Imagine the world
3–6 October 2013
Hay Festival Xalapa is a celebration of ideas and stories, which is more important than ever when writers and journalists put their lives on the line to tell truths.
For five days in October 2012, Xalapa was alive with talks, debates, concerts and stories from Wole Soyinka, Enrique Vila-Matas, Janne Teller, Marcos Giralt Torrente, Jeanette Winterson, Evelio Rosero, Elsa Osorio, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Valeria Luiselli and Roberto Ampuero.
Journalism was highlighted in the programme because we wanted to acknowledge the risks taken by brave journalists in Mexico and all over the world. Jon Lee Anderson, Ed Vulliamy and Guillermo Osorno discussed their work and spoke about the importance of freedom of information and the rights of journalists.
We can proudly announce a 39% increase in attendance with 28,662 people enjoying the 2012 festival, which also launched our partnership with PEN International. Read more below...