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 53

Wole Soyinka in conversation with Rosie Boycott (Spanish version)

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

The Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka was the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1986). He is a storyteller, poet and political activist, the author of a varied body of work encompassing more than 30 plays, five autobiographical books, more than a dozen books of poetry, novels and short stories, and at least 14 books of essays. His most recent book, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth (2021), is a brilliant analysis of the human condition, portraying the spheres of power that run the world as well as the corruption and perversion that run through them. Dr. Menka teams up with his childhood friend, a prestigious engineer and member of the Yoruba royalty who aspires to a position at the United Nations, to solve a chilling mystery: who is smuggling the body parts of sick people into the clinic he runs, in order to carry out obscure ritual practices? In conversation with Rosie Boycott.

Sponsored by Esenttia

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Event 54

Silvia Castrillón, Martín Murillo and Luis Bernardo Yepes in conversation with Irene Vallejo, moderated by Yolanda Reyes

Eccles Centre event: The value of libraries

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

“Every library is a journey; every book is a passport without an expiry date” to quote the latest book by the Spanish writer and philologist, Irene Vallejo, El infinito en un junco (2019).In it she accompanies the reader on a journey through the life of books, libraries and those who have safeguarded them for almost thirty centuries. Never has the life of libraries been more relevant - across the world during the Covid pandemic they have provided vital information and been a focus for community activity and solidarity. In the first part of a series sponsored by the Eccles Centre at the British Library, Irene Vallejo will be joined by Columbian librarians and campaigners Martín Murillo, Silvia Castrillon and Luis Bernado Yepes to reflect on the enduring value and importance of libraries before, during and after a global pandemic. Yolanda Reyes will moderate this lively conversation. The event will be presented by Catherine Eccles.

With the support of the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library

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Event 55

Brigitte Baptiste, Wade Davis and Andri Snaer Magnason in conversation with Ana María González Forero (Spanish version)

Imagine... the climate emergency

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Coming from different fields and disciplines, our guests make a call to question the way in which we relate to nature and the environment, taking into account the dangerous consequences of following the path we are currently travelling. With Brigitte Baptiste (Colombia), a biologist, rector of the EAN University in Bogota and co-president of the IPBES’ assessment of biodiversity values; Wade Davis (Canada/Colombia) the acclaimed anthropologist, ethnographer, writer and photographer; and Andri Snaer Magnason (Iceland), one of his country’s outstanding voices in child and young adult literature in his country, film director and author On Time and Water. In conversation with Ana María González Forero.

Sponsored by Esenttia

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Event 55EN

Brigitte Baptiste, Wade Davis and Andri Snaer Magnason in conversation with Ana María González Forero (English version)

Imagine... the climate emergency

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Coming from different fields and disciplines, our guests make a call to question the way in which we relate to nature and the environment, taking into account the dangerous consequences of following the path we are currently travelling. With Brigitte Baptiste (Colombia), a biologist, rector of the EAN University in Bogota and co-president of the IPBES’ assessment of biodiversity values; Wade Davis (Canada/Colombia) the acclaimed anthropologist, ethnographer, writer and photographer; and Andri Snaer Magnason (Iceland), one of his country’s outstanding voices in child and young adult literature in his country, film director and author On Time and Water. In conversation with Ana María González Forero.

Sponsored by Esenttia

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Event 53EN

Wole Soyinka in conversation with Rosie Boycott (English version)

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

The Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka was the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1986). He is a storyteller, poet and political activist, the author of a varied body of work encompassing more than 30 plays, five autobiographical books, more than a dozen books of poetry, novels and short stories, and at least 14 books of essays. His most recent book, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth (2021), is a brilliant analysis of the human condition, portraying the spheres of power that run the world as well as the corruption and perversion that run through them. Dr. Menka teams up with his childhood friend, a prestigious engineer and member of the Yoruba royalty who aspires to a position at the United Nations, to solve a chilling mystery: who is smuggling the body parts of sick people into the clinic he runs, in order to carry out obscure ritual practices? In conversation with Rosie Boycott.

Sponsored by Esenttia

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Event 56

Alfonso Múnera in conversation with Gustavo Bell

Cartagena and independence

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Patio)

Alfonso David Múnera Cavadía (Colombia) is a historian, researcher, lecturer and former ambassador. In 2010, he was named as one of 12 renowned afro Colombians. Is the author of El fracaso de la nación. Región, clase y raza en el Caribe colombiano, 1717-1821 and Fronteras imaginadas. La construcción de las razas y la geografía en el Caribe colombiano, two fundamental books of Colombian history. He presents his book La independencia de Colombia: Olvidos y ficciones. Cartagena de Indias (1580-1821), in conversation with Gustavo Bell, on which he looks again at the role that Cartagena de Indias and it inhabitants played within the independence processes, given voice to new protagonists and readings for a historical analysis vital to understand the past and the present of the country.

