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Poetry Gala

Sheila Alvarado, Carlos Arámbulo, José Carlos Yrigoyen, Victoria Guerrero, Lee Maracle, Cees Nooteboom, Carmen Ollé, Alonso Ruiz Rosas and Martin Zúñiga, presented by Liliet Heredero

Arequipa 2017, 

The poetry gala, the moment at which our favourite poets recite their work live, returns to the Hay Arequipa with Lee Maracle (Canada), Cees Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Peruvian poets Sheila Alvarado, Carlos Arámbulo, José Carlos Yrigoyen, Victoria Guerrero, Carmen Ollé, Alonso Ruiz Rosas and Martín Zúñiga. Presented by Liliet Heredero.

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Ana Belén in conversation with Luis Alegre

On film

Cartagena 2018, 

The singer and actor Ana Belén is one of Spain’s outstanding cultural figures, with an artistic career that includes over forty films, around thirty plays and over thirty-five albums. Winner in 2015 of a Latin Grammy for Musical Excellence, the Spanish Film Academy awarded her the 2017 Honorary Goya for being “a paramount figure for generations, whose face and voice play a central role within our filmography”. She will talk about her acting career with Luis Alegre.

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Carmen Pardo and Valter Hugo Mãe in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

Music as a political expression

Cartagena 2018, 

Music can be understood as an ephemeral art and politics as a transitory mood. If this is so, what is the relationship between the two? Carmen Pardo lectures on Barcelona University’s Master’s in Sound Art. She has extensively researched the soundscape of contemporary music and has published some of her findings in two important works: En el silencio de la cultura and La escucha oblicua: una invitación a John Cage. Valter Hugo Mãe is the author of books for children and adults, as well as a publisher, fine artist and singer. They will talk to the literary critic and columnist Camilo Hoyos about music as a political expression.

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Geoff Dyer in conversation with Toby Lichtig

Arequipa 2017, 

Geoff Dyer is one of the most outstanding contemporary British writers. A regular contributor to publications such as Esquire, The Guardian and The New York Times, he is also the author of books such as But Beautiful and Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It. He will talk to Toby Litchtig about his latest book, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World, in which he deals with the power of memory, a wonderful homage to art and literature.

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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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Héctor Abad Faciolince and Leila Guerriero in conversation with Jaime Abello

Cartagena 2018, 

Two masters of creative non-fiction will talk about the attractions of their genre. Héctor Abad has published books such as Oblivion: A Memoir, which tells the story of his father, the doctor Héctor Abad Gómez, and the circumstances of his murder, as well as works of fiction such as The Farm. A regular columnist, Guerriero has also published outstanding works such as Los suicidas del fin del mundo and A Simple Story. In 2013 she received the González-Ruano Journalism Prize, granted by the Mapfre Foundation.

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Beatriz Helena Robledo in conversation with Carlos Sánchez Lozano

The twenties in Colombia: La Virgen Roja

Cartagena 2018, 

The last book by Beatriz Helena Robledo, María Cano: La Virgen Roja, portrays the life of a woman of libertarian spirit and who was ahead of her time –the 1920s, with its climate of revolution and protest– yet who was also a leader. Robledo is a fiction and essay writer, and lectures at the Universidad Javeriana. With this biography, she leaves children’s and young adult literature to show us a woman and a period full of contradictions, where the first signs of progress were accompanied by political sectarianism and violence. Carlos Sánchez is a lecturer, essayist, literary critic and editor.

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Guillermo Arriaga in conversation with Marianne Ponsford

Film and literature

Cartagena 2018, 

The novelist and screenplay writer, Guillermo Arriaga, the acclaimed author of the screenplays for Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, presents his latest novel, El salvaje, which tells the parallel stories of Juan Guillermo, a teenaged orphan with a desire for revenge, and Amaruq, a man obsessed with the persecution of a wolf in the frozen lands of the Yukon. He will talk about his film work and his new novel with the publisher Marianne Ponsford.

