Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is a Spanish public body dedicated to promoting Spain’s culture and heritage, inside and outside the country, through an extensive programme of activities. This includes exhibitions, meetings, conferences, film, theatre, music, audio-visual productions and initiatives that boost the mobility of professionals and artists. As part of the promotion of the internationalization and mobility of Spanish literary professionals, AC/E collaborates with the Hay Festivals held around the world, co-organizing activities for the promotion and dissemination abroad of the work of Spanish writers. Hay Festival Querétaro 2019 will gather a number of talented Spanish artists.
To accompany the real-world event programmes of the Hispanic festivals, expanding their scope through the use of digital tools, Hay Festival has teamed up with BBC Mundo for the preparation of a supplementary online programme in which Hay Festival Querétaro guests and other major figures in the world of European and American culture talk about current affairs, offer suggestions for books to read and authors they admire, and share their views on specific subjects. Readers can also find notes of interest and test their knowledge of literature and the Spanish language.
This digital programme, with exclusive online videos, texts, images and conversations, will be broadcast on the website of BBC Mundo and Hay Festival from 5 September onwards.
Hay Festival and the British Council signed a global alliance agreement at the 2010 Hay-on-Wye Festival and since then they have worked together to support the presence of writers and thinkers from the United Kingdom in front of foreign audiences around the world. The literature team of the British Council promotes British publishers, poets, writers and opinion leaders to different communities and audiences all over the world, carrying out innovative, high-quality events that promote dialogue and cultural exchange between the United Kingdom and the rest of the world, and which take contemporary British writing and literature, in all its vibrancy, to an international public. With more than 75 years of experience in Mexico, the British Council works building cultural and educational relations that allow mutual understanding and trust among nations.
Ellipsis is the British Council in México’s literary program that offers support andnew opportunities to young Mexican writers and editors. For more information about this program click here.
Hay Festival and El País have established a media alliance for all the festivals in Latin America, bringing the festival to the readers of the newspaper, and the interviews and investigations of the newspaper to the spectators of the festival. The newspaper will feature a talk at each festival with a great international personality, and both organizations will share content to bring the Hay Festival closer to the readers of El País.
LEO AC is an association for promotion of literature which was created in 2013 in order to make reading available for boys and girls in vulnerable situations. The rapid growth of this association is thanks to the valuable team of volunteers, who are committed to the task of opening the world of books to the little ones and offering with it a path to empowerment, education, fun and knowledge. Throughout these five years we have worked with more than 200 children in homes and public schools, setting up two libraries in learning institutions of low income and linking our kids to different figures of the editorial and literary world, offering talks with writers, illustration workshops, music courses, literary creation courses and other activities.
The Fundación Zorro Rojo was created as a space dedicated to literacy, for teaching children from marginal communities who are behind their age and school group in reading and writing skills, in order to close social,educational and economic gaps. It offers weekly workshops open to all, with children and adults discovering and sharing reading as a recreational, emotional and cultural activity. It also supports the community in order to reduce the digital gap by means of the use of technological resources and carries out applied educational research that contributes to improving our country’s educational conditions. There are more than 200 children attending the workshops each week.
It also has ongoing workshops in several primary schools. Zorro Rojo has a library service and this year it lent more than 2000 books to children with a low-income background.
Adriana Grimaldo (Monclova, Coahuila, 1983) thinks that perhaps humanity’s best invention has been words. With them, we not only connect with the world, but we can share our interior world with others. Adriana Grimaldo loves and admires words: she speaks them, learns them, listens to them, reads them and writes them. She uses them to communicate with children and young readers through her novels: Valles y Alturas, De Noche and Viento Austral. In them she has written about the stages of life, in metaphors. As part of the Hay Festivalito activities, Grimaldo will start a conversation with the children of the Fundación Zorro Rojo on Thursday September 5th . That day, each one will receive a book, according to their age, and in the folowing months Adriana will continue to visit them to run the reading workshop and encourage a conversation about life that can help to imagine the world.
The Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, through Cultura UANL, the “brand” of its Extension and Culture Department, bases its vision and mission on the notion of Culture as a set of knowledge, together with spiritual and material elements, which are transmitted from generation to generation and make up the identity of individuals and societies, an essential component for the integrated and sustainable development of individuals and peoples.
