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 41

Cristina Rivera Garza in conversation with Guillermo Núñez

 Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro

The eminent Mexican writer Cristina Rivera Garza, award-winning novelist, essayist, librettist and poet, including some of the great works of Spanish-language literature such as No One Will See Me Cry (2003). She presents El invencible verano de Liliana (2021), an unsettling testimony by the author about the femicide of her sister, Liliana Rivera Garza, an architecture student who decided to take control of her life and leave an abusive relationship that had been going on for years, until her life was ended by her former partner. The book tells a terrible story that is the result of the system of patriarchal violence that we are all caught up in. Rivera Garza will talk to Guillermo Núñez about this powerful work.

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Event 42

Joselo Rangel in conversation with Mariana H

 Teatro de la Ciudad

Joselo Rangel is a founder member, guitarist and song-writer with one of the great bands of Mexican rock, Café Tacvba. He has also had a respected literary career, with the publication of the book of essays Crócknicas marcianas, followed by the book of short stories One hit wonder (2015), the novel Los desesperados (2018) and his most recent book, La niña aburrida (2021). He will talk about the links between music and literature, his literary work, and the book he is writing now, with Mariana H.

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Event 25

Serhiy Hnyezdilov, Dmytro Khorkin, Lera Lauda, Natalia Lygachova, Vadym Miskyi, Svitlana Ostapa and Oleksandr Pedan

What will be the future of media in Ukraine?

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The Great War accelerated the change in media consumption habits of Ukrainians, and there will be no return to the pre-war state. However, the military media landscape will change immediately after the war. It will be influenced by technological, political, societal and global changes. The media will have a chance to increase influence, but not everyone will take advantage of this chance. At the same time, there is a risk that low-quality media will be among those who take advantage. At the discussion about the future of Ukrainian media, we will talk about communication with the young generation, hyperlocalization of media and players in this market, the future of radio and television, newly created state media. Together with our colleagues, we will outline the desired outlines of the post-war media landscape of Ukraine.

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Event 43

Rosa Beltrán in conversation with Liliet Heredero

 Cineteca Rosalío Solano

Rosa Beltrán (Mexico) is an acclaimed novelist, short story writer, essayist, translator and Doctor of Comparative Literature. She has been a professor in Mexico, the United States, Spain and Israel. She is the author of six novels, the most recent of which is Radicales libres (2021), a novel in which the author examines the life of Rosa Beltrán, and explores over six decades of Mexican history through the experiences of women from three different generations. In conversation with Liliet Heredero.

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Event 18

Yurko Prokhasko and Iryna Tsilyk, chaired by Olena Huseinova

And in the great new family, the family of the free… How do we create closeness in the conditions of war?

 Digital venue

As well as public and political life, conflict has a significant impact on peoples’ private lives. Families change, circles of friends decrease or expand, colleagues change, and even complete strangers can come to be extremely close.

Filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk and translator and essayist Yurko Prokhasko reflect on what relationships will be like after the war. Chaired by poet Olena Huseinova.

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Yurko Prokhasko and Iryna Tsilyk, chaired by Olena Huseinova

Event 44

Facundo Manes in conversation with Carlos Serrano

The brain and the future

 Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro

Is the human brain still evolving? Are the new technologies affecting it? The Argentinean neurologist Facundo Manes studied at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires and is a Doctor of Science from the University of Cambridge. He has published various books and produced television programmes such as Los enigmas del cerebro and Cerebro argentino, together with the Literature graduate Mateo Niro. His latest book, written with Niro, is called El cerebro del futuro: ¿Cambiará la vida moderna nuestra esencia?, and it tackles themes such as interdisciplinary work, the impact of the new technologies on the brain, neuroethics, how to treat mental illnesses and the role of science when dealing with social problems. He will talk to the BBC journalist Carlos Serrano.

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Event 19

Sofia Cheliak, Oleksandra Matviichuk (digital) and Tetyana Teren, chaired by Christina Lamb

Women, war, and justice: in memory of Victoria Amelina

 Digital venue

Victoria Amelina was a novelist, essayist and poet, and a friend of the festival, who died following a Russian missile attack in June 2023. After the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Amelina trained as a war crimes researcher, travelling to areas liberated from Russian occupation and listening to and recording the testimonies of witnesses and survivors.

