Yanis Varoufakis to open upcoming Kilkenomics festival

Former Greek finance minister to be key draw for annual festival

Former greek finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks during the 43rd annual Fete de la Rose political meeting last August  in Frangy-en-Bresse, France. Photograph:  Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

Former greek finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks during the 43rd annual Fete de la Rose political meeting last August in Frangy-en-Bresse, France. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

 

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will open the upcoming Kilkenomics festival, economist amd journalist David McWilliams has announced.

The event which combines economics and comedy will begin on November 5th. Now in its sixth year, it was co-founded by McWilliams and Naoise Nunn.

“I am delighted to announce Yanis Varoufakis will open Kilkenomics on Nov 5th,” McWilliams tweeted on Thursday.

Mr Varoufakis will be in conversation with McWilliams in St Canice’s Cathedral, with a capacity of 640 people, on Thursday, November 5th.

The controversial and mercurial former Greek finance minister Varoufakis broke with Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras over EU austerity demands, and did not stand in Greece’s recent election.

He had been replaced as finance minister by Euclid Tsakalotos.

Other contributors coming to Kilkenny for the five-day event include Martin Wolf, the Financial Times’ chief economics commentator and Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan and Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University.

Ogilvy UK advertising creative director, Rory Sutherland, will also speak.

Details of the events are available at kilkenomics.com