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 11

Brigitte Baptiste in conversation with Juliana Gutiérrez

Sustainable and ecological development for the rural world

 Teatro Santa María (Jericó)

The development of rural areas is key to improving the opportunities and quality of life of their inhabitants, but it is something that has to be done with an environmental, sustainable perspective. The scientist and thinker Brigitte Baptiste (Colombia), Rector of Ean University and a regular contributor to media outlets such as La República, directed the Humboldt Institute for many years and is an authority on the management and care of Colombia’s incredible biodiversity. Baptiste talks to Juliana Gutierrez about how this development can be done.

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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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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 4

Mauricio Diazgranados and Aida Vasco in conversation with Brigitte Baptiste

Imagine... well-being: The power of fungi, an overview of wonderful Colombian fungi

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

This event will offer a look at one of the richest and most unexplored of nature’s domains: fungus. The team at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew has worked in Colombia together with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Research into Biological Resources, with the collaboration of ASCOLMICOL, studying the territory’s great diversity of fungi and their potential. The goals have been to promote knowledge about native species and the value of the products that can be produced from them, as well as to motivate sustainable use and to rescue traditional knowledge about them that exists among local populations. The researcher and biologist, Mauricio Diazgranados, and the mycologist and Chair of the Colombian Mycology Association, Aida Vasco, will talk to the biologist and Rector of the EAN University, Brigitte Baptiste, about the fascinating kingdom of fungus in the Colombian context.

With the support of Royal Botanics Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom

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Event 24

Andri Snaer Magnason in conversation with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar (Spanish version)

Imagine... the climate emergency: On Time and Water

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

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 skilfully written and fascinating reflection on the climate emergency, a work that is based on the judgement of authorities on climate change yet also deals with areas such as mythology and the family. This work of literary non-fiction is a call to responsibility, asking humans to conserve our home, this planet. He will talk about these crucial matters with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar.

With the support of ISA

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Andri Snaer Magnason in conversation with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar (English version)

Imagine... the climate emergency: On Time and Water

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

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 skilfully written and fascinating reflection on the climate emergency, a work that is based on the judgement of authorities on climate change yet also deals with areas such as mythology and the family. This work of literary non-fiction is a call to responsibility, asking humans to conserve our home, this planet. He will talk about these crucial matters with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar.

With the support of ISA

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Event 36

Wade Davis in conversation with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar (Spanish version)

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Wade Davis is an acclaimed anthropologist, ethnographer, writer and photographer who has travelled around the world, learning about and living with native cultures in places as remote and diverse as Tibet, Australia, the Amazon, Polynesia and the Arctic. He was explorer-in-residence for the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013 and is the award-winning author of 22 books. He featured in the striking documentary about the Colombian Amazon, El sendero de la anaconda, in which he travels along the Apaporis River, following in the footsteps of his teacher, the great biologist Richard Evan Schultes, who studied the ceremonial plants of indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon in the 1940s. His most recent book published in Spanish recounts another great river trip through Colombia, Magdalena: Historias de Colombia (2021), in which he talks about the experience of crossing the country navigating one of its main rivers, discussing the cultural wealth that proliferates on its banks. Since 2016 Davis has been a member of the Order of Canada and in 2018 he was named an Honorary Citizen of Colombia. He will talk about his varied and extraordinary career with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar.

Event sponsored by RCN and Postobón

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Event 36EN

Wade Davis in conversation with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar (English version)

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Wade Davis is an acclaimed anthropologist, ethnographer, writer and photographer who has travelled around the world, learning about and living with native cultures in places as remote and diverse as Tibet, Australia, the Amazon, Polynesia and the Arctic. He was explorer-in-residence for the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013 and is the award-winning author of 22 books. He featured in the striking documentary about the Colombian Amazon, El sendero de la anaconda, in which he travels along the Apaporis River, following in the footsteps of his teacher, the great biologist Richard Evan Schultes, who studied the ceremonial plants of indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon in the 1940s. His most recent book published in Spanish recounts another great river trip through Colombia, Magdalena: Historias de Colombia (2021), in which he talks about the experience of crossing the country navigating one of its main rivers, discussing the cultural wealth that proliferates on its banks. Since 2016 Davis has been a member of the Order of Canada and in 2018 he was named an Honorary Citizen of Colombia. He will talk about his varied and extraordinary career with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar.

Event sponsored by RCN and Postobón

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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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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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