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Gatopardo event. Tenoch Huerta in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Querétaro 2018, 

Featuring in over thirty Mexican and international films, with an Ariel award and an ovation at Cannes for his role in Days of Grace, Tenoch Huerta, currently one of Mexico’s most successful actors, comes to Hay Festival Querétaro to talk about his experience in the film and television industry. He will talk to Felipe Restrepo Pombo, a Colombian journalist based in Mexico.

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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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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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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.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Mircea Cărtărescu in conversation with Xavi Ayén

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Charla El País. Leonardo Padura in conversation with Javier Moreno

Cartagena 2019, 

The prize-winning Cuban author, journalist, screenplay writer and literary critic Leonardo Padura again gives life to the detective Mario Conde in his novel La transparencia del tiempo. The statuette of a virgin stolen in the Catalan Pyrenees, a Spaniard fleeing from the Civil War, foreign gallerists and collectors, and other characters of dubious reputation combine historic and crime fiction, set between contemporary Havana and the Europe of last century. Leonardo Padura will be in conversation with the journalist Javier Moreno.

Co-organised with El País

Charla El País. Leonardo Padura in conversation with Javier Moreno

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Luke Harding and Diego Salazar in conversation with Mabel Cáceres

Fake news

Arequipa 2018, 

Luke Harding is a British journalist who worked as a correspondent for The Guardian newspaper in Russia until entry into the country was denied him in February 2011. His writings include books on the Julian Assange and Edward Snowden cases and on Russia’s foreign policy. His latest book is Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russia helped Donald Trump Win (2017). Diego Salazar is the author of the book No hemos entendido nada: Qué ocurre cuando dejamos el futuro de la prensa a merced de un algoritmo, which analyses cases of fake news that have gone viral on the Internet and in the media. The writer reflects on how to produce and consume information in the digital era. They will talk to the award-winning Peruvian journalist Mabel Cáceres.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Luke Harding and Diego Salazar in conversation with Mabel Cáceres

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Antonio Caballero, Jorge Orlando Melo and Daniel Samper Pizano in conversation with Marta Orrantia

History returns.

Cartagena 2019, 

After years of being brushed aside and left out of the official school syllabus, History is returning to the range of interests of Colombians. But it is no longer History as told by academic historians in an academic fashion, but by writers and journalists with an educational spirit. With Antonio Caballero, writer, journalist and author of the recently published Historia de Colombia y sus oligarquías; Jorge Orlando Melo, historian, professor and journalist, author of Historia mínima de Colombia; and Daniel Samper Pizano, writer, historian and journalist, author of the classic Lecciones de histeria de Colombia, Camas y famas: Las más raras y genuinas historias de amor and Viagra, chats y otras pendejadas del siglo XXI. In conversation with Marta Orrantia.

Antonio Caballero, Jorge Orlando Melo and Daniel Samper Pizano in conversation with Marta Orrantia

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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

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Frank Báez and Claudia Ulloa in conversation with Andrea Palet

Bogotá39-2017.

Arequipa 2018, 

Two of the 39 best Latin American writers are reunited on the stage to talk about their work in the writing trade. This year, Frank Báez (Dominican Republic) publishes the extended version of Págales tú a los psicoanalistas, a collection of short stories that won him a short story award at the 2006 International Book Fair in Santo Domingo. Claudia Ulloa (Peru) currently lives in Norway, where she did a Master’s in Spanish Language, and this year re-releases her short story collection Pajarito. These two voices in new Latin American literature can be heard in conversation with Andrea Palet.

Frank Báez and Claudia Ulloa in conversation with Andrea Palet

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Emiliano Monge and Rafael Gumucio in conversation with Eduardo de la Garma

Querétaro 2018, 

Two writers with much in common, two countries (Mexico and Chile) and a conversation. The novelists Emiliano Monge (Mexico), author of Las tierras arrasadas and the short story collection La superficie más honda; and Rafael Gumucio (Chile), author of Mi abuela, Marta Rivas González, Milagro en Haití and El galán imperfecto, speak about their work with Eduardo de la Garma.

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Alejandra Ballón, Paula Bonet, Karina Pacheco and Gustavo Rodríguez in conversation with Paola Donaire

About the #MeToo campaign

Arequipa 2018, 

The US feminist campaign, #MeToo, has shaken the world and struck a blow in favour of gender equality. Spanish-speaking artists as the Peruvian investigator Alejandra Ballón, the Spanish illustrator and writer Paula Bonet, the Peruvian author Karina Pachego and the Limeño writer and communicator Gustavo Rodríguez will talk with Paola Donaire about how this feminist wave has broken over Latin America and Spain.

