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 10

Francisco de Roux in conversation with María Jimena Duzán

Imagine... democracy

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

The president of the Truth Commission, Francisco de Roux, talks about this extraordinary work of analysis carried out in Colombia to establish a legal and sociological framework in the face of the impact of decades of violence. The work of this commission has set an example for global peace processes. In 2017 he published La audacia de la paz imperfecta, a testament to his tireless work to foster reconciliation in Colombia, from his life in areas of conflict to his peaceful resistance to guerrillas and paramilitaries, prior to his service as president of the Truth Commission. De Roux talks with María Jimena Duzán about this issue of vital importance for Colombia, a beacon for the whole world.

With the support of ICTJ - Centro Internacional para la Justicia Transicional

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Event 11

Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Carlos Granés (Spanish version)

Imagine the world: Q&A

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

The Hay Festival, with the support of our regional ally SURA and together with El País, has worked with some of the planet’s most brilliant minds to create the series of digital events Imagina el mundo. This fourth series pays homage to themes developed by the philosopher Edgar Morin, vital to an understanding of the challenges and problems of the contemporary world. On this occasion, Carlos Granés speaks with the acclaimed German writer and philosopher Wolfram Eilenberger, about his latest book, Feuer der Freiheit (2021), in which he describes the lives of Simone de Beauvoir, Simone Weil, Ayn Rand and Hannah Arendt. These four philosophers faced the turbulent reality of the 20th century and it was in writing that they found the space to express their ideas, oppose totalitarianism and exalt the highest expressions of human experience.

With the support of SURA and Goethe Institut

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Event 25

Felipe González, Sergio Ramírez and Juan Manuel Santos in conversation with Sandra Borda Guzmán

Authoritarianisms contra democracy

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

The democratic system is not perfect, but its existence guarantees a quality of life and an exercise of freedoms for citizens like no other political system. The Spanish lawyer and politician, Felipe González, President of Spain between 1982 and 1996; the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez, winner of the 2017 Cervantes Prize; and the Peace Nobel Prize winner and former presidente of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, will talk to Sandra Borda Guzmán about the great challenges of these times, where censorship or authoritarianism seem to be gaining ground on democracies in some countries in the region.

With the support of Centroamérica Cuenta

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Event D2

Hervé Le Tellier in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Spanish version)

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

The great French writer, publisher, literary critic and mathematician Hervé Le Tellier, who is renowned for the exceptional literary quality of his work, is the author of more than 25 novels, as well as a wide variety of short stories, essays, plays, poems and pieces of journalism. He won the 2020 Goncourt Prize, one of France’s top literary awards, for The Anomaly, a novel that explores the circumstances that unfold around a strange event: a plane from Paris bound for New York makes a difficult landing on March 10, 2021. Three months later, the exact same plane lands, with the same passengers and crew. In conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

With the support of the French Embassy

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Event D2FR

Hervé Le Tellier in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo (French version)

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

The great French writer, publisher, literary critic and mathematician Hervé Le Tellier, who is renowned for the exceptional literary quality of his work, is the author of more than 25 novels, as well as a wide variety of short stories, essays, plays, poems and pieces of journalism. He won the 2020 Goncourt Prize, one of France’s top literary awards, for The Anomaly, a novel that explores the circumstances that unfold around a strange event: a plane from Paris bound for New York makes a difficult landing on March 10, 2021. Three months later, the exact same plane lands, with the same passengers and crew. In conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

With the support of the French Embassy

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Event 11EN

Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Carlos Granés (English version)

Imagine the world: Q&A

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

The Hay Festival, with the support of our regional ally SURA and together with El País, has worked with some of the planet’s most brilliant minds to create the series of digital events Imagina el mundo. This fourth series pays homage to themes developed by the philosopher Edgar Morin, vital to an understanding of the challenges and problems of the contemporary world. On this occasion, Carlos Granés speaks with the acclaimed German writer and philosopher Wolfram Eilenberger, about his latest book, Feuer der Freiheit (2021), in which he describes the lives of Simone de Beauvoir, Simone Weil, Ayn Rand and Hannah Arendt. These four philosophers faced the turbulent reality of the 20th century and it was in writing that they found the space to express their ideas, oppose totalitarianism and exalt the highest expressions of human experience.

With the support of SURA and Goethe Institut

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Event 13

Daniel Brühl and Daniel Kehlmann in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Spanish version)

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Two personalities from the world of German culture talk with Juan Gabriel Vásquez. With Daniel Brühl (Germany/Spain), one of the most famous actors in German cinema, who has ventured into Hollywood with films such as Inglourious Basterds, directed by Quentin Tarantino; The Bourne Ultimatum with Matt Damon; and Captain America, in which he plays the Marvel character Helmut Zemo. In his directorial debut, Brühl stars in Next Door, a film in which he plays Daniel, a young and successful actor. Daniel Kehlmann is the author of 13 novels, including Measuring the World (2007), which recreates the lives of the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and the famous naturalist Alexander von Humboldt and which has been translated into over 40 languages. His most recent work, the novel Tyll, was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize in 2020.

