IWM at Hay Festival 2024

Event announcement
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From 23 May to 2 June, Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye 2024 will take place in Wales. The IWM will be represented at several events.

As part of the Future of Europe Debate series co-organized by the IWM, on 25 May at 19:00, the EU’s former Vice-President, Baroness Catherine Ashton, IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev, and Rafał Trzaskowski, Polish politician and current city mayor of Warsaw, will discuss whether Europe can weather the approaching storms with IWM Rector Misha Glenny

Our rector will also be hosting other events:

On Saturday, 25 May, at 10:00, Misha Glenny will be talking with political scientist and prize-winning writer Giuliano da Empoli about his all-too-plausible novel The Wizard of the Kremlin, taking readers into the heart of the Kremlin, and how fiction can give us insights into real-world events and figures. On 26 May at 19:00, Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa, who won the accolade in 2021 for denouncing the regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, speaks to Glenny about her work. Lastly, on Monday, 27 May at 11:30, Glenny will be moderating a discussion between the American filmmaker Norma Percy, former Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Réznikov, and director Tim Stirzaker. They will discuss the series Putin vs the West, produced by Percy and directed by Stirzaker, as well as the latest developments in Ukraine.

Furthermore, Sunday will see several events featuring former or current IWM affiliates:

At 10:00, activist and journalist Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, journalist, author, and former IWM Visiting Fellow Peter Pomerantsev, and Labour MP and Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting will come together for Hay Festival's daily news review. At 13:00, together with Maria Ressa, Pomerantsev will also talk to Oliver Bullough on how to deal with biased and misleading communication. Lastly, at 17:30, writers Sofia Cheliak, Sasha Dovzhyk, Documenting Ukraine Grantee and director of the recently launched INDEX Institute, and Olesya Khromeychuk will discuss with Pomerantsev what is happening currently in Ukraine, how to keep documenting the war, and how to combat propaganda that undermines the war effort. 

In 2022, Olesya Khromeychuk was also a speaker at the Vienna Humanities Festival. Watch her conversation with IWM Permanent Fellow Katherine Younger about the personal, national, and global impacts of Russian aggression and what it means to bear the costs of war here: 

The full festival program is available here


Photo Credit: Adam Tatton-Reid