Hay Festival Community Work

Thanks to joint work with the Cartagena´s Mayor´s Office, the Bolívar State Government and the Fundación Plan, the Hay Festival continues to bring the best in literature and ideas to Cartagena’s most vulnerable communities, with free events.

The next edition of Hay Festival Cartagena runs from 31 January to 3 February 2019. Have a look at the programme:


HAY FESTIVAL COMMUNITY PROGRAMME 2019

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31

[HFC1] 08:00 – 09:30 h IE 14 de febrero – Pozón

Journalism workshop with young local reporters. Catalina Gómez and Marta Orrantia

Two journalists who have a great passion for their trade will take the opportunity of this workshop to talk about some of the things that journalists should have: an investigative attitude, a desire to find out the truth and a profound respect for others are some of the characteristics of a good journalist.

For children aged 8 to 14

[HFC2] 09:30 – 10:30 h IE 14 de febrero – Pozón

Mónica Giraldo interviewed by Liliana Rocha, community reporter

The singer and composer Mónica Giraldo will talk to the community reporter Liliana Rocha and the young people of El Pozón about composing music and about the economic value of culture and ideas, dealing with the subject of the ‘orange’ (or creative) economy. She will sing songs and perform together with the dancer Roiber Jiménez Fuentes.

[HFC8] 14:30 – 15:30 h Centro Cultural Carlos Gamarra Machacón – Santa Rosa de Lima

Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Guido Tamayo

The Colombian writer and columnist Santiago Gamboa will talk about his travel book Ciudades al final de la noche, which argues that homo sapiens was able to dominate and arrive in the 21st century because it travelled, because it did not remain quietly in Africa waiting to be destroyed: it travelled where it could, encountering other species, mixing with them and finally gaining ground, winning the battles it entered into. At the end of the event, there will be a concert of the Tennessee State University music group.

With the support of the Government of Bolívar and the Embassy of Peru

Address: Centro Cultural Carlos Gamarra Machacón. Barrio el Olivo Calle 12 S de Lima

[HFC3] 15:00 – 16:00 h Casa de Cultura – Turbaco

Jorge Franco in conversation with Álvaro Lasso

Jorge Franco will talk about his most recent book, El cielo a tiros, a novel about the children of the great Colombian drug traffickers of the 1990s, and a portrait of the city of Medellin as it is today. It tells the story of Larry, who returns to Medellin in order to recover the remains of his father. On his arrival, his childhood friend Pedro, who is waiting for him, takes him from the airport straight to the Alborada festival, where there city loses control to the sound of exploding gunpowder. This is a story that tells how the new generation, the children of drug dealers, terrorists and illegal groups of the 1980s and 1990s end up becoming victims of their own parents.

With the support of the Government of Bolívar and the Embassy of Peru

Address: Casa Cultura, Calle del Coco. Turbaco

[HFC4] 15:30 – 16:30 h Centro de Formación de la Cooperacion Española, CFCE

On novels and sagas. Fernando Trujillo

The Madrid writer Fernando Trujillo started writing in order to fill up nights of insomnia. He started publishing texts digitally in 2010 and became one of the authors of the Kindle generation. His bibliography includes six novels and the sagas La biblia de los caídos, La prisión de Black Rock and La guerra de los cielos, with books of science fiction, fantasy, suspense and mystery. His latest publications are Agua roja and La biblia de los caídos. Tomo 2 del testamento de Sombra.

Ages 12 and over   


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1

[HFC5] 09:30 – 10:30 h IE 14 de febrero – Pozón

La historia, los viajes y la abuela. Pilar Lozano

Colombian Pilar Lozano is a journalist, children’s and young adult literature writer and promoter of reading and writing. She will talk about her latest book: La historia, los viajes y la abuela. This story begins with a long vacation. Grandma had everything ready (tickets, books, suitcases and maps) to undertake a long voyage throughout Colombia. The objective: to weave, with everyone, the history of the country, from the first dwellers, passing through the conquest, the pirate attacks, the African slave-trade and the Botanical Expedition, until they arrive to the day in which the Spaniards pack their things and leave this land for good. With the vivacity that defines her, Pilar Lozano tells the history of Colombia in a very entertaining way, in a book full of travelling, colour and adventures. The book also includes full-colour illustrations by Paula Bossio.

From 10 years on

[HFC6] 10:00 – 11:00 h Biblioparque – San Francisco

Approximation to the trade of an llustr-author, with Alekos

Alekos defines himself as an illustr-author, because he writes as well as illustrates his own texts. In this workshop, taking as a starting point some books illustrated by him, Alekos proposes to carry out image-reading and try to guess what the illustrations tell us about the tale, a story recital and a couple of songs. Through observing images, listening to the story and songs, the children will pick a character they will then have to illustrate.

