Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled

We deeply regret that Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. Read more here.

Event W1

Drawing the Body Clothed

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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In this drawing session participants will draw from a clothed model, exploring approaches to drawing the figure as well as clothes and costume. We will explore how dress and posture give character and help breathe life into our drawings. Students are encouraged to draw texture, pattern and weave, making inventive marks using colour. Models are actors and dancers and we refer to literature, poetry and opera.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing the Body Clothed

Event 1

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum

Venue: Starlight Stage
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This year’s Forum will broadly ask ‘What policies should the new government be pursuing to build a sustainable Britain?’

Full day ticket allows entry to all 6 sessions: events 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

See also events 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
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Hay on Earth 2015 Forum

Event 2

Mark Shorrock and Patrick Begg talk to Andy Fryers

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: Summon the Energy

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Getting to grips with the energy sector, new technologies and moving to a low-carbon supply – Mark Shorrock, Chief Executive of Tidal Lagoon Power, and Patrick Begg, the National Trust’s energy expert discuss with Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.

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Mark Shorrock and Patrick Begg talk to Andy Fryers

Event W2

Drawing and Poetry

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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Myth and storytelling open up the imaginative mind. In this drawing session there will be readings from Welsh myths, legends and poetry while participants draw from life, working from a model and props, as well as using imagination and memory.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Event 3

Rob Yorke, Tim Lang and George Freeman

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Can we keep food affordable while paying more for it to conserve the environment? George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences (including responsibility for the Governments Agri-tech Strategy), discusses with Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London.

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Rob Yorke, Tim Lang and George Freeman

Event 4

Jane Davidson and David Thorpe

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: One Planet Living – A Measure of Sustainability

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Can the pioneering Welsh policy One Planet Development be used as a template for governments and planners? Could it bring in a new attitude to development, planning and land management, to take into account the full environmental impact of human activities? Jane Davidson of INSPIRE talks to author and consultant David Thorpe.

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Jane Davidson and David Thorpe

Event W3

Drawing Out and About

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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Drawing out and about around the festival demands a very different kind of language to that of the life room: nothing is fixed, everything is in flux. By working from observation outdoors and on the move, drawing can be used as a means of recording a personal experience of our surroundings and their character, heightening perceptions of our environment and enlivening our drawing practice.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing Out and About

Event 5

Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Carl Nichols

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: Delivering the Circular Economy

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Cloudy with a chance of compost – forecasting the circular economy with the New Weather Institute. Author and campaigner Andrew Simms talks to author and journalist David Boyle and Carl Nichols, Head of WRAP Cymru.

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Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Carl Nichols

Event 6

Steve Melia talks to Andy Fryers

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: Urban Transport Without the Hot Air

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Are governments trying to 'get us out of our cars'? Is better public transport the solution to congestion in cities? Does Britain have a shortage of family housing and what has that got to do with transport? This book dispels myths and presents a sustainable vision for the future.  Steve Melia from the University of the West of England talks to the Hay on Earth Director.

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Steve Melia talks to Andy Fryers

Event 426

Griff Rhys Jones

Insufficiently Welsh

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Well, er, the clue is in the name... The man was gazing steadily at Griffith Rhys Jones, son of Elwyn and Gwynneth, scion of Megan and Ieuan and Evan, spawn of Betwys-y-Coed, Penmachno and the Rhondda, dark of hair, thick-thighed and round-faced. Griffith Rhys Jones. I was born in Cardiff. My mother was from Ferndale in the Rhondda, my father was from Penylan. Every single one of my relatives...were Welsh. I think I am Welsh. But am I insufficiently Welsh? It’s time to find out. I am going out on the road to search for my Celtic roots and explore the land of my aunties. Language, the landscape, rugby, dogs, legends, botany, wildlife, furniture and a few more bits on the side: I looked into them all and here are the results. Chaired by Justin Albert.

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Griff Rhys Jones

Event 7

Mick Collins talks to Andy Middleton

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: The Unselfish Spirit

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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We have been treating the Earth as an object to be exploited, and have consequently cut ourselves off from evolving co-operatively with nature. We have to find new ways of doing, knowing and being so that we can live in harmony with all life. Mick Collins, author and occupational therapist, talks to Andy Middleton.

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Mick Collins talks to Andy Middleton

Event 8

The Massed Choirs

The Gwernyfed Minibus Concert

Venue: Tata Tent
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Talgarth Male Voice Choir are joined by Hay Community Choir and bands and choirs from schools in the Gwernyfed area. They sing a celebration concert of popular choral works to raise money for the school minibus. The concert will be compèred by Chris Davies. Please join us.

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The Massed Choirs

Event 9

Battle of the Bands

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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Up and coming local bands and solo artists battle it out to be crowned Best Band. An evening of live, original music; come along and cheer for your favourite as the judges decide who is worthy of the crown. Head judge is BBC Wales' Bethan Elfyn.
free but ticketed
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Battle of the Bands

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