Hay Festival Colombia Digital

Hay Festival Colombia took place from 21 to 30 of January 2022, with events in the cities of Cartagena de Indias, Medellín and Jericó. You are currently browsing the digital programme of the festival.

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Event 59

Roger Bartra in conversation with Jacobo García

Culture and thought

 Sede Digital Hay Querétaro

In recent decades Roger Bartra has become an essential figure for understanding what it means to be Mexican today, based on key concepts such as melancholy and a national culture’s capacity for metamorphosis. Bartra has a doctorate in Sociology from the Sorbonne, is an Emeritus Professor at UNAM and has been a guest lecturer at different universities in Mexico, the United States and Spain. On this occasion, the event will focus on two books that are essential in order to understand his worldview, the essays Chamanes y robots: Reflexiones sobre el efecto placebo y la conciencia artificial, and Melancolía y cultura. In conversation with Jacobo García.

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Event 24

Armando Iannucci (digital), David Schneider (digital) and Nastia Zukhvala, chaired by Oleksandha Hontar

I would laugh to keep from crying: humor and trauma

 Digital venue

At the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia on the territory of Ukraine, the whole world laughed at the memes and jokes that Ukrainians generated about any situation in leading shows. The ability to laugh while being in the epicenter of tragedy was fascinating.

Does laughter really help you get over trauma, what comedians can joke about, and who can joke about a traumatic experience?

Armando Ianucci and David Schneider will join remotely

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Armando Iannucci (digital), David Schneider (digital) and Nastia Zukhvala, chaired by Oleksandha Hontar

Event 60

Pilar Quintana in conversation with Elvira Liceaga

 Teatro de la Ciudad

Pilar Quintana (Colombia) is the author of five novels and a book of short stories, works that have been translated into over 15 languages. She has won the Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombia Award and the PEN Translates Award for The Bitch, and won the 2021 Alfaguara Novel Prize for Los abismos, which tells the story of Claudia, a girl who lives with her parents in an apartment full of plants in Cali, absorbing the fears and troubles of the adults who raise her. In conversation with Elvira Liceaga.

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Event 23

Oleksandr Mykhed and Art Spiegelman in conversation (digital live event)

 Digital venue

Art Spiegelman’s Maus is the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father's story. Vladek’s story of survival – told through the diminutive where the Nazis are cats and the Jews are mice – is woven into the author's account of his tortured relationship with his ageing father.

First published in a collected volume in 1986, the comics changed the way graphic novels were seen, showing audiences and critics that the form could be used to explore complex aesthetic, moral, and cultural themes. When Spiegelman published the book’s second volume, subtitled And Here My Troubles Began, the two-volume work was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize; it remains the only graphic novel to have ever won a Pulitzer.

Spiegelman (he will join remotely) will be in conversation with writer, curator of art projects and literary scholar Oleksandr Mykhed about his life and work.

Closed captions are available for this event in English and Spanish. Click on the "cc" icon in the video frame to select.

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Oleksandr Mykhed and Art Spiegelman in conversation (digital live event)

Event 61

Screening of Adrenalina, followed by a discussion with Alberto Arnault and María Sirvent in conversation with Diego Rabasa

 Biblioteca Publica Rosario Castellanos

Adrenalina is a documentary about the Coahuila Youth Integration Centre. Teenagers and children who have stayed there offer their testimony and act in dramatic works through which they represent the realities that led them to be at the centre. The result is a view of both individual responsibility and also of systemic catastrophe, with the children using their own words and tools to express a fragile setting rarely seen in art, one that allows us to see the deep wounds that violence has caused in our country.

Duration of the documentary: 29 minutes

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Event 62

LASTESIS in conversation with Alma Delia Murillo

 Sede Digital Hay Querétaro

The performance created and led by the LASTESIS collective of the dance and song Un violador en tu camino in Santiago de Chile can be described as one of the most iconic moments in recent feminist activism. Performed all over the world, its strong message regarding the intrinsic violence of the patriarchal system points directly to matters that require urgent change in our societies, at the legal, social and cultural levels, in order to finally bring equality. Now, the collective presents Quemar el miedo (2021), a testimony of their struggle against sexist violence and oppression. In conversation with the writer and columnist Alma Delia Murillo.

Discover de story of the feminist collective that changed history with our BONUS TRACK on LASTESIS

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Event 63

Antonio Ortuño in conversation with Rafael Volta

Punk literature

 Teatro de la Ciudad

Since 2006 when he appeared on the Mexican literary scene with El buscador de cabezas, Antonio Ortuño has established himself as one of the most talented and original contemporary writers. He was on the first list of Granta magazine’s 25 best Spanish-language writers under 35. His novel Recursos humanos was shortlisted for the Herralde Novel Prize and he also won the Ribera del Duero International Prize for Short Fiction for his book of short stories La vaga ambición. His work has been translated into over ten languages and he has contributed to media outlets such as El País, Clarín, Proceso, Etiqueta Negra and Letras Libres. He is a founder member of the punk band, Los Magones. His most recent book is the collection of short stories Esbirros (2021). In conversation with Rafael Volta.