Supported by Wom@rts

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Mariana de Althaus and Lukas Bärfuss in conversation with Doris Guillén

Talking about the theatre.

Arequipa 2018, 

Mariana Althaus is a prolific Peruvian playwright who has written and directed over ten plays and published a number of books with collections of her work. Outstanding works include Tres historias del mar (2003), Ruido (2006), Criadero (2011) and El Sistema Solar (2012). The Swiss Lukas Bärfuss has written over 15 plays and the novel One Hundred Days (2012), about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. His works Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern (2003), Der Bus (2005) and Málaga (2010) have also been shown in Spanish-speaking countries such as Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Peru. In conversation with Doris Guillén, they will explore the wide world of theatre.

Translation from German to Spanish available

With the support of Pro Helvetia

Mariana de Althaus and Lukas Bärfuss in conversation with Doris Guillén

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César Hildebrandt in conversation with Jerónimo Pimentel

Arequipa 2018, 

Originally published in 1981, Cambio de palabras is a compilation of the 25 best interviews by César Hildebrandt. From Mario Vargas Llosa to Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre, the profile of those interviewed, together with the rigorous style of Hildebrandt, one of his country’s most respected journalists, made this book a classic of Peruvian journalism, re-published in 2018. He will talk to the journalist Jerónimo Pimentel.

César Hildebrandt in conversation with Jerónimo Pimentel

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Barcelona. Sergio Vila-Sanjuán in conversation with Enric Botella

Querétaro 2018, 

This event features a writer who loves Barcelona, talking to Enric Botella. Sergio Vila-Sanjuán is a high profile Spanish cultural journalist and editor of the Cultura|s literary supplement of La Vanguardia. As well as his fictional work, he has written non-fiction and two plays. At this event, he will talk about his trilogy set in Barcelona: A Barcelona Heiress, Estaba en el aire and El informe Casabona.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española.

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Helen Fielding and Santiago Roncagliolo in conversation with Kirsty Lang

Literature and humour.

Arequipa 2018, 

Helen Fielding (United Kingdom) is the author of Bridget Jones’s Diary and the sequels Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy and Bridget Jones’s Baby. The adventures of Bridget Jones have been enjoyed around the world, in books and films, and the character has become a classic of comedy. In 2006, the Peruvian writer Santiago Roncagliolo became the youngest ever winner of the Alfaguara Novel Prize with Red April. This author often uses black humour, a resource that marks the tone of his work. They will talk to the journalist Kirsty Lang.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of Wom@rts

Helen Fielding and Santiago Roncagliolo in conversation with Kirsty Lang

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Michela Murgia in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

Arequipa 2018, 

Michela Murgia’s (Italy) debut novel, Accabadora (2011) made a great success with critics as well as readers, heading bestseller lists around her country for weeks and winning awards such as the Dessì Prize, the Super Mondello, the Viadana Awards, the Alassio, the Città di Cuneo and especially the Campiello, the most prestigious literary award in Italy. In Ave Mary (2012), Murgia focuses on the figure of Mary of Nazareth and analyses how the image of womanhood that prevails nowadays has been formed around catholic paradigm. In conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina, Murgia observes the place of women in her work, in literature and in society.

Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available

With the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Michela Murgia in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

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Poetry gala

Arequipa 2018, 

Once again we celebrate poetry with readings by festival guests. Some will recite poems by César Vallejo, whose first poetry book is one hundred years old this year. With Frank Báez (Dominican Republic), Paula Bonet (Spain), Álvaro Lasso (Peru), Miren Agur Meabe (Spain) Alejandro Palomas (Spain), Jerónimo Pimentel (Peru), Mariano Rolando Andrade (Argentina) Alonso Ruiz Rosas (Peru) and José Carlos Yrigoyen (Peru). Presented by the Alberto de Belaunde.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española, Wom@rts and Basque Institute Etxepare

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#MeToo: Brigitte Baptiste, Giuseppe Caputo, Diamela Eltit and Cristina Morales in conversation with Margarita Valencia

Cartagena 2019, 

The #MeToo campaign resonated in social media to give voice to thousands of stories that give a face and name to the feminist movement. Writers and journalists Brigitte Baptiste (Colombia), Giuseppe Caputo (Colombia), Diamela Eltit (Chile) and Cristina Morales (Spain) talk with Margarita Valencia about initiatives like this one in favour of gender equality.

