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Aroa Moreno in conversation with Alonso Cueto

Hispano-American dialogues.

Arequipa 2018, 

The Hay Diálogos con Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos project aims to boost knowledge and exchange among writers of different generations and nationalities, united by a single language and a literary tradition enriched by authors of varied origins. The project consists of an established author mentoring a younger one from the other side of the Atlantic. In this case, Alonso Cueto (Peru) has selected Aroa Moreno (Spain), author of the book La hija del comunista. This is a dialogue that builds bridges across generations and between countries, with a single literary tradition, the Spanish-speaking one, that acts as a shared language.

With the support of AECID

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César Pagano in conversation with Juan Gossaín

Cartagena 2019, 

César Pagano is an award-winning writer, journalist, researcher, melomaniac and lover of Cuba, which he has visited 42 times. He has been a founder of the famous bar El Goce Pagano in Bogotá, radio presenter for over a quarter of a century of the radio show Conversación en tiempo de bolero and has written for magazines such as Semana, Cromos and Soho, and the newspapers El Tiempo, El Espectador, El Colombiano, El Heraldo, El País y El Universal. In his latest book, El imperio de la salsa. Crónicas Paganas: Historia, entrevistas y semblanzas de salseros famosos,  some of the greatest stars of salsa appear: Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón and the brothers Palmieri, among many others. In conversation with Juan Gossaín, César Pagano delves into the world of music.

César Pagano in conversation with Juan Gossaín

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Dylan Moore with Diana de la Vega

Reflections on exile.

Cartagena 2019, 

The author Dylan Moore has been awarded the 2018 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship/Cymrawd Rhungwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival, and will be visiting all our festivals around the world for 12 months. With numbers that have broken the records of numbers of displaced people around the world, Dylan Moore reflects upon the tension between the ideas of “foreignness” and “belonging” in the way we build our identity.

In English, with simultaneous translation into Spanish

With the support of Arts Council of Wales

Dylan Moore with Diana de la Vega

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Sarah Corbett with Diana de la Vega

New kinds of activism

Cartagena 2019, 

Activism does not have to be big, loud and combative to be effective. This is the premise at the heart of Sarah Corbett’s discourse, who uses the process of handicraft and the completed objects with well-thought out messages to successfully change laws, business policies, hearts and minds. She is an award-winning campaigner, Ashoka Fellow, Creative Director of the global Craftivist Collective and consultant in her unique 'gentle protest' methodology. She is the author of the books A Little Book of Craftivism and How to be a Craftivist: the art of gentle protest.

With simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

With the support of British Council and Wom@rts

Sarah Corbett with Diana de la Vega

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Dora Isabel Berdugo, Muris Cueto, Ruth Patricia Diago and Tania Maza Chamorro presented by Nadia Morales

Afro-Cartagenera Poetry Recital.

Cartagena 2019, 

Natia Morales published in 2017 Bajo el fuego del Caribe Colombiano: Cuatro poetas afrocartageneras, the bilingual anthology showcasing the work of four poets in the city. The female poetic language is perceptively explored by Nadia Morales, who alternates between writing in Spanish and French.

Dora Isabel Berdugo, Muris Cueto, Ruth Patricia Diago and Tania Maza Chamorro presented by Nadia Morales

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Álvaro Enrigue in conversation with Xavi Ayén

Cartagena 2019, 

Ahora me rindo y eso es todo is the awaited new work from the Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue, Premio Herralde de Novela in 2013 with Sudden death. Enrigue develops the narrative using the border between the US and Mexico as an starting point, with a family trip and writing as a form of constructing spaces and landscapes. Talks with Xavi Ayén.

