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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Dan Saladino talks to Kate Humble

Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and why we Need to Save Them

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Behind everything we eat there are people, places and stories. When we lose diversity in our food we threaten, also, the culture and history of the land and people who produce it. As the world becomes increasingly homogenous, preserving these things – keeping hold of diversity – matters. The presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme explores the foods around the world that are threatened with extinction, examining what this means for humanity and the future of the planet.
Dan is in conversation with Kate Humble, farmer, writer, activist, entrepreneur and one of the UK's best-known TV presenters.

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Neil Oliver talks to Oliver Bullough

The Story of the World in 100 Moments

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the TV presenter on a whistlestop tour around the world and through a million years to explain how human history pieces together. He shares some of his favourite moments, from Genghis Khan's domination on Earth to Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon, and from the advent of the printing press to the birth of the internet. He talks to journalist Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland: Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back.

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Robin Ince talks to Natalie Haynes

The Importance of Being Interested: Adventures in Scientific Curiosity

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The comedian, writer and broadcaster quickly abandoned science at school, bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations. But 20 years later he presents one of the world's most popular science podcasts, The Infinite Monkey Cage. He explains why scientific wonder isn't just for the professionals and why curiosity in the field sparks humility. A positive and optimistic look at the world of science, in conversation with the classicist, writer and comedian Natalie Haynes.

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Bobby Gillespie talks to Dylan Jones

Tenement Kid

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Born into a working-class Glaswegian family in 1961, this memoir begins in a district soon to be evacuated in Prime Minister Edward Heath's brutal slum clearances. Leaving school at 16 and going to work as a printers' apprentice, Bobby's rock ’n’ roll epiphany arrives like a bolt of lightning during a Thin Lizzy gig at the Apollo in Glasgow. His destiny is sealed with the arrival of the Sex Pistols and punk rock, which to Gillespie represents class rebellion, and leads to him becoming an artist in Primal Scream, the most innovative British band of the 1990s.

Tenement Kid is a book filled with the joy and wonder of a rock ’n’ roll apostle who would reshape British pop. Published 30 years after the release of Screamadelica, it illuminates a decade lost to Thatcherism and saved by acid house.

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Father Richard: Silent film with Live Organ Accompaniment

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

 St Mary's Church

Father Richard Williams’ film nights are renowned. Parish priest in Hay since 2001, he trained as a professional musician at Trinity College of Music, London, studying piano, organ and composition. His offering this Winter Weekend in the late Georgian-Gothic setting of St Mary’s Church is a live accompaniment on the Bevington organ to the classic 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene, written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer.

At a fairground, a Dr Caligari has a somnambulist, Cesare, who can predict the future. When a young man visits him and asks how long he will live, the answer is until dawn…

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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.