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Hay Festival Cartagena's next edition will take place from 26 - 29 January 2017.

The eleventh Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias was a resounding success, attracting 55,000 people. A total of 144 events in 34 venues were held in Cartagena, Medellín, Riohacha and Bogotá.  Highlights were sessions with writers Hanif Kureishi, Lionel Shriver, Gonçalo Tavares, Peter Stamm, Johann Hari, Piedad Bonnett, Mario Mendoza and Takashi Hiraide. Internationally known economists Thomas Piketty and Ha-Joon Chang tackled the challenges of global markets, and essayist Yuval Noah Harari talked about his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Actors Emma Suarez, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Jorge Perrugoría, and film director Stephen Frears, talked about cinema and film-making. The music content encompassed performances by Pedro Calvo and Cuban orchestra Karamba, and conversations with singers Fonseca and Draco Rosa. The famous Colombian composer-songwriter Joe Arroyo was remembered in a tribute concert. As in every Hay Festival, there were many events specifically for younger audiences, this year memorably at Hay Riohacha and Hay Festivalito Comunitario (Membrillal, El Pozón, La Boquilla). There were also Hay Joven masterclasses at universities. For details, visit

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Announcing the Winner of Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant 2016

The Argentinian writer and journalist Federico Bianchini has won the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant 2016.

The prize of $5,000 will enable him to complete his book on Antarctica, where he travelled for one month. Antártida, Donde el Tiempo no Pasa (Antarctica, Where Time Stands Still) is a collection of stories that sprang from the interactive project Escuchar la Antártida (Listen to the Antarctic) run by Bianchini’s magazine Anfibia.

The winner was selected out of 97 nominations from 19 countries.

The jury, meeting in Cartagena, concluded, “The author seeks to approach a desolate world, Antarctica, which seems very distant, through characters of flesh and blood, and opens a door on to the unknown”.

As part of the prize, Bianchini will be invited to speak at Hay Festival Cartagena in January 2017.

The aim of the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant is to encourage young journalists to travel in search of stories that deserve to be reported. It is the result of a collaboration of the Hay Festival Colombia Foundation and the Foundation Gabriel García Márquez for the New Latin American Journalism.

Click here for more details about the grant.

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2016 highlights

  • Ha-Joon Chang
  • Nell Leyshon
  • Arnoldo Kraus
  • Peter Stamm
  • Gonçalo Tavares
  • Takashi Hiraide
  • Lionel Shriver
  • Emma Suárez
  • Leonardo Sbaraglia
  • Hanif Kureishi
  • Thomas Piketty
  • Yuval Noah Harari