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Event 57

Moisés Naím in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Imagine...democracy: global powers

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Moisés Naím (Venezuela), a renowned writer and journalist, presents his new book, La revancha del poder, in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Naím is a Distinguished Fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy magazine for 14 years and in 2011 won the Ortega y Gasset Award for his career in journalism; he is also the host and producer of Efecto Naím, a weekly international current affairs programme broadcast throughout the American continent by DirecTV/NTN24. His latest book offers a unique and informed perspective on global phenomena such as populism and power, which he presents exclusively.

Event sponsored by RCN-Postobón

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Event 58

Daniel Coronell, Jean-François Fogel and Juanita León in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

Journalism contra disinformation

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

Disinformation has a great present and future in the era of social media and digital platforms, thus posing countless challenges, especially in electoral contexts where organized disinformation exerts a polarizing force, thus affecting the functioning of democracy in Latin America. A great challenge for journalism, which in turn must face its own battle for survival, regaining the trust of audiences and finding business models that guarantee its future without compromising its ethics and independence. With Jean-François Fogel (France), Juanita León (Colombia) and Daniel Coronell (Colombia), in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi.

With the support of the Gabo Foundation

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Event 59

Djamila Ribeiro, Wole Soyinka and Velia Vidal in conversation with Teresita Goyeneche (Spanish version)

Imagine... equalities: From south to south

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Hegemonic narratives have been dominated by the point of view of the West, or “north”. Teresita Goyeneche talks to two Nobel laureates, a thinker and a writer and cultural manager about what this means and, more importantly, about what they have in common in their outstanding bodies of work, given that all four come from the global south. With Djamila Ribeiro (Brazil), Wole Soyinka (Nigeria) and Velia Vidal (Colombia).

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Event 59EN

Djamila Ribeiro, Wole Soyinka and Velia Vidal in conversation with Teresita Goyeneche (English version)

Imagine... equalities: From south to south

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Hegemonic narratives have been dominated by the point of view of the West, or “north”. Teresita Goyeneche talks to two Nobel laureates, a thinker and a writer and cultural manager about what this means and, more importantly, about what they have in common in their outstanding bodies of work, given that all four come from the global south. With Djamila Ribeiro (Brazil), Wole Soyinka (Nigeria) and Velia Vidal (Colombia).

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Event 60

Manuel Vilas in conversation with Juan Manuel Ruiz

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

The Spanish writer Manuel Vilas is the author of the publishing successes Ordesa (2018) and Alegría (2019), winner of the Planeta Prize, as well as several collections of poetry and essays. At this event he will present Los besos (2020), a novel about idealized, romantic love, of how in the middle of a universal crisis two human beings try to return to the biological homeland of eros. The author explores the place in which women and men find the deepest meaning in life, but also covering matters such as consumer society, politics and context, a theme present in all the author’s novels. He will talk to Juan Manuel Ruiz.

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Event 61

Carlos López-Otín in conversation with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar

The trilogy of life

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

Carlos López-Otín (Spain) is an award-winning Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Oviedo. He is an authority on the subject of cancer and aging thanks to his advanced studies into human genetics, and also the discoverer of more than 60 new genes, as well as of two accelerated aging syndromes and pro-longevity bacteria. His books La vida en cuatro letras (2019), El sueño del tiempo (2020) and Egoístas, inmortales y viajeras (2021) constitute his brilliant trilogy of life, in which he covers questions with both biological and philosophical perspectives including the relationship between genetics, disease and happiness; time, biology and technology; and the nature of a disease as complex as cancer. Carlos López-Otín shares his fascinating vision in conversation with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

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Event 62

José Manuel Acevedo, Liliet Heredero and Jan Martínez Ahrens in conversation with Andrés Mompotes

Narrating America

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

A single region, a multiplicity of realities, ecosystems, cultural contexts and languages. An entire continent with a common history of invasion and dispossession, dictatorship and corruption, with a linguistic diversity in which hundreds of native languages are overshadowed by the dominance of four colonial languages, but also one of the most biodiverse territories on the planet, mother of an unimaginable cultural wealth. How can you say what happens in the Americas? Three expert reporters tell us how they tackle narrating events and news in such a fascinating region. With the director of Noticias RCN, José Manuel Acevedo (Colombia); BBC Mundo reporter Liliet Heredero (Cuba/USA) and El País América Director, Jan Martínez Ahrens (Spain). In conversation with the director of El Tiempo Andrés Mompotes (Colombia)

Event sponsored by El Tiempo

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Event D6

Anne Applebaum in conversation with Michael Stott (Spanish version)

Imagina... democracy

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

Although a few years ago it would have seemed almost inconceivable, there is now a broad consensus around the idea that Western democracies are in serious danger in the face of phenomena such as growing authoritarianism, nationalism and autocracy, as well as the rise of far-right political options. The writer and historian Anne Applebaum (United States), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for Gulag (2004), addresses these and other issues in her most recent book: The Twilight of Democracy. The Seduction of Authoritarianism (2021). Applebaum argues that, through harmful and simplistic but seductive messages, authoritarianism uses the media, social networking services, political polarization and conspiracy theories to mount a worrying attack on democratic values, the very ones that she advocates in her book. In conversation with journalist Michael Stott.

