Hay Festival Community Work

Thanks to joint work with the Cartagena´s Mayor´s Office, the Bolívar State Government and the Fundación Plan, the Hay Festival was able to continue bringing the best in literature and ideas to Cartagena’s most vulnerable communities. In the 2018 edition, events took place in the municipalities of Membrillal, Boquilla, Olaya Herrera, Puerto Rey and more. Additionally, thanks to the support of the Gobernación de Bolívar, activities were held in the municipalities of Arjona, San Estanislao, Santa Rosa de Lima, Santa Rosa del Sur, Magangué Mompox, Cicuco, Simití, Carmen de Bolívar and the Parque Espíritu del Manglar.

You can see here the video of Hay Festival Comunitario 2018

The next edition of Hay Festival Cartagena runs 31 January to 3 February 2019. Have a look at the 2018 programme here:

WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY

HFC1  11:00 –  12:00 h  Aracataca The Music of the Nobel.Gloria Triana, Totó La Momposina, La Negra grande de Colombia and Pablo López in conversation with Aura Lucía Mera.35 years after the 1982 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, some of its protagonists will share that unforgettable moment when literature´s history was split into two with the audience in the city of Cartagena. Organised by the Ministry of Culture

HFC2 15:00 – 16:00 h Cicuco The Village: Stories to think about the environment. Lisa Neisa in conversation with Diana Ospina In this workshop children will read and reflect on issues concerning everybody, related to the environment. In a world where the characters are opossums, bears with glasses, porcupines, ants, guacamayas, tapirs, jaguars and Orinoco caimans, they will all learn some of the laws of nature. For children ages 6 -10 With the support of the Bolívar State Government and ICULTUR

THURSDAY 25 JANUARY

HFC3 08:30 – 09:30 h El Pozón Journalism workshop with the little journalists from the barrio. Catalina Gómez in conversation with Marta OrrantiaTwo journalists who are passionated about their job will share some of the tasks any journalist performs in their daily life during this workshop: an inquiring spirit, a desire to seek the truth and a profound respect towards the others are some of the characteristics that define a good journalist. For children ages 8 - 14 

HFC4  09:30 – 10:30 h El PozónHaydée Milanéss in conversation with Juliana SalcedoThe Cuban singer and songwriter, one of the most beautiful and genuine voices in Cuban popular music and great connoisseur of the musical tradition of the region, has recently released the album Amor. Haydée MIlanés a dúo con Pablo Milanés, in which she celebrates her father's compositions. She will talk about her multifaceted career along with the little journalist from Hay Comunitario Juliana Salcedo.

HFC5  15:30 – 16:30 h Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Library)Ana AlonsoAna Alonso is a Spanish writer and poet with a degree in Biology. She is known for her children and youth literature works, such as the Pizca de Sal collection or other works like La casa de muñecas and Los instantes perfectos. Together with Javier Pelegrín she published the science fiction and fantasy saga La llave del tiempo (Anaya) and other series such as Tatuaje, Yinn, Odio el Rosa and La reina de Cristal. She will talk about what makes a literary character feel as alive and real as ourselves.For children 5+ With the support of Acción Cultural Española. Foco Cultura España-Colombia 

HFC6 15:00 – 16:00 h  Tierra Baja Nando LópezThe novelist and playwright Nando López is the author of children and youth literature works such as Los nombres del fuego and El reino de las tres lunas, where he explores the risks and rewards of thinking freely. As a writer and teacher, he has focused all his work in teenagers, where he talks about different themes such as gender violence, racism, homosexuality and youth alienation. Next year, his new novel Nadie nos oye (Santillana) will be published in Spain. He will talk about the importance of growing up surrounded by stories.  For children ages 12 - 14 With the support of Acción Cultural Española. Foco Cultura España-Colombia 

FRIDAY 26 JANUARY


HFC8 09:00 – 10:00 h  MembrillalMaría José CaroMaría José Caro is the author of the storybook La primaria (2012) and has collaborated with literary magazines such as Buensalvaje and Vicio absurdo. She also took part in the anthology Palo y Astilla: Padre e hijos en el cuento peruano (2009) and was part of the first edition of the literary event Lima imaginada (2015). Recently, she published her last novel Perro de ojos negros. She will talk about how her own childhood and youth have provided her with the material to write some of her stories. For children ages 10 - 14With the support of the Embassy of Peru

HFC9  09.30 –  10.30 h VillanuevaJenny ValentineJenny Valentine is the Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2017/18 and a multi award-winning author of YA literature. Jenny is interested in giving a voice to the concerns of young people and tries to explore ways in which they are empowered. Her talk will be interactive, it will include the teenagers´ participation and will propose topics for discussion and debate. The results from this conversation will be included in a "teenage manifesto". For teenagers ages 13 -18 With the support of the Arts Council of Wales 