With the support of Goethe-Institut

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Event 14

Ricardo Silva in conversation with Yolanda Ruiz

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

Ricardo Silva, winner of the 5th Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana Prize, is a writer, journalist, screenwriter and the author of novels, short stories, essay and poetry, as well as a columnist for various media outlets including Semana, SoHo, El Malpensante and El Tiempo. His most recent novel is Zoológico humano (2021), a work that tells the story of the late writer Simón Hernández on his journey through the universe in the afterlife, where he meets seven characters from different eras, lands and personal backgrounds, in a profound contemplation of the human condition from the viewpoint of a posthumous character. In conversation with Yolanda Ruiz.

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Event 15

Juan Villoro in conversation with Mábel Lara

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Juan Villoro (Mexico) is undoubtedly one of the most versatile, high-profile and prolific writers on the contemporary Spanish-speaking literary scene. He has obtained numerous awards including the José Donoso Prize in Chile, the Herralde Prize in Spain, the Arguedas Prize in Cuba, the Villaurrutia Prize in Mexico and the ACE Prize in Argentina. He has lectured at UNAM and the universities of Yale, Princeton and Stanford. Along with his drama, journalism, essays and children’s writing, his bibliography includes interesting works of fiction such as the novels El testigo and Llamadas de Ámsterdam, and the book of short stories The Guilty. His latest novel is entitled La tierra de la gran promesa, which tells the story of Diego González, a documentary filmmaker who moves to Barcelona to film his next production, for the first time a work unrelated to politics. His plans change when a journalist begins to involve him in an unresolved conflict with a drugs lord, the focus of one of his documentaries. In conversation with Mabel Lara.

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Event 13EN

Daniel Brühl and Daniel Kehlmann in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez (English version)

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Two personalities from the world of German culture talk with Juan Gabriel Vásquez. With Daniel Brühl (Germany/Spain), one of the most famous actors in German cinema, who has ventured into Hollywood with films such as Inglourious Basterds, directed by Quentin Tarantino; The Bourne Ultimatum with Matt Damon; and Captain America, in which he plays the Marvel character Helmut Zemo. In his directorial debut, Brühl stars in Next Door, a film in which he plays Daniel, a young and successful actor. Daniel Kehlmann is the author of 13 novels, including Measuring the World (2007), which recreates the lives of the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and the famous naturalist Alexander von Humboldt and which has been translated into over 40 languages. His most recent work, the novel Tyll, was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize in 2020.

With the support of Goethe-Institut

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Event TE2

Pablo Braun, Mónica Díaz and Emilia Franco de Arcila in conversation with José Manuel Anta

Book distribution, a risky and constantly evolving profession

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

The increase in online sales, the speed of commercial transactions thanks to the demand of consumers, printing on demand, the role of bookstores, the emergence of new points of sale, the mergers in the industry, the gradual disappearance of the exclusivity of publishers... Distribution companies in Latin America and Spain are facing far-reaching changes, both technologically and conceptually. With Pablo Braun (Argentina), from the distributor Big Sur (Argentina and Chile) and Escaramuza (Uruguay); Mónica Díaz (Spain), manager of UDL Libros; and Emilia Franco de Arcila (Colombia), from Siglo del Hombre Editores. In conversation with José Manuel Anta.

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Event 16

Daniel Kehlmann in convesation with Margarita Valencia (Spanish vesion)

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Daniel Kehlmann is the author of 13 novels, including Measuring the World (2007), which recreates the lives of the mathematician Carl Friedrich Glauss and the famous naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, and has been translated into more than 40 languages. His most recent work, the novel Tyll, was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize in 2020. Tyll is the fictionalized biography of Tyll Ulenspiegel, a character from German folklore who was born in 1600, and who is forced to flee his homeland and undertake a journey that will bring him into contact with writers, executioners, talking animals, doctors who love poetry, sages, clerics and members of the royalty, but also with the harshness of war, poverty and intolerance. Kehlmann discusses this brilliant novel with Margarita Valencia.

With the support of Goethe-Institut

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Event 18

Carmen Maria Machado, Vivek Shraya and Camila Sosa Villada in conversation with Gloria Susana Esquivel (Spanish version)

Imagine... equalities: LGTBQI2+ literary worlds

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Literature has always been a space of freedom and expression. Gloria Susana Esquivel talks to three authors who identity with the plural LGTBQI2+ community. With Carmen Maria Machado (United States), Vivek Shraya (Canada) and Camila Sosa Villada (Argentina).

