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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 10:00 UK time, Thursday, 20 October 2011

Crunch, the annual festival that combines art, philosophy and music, returns to Hay-on-Wye next month with more speakers, discussions and live music than ever before.

Crunch 2011 will bring together over 500 art industry professionals, from curators, critics and writers to musicians, gallery directors and artists to debate the issues facing art in contemporary society.

Welsh poet Owen Sheers will be taking part in a discussion at the festival alongside the artistic director of National Theatre Wales John McGrath, and Arts Council of Wales chair Dai Smith.

Owen Sheers. Photo © Charlotte Medlicott

Owen Sheers. Photo © Charlotte Medlicott

The trio will be discussing the history of community involvement in the arts in Wales at the event, entitled The Dragon’s Heart, on Saturday 19 November. All three have had recent experience of engaging with arts projects in local communities: McGrath in relation to the hugely successful Passion in Port Talbot, Sheers with various poetry projects and Smith with his work with the ACW.

Musical highlights at this year's festival are set to include Cardiff rising star Siôn Russell Jones, British Sea Power, Patti Plinko, Emily Barker, The Red Clay Halo and Mara Carlyle, whose beautiful track Pianni was featured in a cat-infested TV advert for Ikea not so long ago. (Other Swedish furniture chains are available.)

There's also a range of comedy, cabaret and documentary films on offer, together with art exhibitions from galleries including Paradise Row, Poppy Sebire, The Hua Gallery, Sumarria Lunn and Eb&Flow.

Crunch 2011 runs from Friday 18 November to Sunday 20 November, and you can browse the full programme of events on the festival website: artfestivalathay.org.


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