Frequently Asked Questions

IS HAY FESTIVAL TAKING PLACE IN 2021?

Yes. Hay Festival Wales will take place 26 May-6 June 2021, broadcasting more than 200 of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers and performers live from Hay-on-Wye in a free online extravaganza. Sign up to our Festival newsletter to be the first to hear.

CAN I ATTEND IN PERSON? 

Unfortunately we aren't able to accommodate live audiences at Hay 2021, but we look forward to welcoming you back very soon!

CAN I STILL TRAVEL TO HAY ON WYE? 

Yes! The town’s bookshops, cafes and businesses are all eager to welcome you back in line with the current guidelines. Explore the government’s latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines and Hay-on-Wye’s tourist information page for up to date travel advice.

And we'll be running a special WiFi network in the town centre during this year's Festival, providing free, unlimited streaming of all the sessions. So, if you're browsing Hay's bookshops, enjoying a coffee, or lounging in the sun, you won't need to worry about using up your data to take part in the action. The network will operate exactly the same as the usual one on our Festival site and cover the town centre. You'll just log on, select your free event, and enjoy.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE TOWN WITHOUT VISITING?

Take a look at the shops in Hay that are operating online. They offer a wealth of treats for yourself and others – if you're able to support them remotely, please do. And if you can't think what to buy then why not get a Hay Voucher for when you’re next here in person? 

WHEN IS THE PROGRAMME OUT? 

Now! See the full programme here.

You can expect to see an array of live conversations, debates, workshops and performances online, kicking off with the inaugural Hay Festival Opening Night Gala on Wednesday 26 May in which award-winning writers join performers from the stage and screen for an evening of literary fun and inspiration. Over the 11 days that follow, more than 200 acclaimed writers, global policy makers, historians, poets, pioneers and innovators will take part, launching the best new fiction and non-fiction. The Festival will interrogate some of the biggest issues of our time, from building a better world post-pandemic to tackling the compound crises of climate change, inequality, and challenges to truth and democracy. 

HOW CAN I WATCH ONLINE?  

All of our events will be viewable for free here on the Hay Festival website. Find out how to register here.

WILL EVENTS BE SUBTITLED?

Yes! All events will be live captioned.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT HAY FESTIVAL?

Thanks to the ongoing support of our sponsors, partners and #Haymakers our online events are accessible to more people than ever before. Every donation we receive helps us to grow our audience further. Please consider it, if you can.

IS THE FESTIVAL’S FREE PROGRAMME FOR SCHOOLS STILL TAKING PLACE?

Yes. Find out the latest details here.

What are the dates for Hay Festival 2022?

Next year's Hay Festival will take place 26 May - 5 June 2022.

ARE THERE ANY JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT THE FESTIVAL?

Keep an eye on our jobs page for any opportunities. 

HOW DID HAY FESTIVAL START?

Some say Big Bang, some believe in a freak poker game... more likely there were a bunch of friends round a kitchen table wanting something to do of an evening.

HOW ARE THE WRITERS CHOSEN?

We invite the writers, artists, academics, thinkers and performers we most admire. We try to bring the greatest contemporary practitioners and the most exciting new voices to our audiences. We talk to publishers, writers and a huge range of advisors – including many festival-goers themselves. If you have any ideas to share, please send them to submissions@hayfestival.org.

IS WINTER WEEKEND TAKING PLACE THIS YEAR?

Yes. You can find a calendar of all our upcoming editions here.