Hay Festival Abu Dhabi brings writers and readers together for conversation and new ideas. From 25 to 28 February 2020, 99 internationally acclaimed writers and performers from 20 countries gather together for four days of entertainment and inspiration. Please join us.
Highlights include Booker International Prize 2019 Winner Jokha Alharthi and Booker Prize 2019 Winner Bernardine Evaristo; novelists Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Ahdaf Soueif, Fatima Bhutto, Hoda Barakat, Ahmed Saadawi, Najwa Bin Shatwan, Youssef Rakha, Shahad Al Rawi, Miguel Syjuco; Nobel Prize-winners Wole Soyinka, Shirin Ebadi and Ahmed Galai; Historians William Dalrymple, Shashi Tharoor, Jung Chang, Baillie Gifford Prize 2019 winner Hallie Rubenhold, and thinkers Ahmed El Shamsy, Lydia Wilson, Bettany Hughes, Kapka Kassabova, Peter Frankopan, Jerry Brotton, and Mohammad al Murr; poets Qassim Haddad, Volker Braun, Zuleikha Aburisha, Pierre Joris, Serge Pey, Tishani Doshi, Inua Ellams and Yang Lian; scientists HE Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Izzeldin Abuelaish, Christophe Galfard and Marcus du Sautoy, food writer Hanan Sayed Worrell; film screenings in partnership with BBC Arabic News; music from Souad Massi, Seckou Keita with Catrin Finch, Mashrou’ Leila and Marcel Khalifé with Bachar Mar-Khalifé. The last night of the festival will host a 90th birthday gala for Syrian poet Adonis – the greatest living Arabic poet.
The Festival takes place at Manarat al Saadiyat alongside other venues across the capital and is supported by the UAE’s Ministry of Tolerance. Conversations will take place in 7 languages, and all sessions will be live translated into Arabic and English.