Hay Festival signs new Querétaro deal

Hay Festival has signed a new three-year agreement with the Municipality of the City of Querétaro, Mexico, securing the future of Hay Festival Querétaro for a further three years.

The agreement was presented by Queretaro's Secretary of Tourism, Gerardo Cuanalo, alongside Hay Festival international director, Cristina Fuentes La Roche, and director and founder, Peter Florence.

Hay Festival Queretaro 2019 will take place 5-8 September, with three speakers already announced: Nobel Prize-winner Juan Manuel Santos, finalist of the Herralde Prize 2018 Alejandra Costamagna and journalist Joe Sacco.

Last year's festival was attended by 33,500 spectators, with global activism, US policy, innovations in STEM and gender equality leading a programme that included 140 speakers and 106 events over 4 days. Twenty-five per cent of main stage event capacity was available free to students, while workshops and conversations in the local communities ensured the festival reached the widest possible audience.

One of the northern hemisphere’s fastest growing cities, Querétaro’s historic centre, quaint andadores and acclaimed cuisine make it a unique cultural haven, and a major cultural attraction boosted further by this celebration of literature. 

Cristina Fuentes La Roche, international director of Hay Festival, said: “We are delighted to sign this new agreement with the Municipality of the City of Querétaro, securing the future of Hay Festival Querétaro for three more years. And with three inspiring speakers already confirmed for our 14th edition in Mexico, we can look forward with excitement at what's to come. Join us.”

The full programme for Hay Festival Querétaro will be announced later in the year. Sign up to the festival newsletter for updates as they occur.