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Hiraeth Festival 2018

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An intimate arts festival that celebrates classical, folk and eclectic music, books, poetry and the gentle art of conversation around good food and friends old and new. Hiraeth hearkens back to a simpler time when storytelling and conversation around the hearth was enough to warm the heart - along with a glass or cup of something fine and a tasty cawl too. Join us. You are welcome at our table. We have two events each evening, with a bonus special guest appearing at each. Providero will be providing their taste-blowing coffee, cakes and vegan/non-vegan food.

Thursday night: Acclaimed social anthropologist Dr Judit Durst will be with us for the Hiraeth Talk + Explorer and Adventurer Brian Jackson + Dr Rhiannon Lloyd will discuss her role as a peacemaker in Rwanda and other war torn countries.

*Special musical guest Sara Barta

Friday night: Hiraeth music from classical guitarist Andrey Lebedev and author + professor of poetry Ian Gregson will talk about his book The Crocodile Princess + Steve Doherty joins us to chat about satire.

Saturday night: Hiraeth Music with composer and Violist Ruşen Güneş with classical pianist Pinar Celik Warsi + another special guest to be announced soon.

Performer Biographies

Dr Judit Durst is an ethnographer, at the Department of Anthropology, University College London and at the Institute of Minority Research (MTA TK) in Budapest. Judit does research in Social Anthropology, Anthropological Demography, Economic Sociology, Urban/Rural Sociology and Sociology of Migration. An expert on the reproductive behavior of poor Roma communities in North Hungary, she has long been concerned with ethnographic fieldwork in "shanty villages" in North-Hungary, studying informal money lending and indebtedness. Judit's current book looks at 'Social mobility and ethnicity: trajectories, outcomes, and the hidden costs of educational mobility.' She is also part of a Hungarian research team working on the migration-development nexus in minority regions of Hungary. Judit is currently concerned with the rise of extreme groups in Hungary and other parts of the world. Judit will be addressing us on this subject in the context of her own work.

Brian Jackson's portfolio includes multiple expeditions to Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Norway, Finland, China, and Nepal to name a few! He has led many successful Charity Challenges including Everest Base Camp, Iceland Volcano Trek, Kilimanjaro on all routes, London to Amsterdam and London to Paris Cycle Challenges. He recently climbed Chhubohe, an unclimbed peak in Nepal, and Nar Phu Peak, another first ascent in Nepal. Brian Jackson was the Expedition Leader for the Manchester United Foundation Kilimanjaro Trek that Bryan Robson & Kevin Moran took part in, as well as the Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge in 2013 and 2015 featuring cricketers Mike Gatting, Allan Lamb, Darren Gough, Tim Bresnam and the Olympic Diver, Leon Taylor. Brian has led both adult and youth expeditions with the focus ranging from raising money for charity to personal development or leadership and team work to pure achievement and enjoyment. Fancy some vicarious adventure? This is for you!

In September 1994, just 12 weeks after a horrific genocide in Rwanda had been brought to an end, Dr Rhiannon Lloyd was invited by the relief organisation Medair to join them in Rwanda. Her brief was to seek to help church leaders who were asking the question: “Is forgiveness and reconciliation ever going to be possible in a situation like this?”

Rhiannon had previously worked with Medair in Liberia seeking to help war orphans, child soldiers and church leaders caught up in the civil war. But nothing could have prepared her for what she encountered in post-genocide Rwanda. As she listened to heart-wrenching stories, her desire was to help restore the church to be a peace-maker in the nation.

What started as the smallest of seeds has now grown into a tree with national teams of peace-makers working in many nations. The primary tool that has been used is a 3-day workshop called Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict (HWEC). Join Rhiannon as she brings us up to date with her fascinating story.

If you did not catch the gobsmackingly good Andrey Lebedev at our inaugural event last year, your ship has just come in blasting fireworks with champagne on tap. Andrey is back on Friday night and so is your opportunity to see Andrey in a small venue in Llandudno. Trust me, this is life enhancing, unmissable stuff. Andrey Lebedev is a prize winner of the 2017 ARD Music Competition, regarded as one of the most prestigious international competitions in classical music. An acclaimed interpreter of contemporary music, he has had new works written for him by composers including Leo Brouwer, Brett Dean, and Peter Sculthorpe and was awarded the Prize for the Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Piece at ARD. Equally at home with early repertoire, he was awarded First Prize and special Bach Prize at the Gisborne International Music Competition for his performance of J.S. Bach’s D Minor Violin Partita. Andrey exhibits a ceaseless curiosity which has seen him develop projects ranging from duos on Renaissance lute to Radiohead arrangements on electric guitar.

Professor Ian Gregson is an extraordinary poet and one we are slightly in awe of behind the scenes at Hiraeth Festival. Some of you heard him speak on poetry at last year's Hiraeth Festival and attended his workshop as well. Some of us tried to sneak into that but we weren't allowed. The feedback from both was fantastic. Ian is back this year speaking on his novel The Crocodile Princess. Set amongst the diplomatic community in the heat of Phnom Penh in 1962 with its tensions, friendships, intrigues and affairs and against the background of the Cold War and the Cuban missile crisis, The Crocodile Princess takes historical figures, from Prince Sihanouk to Peter Cook to construct an alternative history in a slightly parallel world. Fast-paced, witty, full of intrigue and misdirection, this is satire as its meant to be.

We are delighted that Steve Doherty will be joining us on Friday evening to chat about satire in our current cultural and political climate. Steve is the founder of Llandudno based Giddy Goat Productions. His previous production credits include The News Quiz (BBC R4), The News Huddlines (BBC R2), All The Young Dudes (BBC R4), Have I Got News For You (Hat Trick for BBC1), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (Talkback for BBC2) and A Child's Christmases in Wales (Boom Cymru for BBC4, BBC2 and BBC1 Wales).

Composer Rusen Gunes and pianist Pinar Celik Warsi will be bringing us an original programme of Turkish poetry and music. Ruşen Güneş was born in Ankara in 1940. He graduated from Ankara State Conservatory in 1961, following which he served as a violist in the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. In 1963, Güneş received a fellowship and went to England. In 1979, he took a position of Principal Viola in the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1979) and in the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1989). He retired in 2000. In 1998, Güneş received a title of State Artist from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the United Kingdom and abroad. Güneş is a member of the London String Quartet as well as many other chamber groups.

A graduate of The Royal Academy of Music, Pinar Celik Warsi's many solo and chamber music recitals in Turkey and abroad include the 26th Istanbul International Music Festival and the International Interfest Bitola Music Festival (with her trio, Trio Academia). Pinar has played in Istanbul’s most important venues such as Cemal Resid Rey Concert Hall, Is Sanat Concert Hall, Ataturk Cultural Centre, Caddebostan Cultural Centre and Austrian Cultural Centre. She played with Istanbul and Adana State Symphony Orchestras and Istanbul Chamber Orchestra. As well as in Turkey, Pinar has performed in Germany, Macedonia and London and participated in master classes with Professor Sergei Dorensky, Irina Zaritskaya, Huseyin Sermet, Barry Synder, Andrei Diev, Leontina Margulis and Dianne Andersson.




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