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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June - you can download a PDF of the programme here. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Thinking

Philippe Sands

Reformations 8: Citizenship

Event 169 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Philippe Sands

Where do we belong? What passport and what papers do we carry? The international human rights lawyer proposes a new form of internationalist identity, and the adoption of the Tobin Tax that would help fund a universally available Citizenship of the World. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Event W31 Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterized by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided; wear comfortable clothing.

16+
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Rhyd Lewis

The Mathematics of Networks and Maps - Cardiff University Series 2

Event 215 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

How do satnavs find the quickest route from one town to another? What’s the most efficient way to visit the best pubs in the UK? Is it true that all living things in the world are six or fewer degrees of separation away from each other? The Cardiff mathematician shows, pictorially, how the many problems in everyday life can be modelled as networks: from the colouring of maps to the way Facebook makes friend recommendations.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Luciano Floridi

The Royal Society Platform

Event 225 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Luciano Floridi

The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere Is Reshaping Human Reality

As the boundaries between life online and offline break down, we become seamlessly connected to each other and surrounded by smart, responsive objects. We are all becoming integrated into an ‘infosphere’. Personas we adopt on social media, for example, feed into our real lives so that we begin to live in ‘onlife’. Following those led by Copernicus, Darwin and Freud, this metaphysical shift represents nothing less than a fourth revolution. Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Timandra Harkness.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Mark Stevenson talks to Andy Fryers

We Do Things Differently

Event 227 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Our systems are failing. Old models for education, healthcare, government, food production and energy supply are no longer fit for purpose. As the world’s population heads towards eight billion, it’s clear that we need new approaches. Futurist Mark Stevenson sets out across four continents to find them. From Brazilian favelas to high- tech Boston, and from rural India to a shed inventor in England’s home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Kevin N. Laland

Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind

Event 231 Venue: Oxfam Moot

How did the human mind – and the uniquely human ability to devise and transmit culture – evolve from its roots in animal behaviour? The truly unique characteristics of our species – such as our intelligence, language, teaching, and co-operation – are not adaptive responses to predators, disease or other external conditions. Rather, humans are creatures of their own making. The evolutionary biologist traces our rise from scavenger apes in pre-history to modern humans able to design iPhones, dance the tango and send astronauts into space.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Marta Kwiatowska

When to Trust a Robot…

Event 232 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

We are witnessing accelerating technological advances in autonomous systems, of which driverless cars and home-assistive robots are prominent examples. We increasingly depend on decisions made by mobile autonomous robots and we interact with them socially. But how do we know when to trust a robot? And how much should the robots trust us? Kwiatowska develops automated verification techniques that ensure that computerised systems behave as expected, with applications in DNA computing, and in wearable and implantable medical devices.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Alexander Todorov

Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions

Event 236 Venue: Oxfam Moot

We make up our minds about others after seeing their faces for a fraction of a second –and these snap judgments predict all kinds of important decisions. Yet the character judgments we make from faces are as inaccurate as they are irresistible. Using cutting-edge research, the Princeton psychologist describes how we have evolved the ability to read basic social signals and momentary emotional states, using a network of brain regions dedicated to the processing of faces. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Peter Wohlleben

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate–Discoveries from a Secret World

Event 240 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Peter Wohlleben

Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. Trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Lina Dencik

Social Justice in an age of Big Data - Cardiff University Series 3

Event 245 Venue: Cube

We are living in a society increasingly driven by the technical ability to turn our activities and behaviour into data points that can be tracked and profiled. This is often said to advance responses to a range of social problems but these data processes can also affect individuals or entire communities that may be denied services and access to opportunities, or wrongfully targeted and exploited. What does this mean for fairness and equality? Lina Dencik is a Senior Lecturer at the Cardiff School of Journalism.

Lina Dencik is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £7.30
 
 

Susan Molyneux Hodgson, Stephen Tindale and Dale Sanders

The Royal Society Platform: We Need To Talk About Gene Tech

Event 248 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Susan Molyneux Hodgson, Stephen Tindale and Dale Sanders

Why does public debate and policy treat the application of genetic technology differently when we are discussing medicine and food? Why is our concept of what is ‘natural’ so controversial and the idea of GM food so alarming? Scientists and sociologists come together with Daniel Davis to discuss what’s being ventured and how it is perceived.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Science of Solar Workshop

Event W45 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

So many things we take for granted, such as having access to basic services like electricity, remain a significant challenge for millions of people in today’s developing world. Come and find out how solar power works and can provide clean, reliable energy around the world.

Family event
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Jim Eliot and Mima Stilwell: All day YA Songwriting Workshop

Event W55 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Jim Eliot and Mima Stilwell have written and produced records with some of today’s biggest pop stars, including Ellie Goulding , Kylie Minogue and Will Young. They started out by writing music in a band and touring festivals and venues in the UK then a lucky break took them into the pop writing world. Since then they have honed  their pop-writing craft to produce No 1 chart singles, hits and soundtracks. Come and work with them to combine classic songwriting with cutting-edge production skills giving you insight into the art of writing commercial hits. Bring a packed lunch.

Age16+
5 hours
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Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Event W61 Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterized by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided, wear comfortable clothing.

16+
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Rageh Omaar, Mary Harper and Sada Mire

Somaliland: The African Miracle You’ve Never Heard About

Event 366 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Rageh Omaar, Mary Harper and Sada Mire

This small country, tucked in the northwestern corner of the Horn of Africa, is a template for what is achievable on the continent. And it’s an antidote to the constant cycle of pessimism about Africa that dominates the Western thought on the current state of the continent.  How did the country move from famine, poverty and war to a thriving and prosperous multi-party democracy? Harper is Africa Editor at the BBC World Service and author of Getting Somalia Wrong; Mire is a Swedish-Somali archaeologist.

Sada Mire is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by the CASE Foundation
Price: £7.30
 
 

The Parrot and the Merchant with Alia Alzougbi

Event S14 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Long, long ago in Persia, storytellers (pardekhans) would travel the empire with illustrations painted on to a large canvas (called a parde). As they travelled from town to town, they would stand before the crowd, display the canvas and narrate their story. Come and experience the ancient practice of pardekhani with Tiny Owl’s wonderful storyteller and discover the epic tale by the legendary Persian poet Rumi, illustrated by Marjan Vafaian.

Age 4+
Free but ticketed
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Create your own Parrot Puppets with Alia Alzougbi

Event S15 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Discover the epic tale of The Parrot and the Merchant by the legendary Persian poet, Rumi. Step back hundreds of years as you listen to the story of Mah Jahan, a merchant woman who collects and cages beautiful birds for her own pleasure. Follow Mah Jahan in her journey as she discovers the true value of love – and of freedom. Experience the ancient Persian storytelling practice of pardekhani in a creative workshop making bird puppets for children to take home and enjoy.

Age 4+
Free but ticketed
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Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Event W70 Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterized by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided, wear comfortable clothing.

16+
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