Considering declarations and agreements by national and international organisations, Cultura UANL assumes that Culture also acquires different forms over time and throughout space, a variety of expressions that can be found in know-how, art, traditions and languages. This diversity is manifested in the originality and plurality of the identities that characterize the groups and societies that make up humanity, a source of exchange, innovation, creativity and everything that constitutes a communal heritage.
The UANL – Hay Festival Alliance, which gives the UANL the opportunity to join and contribute to the dissemination of reading and literature.
The Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award is an annual award of £20,000 for a current writing project exploring the Americas. Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, the Writer’s Award is run in partnership with Hay Festival. The award is open to writers working on full-length non-fiction or fiction books, in English or Spanish that require research use of the British Library’s Americas collections. Hay Festival, the not-for-profit event series with editions across the Americas, is pleased to support the award in reaching the widest possible audiences, profiling winners at its festivals around the world. Sarah Churchwell, who won the award in 2015, participated in the Hay Festival Cartagena. The Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award 2020 applications are open now.
The Hay Festival is part of a European Union network that highlights and celebrates the contribution made by women to the diversity and cultural heritage of Europe, as well as it takes on the issue of gender inequality by supporting women in the market from an intersectional perspective and by promoting a wide range of mobility actions, knowledge, tools, training activities and events.
Hay Diálogos con Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos aims to favor the knowledge and exchange between authors of different generations and nationalities who are united by the same language and a shared literary tradition which is enriched by authors of different origins. This proposal which will be developed in each and every one of the existing Hay Festivals, consists in the participation of an acclaimed author, who will nominate a younger author from Latin America or Spain (the Spanish authors must pick a Latin American author and vice versa). This is, thus, a dialogue that builds bridges between different generations and countries, with one branch of literature, that is, Spanish literature, acting as a link. In this edition the Mexican Rosa Beltrán will talk with the Spanish author Eva Baltasar about her book Permafrost (2018).
Dylan Moore and Alys Conran have been named recipient of the Hay International Fellowship 2018 and 2019, a programme in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales that provides an opportunity for a writer from Wales at a significant juncture of their career to participate in Hay Festival editions throughout the year in Wales, Colombia, Spain, Peru and Mexico. Moore is writer, English teacher and editor of The Welsh Agenda. His first book was Driving Home Both Ways, a collection of travel essays. He has been the founder and co-editor of Wales Arts Review and The Raconteur, and has contributed to the programme Arts Review of the Year with BBC Wales and Last Word for BBC Radio 4. He is a member of the Wales PEN Cymru committee. Alys Conran's first novel Pigeon won the Wales Book ofthe Year Award 2017 and was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It also won the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, The Wales Arts Review People's Choice Award and was longlisted for the Author's Choice First Novel Award. Her second novel Dignity will be published in 2019. She also publishes poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, creative essays and literary translations and her work is to be found in numerous magazines and anthologies including Stand and The Manchester Review.
The partnership between Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) and Hay Festival will go global at Hay Festival events in Mexico, Peru and Colombia over the course of the next year. A series of Kew branded, environmentally focused discussions and lectures will help to foster an understanding of the importance of protecting our planet and its unique biodiversity at a time of increased threats caused by land use changes and climate change, as well as pests and pathogens.
In Mexico, Kew has been working for over 15 years on the conservation of Mexican flora in partnership with Fes-I UNAM (Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), and most recently launched a new project together with Fesi-UNAM and the NGOs Pronatura México and Pronatura Veracruz, to conserve native useful trees of Mexico to maintain its natural capital.
Following the success of the first installment of Hay Festival Forum Dallas in 2018, this year, The Wild Detectives and Hay Festival combine forces again to create one of the most interesting literary and cultural events in the City of Dallas.
2018 was dedicated to celebrating the Bogotá39 list, which selects the 39 most important writers of Latin America under the age of 40. For our 2019 edition, we have invited an eclectic group of guests with one thing in common, pushing boundaries. Our idea for this year’s edition is to bring figures from different fields like journalism, literature, activism and music, who while working in different disciplines, go that extra mile to make our reality more tangible and real, despite the consequences. We believe the different guests that are coming to Dallas this year have made an extraordinary effort to show us new perspectives of the world we live in, and the different directions we can take going forward.
During the days of 7 th and 8 th of September, you will be able to attend the following panels For more information about this project click here.