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The first Hay Cultural Festival in Maldives is about to start !

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Bodu Beru dancers at sunset in Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

Maldives are not only a paradisiacal destination with palm trees and gorgeous lagoons, the islands have also several thousands of years of history…

If you plan a holiday in Maldives during the upcoming days, we are more than happy to share this news with you.

Don’t miss the next Hay Festival celebrating the 2,000 years of the  Maldivian island culture which will go on from October 14th until October 17th 2010.

During 4 days, you will have the great opportunity to discover more about the Maldivian Culture with local artists from various fields such as music, literature,art,science, drama and poetry.

Maldivian child
Maldivian Child | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

Among many events proposed during these days such as concerts, creative workshops will be also conducted together with Maldivian children and young people
to teach them how to interview their parents and grandparents, to gather and record legends and stories about their experiences of life in the Maldives over the last one hundred years.
These stories will be collected in a huge online library, to be the launchpad for the Festival in its second edition in 2011.

The festival will be launched on 14 October 2010 in the capital, Male, before moving to Aarah, giving rare public access to the Presidential Retreat Island.


Among other sponsors, we noted that the Chic Eco retreat Resort of Soneva Gili will  again prove their dedication to culture and environment protection by highly participating to the festival with events such like educational awareness workshops with students from North Male Atoll about waste and recycling, led by Monty Don, the much loved British BBC TV presenter and celebrity gardener. Soneva Gili will also host the Festival Finale.

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