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Event 26

Martín Caparrós, Adela Cortina and Juan Carlos Flórez in conversation with Leopoldo Fergusson

The curse of inequality

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

The real root of social problems in the Latin American region is inequality, which generates economic and, as a result, educational, health and legal differences for millions of people. How is it possible to counter this profound and deeply-rooted problem, which also combines with variables such as race and gender? Can and should governments fight it through comprehensive policies? What happens to the rights and duties of citizenship in an unequal society? Leopoldo Fergusson will talk to the writer and journalist Martín Caparrós (Argentina), the philosopher Adela Cortina (Spain), and the writer Juan Carlos Flórez (Colombia).

With the support of Comisión de la Verdad

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Event D3

Ai Weiwei in conversation with Mariana H

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

The artist and thinker Ai Weiwei (China) trained at the Beijing Film Academy and later, on moving to New York, continued his studies at the Parsons School of Design. His solo exhibitions have been seen in the world's leading contemporary art museums. Among the numerous awards and accolades he has received are a recognition at the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards in 2008 and his appointment as honorary academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2011. His human rights work has been recognised with the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent in 2012 and Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2015. Ai Weiwei is considered one of the leading cultural figures of his generation and serves as an example for freedom of expression both in China and internationally. He will talk to the journalist and writer Mariana H.

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Event 18EN

Carmen Maria Machado, Vivek Shraya and Camila Sosa Villada in conversation with Gloria Susana Esquivel (English version)

Imagine... equalities: LGTBQI2+ literary worlds

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Literature has always been a space of freedom and expression. Gloria Susana Esquivel talks to three authors who identity with the plural LGTBQI2+ community. With Carmen Maria Machado (United States), Vivek Shraya (Canada) and Camila Sosa Villada (Argentina).

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Event 16EN

Daniel Kehlmann in convesation with Margarita Valencia (English version)

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Daniel Kehlmann is the author of 13 novels, including Measuring the World (2007), which recreates the lives of the mathematician Carl Friedrich Glauss and the famous naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, and has been translated into more than 40 languages. His most recent work, the novel Tyll, was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize in 2020. Tyll is the fictionalized biography of Tyll Ulenspiegel, a character from German folklore who was born in 1600, and who is forced to flee his homeland and undertake a journey that will bring him into contact with writers, executioners, talking animals, doctors who love poetry, sages, clerics and members of the royalty, but also with the harshness of war, poverty and intolerance. Kehlmann discusses this brilliant novel with Margarita Valencia.

With the support of Goethe-Institut

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Event 21

Daniel Brühl in conversation with Ricardo Chica

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Patio)

Daniel Brühl (Germany/Spain) is one of the most famous actors in German cinema and has ventured into Hollywood with films such as Inglourious Basterds, directed by Quentin Tarantino; The Bourne Ultimatum with Matt Damon; and Captain America, in which he plays the Marvel character Helmut Zemo. In his directorial debut, Brühl stars in Next Door, a film in which he plays Daniel, a young and successful actor. He will talk to Ricardo Chica about his fascinating film career, what it is like to act in different languages and this new stage as a director.

With the support of Goethe-Institut

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Event 19

Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo and Sandra Borda in conversation with Carlos Granés

Imagina...democracy

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

Troubled times for politics and citizenship; biparty models, the distinction between left and right or even how citizens should participate take part on electoral processes, have been questioned right now. Carlos Granés talks with two experts on politics: Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo (Spain), MP for Barcelona, former spokesperson of Partido Popular and the recent author of the book Políticamente indeseable; and Sandra Borda (Colombia) associated professor for the Department of Political Science of the Universidad de los Andes and former columnist at El Tiempo newspaper.

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Event 20

Matt Rendell in conversation with Andrea Guerrero

Colombia and its world-beating cyclists

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

The sports journalist Matt Rendell’s relationship with Colombia began in 1998 when he was working on his book Kings of the Mountains, which was later made into the documentary of the same name for Channel 4 (United Kingdom). At this year’s Hay Cartagena, Rendell, who has won various awards for his sports journalism, will present Colombia es pasión! This is a book about the achievements of the cyclist Egan Bernal who, when he won the 2019 Tour de France, became the youngest champion in the 110-year history of the race. Colombian cyclists are not the product of a rigorous sports system that makes them ascend to the pinnacle of globalized sport. They come from harsher environments that surprise, shock, and even, at times, enchant. This book is about the lives and dreams of Colombian cyclists; tells inspiring stories of overcoming poverty, violence, disease and corruption, and how the titles that this new generation of cyclists has brought to Colombia have changed the country’s image in the world. In conversation with Andrea Guerrero.

Event sponsored by RCN-Postobón

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