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

#MeToo: Brigitte Baptiste, Giuseppe Caputo, Diamela Eltit and Cristina Morales in conversation with Margarita Valencia

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Óscar Catacora and Philippe Claudel in conversation with Miguel Barreda

Let’s talk about film.

Arequipa 2018, 

Film is a language beyond languages. Óscar Catacora, from Puno, is the director of Wiñaypacha (2017), a film that stands out for, at least, two things: it was made at five thousands metres above sea level, and takes place entirely in the Aymara language. The movie won two awards at the 33rd Guadalajara International Film Festival and opened in Peru last April. The Frenchman Philippe Claudel is the author of over a dozen novels, has written screenplays for three films and has directed four feature films, including I’ve Loved You So Long (2008), a film that won a BAFTA award for Best Foreign Film and was nominated for a Golden Globe in the same category. They will talk to the Peruvian filmmaker Miguel Barreda.

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available

With the support of the Embassy of France

Óscar Catacora and Philippe Claudel in conversation with Miguel Barreda

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Doris Salcedo in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Arequipa 2018, 

The work of the Colombian artist, Doris Salcedo, expresses the stories of violence and loss that the armed conflict in her country has left. As one of the world’s most important contemporary artists, her work has been shown in major museums such as MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London), the Pompidou Centre (Paris) and the Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid). She will talk to the Spanish writer and journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.

Doris Salcedo in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

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Kankyo Tannier in conversation with Mario Mendoza

Cartagena 2019, 

We live in the era of noise. We are part of the busy pace of society. We are constantly faced with excessive amounts of information and, at times, we explode and feel lost. What’s the solution to this problem? Kankyo Tannier (France) is a Buddhist nun, author of the book The Gift of Silence, where she presents us the essence of silence within the incessant noise we are destined to live in. Kankyo Tannier reveals the gift of silence through practical exercises that allow us to evade noise. In this talk she will be in conversation with Mario Mendoza.

Simultaneous French to Spanish translation available

With support from Wom@rts

Kankyo Tannier in conversation with Mario Mendoza

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Lydia Cacho in conversation with Javier Moreno

Querétaro 2018, 

The struggle for gender equality is one of the most important of our times. The journalist, social activist and writer Lydia Cacho has dedicated her career to researching gender violence, health, children’s rights and organized crime. This year sees the publication of the life stories of men who have suffered from sexism and violence in her book #EllosHablan. Testimonios de hombres, la relación con sus padres, el machismo y la violencia. She will talk to Javier Moreno, director El País América

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Sabrina Duque, Luz Mely Reyes and Natalia Viana in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

Journalism that resists

Cartagena 2019, 

Venezuela, Nicaragua and Brazil are three of the countries on Latin America where working as a journalist has become a real challenge to laws and repressive actions of their governments over the past year. Luz Mely Reyes (Venezuela), director and founder of Efecto Cocuyo; Natalia Viana (Brazil), director and founder of the Public Agency of Research Journalism; and Sabrina Duque (Ecuador), a journalist based in Nicaragua and author of the book VolcáNica, crónicas desde un país en erupción, will talk with Jaime Abello Banfi (Colombia), general director of the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI) about the challenges of news coverage in these contexts.

This talk will take place within the framework of the Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Award and is co-organized with the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI).

Sabrina Duque, Luz Mely Reyes and Natalia Viana in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

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Mark Thompson in conversation with Moisés Naím

Enough Said: What's Gone Wrong With the Language of Politics?

Cartagena 2019, 

The CEO of one of the most important newspapers in the world, The New York Times, is also the author of Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong With the Language of Politics, an essay in which he analyzes how political, social, technological and economic changes in the last decades have forever modified our way of approaching reality. In conversation with Moisés Naím.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Mark Thompson in conversation with Moisés Naím

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Meditation workshop with Kankyo Tannier

Cartagena 2019, 

A workshop for people of all ages which will explain, in a simple and fun way, how to find inner silence every day. Kankyo Tannier is a Buddhist nun in the Zen tradition. She lived for 15 years in a monastery in France. She divides her time between a life with trees and wildlife, and modern social activities: videos, books, blogs, conferences… She is an author of the book The Gift of Silence, which has been translated into 13 languages. Her goal is to promote Zen meditation and show the example of a contemporary spirituality that is accessible to all.

Consecutive French to English translation

With the support of Wom@rts

Meditation workshop with Kankyo Tannier