Here are some of our fantastic contributors for 2023. We will update this page with more information in the lead up to the festival. Full titles and contributors will be announced in due course.

Simultaneous translation will be available for all Welsh language sessions. 

With the festival kicking off from 14:30pm at City Hall a brief welcome and introduction will provide attendees with information around the weekend’s events. There will be a series of talks hosted at City hall with a variety of other events such as live music, a dining experience and talk hosted by Carwyn Graves and lots more to see and do across the weekend!

City Hall, St Davids (Refreshments available throughout in adjoining Memorial Hall)

Time: 1200-1500hrs Venue: Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi

MUUK Adventures Workshops for Years 7-9: The Great Outdoors, with hands-on bushcraft and survival tips

(please note this event is only for pupils of Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi)

Time: 1430hrs Venue: St Davids City Hall Entry: Friday/Weekend Ticket

Welcome and introduction to the Festival of Ideas, a run through of the weekends events and key information for attendees.

Time: 1500hrs Venue: St Davids Cathedral Entry: Free Ticketed Entry

Guided visit to St Davids Cathedral historic Library and Treasury. Collection and Displays of Rare Books in Welsh, English and other languages from 16th to 21st centuries, including 7 volumes of Geraldus Cambrensis’ works. Among other items on display is Richard Colt Hoare’s 1809 personal copy of the Itinerary of Wales with engravings he commissioned of the locations visited. The Cathedral Treasury displays include rare surviving 12thand 13th century episcopal regalia.

Tickets for this event are listed on Eventbrite, there is no charge for this event but a ticket will be required. Get yours here.

Please note due to the nature of the building and tour (spiral staircases etc), this event is not suitable for those who require accessibility alterations.

Time: 1500-1600hrs Venue: St Davids City Hall Entry: Friday/Weekend Ticket

Jane Davidson, Chair of Wales Net Zero 2035 and author.

‘#Futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country’

In conversation with Professor Sue Denman, Together for change.


Time: 1630hrs Venue: St Davids City Hall Entry: Friday/Weekend Ticket

Jeremy Miles, MS Minister for Education and the Welsh Language, author and journalist Fiona Millar & Sian Griffiths, Education and families editor, The Sunday Times.

‘The Future of Schooling’.


Time: 1800-1900hrs Venue: St Davids City Hall Entry: Friday/Weekend Ticket

Grahame Davies, poet, librettist and literary critic:

The Two Sisters / Y Ddwy Chwaer: folk songs, sacred places, symbolic dreams’.

Chaired by Rachel Hurdley.


Time: 1900hrs Venue: Really Wild Emporium Entry: Dining Experience with Carwyn Graves

Carwyn Graves, Welsh food writer and chef, in collaboration with The Really Wild Emporium: Welsh food (Welsh/English) with six-course meal. Tickets here.

Eating land and sea: the rediscovery of Welsh Food/ Ein lluniaeth a’n llawenydd? Gweld bwyd Cymru o’r newydd’.

Please note this event is ticketed separately and will require prior purchase. Due to the nature of the menu we are unable to make adjustments for specific dietary requirements, a vegetarian menu is available.

2000hrs Live music at , St Davids Rugby Club

Onco Fonco and DJ Boiaspins.

(free to all)