Hay Festival has announced two new additions to its global schedule of events – Hay Forum Sevilla in Spain, 6–8 October 2023, and Hay Forum Ciudad de Panamá in Panama, 23–24 January 2024.
Complementing already established Spanish-language events in Spain, Mexico, Peru and Colombia, these two Forum editions will offer audiences focused days of programming around specific themes, blending world-famous writers, artists and innovators with policy leads and local leaders.
The full programme for Hay Forum Sevilla is out now and features architects Kunlé Adeyemi and Martha Thorne, academic Michael Ignatieff, historian Fernando Iwasaki, journalist Karina Sainz Borgo, Mayor of Seville José Luis Sanz, and more on the future of cities. Meanwhile, the programme for Hay Forum Ciudad de Panamá will be released in November.
Founded in the booktown of Hay-on-Wye, Wales, in 1987, Hay Festival is a registered charity bringing artists and audiences together around the world, creating spaces for creativity and curiosity to thrive.
With these two additions over the next 12 months, Hay Festival will produce 65 days of activity across its events and outreach programmes, engaging audiences across three continents.
Hay Festival CEO Julie Finch said: “Hay Festival is a beacon, an international symbol of hope for the collective, creative imagination. Our new Forum editions are designed to be catalysts for change through literature, arts, and ideas; a space to come together to share perspectives and to express our creativity.
"In a time of division and polarity, this has never felt more important. We look forward to welcoming audiences in Seville and Panama into the Hay Festival family.”