Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2021

Welcome to the Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2021 programme.

You will need to purchase tickets whether you attend in person or watch online.

If you wish to attend in person, please see the individual listings below for ticket prices.

If you intend to watch online, the best value option is the Online Festival Pass for £25, which will allow you to watch all streamed events either live or on replay for the duration of the Festival. Individual online event tickets cost £5 each. Please note that the Online Festival Pass is for viewing events online only.

There are also five Winter Warmer events, free for everyone to watch and enjoy online featuring Matt Haig, Siri Hustvedt, Bill McKibben, Steven Pinker, and the 2021 Booker Prize winner, Damon Galgut.

Anyone attending in person must adhere to current Welsh Government Covid-19 guidelines and the entry requirements of the Festival, which can be found here.

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Patrick Radden Keefe talks to Craig Brown

 Baillie Gifford Stage
Join us to celebrate Patrick Radden Keefe, winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021 with Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, the gripping and shocking story of three generations of the Sackler family and their roles in the stories of Valium and Oxycontin.

The Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutions - Harvard; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Oxford; the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations in the arts and the sciences. The source of the family fortune was vague, however, until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing Oxycontin, a blockbuster painkiller that was a catalyst for the opioid crisis-an international epidemic of drug addiction which has killed nearly half a million people.

In this masterpiece of narrative reporting and writing, Keefe exhaustively documents the jaw-dropping and ferociously compelling reality. Empire of Pain is the story of a dynasty: a parable of 21st century greed.

Keefe will be in conversation with Craig Brown, the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction winner.
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Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason talks to Francine Stock

House of Music: Conversation and Concert

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join us for a special event that blends the remarkable story of Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason with musical performances by two of her classically trained children.

House of Music is a moving and inspirational account of determination, music and love. It is a story about race, immigration and education.

The author reveals what it takes to raise a musical family in a Britain divided by class and race. She looks back to 1963 when her mother, the 19-year-old daughter of a Welsh family, defied everyone and sailed off to join her fiancé and his family in Sierra Leone. Kadiatu talks to the broadcaster and writer Francine Stock and will then be joined on stage by Aminata (violin) and Konya (piano) who will perform the following:

Aminata: Bach – Presto from Sonata no. 1

Konya – Schubert: Impromptu Opus 90, no. 4

Aminata and Konya – Mozart violin sonata no. 1, K301, 1st movement

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There are also five Winter Warmer events, free for everyone to watch and enjoy online featuring Matt Haig, Siri Hustvedt, Bill McKibben, Steven Pinker, and the 2021 Booker Prize winner, Damon Galgut.