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Event 3

Irene Solà in conversation with Sara Jaramillo Klinkert

Stories that live in the mountains

 Teatro Santamaría

Irene Solà (Spain) is the author of the publishing phenomenon When I Sing, Mountains Dance (2019), written in Catalan and translated into over 20 languages, with 15 editions in circulation and winner of the 2019 Cálamo Prize and the 2020 European Prize for Fiction. In her new book, Et vaig donar ulls i vas mirar les tenebres, Solà portrays a world full of witchcraft, ghosts, beasts and demons, and a group of women gathered around the deathbed of the oldest of them. Together, they reconstruct over three hundred years of history. In conversation with Sara Jaramillo Klinkert.

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Irene Solà in conversation with Sara Jaramillo Klinkert

Event 64

Armando Servín Quintet and La Rumorosa Blues in concert

 Teatro de la Ciudad

The grand final concert opens with the spectacular Armando Servín Quintet, a project that was founded in October 2014 and whose mission is to disseminate jazz among the new generations; and continues with the La Rumorosa Blues Band, a music ensemble from Queretaro state, founded in 2010, dedicated to experiments in the composition and performance of the blues, in all its varieties and sub-genres, creating a unique musical proposal that they call “rocknblues”. With Pek Santiago (vocals and guitar), Favio Olvera (keyboards), Jorge Cuenca (bass), Jorge Mejia (drums) and Poncho Ortiz (guitar).

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Event 6

Eliane Brum in conversation with Adriana Villegas

Resistance in the Amazon

 Museo de Arte Religioso

Eliane Brum is a Brazilian journalist, writer and documentary maker. She was educated at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio Grande do Sul and has won over 40 Brazilian and international reporting awards. She participated in the compilation of special reports on Doctors Without Borders, ¡Dignidad!, which also featured authors such as Mario Vargas Llosa. She is the co-director of two documentaries: Uma historia severina and Gretchen: filme estrada. She is the author of La Amazonia: viaje al centro del mundo (2024), a book that narrates her move from Sao Paulo to Altamira, a city where the construction of one of the world’s largest (and most ecologically devastating) dams is taking place. Brum will speak to Adriana Villegas.

Simultaneous translation from Portuguese to Spanish available

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Eliane Brum in conversation with Adriana Villegas

Event 7

Marta Peirano in conversation with Olivia Zerón

 Teatro de la Ciudad

Marta Peirano (Spain) is a journalist and researcher who specialises in the relations between power and technology. Her work is known for its critical and analytical insights, investigating the dangers of concentrated power structures and addictive digital dynamics, and has received international recognition. Her latest book is Contra el futuro, resistencia ciudadana contra el feudalismo climático. According to her, there are solutions to climate change within our reach and her book sets out some strategies for citizen action in order to counter the acceleration of climate feudalism and disaster capitalism; a new anti-apocalyptic approach that builds hope for the future. In conversation with Olivia Zerón.

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Event 9

Poetry gala

With Juan Manuel Roca, Octavio Escobar and Catalina González

 Teatro Santamaría
Poetry readings for a very special event with outstanding Colombian poets. With Juan Manuel Roca, Octavio Escobar and Catalina González.
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Poetry gala

Event 11

Paul Muldoon in conversation with Pura López Colomé

 Teatro de la Ciudad

The poet Paul Muldoon has been writing and publishing poetry for over five decades. He has been Poetry Editor at The New Yorker, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the International Griffin Poetry Prize, among many other awards. He was Professor of Poetry at Oxford, President of the UK’s Poetry Society and is currently Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. He has published over 30 poetry books, the most recent one published in Spanish being Elegías. He will talk to the Spanish translator of his work, Pura López Colomé.

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Event 15

Gisela Leal in conversation with Mayra González and Denise Maerker

On childhood, family and other mishaps. Searching for identity in the narrative universe of Gisela Leal

 Teatro de la Ciudad

Gisela Leal published her first novel aged 24, making her the youngest author to be published by the famous Alfaguara house. El club de los abandonados (2011) was shortlisted for the Alfaguara Prize, and is a novel about excess and decadence in high society, expressed through the tragic and opulent lives of her characters. She later published El maravilloso y trágico arte de morir de amor (2015), a story that unfolds through a continuous conversation between a young women and a writer who, in cities such as New York, Mexico City and Barcelona, try to find company in their loneliness, telling each other how they have reached that point in their lives. Her third novel, Oda a la soledad y todo aquello que pudimos ser y no fuimos porque así somos (2017) tells the story of a family that enjoys fortune and social prestige in the eyes of others. However, one of the heirs seems to embody an error in the family system: he is a potential suicide who reveals the faults, absences and unbridgeable distances that exist among its members. Leal has also published stories in the magazines Eñe and P Magazine. On this occasion, she will talk about her work with her editor, Mayra González, and with the journalist Denise Maerker.

