Hay Festival Cartagena works with several partner organisations on a variety of projects

A Carbon Neutral Festival

Hay Festival is committed to the preservation and care of the environment. With this in mind, PwC will run an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2016. Acción Verde will neutralise the environmental impact of activities carried out as part of the tenth Hay Festival Cartagena through the planting of native trees that will never be felled, making this a Carbon Neutral festival. This project is supported by Pinturas Tito Pabón.

Fundación Grupo Familia

Fundación Grupo Familia will suppport Hay Festival by placing two recycling points where people can take their programs, brochures, plastic bottles, or glass during the festival.

We encourage all public to locate these recycling points and use them in order to help Fundación Grupo Familia supporting and promoting recycling initiatives that will strengthen social and economical self-sustainability, and benefit as well recylers and their families.

Hay Para Leer – Crecer Leyendo (‘Read With Hay – Grow Up Reading’) Project

The Read With Hay project uses methods specially developed by the educational community to strengthen understanding based on reading and writing with the aim of improving educational quality. The community focus of the project promotes the pleasure of reading with the participation of that community as an actor to encourage the use of books through the Grow Up Reading method, aimed at promoting talent and boosting communication skills and the desire to read among children aged 6 to 12 through the creation of emotionally positive meeting spaces for reading in their communities. This year, the Hay Festival Foundation, Bolívar Regional Government and the Fundación Plan organisations will carry out this project, aimed at children and young people in the districts of Clemencia, Santa Rosa and Santa Catalina. They will also implement the project in different areas of Cartagena where work has been done with Punto de Partida.

Hay Joven – Hay Festival for Young People

As in previous years, Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2016 will present this section for university students as part of the programme. Students have always been a priority for the festival and in 2016 we want to go even further by proposing a series of interactive events. Meetings between authors and students will take place with the support of Colombiana and with the help of alliances with the Cartagena campus of the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Cartagena University, Bolívar Technological University and the Comfenalco Institute of Technology.

RCN & Colombian Ministry of Education National Short Story Competition

The RCN & Ministry of Education National Short Story Competition began in 2007 as an educational strategy to stimulate and promote creative writing among students and teachers. Each year there is a call for stories, asking for the participation of the nation’s students, teachers and educational administrators at the country’s public and private educational institutions. The outcome has been a total of 255,000 stories, with courses given to 33,000 teachers and students around the country on literary creation and writing and reading processes in the classroom. The aim of the competition is to strengthen communicative skills, the exercise of critical reflexion and the interpretation of reality, by accessing literary ideas that constantly renew our view of the world. As well as encouraging Colombian students and educators to participate each year in the competition, this project offers educational tools through creative writing workshops and makes available a range of online tools.

Hay Festival and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is a public organisation whose goal is to promote Spain’s culture and heritage, within the country and abroad, through an extensive programme of activities that includes exhibitions, conferences, lecture series, film, theatre, music, audiovisual productions and initiatives that encourage the mobility of professionals and creators.

As one of these initiatives to promote the internationalisation and mobility of professionals in the Spanish literary sphere, AC/E is working in cooperation with the Hay Festivals held in different parts of the world, co-organising activities for the promotion and dissemination of Spanish creators’ work overseas. In this way, AC/E participates in projects such as publishing events, conferences, events on children’s books or the graphic novel, and mentoring programmes that pair established authors with new writers.

Hay Festival and the Foundation for New Iberoamerican Journalism

The Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Iberoamerican Journalism (FNPI) and Hay Festival created the Michael Jacobs Grant for Travel Writers in 2014. The winner will be announced at Hay Festival Cartagena 2015.

Hay Festival and the British Council

Hay Festival and the British Council launched a global alliance at the 2010 Hay Festival in Wales, and since then they have worked together to take UK writers and thinkers to a global audience. The British Council literary team promotes British publishers, poets and writers in different communities and audiences around the world, running high-quality innovative events that build links between writers, publishers and cultural institutions.

With over 75 years of experience, the British Council works in more than 100 countries, offering exciting opportunities for international audiences to find out about the extensive and creative world of British writing and literature. This year, the Elipsis programme is being introduced with the aim of offering emerging young Colombian writers the chance to experience the Hay Festival as part of their creative writing process. The programme’s goal is to promote experimentation in writing for young people, with the support of authors who are not only very experienced and who have published a number of books, but who have also won prizes in various contexts and who have had their works translated and adapted for film.

Hay Festival and the Cátedra Vargas Llosa

In 2013, the Cátedra Vargas Llosa signed an agreement with the Hay Festival to contribute to the dissemination of Hispano-American thought and culture. The Cátedra organisation will invite prestigious Spanish-speaking writers and intellectuals to talk to the public about their ideas and books at the Segovia and Cartagena festivals. Moisés Naim will talk about his career at the next Hay Festival Cartagena.

Hay Festival and London School of Economics

After a long collaboration, in 2015, LSE signed an agreement with the Hay Festival to present a series of co-branded talks in all Hay Festivals nationally and internationally. LSE and Hay Festival will invite prestigious academics and intellectuals to talk to the public about issues related to economy, anthropology, history and ideas.

Hay Festival and Universidad de los Andes and Externado the Colombia University in Bogotá

Along with Universidad de los Andes and Externado the Colombia University in Bogotá, Hay Festival will be organizing a seminar with the famous economist Thomas Piketty.

Hay Festival and the Canada in the Americas Initiative (CITA) at McGill University

The Canada in the Americas Initiative (CITA) at McGill University has established the Indigenous Literatures in the Americas track in partnership with the Hay Festival of Literature. We aim to foster dialogue between Canadian and Latin American indigenous artists and intellectuals who are exploring the challenges and opportunities for indigenous expression in our hemisphere.

Located within the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC), which also houses the Indigenous Studies programme, CITA works to strengthen the flow of knowledge between Canada and other countries in the American hemisphere.

A key priority of CITA is to address the absence of sustained dialogue between the indigenous peoples of Canada and those of the countries of Latin America. For example, while Canada, Mexico and Colombia are each home to over 60 distinct indigenous languages, and while these communities often face similar challenges, there is no forum for these communities to share their cultural wealth and insight with one another.

Following our successful events in 2014 and 2015 in the Hay Festival Americas' annual editions in Mexico, Colombia, and Peru, we are proud to be back in Cartagena and Medellín in 2016, establishing Indigenous Literatures in the Americas as a regular feature in all of the Hay Festivals in the Americas.

Hay Festival Cartagena projects

Gabriel García Márquez. Photo by Daniel Mordzinski