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 8

Jaime Bermúdez Merizalde and Mauricio García Villegas in conversation with Jorge Giraldo

How to achieve a civic society

 Auditorio Principal Parque Explora

Law and legislation, politics and emotions, how does it work at the level of the civic society for a country, and how does these impact the legal and political fields? In conversation, Jaime Bermúdez Merizalde (Colombia), author of ¿Por qué incumplimos la ley? and Mauricio García Villegas (Colombia), author of El país de las emociones tristes. In conversation with Jorge Giraldo.

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Event 9

Mario Ángel Quintero, Marcela Guiral and Simón Mesa in conversation with Ana Piedad Jaramillo

Dive into the seas of creation

 Sala Teatro Parque Explora

What is happening in Medellín's cultural field? What are the new tendencies, themes and concerns that artists have and what cultural products do they offer? In conversation with Ana Piedad Jaramillo, director of the Book Events of Medellín, we will have three outstanding artists from the region: Mario Ángel Quintero, a bilingual author of poetry and prose of a Colombian background, born in the USA; Marcela Guiral, a writer of YA and children's literature born in Yolombo (Antioquia); and Simón Mesa, a screenplay writer and film producer and director, whose latest work is Amparo, a movie premiered in 2021 at the Cannes Film Festival.

With the support of Alcaldía de Medellín

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Event 10

Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Veronica Smink (Spanish version)

The nation of pain

 Auditorio Principal Parque Explora

What is the true goal of the health industry? Is it healing or profit? Patrick Radden Keefe (United States) is a New Yorker journalist and the author of several works of non-fiction. His most recent work is Empire of Pain, the startling history of one of the world’s richest families, one whose fortune was built upon dark foundations. The big pharma magnates, the Sacklers, patrons of the sciences and the arts, became involved in the pharmaceutical industry at the time of the Great Depression, and were later involved in the sale of the painkiller Valium. Years later, they were behind the development of a medication that would earn them millions of dollars, the same that would usher in the era of the opioid crisis in the United States: OxyContin. Radden Keefe tells this story in a masterful way in his book, and will talk about this subject with Veronica Smink.

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Event 11

Andri Snaer Magnason in conversation with Germán Poveda (Spanish version)

 Sala Teatro Parque Explora

What happens when a glacier melts? Andri Snaer Magnason (Iceland) is an important voice in literature for children and young adults in his country, as well as a film director and winner of a number of major literary awards, including the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award and the Italian Tiziano Terzani Prize, in 2021. He has been vice-chair of the Icelandic writers’ union and has even been a presidential candidate for his country. His latest book, On Time and Water, a publishing success in several countries, is a fascinating reflection on the climate emergency. This delicate work of literary non-fiction is a call to responsibility, asking humans to conserve our home, this planet. He will talk about this urgent matter with Germán Poveda.

With the support of ISA

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Event 11EN

Andri Snaer Magnason in conversation with Germán Poveda (English version)

 Sala Teatro Parque Explora

What happens when a glacier melts? Andri Snaer Magnason (Iceland) is an important voice in literature for children and young adults in his country, as well as a film director and winner of a number of major literary awards, including the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award and the Italian Tiziano Terzani Prize, in 2021. He has been vice-chair of the Icelandic writers’ union and has even been a presidential candidate for his country. His latest book, On Time and Water, a publishing success in several countries, is a fascinating reflection on the climate emergency. This delicate work of literary non-fiction is a call to responsibility, asking humans to conserve our home, this planet. He will talk about this urgent matter with Germán Poveda.

With the support of ISA

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Event 10EN

Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Veronica Smink (English version)

The nation of pain

 Auditorio Principal Parque Explora

What is the true goal of the health industry? Is it healing or profit? Patrick Radden Keefe (United States) is a New Yorker journalist and the author of several works of non-fiction. His most recent work is Empire of Pain, the startling history of one of the world’s richest families, one whose fortune was built upon dark foundations. The big pharma magnates, the Sacklers, patrons of the sciences and the arts, became involved in the pharmaceutical industry at the time of the Great Depression, and were later involved in the sale of the painkiller Valium. Years later, they were behind the development of a medication that would earn them millions of dollars, the same that would usher in the era of the opioid crisis in the United States: OxyContin. Radden Keefe tells this story in a masterful way in his book, and will talk about this subject with Veronica Smink.

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