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.
The complex situation in Lebanon at the moment has made us rethink the festival concept: our programme this year will be organised around virtual talks screened in venues across the city and a new online interactive space where audiences and participants will be able to exchange ideas.
The talks will be live streamed from our main festival, Hay Festival Wales 2014. The full programme will be available at the end of April.