For over 30 years Hay has brought readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in live sustainable events around the world, from the beaches of Cartagena de Indias to the cities of Beirut and Mumbai, reaching more than five million people across five continents. Our festivals inspire, examine and entertain.
The Hay Festival Foundation is a registered charity created to support the aims of the Festival in Britain and internationally, bringing people of all ages together. We are committed to access and inclusion and to the pursuit of excellence and happiness.
The Foundation is supported through philanthropy and charitable grants. There are several ways that you can support the Foundation – please support us to secure the Festival for future generations, to imagine the world as it is and as it might be.
Chair, Hay Festival Foundation
Each year we bring 10,000 children from 220 schools to the free school days in Hay
Specially commissioned three-minute videos made by academics from the world's greatest universities for A-Level students – 237,000 views and counting
We work with PLAN International in South America to develop literary and library projects in the barrios and with the public library in Hay
Develops our nine-year literature and literacy partnership with HMP/YOI Parc Prison Bridgend, reaching over 1,500 prisoners and young offenders
A video project sharing the work of academics, actors, directors and film-makers celebrating Shakespeare's plays
Rosie Boycott, Nik Gowing, Dylan Jones Chair, Nick Jones, Caroline Michel, Maurice Saatchi, Alice Sherwood