Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts
Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts © guldfisken
Dubbed the 'Woodstock of the mind' by Bill Clinton, The Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts began in 1988, and has since grown to enormous size, staging literary festivals all over the world, including in Nairobi, Dhaka, Beirut and Belfast. The British edition, in the delightful town of Hay-on-Wye, is still the most popular, with novelists, musicians, comedians, poets, actors, directors and other notable figures coming together for a programme of lectures, interviews, readings and other performances. The Hay Festival now attracts up to 50,000 people and there is a special children's entertainment programme called Hay Fever, with famous children's authors, puppet shows, games, and all sort of other activities to keep kids happy while their parents relish the literary delights. Hay-on-Wye is known for its plethora of second-hand bookstores, as well as its lovely restaurants and eateries. The festival has grown to such a size that the town cannot accommodate it, and it is now held nearby. There are regular buses from town to the festival site. Past guests at this famous festival include literary heavyweights like Salman Rushdie, Stephen Fry, Hilary Mantel, Ben Okri, Mark Haddon and Ian McEwan.
Date: 26 May to 5 June 2016