By Sam Bridge
Writers, artists, musicians, Booker Prize winners and Nobel Laureates are set to take part in the Hay Festival in Abu Dhabi
Nearly 100 writers, artists, musicians, Booker Prize winners and Nobel Laureates are set to take part in the first Hay Festival to be held in Abu Dhabi this week.
Taking place from February 25-28 at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island - among other festival venues - the Hay Festival will see artists and writers from 20 countries converge.
Launched for the first time in the region, the festival will serve as an intellectual bridge between various cultures, creators and the general public via 112 events for the public, as well as special programmes for school and university students, state news agency WAM reported.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, said that the hosting of the Hay Festival in Abu Dhabi highlights the "global experience of tolerance and coexistence".
He added: "The Hay Festival is one of the most important cultural events in the world, as it adopts pluralism of thought and opinion. It is a wonderful platform for dialogue on various ideas and visions based on tolerance and respect for differences."
Ninety-nine artists and writers will take place in events at the Manarat Al Saadiyat, where members of the public are encouraged to attend.
The festival will also see the carrying out of a special "Programme for Schools" where over 5,000 students from across 75 public and private schools will participate.
As part of the festival's university outreach initiatives, a selection of poets, novelists and thinkers from Hay Festival Abu Dhabi 2020 will participate in sessions with students, faculty and contracted workers at local universities, including Zayed University, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and New York University Abu Dhabi.art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.