HFC10  09:30 – 10:30 h La Boquilla Nando LópezThe novelist and playwright Nando López is the author of children and youth literature works such as Los nombres del fuego and El reino de las tres lunas, where he explores the risks and rewards of thinking freely. As a writer and teacher, he has focused all his work in teenagers, where he talks about different themes such as gender violence, racism, homosexuality and youth alienation. Next year, his new novel Nadie nos oye (Santillana) will be published in Spain. He will talk about the importance of growing up surrounded by stories.For teenagers ages 14 - 17 With the support of Acción Cultural Española. Foco Cultura España-Colombia

HFC11 10:00 – 11:00 h San FranciscoValter Hugo MãeMãe is a José Saramago Award winner and author of fascinating children´s book such as A Verdadeira História dos Pássaros, As mais belas cosas do mondo and O paraíso são os outros. In this session he wil show his work and talk about the creation process. For children 8+With the support of the Embassy of Portugal

HFC13  11:00 – 12:00 h San JacintoBogotá39-2017: The Way to Fiction. Martín Felipe Castagnet, Mauro Libertella and Juan Manuel Robles in conversation with Paula CanalFour of the best under 40 Latin American writers will talk about how their lives found the way to fiction. Why is fiction important? What is it for? Does it help or is it just an entertainment? These are only some of the questions that will undoubtedly be made during this interesting debate.With the support of the Bolívar State Government, ICULTUR, the Embassy of Peru  and Womarts

HFC14  11:00 – 12:00 h  UNIBACAna Alonso Ana Alonso is a Spanish writer and poet with a degree in Biology. She is known for her children and youth literature works, such as the Pizca de Sal collection or other works La casa de muñecas and Los instantes perfectos. Together with Javier Pelegrín she published the science fiction and fantasy saga La llave del tiempo (Anaya) and other series such as Tatuaje, Yinn, Odio el Rosa and La reina de Cristal. She will talk about what makes a literary character feel as alive and real as ourselves.For children 5+ With the support of Acción Cultural Española. Foco Cultura España-Colombia

HFC15  14:30 – 15:30 h Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Library)Ana PenyasThe illustrator Ana Penyas received the Fnac-Salamanca Graphic Graphic Novel International Award in 2017 and is an enthusiast of illustrated stories. She will share her thoughts on what makes a illustration go beyond words with the audience.With the support of Acción Cultural Española. Foco Cultura España-Colombia 

HFC16  14:30 – 15:30 h CASD Manuel BeltránCésar BonaCésar Bona´s last books, Las escuelas que cambian el mundo and La nueva educación offer many answers to whomever is is worried about the following topics: the importance of textbooks, the need to educate in empathy or what happens when education is left in the government´s hands. He was finalist in the Teacher Prize Global Awards due to his work in transforming education.With the support of Cartagena's Mayor's Office and Acción Cultural Española. Foco Cultura España-Colombia

HFC17  14:30 – 15:30 h  El Pozón Olga de DiosDe Dios is a children´s book author and illustrator who transmits values of solidarity and divulges realities for which there are generally no references during childhood, such as the diversity of ways to love and be loves, gender equality or reponsible consumption. His book Monstruo Rosa is used in many pre-school education centers to work around diversity. During her talks, she usually tells a story, talks about her job as an illustrator and directs a drawing session focused on talking of diversity as something enriching.For children 3+With the support of Acción Cultural Española. Foco Cultura España-Colombia 

HFC18  14:30 – 15:30 h  Membrillal The Village: Stories to think about the Environment. Lisa Neisa in conversation with Diana OspinaIn this workshop children will read and reflect on issues related to the environment concerning everybody. In a world where characters are opossums, bears with glasses, porcupines, ants, guacamayas, tapirs, jaguars and Orinoco caimans, they will all learn some of the laws of natureFor children ages 6 - 10 años 


SATURDAY 27 JANUARY


HFC20  09:00 – 10:00 h  Olaya Herrera Olga de Dios De Dios is a children´s book author and illustrator who transmits values of solidarity and divulges realities for which there are generally no references during childhood, such as the diversity of ways to love and be loves, gender equality or reponsible consumption. Her book Monstruo Rosa is used in many pre-school education centers to work around diversity. During her talks, she usually tells a story, talks about her job as an illustrator and directs a drawing session focused on talking of diversity as something enriching.For children 3+With the support of Acción Cultural Española. Foco Cultura España-Colombia 

HFC21  09:00 – 10:00 h  BayuncaFernado Trujillo in conversation with Fernando RojasFernando Trujilo is the author, among others, of La biblia de los caídos, La prisión de Black Rock and El secreto de Tedd y Todd. His fascinating science fiction, fantasy, thriller and mistery have been amazingly well received by the readers. He will talk about his way of understanding the writer´s job and about how his literary career went from being a hobby by which entertain himself during endless insomnia nights to become a proper career. 

