Join the Friends of Hay Festival Kells

Friends and Patrons of the Festival help to make it happen. Their support is invaluable to the Festival, which is largely voluntary-run. It helps to maintain Hay Festival Kells’ position as a key highlight in the Irish literary and festival calendar. More than that our Friends provide us with valuable feedback and support in the design and improvement of our Festival for future years and generations of readers.

As well as the warm good feelings that come from joining a growing community of Festival supporters and friends, membership comes with benefits. Here are the details on what you can expect as a Friend of the Festival.

Friends of Hay Festival Kells

Friend Membership €40

  • Two free tickets to an event of your choice (redeem complimentary tickets by calling +353 46 924 0055 by email to kellsfriends@hayfestival.com or at Festival Box Office – open from 22 June in Kells Theatre – advance booking may be required)
  • Priority Booking (full programme and tickets released only to Friends for initial period of 24 hours)
  • Access to priority Friends’ seating at events (subject to availability)
  • Invitation to special Festival Evening for Friends and Guests, during the Festival featuring entertainment, and music
  • Friends News email subscription with Festival news up to and during event
  • Membership of the Community of Hay Festival Kells Friends
Buy this membership
Friends of Hay Festival Kells

Gold Friend Membership €70

  • Four free tickets to an event of your choice (redeem complimentary tickets by calling +353 46 924 0055 by email to kellsfriends@hayfestival.com or at Festival Box Office – open from 22 June in Kells Theatre – advance booking may be required)
  • Priority Booking (full programme and tickets released only to Friends for initial period of 24 hours)
  • Access to priority Friends’ seating at events (subject to availability)
  • Invitation to special Festival Evening for Friends and Guests, during the Festival featuring entertainment, and music
  • Friends News email subscription with Festival news up to and during event
  • Membership of the Community of Hay Festival Kells Friends
Buy this membership
Friends of Hay Festival Kells

Festival Patron €250

  • Festival Pass – access to all events (some events may require advance booking)
  • Priority Booking (full programme and tickets released only to Friends for initial period of 24 hours)
  • Access to priority Friends’ seating at events (subject to availability)
  • Invitation to special Festival Evening for Friends and Guests, during the Festival featuring entertainment, and music
  • Friends News by email with Festival news up to and during event
  • Membership of the Community of Hay Festival Kells Friends and Patrons
Buy this membership

To receive your Friends’ lanyard (membership card) and event invitations, you will need to call to the Festival Box Office in Kells, which will be open in the Kells Theatre from 9am on Wednesday 22 June and throughout the Festival. Just call us on +353 46 924 0055 if you have any queries.

Benefactors, if you'd like to donate more to support the Festival in Kells, you can reach us through our office at +353 46 924 0055, or by email at kellsfriends@hayfestival.com.

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