Cinecolombia event

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Gabrielle Walker in conversation with Rosie Boycott

SURA talk: Climate Change

Cartagena 2018, 

Dr Gabrielle Walker is an expert on sustainability, clean energies and climate change and has written extensively for The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, offering different perspectives on the climate issue will talk about climate change with Rosie Boycott who, as well as having a distinguished career as a journalist, editor, author and consultant to the Mayor of London on sustainable food matters, often writes about the role of food in health and the fight against climate change.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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What is philosophy for? Javier Gomá in conversation with Winston Manrique

Cartagena 2018, 

 

Javier Gomá is a Spanish writer of both fiction and non-fiction, author of the Tetralogía de la ejemplaridad and Filosofía mundana, in which he explains that in today’s world the mission of philosophy is to make itself ‘worldly’: philosophy about, but also for, the whole world. In his book, La imagen de tu vida, he proposes using existence to build up a lasting example and also invites us to live a dignified and beautiful life, one in which we can feel the sublime nature of existence, as against the nihilism that has been appropriated from culture in today’s mass society. He will talk to the journalist Winston Manrique.

 

What is philosophy for? Javier Gomá in conversation with Winston Manrique

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Yaa Gyasi in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2018, 

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and was brought up in the United States, where she studied English and became a resident on the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first novel, Homegoing, about two half-sisters whose destinies part ways in 18th-century Ghana, has been a popular and critical success, winning the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award. She will talk to the founder of the Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Biotechnologies in the 21st century. Lecture by Venki Ramakrishnan

Querétaro 2018, 

Recent advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have enormous implications for the future of genetic technologies. The ability to modify or synthesize genes in all kinds of organisms, including in human beings, has tremendous potential benefits for the future of humanity. However, this technology also has a dark side. The rector of Querétaro’s Universidad Autónoma, Margarita Teresa de Jesús García Gasca, presents the Nobel Chemistry Laureate and current President of the Royal Society, Venki Ramakrishnan, who will talk about how the development of genetics has contributed to combatting diseases, to reproductive health and even to the food chain but, at the same time, he will set out the challenges we face as the result of these advances.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish.

Event sponsored by SURA.

Biotechnologies in the 21st century. Lecture by Venki Ramakrishnan

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Us too: on the #MeToo campaign. Vivian Gornick, Jeanette Winterson, Rosemary Sullivan and Eliezer Budasoff in conversation with Antía Castedo

Querétaro 2018, 

The US campaign, #MeToo, has shaken the world, helping to build support for gender equality. The writers, journalists and activists Vivian Gornick (USA), Jeanette Winterson (UK), Rosemary Sullivan (Canada) and Eliezer Budasoff (Argentina) have been working for gender equality through fiction and non-fiction, through the written and spoken word, through literature and through images. At this event with the BBC journalist Antía Castedo, they will talk about the #MeToo social media campaign, ways of being heard and promoting the path towards a more equitable world.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

With the support of the Blue Metropolis Festival and Wom@rts.

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Luisa Valenzuela in conversation with Alonso Rabí

Hay Festival Reforms: Reforming money

Arequipa 2017, 

The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. In the same spirit, we have asked a number of thinkers to present new reforms on matters that are relevant today. The great Argentinean writer, Luisa Valenzuela, proposes a change in the value of money, that hollow promise that rules the world. She will talk about its origin, its sacred value and profound emptiness.

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Michael Bhaskar and Peter Florence in conversation with Marianne Ponsford

The future of reading

Cartagena 2018, 

Two views of the world of reading with two interesting thinkers. Michael Bhaskar is a publisher and writer who has drawn a map of the future of publishing, the media and the creative industries in his book The Content Machine. Peter Florence is the founder and director of the Hay Festival and has been working over 30 years in the book sector. This promises a fascinating discussion regarding the future of publishing, reading, and the book with Marianne Ponsford, director of CERLALC.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Sebastián Alanya and Yi Li in conversation with Iván Thays

Booktubers

Arequipa 2017, 

Reading and literature are gaining ground in the social media. There are now literary critics on the Internet, and they work very differently from those who work in more traditional formats, using a fresher and less specialised language. They have their detractors and supporters. Two of Peru’s most followed booktubers will talk to the writer Iván Thays about this fascinating phenomenon.

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Gilmer Mesa in conversation with Jorge Eduardo Espinosa

Telling the story of those awful 1980s

Cartagena 2018, 

The events of the first novel by Gilmer Mesa, La Cuadra, is settled on the most intense period of Pablo Escobar. In it, a group of friends from a neighbourhood infiltrated by drug trafficking take refuge in love, despite the brutality that mars their relationships. At this event, the journalist Jorge Eduardo Espinosa will ask about forms of narrating those times, including the role of memory and popular music.