Álvaro Enrigue in conversation with Xavi Ayén

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Antonella Lattanzi and Joanna Walsh in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

European voices

Arequipa 2018, 

Two authors from the old continent talk about literature. Antonella Lattanzi (Italy) is a novelist and television and film screenplay writer; her latest book, Una storia nera, is a mystery story that challenges classical formulas of narratives of suspense and also deals with the matter of gender violence. The writer, publisher and literary critic Joanna Walsh (United Kingdom) has published seven books, runs the @read_women project and dedicates her efforts to disseminating and promoting the work of women writers. They will talk to Ingrid Bejerman.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

With the support of Istituto Italiano di Cultura, British Council and Blue Met Festival

Antonella Lattanzi and Joanna Walsh in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

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Santiago Roncagliolo in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

What dreams are made of.

Arequipa 2018, 

Jean-Luc Godard made Anna Karina his muse and his lover; Grace Kelly left cinema to be a princess. El material de los sueños: Historias del cine y del espectáculo explores these frictions between reality and fiction, often with diffuse and incommensurable repercussions in both spheres. Santiago Roncagliolo, writer and journalist, will talk to Clara Elvira Ospina about how art and spectacle are not only resources that we use to convince us that the world is more beautiful, more exciting and more intense than reality, but that they often invade life itself and mould it as they pass.

Santiago Roncagliolo in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

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Renato Cisneros, Alberto Vergara and José Carlos Yrigoyen in conversation with Jaime Bedoya

El Comercio event: What happened in Russia.

Arequipa 2018, 

Hundreds of millions of people were watching the world’s largest country this year. At this event, three Peruvians will tell us how they experienced the Russia World Cup. Writer and radio, television and press journalist Renato Cisneros, Alberto Vergara and José Carlos Yrigoyen will be in conversation with the Style Editor of El Comercio, Jaime Bedoya.

Event organized together with the Fundación BBVA Continental and the newspaper El Comercio

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Enrique Santos Calderón in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2019, 

Journalist, writer, rounder of the magazine Alternativa and former director of El Tiempo, Enrique Santos Calderón published in 2018 his memoir, El país que me tocó. From his childhood memories, through to the terror of drug-related violence, to his first-hand perspective on the Peace Process during the government of his brother, Juan Manuel Santos, the author narrates his life through all the social and political transformations the country has seen in the past seven decades. He will be in conversation with the journalist and writer Héctor Abad Faciolince.

Enrique Santos Calderón in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

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Carlos Magdalena in conversation with Brigitte Baptiste

The Plant Messiah

Cartagena 2019, 

Carlos Magdalena is one of the most reputable botanists in the UK and the resuscitator of species of plants that have been forgotten. This Spanish botanist has travelled the world rescuing plants in danger of extinction and for that reason he is known as the “Plant Messiah” in the UK. In 2017 he published his book The Plant Messiah, where he talks about his work and his passion for rescuing forgotten flora. In conversation with Brigitte Baptiste.

Supported by Esenttia

Carlos Magdalena in conversation with Brigitte Baptiste

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Roberto Emparan and Andrés Gomberoff in conversation with Dante Trujillo

At the forefront of science.

Arequipa 2018, 

The physicists Andrés Gomberoff (Chile) and Roberto Emparan (Spain), as well as working on the most recent discoveries in physics, write for lay readers with an interest in science. In 2015 Gomberoff published Física y berenjenas: La belleza invisible del universo (Aguilar), a compilation of 40 columns written since 2008 for Qué Pasa magazine, about science considered in everyday contexts. Emparan has written Iluminando el lado oscuro del universo, to illuminate curious minds about black holes, gravitational waves, quantum physics and string theory. Both Gomberoff and Emparan invite us to see science from its most aesthetic side, not only explained in attractive prose, but also in words that reveal the beauty of knowledge.

With the support of the Embassy of Chile

Roberto Emparan and Andrés Gomberoff in conversation with Dante Trujillo

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Sergio Ocampo, Santiago Rivas and Carolina Sanín in conversation with Camilo Jiménez Santofimio

How to do away with Colombia and resuscitate it.

Cartagena 2019, 

The recurring problems of a country, the complexity of violence which affects everyone, the economy inserted in the volatile world context… the difficulties and defects of a country also define it. The writer and journalist Sergio Ocampo Madrid, the visual artist and TV presenter Santiago Rivas, and the lecturer and writer Carolina Sanín, three insightful experts in the country talk with Camilo Jiménez about the positive, the negative and the modifiable in contemporary Colombia.

