The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts
“The Woodstock of the Mind” Bill Clinton 2001
Each year, for ten days in May and June the Hay Festival of Literature & Arts takes place. Originally a literature festival, in recent years its remit has expanded to include film previews and music performances (in 2009 it incorporated the Brecon Jazz Festival).
The festival was devised in 1988, and for many years used venues around the town of Hay on Wye, including the local primary school. In 2005 the festival moved to a permanent site just outside of the town.
Since 2002 the Hay Festival has been sponsored by the Guardian newspaper – prior to that it has been sponsored by the Sunday Times.