Hay Festival 2020 Earlybirds

We are delighted to announce our earlybird tickets for events in 2020.

We are particularly excited to be hosting Shakespeare's Globe on Tour. Please be aware that tickets for these events are extremely limited, so do book early to avoid disappointment.

We will be adding many more events over the coming months and the full programme will be announced in late March, please ensure you and your friends are signed up to our newsletter so we can keep you informed every time we release tickets.

Event T1

Aldous Harding

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Aldous Harding performs songs from across three studio albums, joined by her band.

Aldous Harding is a rare artist who defies conventions and categorisation, creating lush, off-kilter indie pop. Shapeshifting vocals transform with every track, tilting and changing mood and atmosphere, while delicate guitars and soft percussion add a shimmering intensity. Live, Aldous Harding is an intense performer, a mesmerising and theatrical presence, that captivates her audience.

Price: £18.00
 
 
Aldous Harding

Event T2

Gloria Steinem talks to Laura Bates

The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The writer shares her Thoughts on Life, Love and Rebellion with the founder of The Everyday Sexism Project. For decades, people around the world have found guidance, humour and unity in Gloria Steinem's gift for creating quotes that offer hope and inspire action. From her early days as a journalist and feminist activist, Steinem's words have helped generations to empower themselves and work together.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Gloria Steinem talks to Laura Bates

Event T3

Afua Hirsch

The Christopher Hitchens Lecture 2020

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The writer reflects on the current state and future of journalism.  Hirsch has worked for Sky News, The Guardian and LBC, and holds the Wallis Annenberg chair in Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging and the children’s book Equal to Everything: Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court. Chaired by Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Afua Hirsch

Event T5

Jung Chang talks to John Mitchinson

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The bestselling author of Wild Swans, Mao and Empress Dowager Cixi presents Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister, her brilliantly researched and evocative account of the lives of the Soong sisters, who were at the very centre of Chinese history for a tumultuous century.

Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the ‘Father of China’, Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao’s vice-chair. 

Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. 

Big Sister, Ei-ling, became Chiang’s unofficial main adviser – and made herself one of China’s richest women. 

All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. They remained close emotionally, even when they embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters’ worlds.

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles’ quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Jung Chang talks to John Mitchinson

Event T7

Amadou & Mariam with the Blind Boys of Alabama

From Bamako to Birmingham

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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This is a sensational double bill where the great ambassadors of Malian music Amadou & Mariam join forces with the Blind Boys of Alabama, the living legends of gospel music.

Amadou & Mariam have released a string of great albums, working with producers like Manu Chao and Damon Albarn to create joyous music that inspires great live shows, festival stages and wild remixes.

It was on a festival bill that they first met the Blind Boys of Alabama and forged a friendship that has led to a worldwide tour together. The Blind Boys have won multiple Grammy awards with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favourites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits.

Price: £28.00
 
 
Amadou & Mariam with the Blind Boys of Alabama

Event T8

Ali Smith

The 2020 Founders’ Lecture: YES

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The novelist gives this year’s lecture about art and politics. Her books include Hotel World, How to be Both, Other Stories and Other Stories and The AccidentalSummer, the final book in her masterpiece, Seasonal Quartet will be published in July.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Ali Smith

Event T14

Hilary Mantel talks to Peter Florence

The Mirror and the Light

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The novelist discusses the concluding book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Both Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies won the Booker Prize.

Mantel’s 2012 Hay conversation about Bring Up The Bodies is on Hay Player here.  

Price: £15.00
 
 

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The Hay Festival Foundation Gala

Festival Guests

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Please join actors, writers and musicians in a celebration of love, freedom and hope. The full cast will be announced on the day.

Price: £20.00
 
 
The Hay Festival Foundation Gala

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