Ages 8 to 11

[HFC7] 10:00 – 11:00 h Olaya Herrera

Workshop on the book Conjuros y Sortilegios. Irene Vasco

Taking the book Conjuros y Sortilegios as a starting point, the author will carry out a Story Hour, with magic lessons. The texts will be recreated by the children, who will receive material to elaborate magic wands. The participants will come up with new spells so that they can contribute to the reading of the book.

Ages 8 to 12

Supported by Coosalud

[HFC9] 14:30 – 15:30 h Centro de Formación de la Cooperacion Española, CFCE

Illustration workshop with Sara Sánchez

Artist Sara Sánchez dedicates herself to the illustration of stories. She will offer a workshop on the process she follows to create her characters and the importance illustrations have in books. With the help of the children she will create a character as an example so that the little artists can give full rein to their imagination and draw their own characters and creatures.

Ages 5 to 6

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

[HFC1014:30 – 15:30 h UNIBAC

Juan Gedovius imagines Peter Pan

Juan Gedovius (Ciudad de México), one of the most outstanding Mexican authors and illustrators for children, the creator of, among others, the emblematic El más gigante, presents a fun activity in which, through illustration and imagination, he approaches Peter Pan.

From 7 years on

[HFC23] 14:30 – 15:30 h Centro Cultural Julio Rojas Buendía, San Juan Nepomuceno

La historia, los viajes y la abuela. Pilar Lozano

Colombian Pilar Lozano is a journalist, children’s and young adult literature writer and promoter of reading and writing. She will talk about her latest book: La historia, los viajes y la abuela. This story begins with a long vacation. Grandma had everything ready (tickets, books, suitcases and maps) to undertake a long voyage throughout Colombia. The objective: to weave, with everyone, the history of the country, from the first dwellers, passing through the conquest, the pirate attacks, the African slave-trade and the Botanical Expedition, until they arrive to the day in which the Spaniards pack their things and leave this land for good. With the vivacity that defines her, Pilar Lozano tells the history of Colombia in a very entertaining way, in a book full of travelling, colour and adventures. The book also includes full-colour illustrations by Paula Bossio. At the end of the event, there will be a concert of the Tennessee State University music group.

From 10 years on

Supported by Gobernación de Bolívar


[HFC11] 15:30 – 16:30 h Casa Amarilla- Bayunca

Literature, reality and fantasy. Celso Román

The Colombian Celso Román is one the best writers of children’s literature in his country. This gathering will immerse us in a literary universe of myths, legends and traditional tales. Children will get creative and put their artistic skills into practice with some literary creation exercises.

Ages 8 to 12

Supported by Gobernación de Bolívar

[HFC12] 15:30 – 16:30 h Biblioteca Comunitaria Hermana Elfride, Nelson Mandela

Una bolita plateada. Héctor Abad Faciolince in conversation with Mabel Lara

Una bolita plateada is Héctor Abad Faciolince’s first book for children, as well as his first illustrated work. This story tells the intimate relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, a beautiful mix of two generations and the way longing, dreams and motivation for life are built for both characters, in addition to the strange magic acquired by certain objects.

From 8 years on

Supported by Fundación Tenaris TuboCaribe and FNPI


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2

[HFC13] 09:30 – 10:30 h Biblioparque – San Francisco

Illustration workshop with Sara Sánchez

Artist Sara Sánchez dedicates herself to the illustration of stories. She will offer a workshop on the process she follows to create her characters and the importance illustrations have in books. With the help of the children she will create a character as an example so that the little artists can give full rein to their imagination and draw their own characters and creatures.

Ages 5 to 6

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

[HFC14] 09:30 – 10:30 h Centro Cultural – Boquilla

Juan Gedovius imagines Peter Pan

Juan Gedovius (Ciudad de México), one of the most outstanding Mexican authors and illustrators for children, the creator of, among others, the emblematic El más gigante, presents a fun activity in which, through illustration and imagination, he approaches Peter Pan.

From 7 years on

[HFC15] 10:00 – 11:00 h Hogar Infantil La Abejita – Membrillal 

La biblioteca del abuelo, with Maria do Rosário Pedreira

A children’s tale by the Portuguese poet and writer Maria do Rosário Pedreira, whose artistic production focuses on a range of literary genres, particularly poetry, literature for children and young adults, and music lyrics. Her literary career began in 1996 with the poetry book A Casa e o Cheiro dos Livros, and she has received a number of awards for her work.

From 5 years on

[HFC16] 10:00 – 11:00 h Centro Cultural Las Pilanderas – Pozón

Workshop on the book Conjuros y Sortilegios. Irene Vasco

Taking the book Conjuros y Sortilegios as a starting point, the author will carry out a Story Hour, with magic lessons. The texts will be recreated by the children, who will receive material to elaborate magic wands. The participants will come up with new spells so that they can contribute to the reading of the book.

