workshops

Event W36 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Come and work with Hereford College of Arts students of illustration to create exciting and inventive images. Be prepared to explore ideas beyond your imagination.

Age 8-11
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Hereford College of Arts:  Illustration Workshops

Event W38 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Come and work with Hereford College of Arts students of illustration to create exciting and inventive images. Be prepared to explore ideas beyond your imagination.

Age 12+
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Germaine Greer

The Sidney Nolan Centenary

Event 230 Venue: Tata Tent

Germaine Greer

A celebration of the great Australian artist who settled at The Rodd in Kington. Nolan exhibited at our very first Festival 30 years ago.

Image: Sidney Nolan, Moon Garden, 1977, oil on canvas, ©Sidney Nolan Trust

For further information about the public opening of Sidney Nolan’s studio and the exhibition of his paintings, please visit sidneynolantrust.org

Price: £8.30
 
 

Jemma Westing: Out of the Box

Event W42 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Jemma Westing is an award-winning book designer and paper engineer. Her new book, Out of the Box, is packed full of amazing things to make from recycled cardboard. Join her to make and decorate your own cardboard-tube owl.

Age 7-12
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Jemma Westing: Out of the Box

Event W44 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Westing is an award-winning book designer and paper engineer. Her new book, Out of the Box, is packed full of amazing things to make from recycled cardboard. Join Jemma to make and decorate your own cardboard-tube owl.

Age 7-12
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Emma Lewis: The Museum of Me

Event W47 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with this award-winning illustrator to make your own ‘Museums of Me’ to show what’s important to you or what you’re interested in, using collage, cut paper and other materials. The Museum of Me is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Opera Prima Award.

Age 4-7
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George Butler

Reportage Illustrator

Event 329 Venue: Good Energy Stage

George Butler

Butler has worked in trouble spots all over the world in places including Syria, Afghanistan, Turkey, Myanmar and India. He captures human drama and architectural distress with pen, ink and watercolour. He has won an International Media Award and the V&A Illustration Award for his work.  He shows his work and talks to Oliver Bullough.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Edward Bulmer

Watching Paint Dry: A Masterclass in Colour

Event 341 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Edward Bulmer

As one of the country’s leading architectural historians and interior designers, Edward Bulmer has been involved in the restoration and redecoration of numerous historic buildings including Goodwood and Althorp. With this experience he has created a range of Natural Paints that are also historically authentic and accurate.  As an artist, he has developed this range using just 12 natural pigments used by artists for centuries. This delivers incredible depth of colour and a high-quality finish. It also allows buildings to breathe and our own air to be toxin-free. He talks to Giles Kime, Interiors editor of Country Life.

Price: £8.30