HFC19  10.00 – 11.00 h Universidad Los Libertadores, CartagenaTeen Manifesto. Jenny ValentineJenny Valentine is the Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2017/18 and a multi award-winning author of YA literature. Valentine is interested in giving a voice to the concerns of young people and tries to explore ways in which they are empowered. Her talk will be interactive, it will include the teenagers´ participation and will propose topics for discussion and debate. The results from this conversation will be included in a "teenage manifesto". For teenagers ages 13 -18 With the support of PLAN and Arts Council of Wales 

HFC23   11:30 – 12:30 h Carmen de Bolívar - Escuela de Música Lucho Bermúdez Clare Weiskopf The director of the Amazona documentary went into the deep rainforest to meet her mother after years without seeing each other. She will talk about the difficulties such trip entails, about the different means of transport that have to be used to get there or how a proper recording can be done there, including cultural and emotional complexities she had to overcome.With the support of the Bolívar State Government and ICULTUR 

HFC24  15:30 – 16:30 h San EstanislaoPilar Quintana in conversation with Jorge Eduardo EspinosaPilar Quintana published her fourth novel last year, La Perra, a story as grim as beautiful about maternity within the Colombian Pacific rainforest. She will discuss with the audience in San Estanislao about her long stay in the Pacific and about what her escape from Cali meant for her literature.With the support of the Bolívar State Government and ICULTUR 

HFC25 17:00 – 18:00 h Santa Rosa de Lima William Navarrete in conversation with Niurka Rignack The Cuban author William Navarrete studied Art History in the university of Havana and Hispanoamerican Civilisation in the Sorbonne Paris IV University. He has worked as a journalist, lecturer, art curator and translator. He has published about fifteen books of poetry, essay and narrative, and has also directed several literature anthologies and collections. He has received recognition and several awards for his work, and he received a Creation Grant in 2015 from the French National Book Centre. He will talk about his novel Deja que se muera España along with Niurka Rignack.With the support of the Bolívar State Government and ICULTUR 

HFC26 17:30 – 18:30 h Getsemaní, Plaza de la TrinidadBogotá39-2017: readings for the communityThe following writers are part of the Bogotá39-2017 list and come from different Latin American countries. They will delight the audience of Getsemaní with poetic and narrative readings. With the participation of Natalia Borges (Brazil), Martín Felipe Castagnet (Argentina), Lola Copacabana (Argentina), Damián González Bertolino (Uruguay), Brenda Lozano (Mexico), Eduardo Rabasa (Mexico), Giuseppe Caputo (Colombia) and Valentín Trujillo (Uruguay). Presented by Ricardo Corredor Cure. With the support of the Embassy of México 

HFC27  19:30 – 20:30 h Getsemaní, Plaza de la Trinidad .Concert: El CorronchoHernán El Corroncho Villa is the author of the classical Sabanero porro El Corroncho, recorded by the King Vallenato Alfredo Gutiérrez in 1980. He is also a cultural researcher and has his own definition of what “corroncho” means: the corroncho is a honest, joyful, kind and honourable person. This multifaceted minstrel, who won a Latin Grammy in 2012, will offer a concert in Plaza de la Trinidad.With the support of Cartagena´s Mayor´s Office 


SUNDAY 28 JANUARY


HFC28  11:00 – 12:00 h  Arjona (Centro de Alto Rendimiento) Guillermo Arriaga in conversation with Gustavo TatisThe writer and screenwriter Arriaga, famous for being the author of the scrips for Amores perros, 21 Grams and Babel, presents his last novel El salvaje, which narrates at the same time the stories of Juan Guillermo, an orphan teenager who is seeking vengeance, and Amaruq, a man obsessed with hunting down a wolf in the frozen lands of Yukón.With the support of the Bolívar State Government and ICULTUR 

HFC30 18:30 – 19:30 h MompoxEnrique Serrano en in conversation with Maria CamposMyths exist because they help us justify our existance. Then a question arises, What if we are justifying mediocrity? Recently, Enrique Serrano published the essay ¿Por qué fracasa Colombia?, which became a best-seller in 2016. In it, he argues that Colombia is a young nation that still does not know what it wants to become when it grows old. Partially, ignorance regarding nationality comes from an inaccurate reading of history, particulary during the colonial period. The author will share some of these ideas in Mompox.With the support of the Bolívar State Government and ICULTUR 

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