• -  The Hay Festival is a festival of literature, ideas and the arts, and will take place from the 6th to the 9th of October 2011.
  • -   The capital of the state of Veracruz is a nationally recognized cultural and academic center, and has a number of internationally relevant museums. The town’s extensive number of   students, as well as local inhabitants, that firmly support culture and the arts.
  • -   From a logistics point of view, Xalapa has the infrastructure to host massive festivals.
  • -   The Hay Festival is especially interested in continuing to position its projects in Mexico, a country rich in culture, and with a tradition of supporting the arts.


Xalapa, Veracruz. 16 March, 2011 – The government of the state of Veracruz and the Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Film signed an agreement with the Hay Festival today. The Hay Festival is represented by Lyndy Cooke, general director, and Cristina Fuentes La Roche, project director, and the signing took place in front of the ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, her Excellency Judith Anne McGregor, and the director of the British council, Chris Rowlings, confirming the realization of the Hay Festival Xalapa, that will take place from the 6th to the 9th of October 2011 in the capital of the state of Veracruz.


“We are very excited that the Hay Festival, a platform for new writers and poets, of innovative and dedicated toned voices and players, will arrive in Veracruz,” stated Perlasca Nunez. “We are confident that this agora of creators, thinkers and troubadours the Hay Festival will bring, will become a pretext to attract more cultural, local, national and foreign tourism, which will generate greater promotion, greater investments, jobs and currency”.


During more than 20 years, the Hay Festival has nourished writers, thinkers, filmmakers and scientists from around the world to promote the exchange of ideas and go beyond cultural and thematic boundaries.


The Hay Festival originated in the town of Hay-on-Wye, located in Gales and famous for its libraries. More than an academic forum or a book fair, Hay Festival is a celebration of the written and oral word, where writers and thinkers are the great protagonists. It is a relaxed format; a great party, carnival of ideas that takes place for four days in a special context.


In 2009, the festival was awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise International Trade, the greatest honor for the trajectory of a British entity. Likewise, the British Council globally sponsors the Hay Festival.


Currently, the event has different festivals: the Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye, Gales since 1987 in Great Britain; the Hay Festival Segovia since 2006 in Spain; the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias since 2006 in Colombia; the Hay Festival Story Moja in Nairobi since 2008 in Kenya; the Hay Festival Kerala since 2010 in India, as well as projects in Cabo City, Beirut and Belfast.




Xalapa, a cultural city by excellence, is the ideal host for the festival. It is home to the University of Veracruz, the principal institution of higher education in the state with an outstanding cultural work that includes literature, music, dance, theater, plastic arts, audiovisual mediums and cinematography. The university also houses the Symphonic Orchestra of Xalapa and 15 artistic groups. The city offers galleries, recreative center, sculpture and botanical gardens, museums, like the Anthropology and Interactive Museum of Xalapa. This cultural offer is set within exhuberant vegetation and enchanting public plazas.


Guests– we will have more than 100 writers, thinkers, filmmakers, artists and musicians, amongst others:


Richard Ford– American writer, author of The Sportswriter trilogy; 1986, Independence Day, 1995; and the Lay of the Land, 2006.


Jon Lee Anderson– journalist and writer, permanent personnel for The New Yorker, he has written articles for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Guardian, El Pais, Harper’s, Time, The Nation, Life, Le Monde, Diario Clarin and El Espectador.


Alfredo Bryce Echenique– Peruvian writer, considered one of the most read living writers in Peru. Celebrity for his novel Un mundo para Julios, La vida exagerada de Martin Romana and No me esperen en abril.


The festival will also await the presence of the writers Sergio Pitol, Jordi Soler, Homero Aridjis and Jorge Edwards, amongst others.


The final program will be launched in June 2011. For more information, click here. 

For more info, contact:
Lizbeth Perez

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