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Antonio Caballero and Enrique Santos Calderón in conversation with María Jimena Duzán

Let's Talk About Colombia

Cartagena 2019, 

This talk reflects upon contemporary Colombia, contextualized through the gaze of two journalists who have written extensively about the social, political, economic and cultural history of the country. Antonio Caballero, a columnist for the magazine Semana, has worked at the BBC in London, has worked for national and international newspapers and magazines such as The EconomistCambio 16AlternativaEl TiempoEl Espectador and Diario 16, and has published, among other books, Historia de Colombia y sus oligarquías (2018). Enrique Santos Calderón was an author for forty years of the column Contraescape, of El Tiempo, a magazine he directed for a decade. A close witness of the political life of the country, in 2018 he published a book that is an account of over seventy years of life in Colombia, El país que me tocó, his autobiography. They will be in conversation with the journalist María Jimena Duzán.

Antonio Caballero and Enrique Santos Calderón in conversation with María Jimena Duzán

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Wilfrido Vargas in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

Cartagena 2019, 

In 2018, the king of merengue received a Latin Grammy, celebrated 50 years of his musical career and published his autobiography Me volviste loco, Wilfrido. The beginnings in the Dominican Republic of Wilfrido Vargas, his trajectory on the stage and the impact on a whole generation of lovers of merengue are told in contrast with an inner struggle against apathy and anxiety that he was facing while he sang songs such as Volveré or El hombre divertido. In conversation with Camilo Hoyos.

Wilfrido Vargas in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

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Lydia Cacho in conversation with Jacobo García

Cartagena 2019, 

The Mexican journalist, activist and writer Lydia Cacho published in 2018 the book #EllosHablan: Testimonios de hombres, la relación con sus padres, el machismo y la violencia. In this work, she interviews a group of men aged between 15 and 70 to find out, first of all, what their childhood was like and how society in a way built their masculinity around violence. In conversation with the journalist Jacobo Garcia, Lydia Cacho opens a new perspective on machismo and gender debates.

Lydia Cacho in conversation with Jacobo García

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Patricia Lara and Francisco de Roux in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

War and peace, readings of the Colombian conflict

Cartagena 2019, 

The journalist Patricia Lara is the author of Adiós a la guerra. Una historia breve de los conflictos en Colombia, a book that transcends the nature of Colombia’s internal conflict in its current state, going back to the wars of the 19th century, contextualizing them from the origin of the transition to be a republic today. The current president of the Truth Commission, Francisco de Roux, is a Jesuit priest who has dedicated his life to the cause of peace in Colombia. In 2018 he published La audacia de la paz imperfecta, in which he talks about his experiences as a mediator in the armed conflict, as a target both for guerillas and paramilitaries, about the year that followed the signature of the agreements, and the visit of Pope Francis to Colombia. They will be in conversation with the journalist Juan Carlos Pérez in a talk which is an invitation to peace.

Patricia Lara and Francisco de Roux in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

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Michael Pollan in conversation with Rosie Boycott

How to change your mind

Cartagena 2019, 

The writer and activist Michael Pollan launches his new book: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. In the last few years perhaps no one has written as much about food as Michael Pollan, who in 2016 launched the series Cooked on Netflix. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world in 2010, he is author of the books Cooked, Food Rules and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. He will speak with Rosie Boycott.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Michael Pollan in conversation with Rosie Boycott

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in conversation with Alma Guillermoprieto

Inaugural Gabriel García Marquez talk

Cartagena 2019, 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria) is a fiction and non-fiction writer whose work is pivotal to an understanding of contemporary literature. She is the author of novels Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, as well as one of the most read essays in recent years: We Should All be Feminists. In this lecture, Adichie will reflect on the closeness between journalistic and literary work, using Gabriel García Márquez’s reflections as a starting point. Following the lecture, she will take part in a conversation with journalist and writer Alma Guillermoprieto.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of SURA

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in conversation with Alma Guillermoprieto

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Zadie Smith in conversation with Carolina Sanín

Cartagena 2019, 

The writer Zadie Smith (UK) made her debut in the year 2000 with White Teeth, captivating readers around the world. With another three published novels and two books of essays, her work insistently tackles race, social inequality, and the transcendence of friendship ties. In her recently published book, Feel Free, she combines autobiographical elements with commentary on the culture we are absorbed in. In conversation with the journalist and writer Carolina Sanín, Zadie Smith allows us to see the world through reality and fiction.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of the British Council and Arcadia

