Hay Festival Foundation

Hay Festival Foundation

Charity information

Hay Festival Foundation

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

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

Founded 1998

  • Mission statement

    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.

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

    Hay Academy provides internship and work experience opportunities for young people in the cultural, event production and technology sectors.

    The Hay Levels are specially commissioned three-minute videos made by academics from the world’s greatest universities for A-Level students. Viewing figures exceed 237,000 and continue to grow.

    We work with PLAN International in South America to develop literary and library projects in the barrios and with the public library in Hay.

    Hay in the Parc develops our nine-year literature and literacy partnership with HMP/YOI Parc Prison Bridgend, reaching over 1,500 prisoners and young offenders.

    ‘Talking About Shakespeare’ is a video project sharing the work of academics, actors, directors and film-makers celebrating Shakespeare’s plays.

    Hay Player is the video and audio archive of our events from all our Festivals made digitally available to everyone and shared with libraries and universities globally.

  • Aims

    Hay Festival Foundation aims to:

    • To bring people of all ages together to access the Festival through live events that share ideas and provoke debate and also through digital content. We are committed to access and inclusion.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1998

    Registered Charity Number: 1070073

    Board members: 6

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 250

    Phone number: 01497822620

    Address: The Drill Hall, 25 Lion Street HR3 5AD

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
  • Hay Academy

    Hay Academy is a skills development programme that gives young people from across the UK, ... More