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Hay Festival Dhaka took place 14–16 November 2013 in the historic grounds of the Bangla Academy in Dhaka.
Now in its third year, Hay Festival Dhaka has grown to span three full days. Taking inspiration from Bangladesh's great literary tradition while broadening its scope, writers from the region and further afield engaged with our vibrant, argumentative and politically savvy audience. 2013 will see some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers at this fresh, energetic festival: they include Tariq Ali, Ahdaf Soueif and Pankaj Mishra.
The interconnectivity of words and images and fresh forms of expression were some of the themes this year. The programme includes local and international authors, writers, graphic artists and activists including Hasan Azizul Huq, Syed Shamsul Haq, Eliot Weinberger, Nadeem Aslam, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Rosie Boycott, Romesh Gunesekera, Mario Bellatin, Aamer Hussein, Tahmima Anam, Peter Pannke, K Anis Ahmed, Florence Noiville, SJ Harris, Sarnath Banerjee, Rahul Bose, Karrie Fransman, Tishani Doshi, Arundhathi Subramanium, William Sieghart, Prajwal Parajuly, Shaheen Akhtar, Rimi Chatterjee, David Shook and Ned Beauman. A new wave of Bangladeshi writers and poets writing in English are launching their debut books, including Sharbari Ahmed, Farah Ghuznavi, Munize Manzur, Saad Z Hossain, Srabonti Narmeen Ali, Ahsan Akbar and Sadaf Saaz.
Preview in The Daily Star Review in The Daily Star Review of the final day of the festival in The Daily Star
Review in Dhaka Tribune Review in Dhaka Tribune Review in Dhaka Tribune
World Literature Today
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Dates for the festival next year are 13–15 November 2014.