Hay Festival is an occasion for friends to meet, an opportunity to give voice to one’s thoughts, debate and to delight in the constant flow of ideas and stories. Beirut has an extraordinary tradition in hospitality and exchange; it encloses a rich cultural scene as well as one of the most diverse populations of the Middle East.
'Wonderful event ... bravo – it was just perfect ... thank you so much for bringing this to our city and to our part of the world.' Kamal Mouzawak
'In true Beirut style, the festival was a melting pot where people could explore their ideas in safety. Nowhere is this more needed than in the Middle East today.' Rosie Boycott
'I loved every moment of the festival.' Hani Shukrallah