Imagine the world
Hay Festival Dhaka took place 20–22 November 2014 in the historic grounds of the Bangla Academy in Dhaka.
Now in its fourth year, Hay Festival Dhaka spanned three full days, with events in multiple venues. The festival takes inspiration from Bangladesh's great literary tradition while broadening its horizons. Creative thinkers from the region and thirteen different countries engaged with the vibrant, energetic and politically savvy audience at this energetic, thought-provoking festival.
Telling stories in different ways, and pushing the boundaries of the mind, were themes in 2014. Highlights included international and local writers, poets, artists, philosophers and scientists: Shashi Tharoor, Syed Shamsul Haq, Jung Chang, Joy Goswami, William Dalrymple, John Ralston Saul, Javed Jahangir, Marcus du Sautoy, Zia Haider Rahman, Rana Dasgupta, Mirza Waheed, Lucy Hawking, Shaheen Akhter and Gideon Haigh.