Imagine the world
The eleventh Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, 28-31 January 2016, was a resounding success, attracting 55,000 people from all over Colombia and other countries. 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 www.hayfestivalcartagena.org.