Be Ready for Abu Dhabi’s First Hay Festival

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Hay Festival is an international celebration of arts and science that has been held for the past 30 years in Hay-on-Wye, a town famous for its bookshops. Jamalon is a famous online bookseller, where you can find big collections of books in various languages such as Arabic, English with a big discount on their books. Since 2006 Hay Festival has expanded to run festivals in the different regions around the globe including various countries such as Bagota (2007), Beirut (2010), Port Harcourt, Nigeria (2014), Maxico (2014), Aarhus, Denmark (2017) and so on. Abu Dhabi is all set to provide the biggest platform for writers and readers to bring them together for conversation and new ideas this time at Manarat Al Saadiyat. Starting from 25th to 28th February 2020 inviting 99 international acclaimed writers and performers from 20 countries along with 7 languages represented. This festival will reflect the mixture of communities in Abu Dhabi, including various other countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, the Middle-East, Europe, and more.

Since 1987, Hay Festival has organized 125 festivals globally attracted more than 4.5 million peoples to event in 30 destinations around the world. The remarkable personalities from the art and literature world will participate in the world from all around the globe. A highlight includes Booker International Prize 2019 winner Jokha Alharthi and Booker Prize 2019 winner Bernardine Evaristo: Many famous Novelists including Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka. Shirin Ebadi and Ahmed Galai, Former Indian International Diplomat Shashi Tharoor will appear in this festival.

Attraction & Events of the Festival

If we talk about the attraction of this festival, over 63 events have been taking places such as musical concerts, dialogues, speeches, short film screenings, and lots more other related things. Some of the most awaited events are as follow,

 Opening Ceremony of the Festival

Hay Festival director Peter Florence will take a stage and welcome the writers and performers from various countries such as, India, Pakistan, China, Lebanon, UAE, KSA, Nigeria, Philippines to celebrate and gives their views, conversation, share stories.

Nobel Prize Winners Conversation with Bulgarian-British writer KapkaKassabova

This festival will bring together three winners of the Noble Prize – Iranian Shirin Edabi, Tunisian Ahmed Galai, and Nigeria’s Wole Soyinki on the stage, who will be going to share the experience of their journey and have insight conversation during the festival with famous Bulgarian-British writer KapkaKassabova.

Discussion on Space, Time and Beyond

There will be a discussion on space, time, and beyond by French Physicist Christophe Galfard along with Palestinian Medical Doctor Izzeldin Abulaish addresses the link between health and peace, while Oxford Professor talks about the geometry and numeric mysteries on this occasion.

Global responsibility for Climate Change

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Director of Environment Agency Abu Dhabi will be in the dialogue regarding global responses to the climate emergency. This environment agency is the largest environmental regulator in the Arabian Gulf region.

Participating Poets and Conversations

This Hay festival brings famous celebrated Syrian poet Adonis, who will participate in a celebration of his 90th birthday along with fellow poets Volker Braun, Zuleikha Aburisha, Pierre Joris, Serge Pay, and Yang Lian. Some other poets in conversation and reading their work will include India’s Tishani Doshi, Bahrain’s Qassim Hadda, and Ellams from the UK.

Evening Entertainment and Performers

The evening going to be very vibrant with a musical performance by international stars including Souad Massi, Marcel Khalife , Bachar Mar-Khalife. Lebanese indie-rock band Mashrou Leila and collaboration of Senagalese and Welsh harpists Seckou Keita and Catrin Finch will be the main performers during the concert.

Last night will be mind-blowing and full of entertainment with Rooftop Rhythms, with five DJs playing Afrobeat, Reggae/Caribbean, and Arab Fusion music.

These are some of the few highlights of this event and lots more going to happen, so get ready to experience the inspirational world of arts and literature by taking part in the very first Hay festival in Abu Dhabi. This is the best time to explore Arabic, International literature, poems, and other live concerts during the festival.

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