In memory of Amelina, PEN Ukraine’s executive director Tetyana Teren, program director of Lviv BookForum Sofia Cheliak and human rights lawyer Oleksandra Matviichuk talk to journalist Christina Lamb about Ukrainian women’s fight for justice. They share their future vision of the country, how victory for Ukraine will not happen without just punishment for war criminals, and why women need to be at the centre of it all.

Oleksandra Matviichuk will join remotely

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Sofia Cheliak, Oleksandra Matviichuk (digital) and Tetyana Teren, chaired by Christina Lamb

Event 20

Ed Vulliamy, Catalina Gómez Ángel, Kateryna Mikhalitsyna and Pavlo Vyshebaba in conversation with David Rieff

Resilience and Trauma at a time of war

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Journalist and writer Ed Vulliamy, poet Pavlo Vyshebaba, writer, translator and artist Kateryna Mikhalitsyna and television presenter Catalina Gómez Ángel discuss what it is that makes people save rather than run away, and where the breaking point is in times of conflict. They also speak about psychological resilience versus breakdown in the face of the trauma of the war. Chaired by David Rieff.

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Ed Vulliamy, Catalina Gómez Ángel, Kateryna Mikhalitsyna and Pavlo Vyshebaba in conversation with David Rieff

Event 45

Juan Villoro in conversation with Vicente Alfonso

 Teatro de la Ciudad

Juan Villoro is one of the most multi-talented, high-profile and prolific writers on the contemporary Spanish-language literary scene. He has won many awards, including the José Donoso Prize in Chile, Spain’s Herralde Prize, Cuba’s Arguedas Prize, the Villaurrutia Prize in Mexico and the Argentinean ACE Award. He has lectured at UNAM, Yale, Princeton and Stanford. His body of work includes plays, articles, literary non-fiction and children’s books, as well as major novels such as El testigo and Llamadas de Ámsterdam, and the book of short stories The Guilty. His most recent novel is entitled La tierra de la gran promesa, and it tells the story of Diego González, a documentary writer who moves to Barcelona to film his latest work, his first ever non-political production. His plans change with a journalist starts to get him involved in an unsolved case of a drugs boss who has featured in one of his documentaries. The protagonist, immersed in politics once again, returns to Mexico to clear up the situation, as well as his own past.

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Event 46

Ana Laura Bravo, Andrea Capetillo and Julio Villanueva in conversation with Pamela Zúñiga

Ellipsis: two generations

 Cineteca Rosalío Solano

Ellipsis is a Hay Festival and British Council project that brings together young editors and writers from all over Mexico to take part in a series of writing and editing courses and, over the course of a year, publish an anthology of short stories. Two generations of young people have had the Ellipsis experience as part of the Hay Festival Queretaro, the first with twelve participants in 2018 and the second with 20 in 2019. Ana Laura Bravo (writer, 2019), Andrea Capetillo (writer, 2019) and Julio Villanueva (editor, 2018) will talk to the Arts Director of the British Council Mexico, Pamela Zúñiga.

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Event 21

Kateryna Lykhohliad, Kateryna Mikhalitsyna, Iryna Novitska and Olena Rybka, chaired by Tetyana Teren

Occupation diaries. In memory of Volodymyr Vakulenko

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Presentation of the book by Volodymyr Vakulenko-K. I'm turning..., which included the occupation diary the writer kept in February-March 2022 and his selected poems. The book will be published by Vivat publishing house.

Diary of Volodymyr Vakulenko-K. – painful and truthful records that contained his thoughts and observations from the beginning of the full-scale invasion and during the occupation of Izyum and his native village of Kapitolivka in the Kharkiv region. Until the abduction by the Rashists, the inevitability of which he was aware, as well as the fact that he had little chance of survival - because he is Ukrainian because he is a volunteer, and activist because he has dignity. The day before the abduction, Volodymyr buried the diary under a cherry tree in his yard, telling his father: "When ours come, give it to them." What is it like to live under occupation? What do people become? What opens before the eyes and in the heart?