Sergio Ocampo, Santiago Rivas and Carolina Sanín in conversation with Camilo Jiménez Santofimio

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María Jimena Duzán in conversation with Sergio Ocampo Madrid

Story of a Nobel without Peace.

Cartagena 2019, 

In her latest book, the politologist and columnist of Semana María Jimena Duzán allows us a glimpse of what is on the negotiation tables at Havana, offers a diagnosis of the level of polarization the country arrived to with the signature of the treaties of peace and rebuilds the path that carried Juan Manuel Santos to receive the Nobel Prize. In conversation with the chronicler Sergio Ocampo Madrid, Duzán will speak about Santos: Paradojas de la paz y del poder.

María Jimena Duzán in conversation with Sergio Ocampo Madrid

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Fernando Ampuero and Tamara Kamenszain in conversation with Guido Tamayo

Intimacy and fantasy

Cartagena 2019, 

Tamara Kamenszain is an award-winning Argentinian poet and essayist who has published some twenty books. In her poetry collection El eco de mi madre, the author writes about the illness of Alzheimer and the death of the woman who gave life to her. In Mientras arden los sueños, by renown Peruvian writer Fernando Ampuero, the author shares twenty six short stories selected from his extensive works, including two unpublished stories, organized in reference to subjects such as intimacy, travel, the noir tradition or fantasy stories.

Fernando Ampuero and Tamara Kamenszain in conversation with Guido Tamayo

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Laura Restrepo in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

Los Divinos.

Cartagena 2019, 

Based on a true crime, Laura Restrepo builds Los Divinos, a fictional novel that reveals the brilliant and ostentatious world of the Tutti Frutti, five successful upper class professionals, bound since childhood by an unbreakable pact of friendship. Throughout their lives and their relationships with different women, the ground is laid for the brutal femicide that one of them is going to commit. Both the characters and the situations narrated here are the product of imagination, but the tragedy of the victim is brutally real. The author will talk about this work with the journalist Juan Carlos Pérez.

Laura Restrepo in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

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Rafael Cartay and Leonor Espinosa in conversation with Mario Jursich

The Afro-Caribbean Kitchen Pantry.

Cartagena 2019, 

The gastronomy, cuisine and Gastronomy, cuisine and food culture configure the imaginaries of a region with climatic and geographic similarities, such as the Afro-Caribbean, beyond concrete frontiers established between Colombia and Venezuela. Rafael Cartay (Venezuela), a theorist of Venezuelan gastronomy and author of the book La despensa de la cocina afrocaribeña and Leonor Espinosa (Colombia), a chef awarded with the Basque Culinary World Prize 2017, for helping indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities to empower their gastronomic traditions as a social and economic motor, will converse with the Colombian editor Mario Jursich on the relationship between identity, land and gastronomy. 

This talk is possible thanks to the support from Fundación Bat, Fundación Bigott and Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI)


Rafael Cartay and Leonor Espinosa in conversation with Mario Jursich

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Eugenio García in conversation with Niurka Rignack

The No! campaign and film screening.

Cartagena 2019, 

Eugenio García was the creative director of the campaign which, with all the strength placed on a single word, managed to change the history of a country and mark a milestone in opposition to the dictatorships in Latin America: the “NO” against Augusto Pinochet in Chile. He will talk about Chile’s national referendum in 1988, followed by the projection of the film that narrates the process, directed by Pedro Larraín and starring Gael García Bernal: No.

With the support of Wom@rts

Eugenio García in conversation with Niurka Rignack

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Alejandro Gaviria in conversation with Yolanda Ruiz

Hoy es siempre todavía.

Cartagena 2019, 

The Colombian economist, writer and engineer Alejandro Gaviria was a Minister of Health and Welfare between 2012 and 2018. his extraordinary book Hoy es siempre todavía narrates the personal history of his disease, an aggressive lymphoma which he was treated for. Gavira mixes in this essay his experience with the illness, his experiences as a minister, and establishes very inspiring links with the value of poetry and the arts for the development of human beings. In conversation with Yolanda Ruiz.

