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 7

Martín Caparrós in conversation with Luz María Sierra

Ñamérica: the definitive story of an endless land

 Teatro Santa María (Jericó)

There is a region of the world where twenty countries and more than 400 million people share much in terms of language, history, culture, concerns and hopes. Yet we do not know this region well; what we really know are myths about it, reflections of it and certain notions these places have in common. We think of it as it was in other times. This region is called, or could be called, Ñamérica and this book by the great essayist Martín Caparrós (Argentina) aims to describe it and understand it as it is now. In conversation with Luz Marina Sierra, this internationally acclaimed writer and journalist tells us about his investigations into this great region, so diverse and complex.

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Event 1

Conversation with Pedro Adrián Zuluaga, Diana Carol Forero and Guillermo Correa

Rebellion and Disobedience

 Teatro Universitario Camilo Torres - Universidad de Antioquia

A discussion covering two stimulating notions: rebellion and disobedience. This event brings into dialogue participants and their knowledge in an educational space open to multiple narratives regarding culture and the arts, in order to give voice to those who talk of different kinds of rebellion, and urgent disobedience now. With Pedro Adrián Zuluaga, Diana Carol Forero and Guillermo Correa.

With the support of University of Antioquia

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Event 3

Anna-Lina Mattar and Gala Rocabert Navarro in conversation with Catalina Mejía

En el ombligo

 Sala Teatro Parque Explora

The signing of the FARC Peace Accords in 2016 represented a watershed in the recent history of Colombia: a moment of triumph for many, and one of controversy for many others. Behind the headlines, what has happened to the people who were caught up in the war? The illustrator Anna-Lina Mattar (Germany-Spain) and the anthropologist and sociologist Gala Rocabert Navarro won the Fnac-Salamandra Graphic International Graphic Novel Prize for En el ombligo. Diarios de guerra y paz en Colombia (2021), a work that collates the experiences of former guerrilla fighters after the signing of the peace agreement in 2016. The illustrator Anna-Lina Mattar has created images to tell the story of Gala, who reports from the countryside about life after the agreement. They will talk to Catalina Mejía about the book.

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Event 4

Martin Caparrós in conversation with Patricia Nieto

 Teatro Universitario Camilo Torres - Universidad de Antioquia

The renowned Argentinean writer, journalist and thinker Martín Caparrós is the author of over a dozen novels and several books of non-fiction and essays, including El hambre, an extraordinary book in which the author tells of his travels around the world examining the causes, consequences and social conditions in the countries that face systemic problems with malnutrition and hunger, as against more prosperous societies who live other realities. The author presents Ñamérica, an impressive study of Latin America, home to 400 million people with much in common in terms of their historical, cultural, linguistic and social roots, and also one of the most corrupt and unequal regions on the planet. Caparrós will talk to Patricia Nieto.

With the support of SURA, Bancolombia and Protección

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Event 6

Juan Carlos Flórez and Ricardo Silva in conversation with Ana Bejarano

Imagine... democracy: protests

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

At this event, two thinkers who have dedicated themselves to closely observing the climate of social tension in Colombia will talk about the movements that are facing up to the system. Juan Carlos Flórez (Colombia) is a historian, journalist, former councillor and civic leader from Bogota; he was an advisor to the National Constituent Assembly in 1991, Director of the History Department of the University of the Andes and is a columnist for Semana magazine. In his book Los que sobran (2021), he makes a critical analysis of the history of capitalism. Ricardo Silva (Colombia), 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. The two authors talk to the lawyer Ana Bejarano.

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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 28

Patricio Fernández Chadwick in conversation with María Jimena Duzán

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

Patricio Fernández Chadwick is a journalist, political analyst, writer and currently a delegate to the constituent assembly of Chile. After the approval of the regulations of the Chilean Convention, October 2021, he joined the thematic commission on Fundamental Rights. Founder and former editor of The Clinic newspaper, he is the author of Notas acerca del estallido social en Chile. This work shows a new relationship between elites and citizens, but, above all, about a new normality. He will talk to María Jimena Duzán about rewriting the Constitution, the challenges of the government of the newly elected President of Chile, Gabriel Boric and the new political times in Latin America.

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Event 31

Martín Caparros in conversation with Javier Lafuente

From Ñamérica

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

The renowned Argentinean writer, journalist and thinker Martín Caparrós is the author of over a dozen novels and several books of non-fiction and essays, including El hambre, an extraordinary book in which the author tells of his travels around the world examining the causes, consequences and social conditions in the countries that face systemic problems with malnutrition and hunger, as against more prosperous societies who live other realities. The author presents Ñamérica, an impressive study of Latin America, home to 400 million people with much in common in terms of their historical, cultural, linguistic and social roots, and also one of the most corrupt and unequal regions on the planet. Caparrós will talk to Javier Lafuente.

With the support of Michael Jacobs Foundation and Fundación Gabo

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Event 43

Juan Cárdenas, Djamila Ribeiro and Velia Vidal in conversation with Ricardo Chica (Portuguese version)

Untold microcosms: Latin American histories in the British Museum

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

The historical narratives that concern Latin America usually have their origin in a colonial perspective. Untold Microcosms: Latin American Stories at the British Museum is a joint project involving the Hay Festival and the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum (SDCELAR) that seeks to problematize and redirect these narratives, generating new discourses through interpretations of objects in the museum’s Americas collection by artists, writers and thinkers from the region. A much-needed rereading of our past to build a more plural and inclusive future. With Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), Djamila Ribeiro (Brazil) and Velia Vidal (Colombia), in conversation with Ricardo Chica, with an introduction by Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

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

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Event 43

Juan Cárdenas, Djamila Ribeiro and Velia Vidal in conversation with Ricardo Chica (Spanish version)

Untold microcosms: Latin American histories in the British Museum

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

The historical narratives that concern Latin America usually have their origin in a colonial perspective. Untold Microcosms: Latin American Stories at the British Museum is a joint project involving the Hay Festival and the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum (SDCELAR) that seeks to problematize and redirect these narratives, generating new discourses through interpretations of objects in the museum’s Americas collection by artists, writers and thinkers from the region. A much-needed rereading of our past to build a more plural and inclusive future. With Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), Djamila Ribeiro (Brazil) and Velia Vidal (Colombia), in conversation with Ricardo Chica, with an introduction by Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

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

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Event 48

Carlos Granés in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Patio)

Carlos Granés (Bogotá) is an essayist and PhD in Social Anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid. Delirio americano: Una historia cultural y política de América Latina (2021) is his new work and he will talk about it with Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Following a timeline from the death of José Martí to the death of Fidel Castro, the book analyses the many cultural, political and ideological currents that have contributed to the invention of modern Latin America, from modernism and the Americanist avant-garde to political and cultural guerrillas, to end up examining the most immediate present and the unexpected way in which the politics and culture of Latin America has ended up influencing the whole world.

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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