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Kateryna Lykhohliad, Kateryna Mikhalitsyna, Iryna Novitska and Olena Rybka, chaired by Tetyana Teren

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

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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 47

Elizabeth Kolbert in conversation with Carla Santana Torres (Spanish version)

 Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro

Perhaps the issue of greatest urgency today is the terrible impact that human activity is having on the planet Earth, threatening thousands of species and ecosystems with extinction, and even putting the viability of our own species at risk. Books such as The Sixth Extinction are of great importance for teaching us about this situation. This international bestseller by the journalist Elizabeth Kolbert (United States) won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 2015. In this work the author looks at how human activity has disturbed the balance of nature, to the point that it is the greatest threat to the planet’s biodiversity and on the point of causing the world’s next mass extinction. Kolbert has written regularly for The New Yorker since 1999, specializing in scientific subjects, and in her most recent book, Under a White Sky (2021), she asks what can be done to stop and repair the damage being caused by humans, looking particularly at the work of biologists, engineers and researchers who work tirelessly for the conservation and restoration of nature. In conversation with Carla Santana Torres.

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Event 23

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

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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.

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

Event 48

Yásnaya Aguilar, Diego Luna and Antonio Ortuño in conversation with Javier Lafuente

Talking in Mexico

 Teatro de la Ciudad

At a time so polarized as the present, where the public conversation looks more like a competition to see who can impose their view most stridently, dialogue and the ability to listen and to see the world from others’ points of view have become more important than ever as a way to understand each other. So, as a festival of conversations, we are committed to the power of dialogue to build agreement and redefine our present and our future. As part of this spirit, this event brings together the Mixe linguist, writer and activist Yásnaya Elena Aguilar; the actor, director and activist Diego Luna; and the writer and journalist Antonio Ortuño; in conversation with the El País journalist, Javier Lafuente, to exchange points of view on how we can talk about Mexico.

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Event 49

Pilar Quintana, Carmen Rioja and Santiago Roncagliolo in conversation with Imanol Martínez

Reality beats fiction: writing during the pandemic

 Cineteca Rosalío Solano

The effects of the pandemic have been terrible in terms of its consequences on the health and economies of so many, and artistic creation has not been exempt from great difficulties and transformations. Although a lockdown might seem to create the conditions necessary for making art, many writers have talked about their incapacity to do so, among other reasons, because the strange idea that reality might be wilder than fiction had come to pass. Three Latin American writers talk about their personal experiences in the strangest year in recent history. Pilar Quintana (Colombia), Carmen Rioja (Mexico) and Santiago Roncagliolo (Peru), will talk about literature and the pandemic with Imanol Martínez.

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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.

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Eliane Brum in conversation with Adriana Villegas

Event 47-EN

Elizabeth Kolbert in conversation with Carla Santana Torres (English version)

 Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro

Perhaps the issue of greatest urgency today is the terrible impact that human activity is having on the planet Earth, threatening thousands of species and ecosystems with extinction, and even putting the viability of our own species at risk. Books such as The Sixth Extinction are of great importance for teaching us about this situation. This international bestseller by the journalist Elizabeth Kolbert (United States) won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 2015. In this work the author looks at how human activity has disturbed the balance of nature, to the point that it is the greatest threat to the planet’s biodiversity and on the point of causing the world’s next mass extinction. Kolbert has written regularly for The New Yorker since 1999, specializing in scientific subjects, and in her most recent book, Under a White Sky (2021), she asks what can be done to stop and repair the damage being caused by humans, looking particularly at the work of biologists, engineers and researchers who work tirelessly for the conservation and restoration of nature. In conversation with Carla Santana Torres.

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Event 50

La Delicia de Alicia in concert

 Teatro de la Ciudad

La Delicia de Alicia play a vibrant, elegant, modern and experimental mixture of jazz with elements of pop genres such as funk, rock and hip hop, topped off with the addition of afrobeat, Latin jazz and Eastern rhythms. To bring a delightful end to the festival Saturday, we present the grooves of La Delicia de Alicia.

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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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