The first ever Hay Festival Abu Dhabi has opened its doors on Tuesday February 25.
Supported by the UAE’s Ministry of Tolerance, the visitors are invited to immerse themselves in a four-day celebration of words, music and film, featuring award-winning writers, journalists, scientists, historians and artists representing over 20 nationalities and 7 languages. There are nearly 100 events in the programme.
The Hay Festival Abu Dhabi reflects the diversity of communities in Abu Dhabi itself, including writers from all around the Middle East, North Africa, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, China, Nigeria and Europe.
Live performances of music and poetry will open and close the Festival, and a welcoming free-to-enter site with a dedicated bookshop.
Evening entertainment is always an essential part of the Hay Festival experience. Musical performances will go on into the night featuring international stars including Souad Massi, Marcel Khalife with Bachar Mar-Khalife, Lebanese indie-rock band Mashrou’ Leila and a remarkable collaboration of Senegalese and Welsh harpists Seckou Keita and Catrin Finch.
On the last night, Rooftop Rhythms are hosting The Silent Party, with DJs playing Afrobeat, Reggae/Caribbean, and Arab Fusion music.
INFO: Manarat Al Saadiyat alongside other venues across the capital; Students in higher education and under 25s entitled to free tickets. Find more information about the festival and the daily program here.