Here are the earlybird tickets for our 2019 Winter Festival. The full programme will be released shortly. Please sign up here for updates.
Song-loving cook or food-loving musician? Either way, Cerys Matthews has been experimenting with music and food ever since she can remember. From foraging and chewing on knotweed to cooking flapjacks and nettle soup as a young child, her interest in this planet's edibles has never waned. A life of touring guaranteed further culinary exploration: thousand-hole pancakes, amlou, roasted artichokes, vermouth with anchovy-filled green olives, death by chocolate, za'atar sprinkled on fresh tomatoes, hot baked soda bread, pineapple with chilli, crispy sage leaves and vegan haggis are just a few of the recipes she'll be celebrating.
Fr Richard Williams, the extraordinary gifted organist, composer and Vicar of St Mary's Church in Hay performs a stunning live accompaniment to Fritz Lang's classic 1927 film 'METROPOLIS' using the outstanding Bevington organ. This early science fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a cultured Utopian society exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. The love interest is provided by a privileged youth who befriends a rebellious teacher putting him at odds with his authoritarian father.
Hip hop legend Soup from Jurassic 5 aka Fullee Love is a gold-selling artist. Now, with his own full live band (Fullee Love Collective), he’s bringing an edgier soul-funk hip-hop sound, performing his own original soul-funk, R&B-focused songs with an injection of hip hop, along with performing Jurassic 5’s favourite hit tracks (including 'What’s Golden', 'Concrete Schoolyard').
The full live seven-piece band includes drums (acoustic and electric), percussion, electric guitar, bass, keys/synths, saxophone, a female vocalist and of course Soup’s smooth soul lead vocals and gold-record-selling hip hop rap.
Mixing hip hop, rap, a dash of jazz and influenced by the soul music he grew up on, Soup’s new original music introduces his soulful singing voice to the mix.
Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, and its emergence the single most transformative development in Western history. Even the increasing number in the West today who have abandoned the faith of their forebears, and dismiss all religion as pointless superstition, remain recognisably its heirs. Seen close-up, the division between a sceptic and a believer may seem unbridgeable. Widen the focus, though, and Christianity's enduring impact upon the West can be seen in the emergence of much that has traditionally been cast as its nemesis: in science, in secularism, and yes, even in atheism. Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today, and from Nebuchadnezzar to the Beatles, the historian explores just what it was that made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive; how completely it came to saturate the mind-set of Latin Christendom; and why, in a West that has become increasingly doubtful of religion's claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian. Chaired by Peter Florence.
“You have more power than you think. Don’t give it away to people who don’t deserve it. Let’s use it.” Entertaining and empowering, Truth to Power: 7 Ways to Call Time on B.S. will help you find the courage you need to speak up and make a difference. Don’t miss the Westminster maverick in conversation with Rosie Boycott.
'This is the hour of crisis:
it is high time for you to wake out of sleep,
for deliverance is nearer to us now
than it was when first we believed.'
St Paul's encouraging words to the Christians in Rome are the springboard for the Archbishop of York's Advent book for 2019. Chaired by the novelist (The Aftermath, The Killing of Butterfly Joe) and Thought for the Day speaker Rhidian Brook.
The sublimely gifted comedian returns with his brand-new show, Wrecked but Ready. After 23 consecutive years Jason is wrecked but he is as ever ready (which is a battery, but he’s more Duracell than Eveready). In particular the past year has been extremely testing for the wrecked Jason, but despite all this is he’s waiting to spill it out on stage. No one show is the same, expect all the usual spontaneous fun, come along and witness ‘the outright King of live comedy’ - The Times.