Zadie Smith in conversation with Carolina Sanín

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Doris Salcedo in conversation with Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2019, 

Doris Salcedo studied Fine Art at the University Jorge Tadeo Lozano of Bogota and, from when she began her career as a visual artist, she has given form to the stories of violence and dispossession that have been left behind by the armed conflict in Colombia. As one of the most prominent artists of the moment, her work has been exhibited in museums of the stature of MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London), Centro Pompidou (Paris) and Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid). She will be in conversation with the writer and journalist Juan David Correa.

Doris Salcedo in conversation with Juan David Correa

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Lecture by Bianca Jagger

For Nicaragua.

Cartagena 2019, 

The neighboring Nicaragua is going through critical times: political repression, violence that has taken lives and a society that is seeing their individual liberties cut. On this conversation the activist Bianca Jagger (Nicaragua), founder and president of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, good will ambassador of the European Council and with a life dedicated to fight for human rights, social liberties, the conservation of the environment and social justice, she will talk about the situation in the country and the role of the international community on the resolution of this conflict. Presented by Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.

Co-organised with Centroamérica Cuenta

Lecture by Bianca Jagger

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Azriel Bibliowicz, Jorge Franco and Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez in conversation with Esteban Carlos Mejía

Returning to the origins.

Cartagena 2019, 

In his work, the sociologist and writer Azriel Bibliowicz has explored, especially in the novel Migas de pan, part of his family identity: his parents were Jewish migrants who escaped the Holocaust. Jorge Franco narrates his native Medellín in books such as Rosario Tijeras, El mundo de afuera and his most recent work, El cielo a tiros. Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez (Venezuela / España), is a Phd in Hispanic Literature Literature by the University of Salamanca, and is the autor of more tan 20 books including novels, short stories and essays, receiving in 2013 the Book of the Year Award in Venezuela for Arena negra. His most recent book is La ola detenida. They will be in conversation with the writer Esteban Carlos Mejía about narrating their origins.

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

Azriel Bibliowicz, Jorge Franco and Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez in conversation with Esteban Carlos Mejía

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Charla SURA. Carlos Castaño Uribe in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Cartagena 2019, 

Carlos Castaño Uribe is an anthropologist of the Universidad de los Andes and has a doctorate in American Anthropology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has stood out for his contributions to public environmental policy of Colombia and Latin America, having taken up the directorate of the System of National Natural Parks for over a decade, the directorate of IDEAM, the directorate of the Secretariat for the Environment of Bogotá and the vice-ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, among other positions. He was one of the expeditionaries who, during the 90s, discovered the mountain range of Chiribiquete, between the departments of Guaviare and Caquetá, nowadays focus of the Amazonian biodiversity and one of the most important findings in cave paintings in the whole continent. Since then, he has worked on the research of this corner of Colombian geography, which, to him, represents the origins of Colombia and the home of the jaguar. He will be in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.

Co-organized with SURA

Charla SURA. Carlos Castaño Uribe in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

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Eugenio García and Nir Hindi in conversation with David Melo

The orange economy

Cartagena 2019, 

The arts as a competitive industry that contributes to the development of a country’s economy; literature, visual arts, music and film thought as lucrative, creative and employment-generating activities. The so-called “orange economy” has been identified as one of the areas to be developed within Colombia, a very culturally-rich country with a full calendar of activities such as festivals and art and literature fairs. Two experts in linking creativity and business talk about the orange economy and its possibilities: Eugenio García (Chile), creative director who created the legendary “No” campaign in Chile, which was pivotal in the democratic transition after the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet; and Nir Hindi (Israel), founder of The Artian, a consulting company joining creativity and business, with a training programme based on the renaissance model created for companies and cultural ventures. They will talk with the vice minister of culture David Melo

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Supported by the Embassy of Israel and PROCOLOMBIA

Eugenio García and Nir Hindi in conversation with David Melo

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Morten Strøksnes in conversation with Luna Miguel