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Tamar Cohen sobre Orfanato Lachina

Querétaro 2017, 
La escritora mexicana Tamar Cohen, ganadora del Premio Gran Angular México 2015 por la novela El año terrible, presenta Orfanato Lachina, la historia de un peculiar orfanato para niños y niñas traviesos, al que llegará Lenny.
A partir de 7 años  

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Sergio Ramírez in conversation with Juanita León and Jaime Abello

Cartagena 2018, 

En noviembre de 2017  el escritor nicaraguense Sergio Ramirez fue elegido ganador del Premio Cervantes. Su amplia obra literaria incluye, entre otros libros, , Margarita, está linda la mar (1998) , El cielo llora por mí (2008) y Sara (2015),  Ya nadie llora por mí (2017)Es miembro del Consejo Rector del Premio Gabriel García Márquez de Periodismo. El escritor nicaraguense Sergio Ramirez participó en la lucha para derrocar la dictadura de la familia Somoza y tras el triunfo de la revolución fue electo vicepresidente en 1985. Juanita León es directora de La Silla Vacía y ganadora del Premio Gabo 2016 en la categoría innovación. Jaime Abello es director de La Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano.

Con apoyo de SURA y del Premio Gabo

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José Luis Trueba en conversación con Nivardo Trejo

Demiurgo: un beso y el infierno

Querétaro 2017, 
El autor de la trilogía Amor, zombis y otras desgracias, presenta su nueva aventura literaria, Demiurgo: un beso y el infierno, en la que El Profeta se enfrenta a Meguido para cumplir la profecía de los libros sagrados. José Luis Trueba (México) es docente en la universidad Tecnológica de México, y autor de numerosos libros y ensayos.
A partir de 14 años

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Jago Cooper, Deyan Sudjic and Antonio Huitrón Santoyo in conversation with Natalia Majluf

Heritage: three models for working

Arequipa 2017, 

The cataloguing, study, conservation and exhibition of a country’s artistic and archaeological heritage is a matter of great importance, given that what is at stake is the management of that country’s cultural history. Three experts with different approaches to their work will talk to Natalia Majluf about their experiences. With Jago Cooper, Curator of the Americas at the British Museum (United Kingdom), Deyan Sudjic, Director of London’s Design Museum (United Kingdom), and Antonio Huitrón Santoyo, expert in public archaeology at Mexico’s National Institute of Archaeology and History.

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Rosemary Sullivan in conversation with Emma Tucker

Cartagena 2018, 

Rosemary Sullivan is the author of 15 books, including five biographies, three poetry books, travel diaries, short fiction and essays. Her most recent work, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, won the 2016 Plutarch Biography Award and other Canadian prizes for non-fiction, and was named Book of the Year by the UK’s Daily Mail. She will talk about this fascinating biography with the journalist Emma Tucker.

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Rutger Bregman and Marina Garcés in conversation with Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2018, 

Two thinkers who are off the beaten track when it comes to proposing solutions to the problems that face societies will talk to the writer Juan David Correa.  Rutger Bregman is the author of Utopia for Realists and journalist with the Dutch newspaper De Correspondent. The Spanish philosopher Marina Garcés is the author of the books En las prisiones de lo posible (Bellaterra, 2002), Un mundo común (Bellaterra, 2012) and Fuera de clase (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2016). Thinking radically makes us relate to what we are and do by means of unexpected questions with unforeseen consequences. In this way, philosophy creates its own battlefield. This event is for those who think it is not possible to change the world.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Lecture by Jordi Montero

Neuroscience

Cartagena 2018, 

For the Spanish neurologist, Jordi Montero, who in 2017 published the book Permiso para quejarse, what is behind chronic pain is emotion. We do not take into consideration our own culture when we have physical pain treated, nor do we listen to our own bodies. From a rigorous and optimistic point of view, this doctor has helped us to understand ourselves as humans and our reality, based on neurology and the relationship between the brain and pain.

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Gender equality is men´s business too

Cartagena 2018, 
Boys, teenagers and young men play an important role in overcoming gender violence and discrimination. Men still have power at many levels and so have the opportunity to promote changes in places and structures where women have not yet been able to access and participate. Working with women of all ages to challenge and reduce inequality is essential, but insufficient. Policies and programmes will transform gender relationships if they also help boys and men face up to unequal power relations and if we work with them as allies in achieving social equality and gender justice. A number of young people talk about their experiences.