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

Matt Rendell in conversation with Jhon Jaime Osorio

A history of cycling

 Museo de Arte Religioso (Jericó)

Cycling, a sport that has brought great joy and pride to the country, is brilliantly portrayed in the book Colombia es pasión!, written by the British journalist Matt Rendell. The author looks at the life of Egan Bernal, the rider who in 2019 became the youngest winner of the Tour de France in 110 years, and also explores the legacy of figures such as Nairo Quintana (champion in Spain and Italy), Rigoberto Urán, Esteban Chaves, Miguel Ángel López and Fernando Gaviria. Rendell, who first visited Colombia in 1998, and who has worked for major media companies including the BBC, has written several books and covered numerous cycling tournaments in the country. This fascinating book tells the true story of overcoming social, political and economic adversity. In conversation with Jhon Jaime Osorio.

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Event 2

Matt Rendell in conversation with Pablo Arbeláez

Colombia is Passion, Vision and Cycling

 Auditorio Principal Parque Explora

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). Rendell, who has won various awards for his sports journalism, will present Colombia es pasión!, 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. The work talks about the lives and dreams of Colombian cyclists, telling inspirational stories of success 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 Antioquia journalist Pablo Arbeláez Restrepo, linked to cycling for more than 30 years.

With the support of RCN and Postobón

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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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