HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

We are pleased to announce the full programme for Hay Festival 2018.

Event 1

Hay on Earth Forum

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

For this year’s Forum we bring you four events focusing on the way we produce, supply and regulate the food we eat, and finish with a debate about the future for our energy production. Full Day ticket allows entry to all five sessions: [2][3][4][5] and [6].

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Hay on Earth Forum

Event 2

Denis Murphy, Helen Woodfield and Graham Brookes

Feeding The Nine Billion

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The Earth’s population is expected to grow to 9.7 billion over the next 33 years, and that’s a huge exponential growth rate. We only hit our first billion total in 1800. All in all, it adds up to a lot of mouths to feed, especially when you consider the vast hunger issues that certain parts of the world face today. How can this be done both sustainably and reliably without destroying our planet? Do we ‘simply’ need to produce more food? Or is it more important to sort out distribution networks, develop new technological solutions to keeping food fresh, and cut down on waste? Denis Murphy is Professor of biotechnology at University of South Wales, Helen Woodfield is a lecturer at Cardiff University's School of Biosciences and Graham Brookes is an agricultural economist. Chaired by Jonathon Harrington.
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Event 3

Dan Saladino, Louise Gray, Joanna Blythman, Peter Greig

What’s the Beef with Meat?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Global meat consumption is on an unhealthy trajectory. Short of cutting meat out of our diet entirely, from mega-farms to self-sufficiency, chicken sheds to free-range and organic, we discuss the options available and their pros and cons. And then of course there are the edible insects…The BBC Food Programme presenter Dan Saladino talks with Louise Gray, author of The Ethical Carnivore, Joanna Blythman from the Sustainable Food Trust and author of Swallow This and farmer Peter Greig, former Food Producer of the Year in Radio 4's Food and Farming Awards.

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Event 4

Dan Crossley, Alexandra Sexton, Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Marianne Ellis and Andy Fryers

Culture-Grown Lab Meat

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Culture-grown lab meat is becoming big business. It can be taking a few animal cells, feeding them nutrients, growing them in to meat and allowing them to self-renew indefinitely; or taking the fish out of fishing by helping fish cells to multiply in a brewery-like environment to create fish fillets. The benefits could be huge, not only in removing the need to kill animals but also in the reduction of methane production and water use. However, it raises lots of potential ethical concerns too. To discuss the benefits and drawbacks, Dan Crossley, Executive Director at the Food Ethics Council, farmer Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Marianne Ellis, Senior Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bath University and Alexandra Sexton, researcher at Wellcome Trust "Livestock, Environment, People' project, talk to Andy Fryers, Sustainability Director at Hay Festival.

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Event 5

Minette Batters talks to Rob Yorke

The UK's Future Food and Nature Post-Brexit

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A new future beckons for the British countryside, with the spotlight on achieving a ‘Green Brexit’ threatening to steal the limelight over food production in the UK. As we adjust to life outside the European Union, will we need to increase imports of groceries? Will we need to implement regulation-lite policies, while delivering a smarter way to feed ourselves and look after the environment? Minette Batters, elected in 2018, is the first female NFU President in its 110-year history. She talks to rural commentator Rob Yorke.

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Minette Batters talks to Rob Yorke

Event HD1

Schools Choir Event

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join us in this uplifting schools choir event. Choir leader Fiona Evans has been working with hundreds of local primary school pupils to create this fantastic concert where the children invite you to Imagine the World through song.

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There will be a collection for the charity Send My Friend to School (www.sendmyfriend.org) at the end of the performance
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Schools Choir Event

Event 6

Kevin McCloud, Solitaire Townsend, and Juliet Davenport

Small is Beautiful…Or is it Anymore?

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

‘Small is beautiful’ was the rallying cry of the early environmental movement, whilst cynics dismissed it as a lot of hippy dreaming. Now small, it seems, is back and going Big. Small scale renewable energy technologies like solar and wind, along with the huge progress in battery storage, are now fast becoming some of the cheapest sources of electricity on the planet. How long before every home becomes its own power plant, every home owner their own power company? And how long before local green energy sources combine with digital technologies and 3-D printing to revive local manufacturing? Can small really stay beautiful, or will big prove to be best? Chaired by Writer and Green Futurist, Martin Wright.

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Event 7

Jake Bugg

Solo Acoustic

Venue: Tata Tent
The sublimely gifted singer-songwriter plays an intimate gig at Hay. His new album Hearts That Strain sees Jake work with Grammy Award-winning producer David Ferguson and Matt Sweeney in Nashville and recording with some of the best players in the history of popular music. The reviews for the record have been nothing short of revelatory.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
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Jake Bugg