Cartagena 2019, 

Morten Strøksnes was once in search of a beast that surpasses humans in so many barely imaginable ways: eight meters long, weighing in at a thousand kilos, with four hundred years of life expectancy, it inhabits a hidden marine ecosystem in the artic polar circle. In Shark Drunk, this Norwegian historian, writer and photographer tells the story of how, beside his friend Hugo Aasjord, he undertook his ambitious voyage to capture the boreal shark. He will talk with the Spanish editor, writer and journalist Luna Miguel.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Supported by Norla and Wom@rts

Morten Strøksnes in conversation with Luna Miguel

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Gustavo Gorriti in conversation with María Jimena Duzán

Cartagena 2019, 

The Peruvian journalist Gustavo Gorriti has occupied the posts of associate director of La Prensa of Panama and co-director of La República, and is the founding director of IDL-Reporteros, the first digital publication of non-profit investigative journalism in Peru. In 2010 he was awarded the Premio Nuevo Periodismo CEMEX+FNPI, in the category of Homage. For far do the new projects of journalism extend, without thinking of borders, is the central theme of this conversation with Colombian journalist María Jimena Duzán.

Gustavo Gorriti in conversation with María Jimena Duzán

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Luna Miguel and Kim Thúy in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Cartagena 2019, 

Narrators of imposing stories that explore in their work subjects as complex as death and grief. Luna Miguel (Spain) is an editor, columnist, poet and through her debut published in 2018, El funeral de Lolita, a novelist. Kim Thúy is a Vietnamese-Canadian lawyer, translator and writer who published in 2018 Vi. Una mujer minúscula. The novel narrates the experience of a family who live through the war in Vietnam, spending time in a refugee camp and finally migrating to Canada. They will be in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of Blue Metropolis, McGill University and Wom@rts

Luna Miguel and Kim Thúy in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

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El Tiempo Talk: Manolo Cardona in conversation with Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2019, 

Manolo Cardona started out in Colombian television with his role in the famous series Padres e hijos. As his career progressed, he played several characters in drug war TV series such as El CartelSin tetas no hay paraíso and Narcos. In 2018 he played Porfirio Rubirosa, part of the inner circle of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, dictator for 31 years of the Dominican Republic. A diplomat, military, politician, spy, and above all, an inveterate seducer, Rubirosa had five wives, as well as a list of lovers who lavished him with extravagant gifts, including a plane. Manolo Cardona will talk about his unique role in the film Rubirosa with the director of El Tiempo, Roberto Pombo.

With the support of El Tiempo

El Tiempo Talk: Manolo Cardona in conversation with Roberto Pombo

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Amanda Levete in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2019, 

Amanda Levete CBE is a British architect and the founder and principal of AL_A. Her recent projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter in London, the Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon; Central Embassy in Bangkok; and a media campus and headquarters building for the broadcaster Sky in London. She was previously a partner at Future Systems, where she realised buildings including the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London and Selfridges department store in Birmingham. Amanda will be in conversation with Peter Florence in a discussion on architecture today, with topics ranging from materials to the importance of public space. 

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of Wom@rts and British Council

Amanda Levete in conversation with Peter Florence

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Pilar Lozano, Celso Román and Irene Vasco in conversation with Fernando Rojas

Three great classics

Cartagena 2019, 

Three great Colombian children’s literature authors talk about the importance and challenges of writing for children. Pilar Lozano is author of a long list of kids’ books that cover subjects such as the history of Colombia. Her latest book is La historia, los viajes y la abuela, whilst her most well-known work is, without a doubt, Colombia, mi abuelo y yo. Celso Román’s background is as a veterinary doctor and visual artist before he began writing for younger readers. His oeuvre includes 60 titles of children’s books, several of them touching upon the subject of nature and looking after the environment in books such as El árbol de los tucanes (2011), Rogelio y la bolsa (2013) and Hijos de Madre Tierra (2017). He won the Enka Award with Los amigos del hombre. Irene Vasco has written some thirty books, among them titles such as A veces (2005), Medalla de honor (2006), Lugares fantásticos de Colombia (2007), La independencia de Colombia: Así fue (2009), Mambrú perdió la guerra (2012) and Letras al carbón (2015). Fernando Rojas will chair the panel.

