Imagine the world
Hay Festival Dhaka takes place in November 2015 in the historic grounds of the Bangla Academy in Dhaka.
In 2014 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. 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.