Hay Festival 2020 Earlybirds

We are delighted to announce our earlybird tickets for events in 2020.

We are particularly excited to be hosting Shakespeare's Globe on Tour. Please be aware that tickets for these events are extremely limited, so do book early to avoid disappointment.

We will be adding many more events over the coming months and the full programme will be announced in late March, please ensure you and your friends are signed up to our newsletter so we can keep you informed every time we release tickets.

Event 1

Festival Guests and Friends

Opening of the Festival

Venue: Tolerance Majlis
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Peter Florence, the Hay Festival director, offers a welcome address as writers from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, UAE and UK come together to celebrate the spirit of imagination, tolerance, dialogue and adventure that will inspire the Festival. There will be a performance of Power by 2Faced Dance Company. (www.2faceddance.co.uk).
English and Arabic
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Festival Guests and Friends

Event 2

Peter Frankopan

The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World

Venue: Tolerance Majlis
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Following the Silk Roads eastwards from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world profoundly interconnected. In this prescient contemporary history, the author assesses the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the centre of power.

English
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Peter Frankopan

Event 3

Mohammad Al Murr and Rasheed-al-Khayoun

A Life in Literatures

Venue: The Theatre
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The eminent Emirati short story writer currently serves as Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Foundation and as a Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation. He reflects on a lifetime of reading and adventuring in the world’s literary cultures and libraries.

In conversation with Rasheed-al-Khayoun.

Arabic
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Mohammad Al Murr and Rasheed-al-Khayoun

Event 5

Bettany Hughes

Make Art Not War

Venue: The Theatre
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The classicist and historian tells the story of extraordinary, transformative projects helping refugee stonemasons to begin to rebuild the shattered treasures of Syria. The new trainee masons, artisans and artists are both women and men. The lecture is illustrated with film footage from Hughes’ documentaries about the project.

Hughes’ books include Istanbul, The Hemlock Cup and Helen of Troy.

English
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Bettany Hughes

Event 8

Souad Massi

In concert – Oumniya

Venue: Etihad Garden Stage
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Oumniya ('My wish') marks the great comeback of Souad Massi, the Algerian chaâbi-folk icon. Her sixth album is anchored in current events, covering Algeria, politics, love, freedom and emancipation. Massi plays an Algerian mandole, the main instrument of châabi and Kabyle music, creating a light, melodic folk, balanced with pop, and adds an Arab-Andalusian violin (Mokrane Adlani) and the derbouka (Rabah Kalfa) with Latin drums (Adriano Tenorio). She weaves genres together, as in popular Algerian songs (châabi) and the poetry of Aït Menguelet, champion of the Kabyle resistance, with touches of reggae and fado. Oumniya (which addresses the pain of betrayal), is the first of thirteen songs, most of them sung in Arabic and written by Algiers-born Massi.

15+ years
Arabic
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Souad Massi

Event 9

Wole Soyinka

The Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak al Nahayan Lecture

Venue: Tolerance Majlis
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A dialogue with the great Nigerian Nobel Laureate – poet, playwright and novelist. He talks about the rewriting of history, the making of language, culture wars, multiple identities and the storyteller’s duty to speak up. Chaired by Peter Florence.

English
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Wole Soyinka

Event 10

Female Directors from Today’s Arab World

BBC Arabic Festival Film Screening 1

Venue: The Theatre
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The first in our series of film and documentary screenings selected for Hay Festival Abu Dhabi by Sheyma Buali, Director of BBC Arabic Festival - the BBC News Arabic initiative platforming talented filmmakers and journalists whose work focuses on current issues in the region. 

These four short films by female directors take us through the effects of war on individuals and their families. Whether in an assumed safe zone, in exile or remembering previous generations who spoke out for justice, these dramas take us on a voyage across today’s Arab World. Informed, accomplished and impassioned, each film presents an imagined telling of the consequences of war and the hope for freedom.

The films in order:

One Minute, Dina Nasser, 2015, 11’
Only Silence, Katia Jarjoura, 2018, 30’
Rupture, Yassmina Karajah, 2017, 15’
The Calling, Mariakenzi Lahlou, 2017, 24’

Free but ticketed

 

English and Arabic
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Event 11

Tahmima Anam, Joumana Haddad, Miguel Syjuco and Bettany Hughes

The Writers’ Table

Venue: Tolerance Majlis
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From the intimate truths of fiction and poetry to the geopolitics of a volatile global reality, this is the first of a series of panel conversations in English and Arabic where writers respond to the audience's questions about the big issues of the day and reimagine the world.

Chaired by Mina Al Oraibi, editor-in-chief of The National.

English
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Event 12

Mashrou’ Leila

Live at the Manarat

Venue: Atrium
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Formed during a late-night jam session at the American University of Beirut in 2008, Mashrou’ Leila have become one of the biggest bands from the Middle East. Renowned for their electro-pop anthems, they return to the UAE with their distinct approach to storytelling and orchestration, drawn from their collective experiences of modern Arab youth identity.

Arabic
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Mashrou’ Leila

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