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Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, the festival of stories and ideas, celebrated its tenth edition in 2015. Thank you to all who joined us! In 2016 the festival will take place 28–31 January.

The 2015 festival was a glorious celebration of our tenth anniversary. The energy produced by the exchange of ideas in as rich a cultural, historical, architectural and human context as Cartagena de Indias is exultant. Venues were packed with audiences from Cartagena as well as other parts of Colombia and a significant international presence.

Hay Festivalito, the festival's programme for children and families, was launched at Puerto Rey, attended by many twenty-year-olds recollecting their first memories of Hay Festivalito events in the barrios when they were only ten – a life-changing experience.

You can read more in the festival news sheet produced in Cartagena: Hay Para Contar.

To celebrate the festival's tenth anniversary, we’ve also created a special website featuring photos, videos and audio of great events from the last nine years. It’s also full of the latest news about the recent 2015 festival.

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Image by by Isidro Ferrer, who will appear at Hay Festival Cartagena this year.


Diez anos de Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias

Fifteen of the best conversations between memorable guests at the festival, including Carlos Fuentes, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie and Julian Barnes among others, are included in the book Diez Años: Conversaciones Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2006–2015.

The book also contains a selection of pictures taken during the ten years of the festival by Daniel Mordzinski, 'the writers' photographer'. With a foreword by the founder of Hay Festival, Peter Florence, and edited by Margarita Valencia, the book is on sale in bookshops now.

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2015 highlights

  • JMG Le Clézio
  • Jody Williams
  • Javier Cercas
  • Juan Villoro
  • Sofi Oksanen
  • Héctor Abad Faciolince
  • Petros Markaris
  • Almudena Grandes
  • Andrew Solomon
  • Moisés Naím
  • Julia Franck
  • Steven Pinker
  • Saskia Sassen
  • Brian Eno