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Event D6-EN

Anne Applebaum in conversation with Michael Stott (English version)

Imagina... democracy

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

Although a few years ago it would have seemed almost inconceivable, there is now a broad consensus around the idea that Western democracies are in serious danger in the face of phenomena such as growing authoritarianism, nationalism and autocracy, as well as the rise of far-right political options. The writer and historian Anne Applebaum (United States), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for Gulag (2004), addresses these and other issues in her most recent book: The Twilight of Democracy. The Seduction of Authoritarianism (2021). Applebaum argues that, through harmful and simplistic but seductive messages, authoritarianism uses the media, social networking services, political polarization and conspiracy theories to mount a worrying attack on democratic values, the very ones that she advocates in her book. In conversation with journalist Michael Stott.

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Event 63

Pablo Montoya and Evelio Rosero in conversation with Claudia Morales

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Patio)

Pablo Montoya (Colombia) is the author of six novels and several books of essays, poems and short stories. For many years he lived in Paris, where he completed a Master’s degree and a doctorate in Hispanic and Latin American Studies at the Sorbonne. He has received various notable literary prizes, such as the 2015 Rómulo Gallegos Prize for his powerful Tríptico de la infamia, the 2016 José Donoso Prize and the 2017 José María Arguedas Prize for Fiction. His latest novel is La sombra de Orión (2021). The renowned storyteller and novelist, Evelio Rosero (Colombia), has been awarded the 2006 Tusquets Novel Prize, the National Literature Prize in both 2006 and 2014, and the 2009 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He is the author of 14 novels, two books of short stories, a collection of poems and about 20 titles of child and young adult literature. His latest novel is Casa de furia (2021). In conversation with Claudia Morales.

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Event 64

Nicola Levell, Cristina Lleras and Anthony Shelton in conversation with Laura Osorio Sunnucks (Spanish version)

Museum stories

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

At this event we bring together museologists and writers to talk about the new joint project involving the British Museum’s Santo Domingo Centre (SDCELAR) and the International Hay Festival. As part of this project, ten Latin American authors were invited to write short texts, either fiction or personal, on museum items. This initiative stimulates the recontextualization of museum collections, using sensitivity and imagination over and above empirical knowledge. At this discussion, the guests will talk about the relationships between literature and anthropology, as well as the relevance of the arts in the world and museums. With Nicola Levell, curator, writer and associate professor of museum and visual anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Cristina Lleras, curator of the National Museum of Memory at the National Centre for Historical Memory in Bogota; and Anthony Shelton, Director of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. In conversation with Laura Osorio Sunnucks.

Co-organized with SDCELAR (The Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum)

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Event 65

Vanessa Londoño and Manuel Vilas in conversation with Winston Manrique

Cuadernos hispanoamericanos

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos aims to foster knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities, united by the same language and a literary tradition enriched by authors of different origins. The project consists of an established author selecting a young writer from the other side of the Atlantic. The 2022 Hay Festival Colombia features the writer Vanessa Londoño (Colombia), awarded with the Aura Estrada y Nuevas Plumas 2017, and author of El asedio animal (2021); and the Spanish writer Manuel Vilas, author of Ordesa (2018), Alegría (2019, an the recent Los besos (2020); they will talk to Winston Manrique.

With the support of AECID

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Event 66

Jon Lee Anderson in conversation with Catalina Gómez Ángel

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Jon Lee Anderson (United States) is a writer and journalist that doesn´t need introduction. Staff writer for the New Yorker and experienced traveller, author of the definitive biography of Ernesto Che Guevara (Che, a revolutionary life), Anderson has travelled the world interviewing leaders, dictators and rebels and narrating shocking events. His most recent book is Los años de la espiral, crónicas de América Latina, and he just re issued The fall of Bagdad; and El dictador, los demonios y otras crónicas will be re issued soon; he talks about the region and the Middle East with Catalina Gómez Ángel.

With the support of Fundación Gabo

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Event 64EN

Nicola Levell, Cristina Lleras and Anthony Shelton in conversation with Laura Osorio Sunnucks (English version)

Museum stories

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

At this event we bring together museologists and writers to talk about the new joint project involving the British Museum’s Santo Domingo Centre (SDCELAR) and the International Hay Festival. As part of this project, ten Latin American authors were invited to write short texts, either fiction or personal, on museum items. This initiative stimulates the recontextualization of museum collections, using sensitivity and imagination over and above empirical knowledge. At this discussion, the guests will talk about the relationships between literature and anthropology, as well as the relevance of the arts in the world and museums. With Nicola Levell, curator, writer and associate professor of museum and visual anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Cristina Lleras, curator of the National Museum of Memory at the National Centre for Historical Memory in Bogota; and Anthony Shelton, Director of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. In conversation with Laura Osorio Sunnucks.

Co-organized with SDCELAR (The Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum)

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