Ages 8 to 12

[HFC24] 14:00 – 15:00 h Escuela de música Lucho Bermúdez, Carmen de Bolívar

Literature, reality and fantasy. Celso Román

The Colombian Celso Román is one the best writers of children’s literature in his country. This gathering will immerse us in a literary universe of myths, legends and traditional tales. Children will get creative and put their artistic skills into practice with some literary creation exercises. At the end of the event, there will be a concert of the Tennessee State University music group.

Ages 8 to 12

Supported by Gobernación de Bolívar

[HFC17] 14:30 – 15:30 h UNIBAC

Una bolita plateada. Héctor Abad Faciolince in conversation with Mabel Lara

Una bolita plateada is Héctor Abad Faciolince’s first book for children, as well as his first illustrated work. This story tells the intimate relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, a beautiful mix of two generations and the way longing, dreams and motivation for life are built for both characters, in addition to the strange magic acquired by certain objects.

From 8 years on

Supported by Coosalud

[HFC18] 14:30 – 15:30 h Centro de Formación de la Cooperacion Española, CFCE

Workshop on the book Conjuros y Sortilegios. Irene Vasco

Taking the book Conjuros y Sortilegios as a starting point, the author will carry out a Story Hour, with magic lessons. The texts will be recreated by the children, who will receive material to elaborate magic wands. The participants will come up with new spells so that they can contribute to the reading of the book.

Ages 8 to 12

[HFC19] 17:00 – 18:00 h Centro comercial Paseo de la Castellana

Event for children. Alekos

Alekos calls himself ‘the man of seven trades’. Musician, fiction writer, storyteller, sculptor, composer, author and illustrator. This creative artist targets his work at children, preserving the same spark he had when he was a child.

Ages 7 and over

[HFC20] 18:00 – 19:00 h Centro comercial Paseo de la Castellana

The Compass of the Contemporary World. Diana Uribe

How are we to read a world that swings between crisis and progress towards a better life? The historian who has spent years talking to Colombians about humanity’s past on her radio programme La historia del mundo looks at the planet’s geopolitical present and future in her latest book, Brújula del Mundo Contemporáneo. This book is a diagnosis of the great matters of the 21st century: war, the turn towards the political right and far right in many countries and the urgent debates about our relationship with the environment.

[HFC21] 18:00 – 19:00 h Centro Cultural Chico Cervantes – Magangué

El Imperio de la Salsa. César Pagano

César Pagano is an award-winning writer, journalist, researcher, melomaniac and lover of Cuba, a country he has visited 42 times. He is the founder of the famous bar El Goce Pagano in Bogotá, radio presenter for over a quarter of a century of the radio show Conversación en tiempo de bolero and he has written for magazines such as Semana,Cromos and Soho, and the newspapers El Tiempo, El Espectador, El Colombiano, El Heraldo, El País y El Universal. In his latest book, El imperio de la salsa. Crónicas Paganas: Historia, entrevistas y semblanzas de salseros famosos (2018), some of the greatest stars of salsa are featured: Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón and the brothers Palmieri, among many others.

Supported by Gobernación de Bolívar

Address: Centro Cultural Chico Cervantes. Calle 20 #25 – 45 Barrio la Esmeralda. Magangué


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3

[HFC22] 10:00 – 11:00 h Nelson Mandela

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will talk about her work, her priority topics and about how literature contributes to building bridges to explore gender, race and diaspora issues with hournalist Mabel Lara and doctor Aurora Vergara. The event will be presented by the Minister of Culture Carmen Inés Vásquez, who will launch the programme Mujeres Afrocolombianas escriben su territorio in the presence of more than 20 writers of African descent from different regions of the country.

Consecutive translation from English into Spanish

With the support of the Ministry of Culture and presented by the Minister of Culture

[HFC25] 18:00 – 19:00 h Casa de Cultura de Mompox - Mompox

El Imperio de la Salsa. César Pagano

César Pagano is an award-winning writer, journalist, researcher, melomaniac and lover of Cuba, a country he has visited 42 times. He is the founder of the famous bar El Goce Pagano in Bogotá, radio presenter for over a quarter of a century of the radio show Conversación en tiempo de bolero and he has written for magazines such as Semana,Cromos and Soho, and the newspapers El Tiempo, El Espectador, El Colombiano, El Heraldo, El País y El Universal. In his latest book, El imperio de la salsa. Crónicas Paganas: Historia, entrevistas y semblanzas de salseros famosos (2018), some of the greatest stars of salsa are featured: Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón and the brothers Palmieri, among many others.

Supported by Gobernación de Bolívar

Address: Casa de la Cultura de Mompox. Calle del Medio. Mompox


Check out the video of the previous edition, Hay Festival Comunitario 2018

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