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HAY FESTIVAL CARTAGENA DE INDIAS is back with lots of new guests and a wide range of topics: literature, philosophy, cinema, music, and economics to celebrate once more this festival of ideas and words. The festival will take place 28-31 January 2016.

Our highlights for this year are the Nobel Prize Joseph Stiglitz (economics), writers such as Hanif Kureishi, Lionel Shriver, Loorie Moore, Gonçalo Tavares, Peter Stamm, Andres Trapiello, Julián Herbert, Piedad Bonnett, Mario Mendoza or Takashi Hiraide; well-known economists as Thomas Piketty and Ha Joon Chang, or the essayists Yuval Noah Harari and Johann Hari. As for the cinema, we will enjoy the talks by actors Emma Suarez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Jorge Perrugoría and the film director Stephen Frears. Music takes its part with Pedro Calvo and the Cuban orchestra Karamba, a tribute concert to Joe Arroyo, and a conversation with singers Fonseca and Draco Rosa.

And so much more. The full program will be available this 1st December.

Tickets will be sold at Colombian National Library outlets from 18 December 2015.

Click here to visit the webpage of the tenth anniversary of the Festival

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THANK YOU for the 97 applications from 19 countries for this year's award. The judging process is now in train.


The Hay Festival Colombia Foundation and the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation for New Latin American Journalism welcome applications for the second Michael Jacobs grant of $5,000 USD.  The winner is also invited to present her or his project to the Hay Festival Cartagena, and thanks to Asociación Manolo El Sereno - MAELSE - may spend up to six months at the house in Frailes, Jaen, Andalucia, where Michael wrote his last books.*


The jury comprises the journalists Jon Lee Anderson, Daniel Samper Pizano, and the winner of the first award in 2015, Alex Ayala.  They will meet in Cartagena and the winner will be announced on 31 January at the festival.

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2016 highlights

  • Joseph Stiglitz
  • Peter Stamm
  • Goncalo Tavares
  • Takashi Hiraide
  • Lionel Shriver
  • Emma Suarez
  • Leonardo Sbaraglia
  • Hanif Kureishi
  • Andrés Trapiello
  • Thomas Pikkety
  • Loorie Moore
  • Julián Herbert
  • Yuval Noah Hariri
  • Clara Usón