Hay Festival for free

‘A fantastic opportunity’: for pupils and teachers

PUPILS from across Wales will be able to enjoy free access to parts of this year’s Hay Festival thanks to support from the Welsh Government and the Hay Festival Educational Trust.

Education Minister, Huw Lewis has approved over £70,000 for some unique educational opportunities for both primary and secondary aged pupils at this year Hay.

On the Thursday and Friday, before the main festival begins, there will be an all schools programme of workshops that will give pupils and teachers the chance to meet a range of writers, scientists, explorers, historians and award winning novelists.

This will include a once in a lifetime opportunity for pupils to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare.

There will also be residential opportunities at Hay for some of Wales’ most talented and able sixth formers which will enable them to develop their creative skills, work with professional writers and take part in a range of tailored workshops and activities.

The Welsh Government funding will also help to set up a dedicated student hub at the festival which will mean 16 -20 year olds have their own area for socialising and finding out more about university life.

Education Minister Huw Lewis said: “The Hay festival is a celebration of culture that attracts some of the world’s best writers, poets, filmmakers, environmentalists and scientists to Wales.

“It is a wonderful event with a 27-year record in opening eyes and firing imaginations and I am delighted that we have been able to part fund a programme that will enable pupils in Wales to be right at the heart of the action and enjoy all that Hay has to offer.

Access to the schools programme is free of charge. There are also various options for schools to cover the cost of transport and other associated costs. This means that learners from across Wales can take advantage of this fantastic opportunity at absolutely no cost to schools or families.

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