Hay Festival Foundation

For 30 years Hay has brought readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world, from the beaches of Cartagena de Indias to the cities of Beirut and Mumbai. 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. The Foundation brings people of all ages together to support our educational initiatives and opportunities. We are committed to access and inclusion and to the pursuit of excellence and happiness.

The Foundation is supported through philanthropy and charitable grants. Please join us to secure the Festival for future generations, to imagine the world as it is and as it might be.

Caroline Michel
Chair, Hay Festival

Hay Festival Foundation Trustees

Rosie Boycott, Dylan Jones Chair, Caroline Michel, Maurice Saatchi, Alice Sherwood

Foundation Projects

Over the past 30 years we have reached more than five million people on five continents in live events.

All our Festivals are free for students in full-time higher education. Click here for more details. 

Each year we bring 10,000 children from 220 schools to the free schools days in Hay.

Ways of Giving

There are three ways for individuals to contribute philanthropically to Hay Festival Foundation projects: 

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