This year’s programme was the biggest yet. Whether you want tough debates, incisive solo talks, live music, documentary screenings, or just a cider in the sun, there were more opportunities than ever to think, talk, dance and play.


Hall & Lower Gallery


From debate and dancing to art and argument, the globe at hay is an institution. Join us next year for Philosophy Sessions, which run throughout the day in the wonderful Hall space. Art exhibitions can be found in the Upper and Lower Galleries. At night, the venue erupts with our Live and Night Sessions– a magical collection of the UK’s hottest bands and finest parties. From Berlin and Ibiza to Hay-on-Wye, our superstar DJs and themed shindigs are legendary




Art Field


Venture outside and discover music and talks, cafés with free WiFi, and places to relax during the mayhem of the festival with a glass of wine. You'll also find creative Workshop Sessions out here. We'll have walks, stories and a whole host of interactive sessions. In addition, we'll be welcoming back The School of Life, who will be bringing their Breakfast Club to Hay.




International Tent


In association with The Huffington Post UK.
We’ll be bringing together some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers to shed new light on the global issues at the heart of our lives. Prepare yourself for a combative gloves-off arena hosting Philosophy Sessions throughout the day. In the evening the International tent transforms into a headline music venue with soloists and upbeat bands.





Meet the great thinkers and performers of our
time in the Ring, an intimate venue hosting our
programme of inspiring solo talks. In the evening
you’ll find cutting edge comedy and cabaret.




Listen to exciting new performers and special
guests in the Hay sunshine and leading singer-songwriters and folk stars by night. The Stage is
also host to our bookshop during the day where
you can talk to speakers after events and pick up
signed copies of their books.



During the day the Pavilion is an open platform space
with an opportunity to meet and discuss the events of
the day. Join one of the tables for a bite to eat and
some hot debate. There is also free live music all day
and HotDoc screenings with the best of the world’s
documentaries in the evening.

Institute of art and ideas