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Event 19

Caitlin Moran in conversation with Gabriela Warkentin

 Teatro de la Ciudad

Caitlin Moran (United Kingdom) won a British Press Award for Best Columnist of the Year in 2010 and two more for Best Critic and Best Interviewer in 2011. She is the author of the award-winning book of non-fiction How To Be a Woman (2014), a testimony that has been considered essential reading for our times. She now presents More Than a Woman (2022), which takes up the concerns of the previous book from the perspective of a woman aged over forty and deals with the new issues that arise with age: sexuality, changes in one’s body, professional life, motherhood, domestic life, relations with teenagers and older people… Caitlin Moran has written a brave and intimate manifesto about the life experiences of a middle-aged woman in the 21st century. In conversation with Gabriela Warkentin.

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Event 23

Rosa Montero en conversación con Javier Lafuente

Evento El País

 Teatro de la Ciudad

Based on her personal experiences and from a study of psychology, neuroscience, literature and memoires of great artists from different creative fields, the renowned Rosa Montero (Spain) presents us an intriguing look at the links between creativity and mental instability in her most recent book, El peligro de estar cuerda. This offers readers numerous curious insights into how our brain works when we create, identifying those aspects that influence creativity and putting them before the reader’s eyes as she writes, like a detective bringing together the various clues involved in an investigation. In conversation with the journalist of the American edition of El País, Javier Lafuente.

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Event 41

Wole Soyinka in conversation with Diego Rabasa

 Teatro de la Ciudad

Ironic, lucid and combative, Wole Soyinka (Nigeria) was Africa’s first Literature Nobel prize-winner. He is a fiction writer, dramatist, poet and political activist whose extensive body of work includes The Interpreters and Death and the King’s Horseman, a play first performed in 1976. Soyinka was imprisoned twice in Nigeria because of his criticisms of the Nigerian government and he was an outspoken critic of Donald Trump. His most recent book, Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, is a funny and bitter political satire about corruption, crafted in the form of a mystery novel. In an imaginary Nigeria, not so different from the real one, a group of rogues, preachers, entrepreneurs and politicians become involved in a plot linked to trafficking in human parts stolen from a hospital. A brilliant analysis of the human condition that portrays the spheres of power that run the world, as well as the corruption and perversion they are steeped in. In conversation with Diego Rabasa.

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Event 31

Jarvis Cocker in conversation with Mariana H

 Teatro de la Ciudad

Jarvis Cocker is known around the world as the charismatic frontman of the famous British band, Pulp, and the creator of a string of indie-rock hits which had particularly great musical and cultural impact in the 1990s. He has presented his own programme on BBC Radio 6 Music, made documentaries for Radio 4, worked as an editor for Faber & Faber, and continues with his music career, launching albums such as Beyond the Pale, one of his finest post-Pulp releases. This year the Spanish-language version of his autobiographical book Good Pop, Bad Pop has been published; in it, and through objects stored for years in his attic, he looks at aspects of his life and music career. This is an event for Pulp fans, for lovers of good literature and for those who enjoy good conversation. With the cultural journalist and television presenter Mariana H (Mexico).

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Event 36

Vivian Gornick in conversation with Elvira Liceaga

 Teatro de la Ciudad

We have the pleasure to talk to the acclaimed writer Vivian Gornick, one of the major voices of the second wave of US feminism, about her work. Her career as a journalist began in the 1960s as a reporter for The Village Voice, before going on to work with The New York Times and The Nation. She is the prolific author of over 15 books, including several autobiographical works, which have made her one of the most outstanding contemporary exponents of personal narrative. In Unfinished Business (2021), the author revisits some of her essential reading, discovering in these texts a new view of herself and awareness of her transformation as a person, in a work that combines literary criticism with the personal, both fields in which Gornick is a seasoned writer. She will talk to Elvira Liceaga.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Event 10

Bernardo Pérez in conversation with Aurelio Martín

Photography with passion

 La Alhóndiga. Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru

"You don’t take photos with a camera, but with your head and your heart.” So says Bernardo Pérez, whose viewfinder has been aimed at those black holes around the planet suffering from violence, extreme poverty and the abandonment of human rights. His camera was also a witness to some of the main events of the Spanish Transition to Democracy, after he joined the founding team of El País in 1976, as well sporting events such as the Olympic Games, heads of state, international conflicts… Pérez has accompanied writers such as Juan Goytisolo and journalists like Maruja Torres on projects for El País Semanal magazine, assignments that have taken him around the Americas and Europe. He will talk to the Hay Festival Segovia about his experience, putting words to the Compromiso con la realidad exhibition that will accompany the festival, putting a selection of his images on show.

Pérez will talk to the journalist Aurelio Martín.

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