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, please ensure you and your friends are signed up to our newsletter so we can keep you informed every time we release tickets.

Event 5

Woodland Trust Walk 1

Mouse Castle

Venue: Meet at the Woodland Trust Stand at the Festival
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Join our Woodland Trust tree expert, Derek Wright, on a four-mile circular walk from Hay to the motte and bailey castle on top of Mouse Castle Wood. The walk involves some strenuous uphill sections; stout shoes are required.

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Woodland Trust Walk 1

Event 6

Tilly Blyth

The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Based on the landmark BBC Radio 4 series and Science Museum exhibition, the curator discusses the connections between science and art, revealing a new perspective on their contribution to the world around us. Through fascinating stories that explore the sometimes unexpected relationships between famous artworks and significant scientific and technological objects – from Constable’s cloudscapes and the chemist who first measured changes in air pressure, to the introduction of photography and the representation of natural history in print – she offers a different way of seeing, studying and interpreting the world.

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Tilly Blyth

Event 7

Woodland Trust Walk 2

Tree ID Walk

Venue: Meet at the Woodland Trust Stand at the Festival
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Join Woodland Trust expert Derek Wright, on a gentle walk around Hay town, identifying the trees growing among the houses and streets.

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Woodland Trust Walk 2

Event 8

Thomas Waters

Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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This is a tale of cynical quacks and sincere magical healers, depressed people and furious vigilantes, innocent victims and rogues who claimed to possess evil abilities. Their spellbinding stories raise important questions about the State’s role in regulating radical spiritualities, the fragility of secularism and the true nature of magic. Thomas Waters, who teaches at Imperial College London and for the Workers Educational Association, explores the enduring power of primeval fears. He shows how witchcraft has become as diverse as modern Britain itself, and reveals why it is currently on the rise.
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Event 9

Max Hastings

Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Max Hastings grew up embracing the story of Operation Chastise, the classic 1955 movie, and the memory of Guy Gibson, the 24-year-old wing commander who led the raid and won the VC. The historian sets the dams raid within the big picture of the bomber offensive of the Second World War, with moving portraits of the young airmen, so many of whom died: of Barnes Wallis; the monstrous Harris; and of the tragic Guy Gibson. He offers a superb narrative of the action of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history.

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Max Hastings

Event 10

Children’s Lantern Decorating Workshop

Venue: Hay Public Library
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Create your own decorated lantern and then take part in a procession to the switching on of the Christmas lights leaving Hay Public Library at 5.30pm and processing to the Market Square.

Parents must be in attendance during the workshop and for the procession.
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Event 11

Bernardine Evaristo in conversation with Peter Florence

Girl, Woman, Other

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The 2019 Booker Prize winner discusses her joyous and brilliantly inventive polyphonic novel that explores the lives of 12 black British women of different generations.

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Event 12

The Town of Hay and Friends

The Christmas Lights

Venue: Market Square
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Come and join the party as Hay welcomes everyone to the beginning of the festive season with music and food and good cheer, and the turning on of the Christmas Lights.

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The Town of Hay and Friends

Event 13

Cerys Matthews talks to John Mitchinson

Where the Wild Cooks Go: Recipes, Music, Poetry, Cocktails

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Song-loving cook or food-loving musician? Either way, Cerys Matthews has been experimenting with music and food ever since she can remember. From foraging and chewing on knotweed to cooking flapjacks and nettle soup as a young child, her interest in this planet's edibles has never waned. A life of touring guaranteed further culinary exploration: thousand-hole pancakes, amlou, roasted artichokes, vermouth with anchovy-filled green olives, death by chocolate, za'atar sprinkled on fresh tomatoes, hot baked soda bread, pineapple with chilli, crispy sage leaves and vegan haggis are just a few of the recipes she'll be celebrating.

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Event 14

Richard Williams plays

Metropolis – Screening with live organ accompaniment

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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Fr Richard Williams, the extraordinary gifted organist, composer and Vicar of St Mary's Church in Hay performs a stunning live accompaniment to Fritz Lang's classic 1927 film 'METROPOLIS' using the outstanding Bevington organ. This early science fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a cultured Utopian society exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. The love interest is provided by a privileged youth who befriends a rebellious teacher putting him at odds with his authoritarian father.

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND
There will be a second screening on Saturday night, event 30
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Richard Williams plays

Event 15

Chainska Brassika

Play Hay

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Since their foundation, Chainska Brassika have travelled far and wide, igniting crowds and setting countless venues a light with their fast and infectious Ska anthems. The eight-piece outfit are a truly unique and energetic squad of young South Londoners; presenting a tantalizing blend of authentic Ska rhythms, exquisite brass, and melodic vocals, making it impossible to deny your feet a chance to dance!

Chainska Brassika have performed and created in a diverse range of venues and spaces, from completing stadium tours with Madness to rubbing shoulders with Toots & the Maytals, both in the studio and at London’s famous Alexandra Palace, the World Reggae Contest Champions are duly making a name for themselves on a global level, having had the crowds rocking from Glastonbury to Notting Hill Carnival, Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival in Spain to Outlook Festival in Croatia, and even the shores of Jamaica - it’s safe to say their headline tours are notorious!

Following the release of the albums “Skinna” and “Harry J Business” - the latter produced by double Grammy Award winning producer Stephen Stewart at the legendary Harry J Studios in Kingston, Jamaica - the band is armed with new material to inject yet more life into the re-emerging Ska scene. 

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Chainska Brassika

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