Hay Festival Colombia Foundation Benefactors

Cartagena audience

Communication to Benefactors

Hay Festival Cartagena 2021

First of all, despite the current situation, from the Hay Festival we hope everyone is in good health with their loved ones.

It has been a difficult year, with months of uncertainty during which existential concerns and worries about the future have haunted us. Given these circumstances, the Hay Festival sought to adapt quickly to be able to stay in touch with friends and attendees of our festivals and bring ideas, reflections and conversations home. There is no doubt that today culture is more necessary than ever.

In 2020 the festivals of Wales (May / June), Querétaro (September) and Arequipa (October / November) were digital, whereas the Hay Festival of Segovia (September) had a hybrid model. In fact, the last face-to-face festival in which we were able to meet was the one in Cartagena, Colombia, at the end of January.

Regarding festivals in Colombia, the date of our annual meeting is approaching. Moreover, given that the priority is to take care of ourselves and that there is still uncertainty about 2021, we have decided to make a hybrid festival (digital / face-to-face) in which most of the events will be virtual (with streaming and public televisión broadcast). However, we also want to be present in Cartagena, which needs us more than ever. If circumstances allow us we will be there with a limited number of events. It is estimated that around 20% of the festival's programme will take place with reduced formats, capacity and with strict compliance with biosecurity measures.

Our Hay Festival in Cartagena and Medellín 2021 will consist of more than 100 events with the participation of national and international luxury guests, who will join live from wherever they are. The programme will be announced the first week of December and a few days later, the registration for digital talks (access to which will be free) and the ticket office for face-to-face events in the city of Cartagena will be opened to the general public.

Among the difficulties that festivals have faced this year, finance definetly would be the one that stands out the most. It has been a complex year and that is why we need your contribution more than ever. Your support will allow our festival to reach a wide and diverse audience free of charge, as well as making an economic contribution to writers, artists, scientists and musicians who have faced a difficult year due to a substantial reduction in their income.

Without doubt, the Hay Festival of Cartagena 2021 will be a different festival. Many of us will miss walking through the streets of the walled city and meeting face-to-face. However, we are sure that the programme will be filled with great guests and relevant themes for this challenging situation in which we find ourselves in.

The value we have determined for the donation of this hybrid edition of the festival is $1,000,000 per person.

Letting us know about your interest and making the transfer no later than November 25 would very much be appreciated. The reservation of quotas for benefactors in face-to-face events will be made between Friday, December 4 and 10, 2020. From that date, the ticket office sale will open to the public in Cartagena.

To find out about the benefactor plan, please write to: constanza@hayfestival.org or cell phone 3165270294.

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Cuenta Corriente Banco Itaú 501374771

Nit 900.255.241-8


Constanza Escobar 

Development and Communication Director

Hay Festival Cartagena 

Thank you to our 2021 benefactors!

Miguel Acevedo Rueda

Carlos Arcesio Paz

Nora Berthelemot

Alfredo Carvajal

Jarouska Cocco

Claudia Patricia Gil

Mónica Gómez Jaramillo

Nora Jaramillo Arango

Alberto Lozano Villa

Rubén Minski

Wendy Raisbeck

Frida Spiwack

Esther Ventura

Jaime Zuluaga


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