Celebrating ten years at Hay Festival Cartagena

Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2015


Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, our festival of stories and ideas in Colombia, celebrates its tenth edition in 2015.

Programme highlights include Nobel Laureates JMG Le Clézio and Jody Williams, novelists Javier Cercas, Almudena Grandes, Juan Villoro, Taiye Selasi, Sofi Oksanen, Julia Franck and Héctor Abad Faciolince; film makers Sergio Cabrera and Lucía Puenzo; non fiction writers Andrew Solomon, Moisés Naím, Steven Pinker and Saskia Sassen; as well as Brian Eno, Jorge Valdano and Alejandra Borrero; journalists Antonio Caño, Martin Baron and Leila Guerriero, and musicians Seu Jorge and Charles King.


Welcome to the Hay Levels

Hay Levels 2014


On his way to speak at Hay Festival, superstar mathematician Marcus du Sautoy gave a bunch of A Level students a masterclass in the back of a minibus. It was a #lightbulbmoment. So we asked more of our inspiring university teachers to share their subjects with us direct. Here are their 3-minute #haylevels...



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Membership lasts for 12 months and costs £25 for single or £40 for double membership. Give a Hay Festival Friends Membership as a gift for a year of events to look forward to and recommendations to enjoy! Join the Friends or buy Gift Membership here...

Hay Festival Christmas


Hay gathers people together to think about the world as it is and to imagine how it might be. It's a big conversation about discovery and intellectual adventure. We share stories and ideas with great international writers and thinkers, film-makers, historians and novelists, philosophers, environmentalists, poets and scientists. And at night we like to party with the greatest comedians and musicians. It's a bunch of mates hanging out in a field with time to think, finding the inspiration to re-imagine the world. Hay is, in Bill Clinton's phrase, 'the Woodstock of the mind'.

The festival is in its 27th year in Hay, a magical book town in the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park. We also create festivals in cities around the world every year from Cartagena to Dhaka, and from Beirut to Nairobi.

Please join us. You'll be most welcome.

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