Alejandro Gaviria in conversation with Yolanda Ruiz

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Paula Bonet in conversation with Tatiana Andrade

Cartagena 2019, 

The Spanish artist Paula Bonet explores in her work the music, literature, film and visual arts through poetry and prose, the written word and illustrated image. She has published graphic novels, non-fiction books, poetry and song books, has collaborated with other authors illustrating their books and has illustrated her own work. Her most recent work is Roedores: Cuerpo de embarazada sin embrión, a book that lays bare the subject of miscarriage, with references to the personal experience of the artist. She will be in conversation with Tatiana Andrade.

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

Paula Bonet in conversation with Tatiana Andrade

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Moisés Naím in conversation with Pilar Reyes

Cartagena 2019, 

Dos espías en Caracas is an espionage novel interweaved with a love story, disrupted by the passions and betrayals of a revolution. This is a work of fiction, but the story is fed by more than two decades of research, as well as Moisés Naím’s direct access to the best informed sources on what occurred in the Venezuela of Hugo Chávez and the mechanics, details and furtive acts of populism. In conversation with the editor Pilar Reyes.

Moisés Naím in conversation with Pilar Reyes

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José Ignacio Latorre in conversation with Mariana Camacho

The quantum era.

Cartagena 2019, 

The future will be quantic or it will not be. But are we prepared for this new era? Opening before us is a world where this science, which is as unknown as it is applicable, can bring innumerable benefits to human beings, especially in the field of medicine, yet also brings with it a more unsettling aspect, including its application in IT in breaking encryptions. The Spanish physicist José Ignacio Latorre, professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Barcelona, a researcher at the Center for Quantum Technologies of Singapore and director of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, tries to answer these and many other questions in his book Cuántica: Tu futuro en juego. He will talk about these issues with Mariana Camacho.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española

José Ignacio Latorre in conversation with Mariana Camacho

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Katherine Pascuales (Mildre) in conversation with Verónica Monterrosa

Mildre Cartagena

Cartagena 2019, 

In 2016 a character arrived to social media who emulates the sort of everyday Cartagena with which so many have felt identified: Mildre. Viral from the start, the videos of Mildre and her children José Antonio, Carolina and Julio Alfredo, illustrate the day to day life of the city, with a good dose of costeño humour, from hilarious situations to the political and social reality that surrounds them. On the life of a typical mother from Cartagena, Mildre will talk with Verónica Monterrosa.

Katherine Pascuales (Mildre) in conversation with Verónica Monterrosa

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Aurélie Neyret and Alekos in conversation with Álvaro Lasso

Let’s talk about illustration

Cartagena 2019, 

Alekos calls himself “the seventrades”: musician, short story writer, storyteller, sculptor, composer, writer and illustrator. He is a creator with no barrier who addresses his work to children, still carrying with him the spark of childhood. Aurélie Neyret, from France, has illustrated books such as the series Los diarios de Cereza. They will talk about the art of illustration with the editor Álvaro Lasso.

With translation from French into Spanish

With the support of the Embassy of Peru

Aurélie Neyret and Alekos in conversation with Álvaro Lasso

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Sarah Churchwell in conversation with Dylan Moore

The American Dream.

Cartagena 2019, 

Sarah Churchwell is professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London. In her latest book, Behold, America: A history of America First and the American Dream the author approaches two terms that are historically and symbolically loaded for the United States, Latin America and the rest of the world: the “American dream” and “America first”. The origin of these terms, one of them rooted in ideals of progress and equality during times of prosperity and optimism, and the other, a phrase coined by the Ku Klux Klan in their extermination campaign, as well as their shift in meaning based on the current campaign of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, constitute the guiding thread of this text. In conversation with Dylan Moore, here is the United States of America today. Event presented by Catherine Eccles, representing the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Co-organised with The Eccles Centre for American Studies

Sarah Churchwell in conversation with Dylan Moore