Sunday 25 February 2018

The Punt: Former finance minister sells out

Sold-out: Yanis Varoufakis at Kilkenomics
Sold-out: Yanis Varoufakis at Kilkenomics

Yanis Varoufakis has sold out. Or to be precise, his appearance at the Kilkenomics festival in November has sold out.

The controversial former Greek finance minister will be in conversation with economist David McWilliams in the impressive surroundings of the medieval St Canice's Cathedral, and, as expected, he's already managed to draw quite a crowd. So much so that all the tickets have been snapped up.

The event will kick-off this year's festival, and it's being billed as the opportunity to hear how the colourful politician came to be at the helm of Greece's economy, as well as his recollections of dealing with his fellow finance ministers, and what he believes could be in store for the next small EU county that finds itself in trouble.

The festival launched its full programme yesterday, made up of more than 40 events over four days from November 5 to November 8.

Mr McWilliams, who is also the festival co-founder, described the line-up as the strongest yet.

"See you in Kilkenny for the best minds, the best ideas, best discussions and the best craic," he said.

Economists like Constantin Gurdgiev, Cormac Lucey, Stephen Kinsella and Peter Antonioni will be joined by comics including Des Bishop, Karl Spain, Barry Murphy and Dermot Whelan.

Irish Independent

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