Pilar Lozano, Celso Román and Irene Vasco in conversation with Fernando Rojas

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Building paths with no labels

Cartagena 2019, 

In connection with the campaign of Fundación PLAN, #XQSomosIguales (Porque Somos Iguales) which promotes gender equality for girls, two girls who participated in PLAN projects (aged 14-18 years) will be talking with the science communicator Ángela Posada Swafford and writer Marta Orrantia about the challenges and opportunities for women in occupations where sexism and stereotypes are still the norm.

Co-organised with Fundación PLAN

Building paths with no labels

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Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Ricardo Cayuela

Western cosmovisions: how four geniuses revolutionized philosophy.

Cartagena 2019, 

Wolfram Eilenberger (Germany) is a philosopher, journalist and writer. His passion is the application philosophical ideas to our life today, whether in politics, culture or sports. He is, in addition, the founding editor of Philosophie Magazin. In March 2018 he published Zeit der Zauberer - Das große Jahrzehnt der Philosophie 1919-1929, the history of how four geniuses revolutionized philosophy and changed our way of understanding the world. The book explores the work of philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger. The book become a best seller, and is currently being translated into 20 languages. With a splendid narrative style, Eilenberger draws connections not only between the ways of life and revolutionary thinking of these four philosophers, but also between philosophy and science, art, literature and architecture. In conversation with el editor Ricardo Cayuela.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Supported by Goethe Institute

Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Ricardo Cayuela

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Workshop on memes and more with Luna Miguel

Cartagena 2019, 

A workshop with Luna Miguel: writer, poet and literary editor of the online magazine PlayGround. Internet is a word that is difficult to rhyme, but that does not mean that literature does not fit in it. On the contrary: through memes, viral articles from PlayGround and verses from the best instapoets, we will see how easy and necessary it is to read and create through social media.

Supported by Wom@rts

Workshop on memes and more with Luna Miguel

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Sabrina Duque and Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Daniel Samper Pizano

Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Fellowship.

Cartagena 2019, 

The Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Prize, created in homage to the great writer Michael Jacobs (UK), great connoisseur and lover of Latin America, has been awarded this year to Sabrina Duque. She will be speaking with the travel writer Santiago Gamboa (Colombia), and the writer and journalist Daniel Samper Pizano, jury of the prize. The Michael Jacobs Fellowship is an initiative run jointly by the FNPI- Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Iberoamerican Journalism and Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, with the support of The Michael Jacobs Foundation for Travel Writing.

Sabrina Duque and Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Daniel Samper Pizano

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Cristina Morales and Carolina Sanín in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

Cartagena 2019, 

Two writers talk with Giuseppe Caputo about their most recent work. Cristina Morales (Spain), the winner of the Premio Herralde de Novela 2018 with Lectura fácil; and with Carolina Sanín (Colombia), writer and critic that in her latest work, Somos luces abismales, immerses herself on an exploration about life, memories and her surrounding world, with a series of texts that mix poetry, narrative and non fiction. 

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

Cristina Morales and Carolina Sanín in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

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Mircea Cărtărescu in conversation with Xavi Ayén

Cartagena 2019, 

Considered as the prodigy of Romanian letters of his generation and winner of the Formentor award in 2018, Mircea Cărtărescu develops his work in verse, prose, fiction, memoirs and essay, between the epic, fantastic and lyric narrative. He is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, novels and essay collections, among them his renowned volume Solenoide, and the trilogy Cegador, a masterpiece that earned him international repute. In 2018 he published a Spanish translation of the first part of the trilogy, which divides into three the body of a huge butterfly. The left wing situates the reader in Bucarest which receives communism at the same time as it hosts gypsies, wandering circuses, sects, dead and even stories of maternal love. In conversation with Xavi Ayén, we will discover the narrative universe of one of the cult authors of contemporary Eastern European literature.

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Mircea Cărtărescu in conversation with Xavi Ayén

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Conference by Shirin Ebadi

Freedom and human rights.

Cartagena 2019, 

The first Muslim woman and first Iranian citizen to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (2003) is a lawyer who, at age 23, also became one of the first women judges of the country, and at age 30, one of the first magistrates in Teheran. Currently exiled in London (UK), she continues to work for human rights and democracy, carrying the message she expresses in her autobiography, Until We Are Free, to every place she visits. From her own experience, far away from her country, but with Iran always in her words, Shirin Ebadi will speak about the value of freedom and the importance of fighting for rights.

Consecutive Persian to Spanish translation available

Conference by Shirin Ebadi