HAY FESTIVAL

22 May to 1 June

Hay Festival 2014

We are delighted to tell you that the full 2014 Festival Programme is now online and open for booking.

You can browse the Quick View grid, or navigate day by day.

The Hay Fever programme for children and families is also online – browse the children's events here.

We love stories. We love big ideas. Let’s celebrate the power of language and the pleasure of debate. Let’s have the conversation about new thinking, about engaging with other people and revelling in dreams for the future. And let’s underpin that aspiration with a deep understanding of where we’re starting from.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Hay.



Our Friends contribute ideas and recommendations and are our most valued customers. Their investment allows us to fund vital education work, supports our environmental aims and seeds the development of the festival. Friends enjoy Priority Booking, a Friends Entrance at each of our festival venues, membership cards, the Friends Café on the festival site and regular email newsletters throughout the year, as well as exclusive offers for one-off events.

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



IMAGINE THE WORLD

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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Photographs from Hay Festival Wales

Photographs from Hay Festival Kells

Photographs from Hay Festival Budapest

Photographs from Hay Festival Beirut

Photographs from Hay Festival Cartagena

Photographs from Hay Festival Xalapa