We are proud to have a long-standing relationship with the Hay Festival

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The annual Hay Festival, Wales, once described by Bill Clinton as “the Woodstock of the mind”, is held in the small town of Hay-on-Wye, along the staggering beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Founded in 1988 by Peter Florence, the festival has firmly established itself as one of the world’s most foremost cultural events. It is an informal but inspiring event that showcases a huge variety of literacy, cultural and political talent from across the globe. Hay audiences come from across the UK, Europe, Canada, North and South America, Australasia and Asia.

Barclays has a long-term relationship with the Hay Festival, having sponsored the main venue for several years. During this time the Festival has gone from strength to strength, celebrating great writing, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking.

For the 2014 festival Barclays was privileged to be able to deliver a series of three Young Entrepreneur Workshops aimed at 16–19 year olds who have an idea or a passion that they would like to turn into a business. We were able to deliver some inspirational speakers who gave the audience pragmatic and insightful advice based on their own experiences.

Our Barclays LifeSkills team also ran six workshops over two days as part of Hay Fever, the programme of events for children and teenagers. Topics covered were: Personal Impact, Networking and Interview Skills. These sessions proved to be popular and very well received.

The Barclays Leadership series ran for the first time this year too, as a set of events in the main Festival programme; this series showcased high profile and experienced leaders such as John Browne, Arianna Huffington and Emma Bridgewater.

Our partnership forges a deeper connection between Barclays and the Hay Festival through the fostering of intellectual debate.

This year the festival ran from 22 May – 1 June 2014.

Hay Festival website