Hay festival of Literature and the Arts

Project information

Index: 1093R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Cultural heritage and landscape
Location UNITED KINGDOM WALES Hay-on-Wye East Wales Start/End date of the practice
Start: May 1987
End: N/A

Topic of the practice

The Hay Festival has been taking place in the small market town of Hay-on-Wye (Wales) on a yearly basis in May/June for the last 27 years. The festival lasts for 11 days and celebrates great writing in every medium in Britain and around the world.In the festival’s 2013 edition, there were 235,000 ticket sales with approximately 115,000 people attending the festival

Good Practice Information

The festival is run by a non-for-profit organisation and takes place in a field on the edge of Hay-on-Wye and is financed through rivate sponsors/partners (40%), ticket sales (40%) and public grants and foundations (20%). The festival is part of the regional branding strategy of Powys County Council of building the value of Powys’ unique physical, social and cultural assets.As such,sustainability
has became a crucial factor in anhancing the festival and the Region.. For eight years, Hay Festival has been engaged in a programme of managing and mitigating its environmental impact through its Hay on Earth and Greenprint programme, focusing on three key areas: direct impacts; the impacts of audience, and the programming of events that will stimulate debate and discussion about key issues.

Evidence of success

Reduced use of resources including printed materials (down by 35%), diesel (down by 25%) and electricity (down by 25%); recycling 63% of the waste produced;composting 10 tonnes of food waste; providing water standpipes across the site;providing a public bus service from nearest train station to the Festival site which ten times a day., a bus connections wil all hotels, and a car-sharing option.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Andy Fryers

Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts



Annex completed on: 09-23-2014

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