Day One of the St Davids Festival of Ideas

March 25th 2022

12.00pm to 1.30pm, Oriel y Parc, St Davids

Welcome and buffet lunch

Buffet lunch and introduction to the Festival by Sarah Rowland Jones, Dean of St Davids Cathedral and Chair of the Festival Committee.

Please note that there is an additional cost to attend the buffet, please book tickets here

2.00pm to 3pm City Hall

Are Inequalities Inevitable?

Growing inequality – whether in income, housing, or health – is one of the most press-ing dilemmas facing policy makers. A quarter of Welsh people (a third of children) live in poverty. Is the gap between rich and poor destined to grow ever wider and what are the consequences? Is the economic system loaded against society or can we make a difference and, if so how?

With Sir Michael Marmot, Dawn Davies, Dr. Phil Kloer, Mary Sherwood. Chair Peter Davies

4.00pm – 5.00pm City Hall

Tackling the Housing Crisis

There are an estimated 67,000 households on social housing waiting lists across Wales. Meanwhile, due to ‘Right to Buy’, there are 70,000 fewer social homes in Wales in 2021 than there were in 1981. The inexorable rise in house prices and rents are making homes unaffordable for the lowest quartile of earners in every area in Wales. In rural west Wales there is a double crisis caused by the second homes market, demand for which has spiked during the Covid pandemic.

With Mark McKenna, Mabli Siriol Jones, Rachel Lewis and Glen Peters. Chair John Osmond

5.30pm – 6.30pm, Ty’r Perenin

Bacteria, Biomes and the Future of Food

How do we make “good food” both affordable and commercially viable? What are the connections between soil health, gut health and wellbeing of community and nature? To what extent are is organic and “local” food the answer? 

With Professor Julian Marchesi, Simon Wright. Chair Ifor Thomas

7.00pm – 8.00pm City Hall.

Pitching rhetoric against reality:what hope is there for future generations?

7.00pm — 8.00pm – City Hall St Davids: Pitching rhetoric against reality: what hope is there for future generations?Wales’s Wellbeing of Future Generations Act is pioneering sustainability legislation yet big gaps remain between the intent of the policy and what gets delivered on the ground by public sector organisations. Change is happening, but still not fast enough. 

Sophie Howe, Wales’ Commissioner for Future Generations in conversation with Guto Harri.