Hay Festival and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is a public organization dedicated to drive an initiative and promoting the culture and heritage of Spain, inside and outside its borders, through a wide program of activities that includes exhibitions, meetings, conference cycles, cinema, theater, music, audiovisual productions and initiatives that promote the mobility of professionals and creators. Within the initiatives that promote the internationalization and mobility of professionals in the Spanish literary sector, AC / E has launched a collaboration program with the Hay Festival held in different parts of the world, co-organizing activities for the promotion and dissemination outside the work of its creators. The Hay Festival Colombia 2023 edition will feature the presence of many Spanish authors: Santiago Beruete, Mercedes Cebrián, Yayo Herrero, Esther Paniagua and Cristina Romera Castillo.

Hay Festival and BBC Mundo

To accompany the programming of Hispanic festivals and expand its reach through digital media, Hay Festival partnered with BBC Mundo to prepare complementary programming in which guests to the Hay Festival Colombia, and other great personalities from the world of culture from America and Europe, will discuss current issues, offering suggestions for books and authors they admire, and sharing their views on specific topics. Readers could also find curious notes and put their knowledge of literature and the Spanish language to the test. BBC Mundo journalists will moderate various talks at the festival.

This digital programming, with exclusive videos, texts, images and conversations, will be published on the website and social networks of BBC Mundo and Hay Festival.

Hay Festival and El País América

Hay Festival and El País have established a media alliance for all festivals in Latin America that brings the content of the festival to the readers of the newspaper and the interviews and investigations of the newspaper to the festival's spectators. The newspaper has a talk at each festival with a great international personality, and both organizations share content to bring the Hay Festival closer to the readers of El País. This time, the conversation will be between Juanes and Diego Londoño with Jan Martínez Ahrens, director of El País América. Also, journalist of this newspapwer will take part in some events.

Talento Editorial

The Talento Editorial meetings are events of a professional and international nature open to the public that aim to publicize innovative and successful experiences in the publishing industry. Spaces in which booksellers, publishers and people from the world of books exchange ideas and reflect together. During the last fifteen years the book industry has undergone - or enjoyed - an extraordinary revolution that has affected its economic and creative foundations. The sixteenth edition of Talento Editorial will be held at Cartagena de Indias.

Hay Festival and Fundación Gabo

Since 2014 the Gabo Foundation and the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, as part of an alliance of more than a decade, have taken the initiative to organize, as a tribute to the English writer, Michael Jacobs, the Michael Jacobs travel chronicle scholarship, which awards $ 7,500 to a draft book or travel article about Latin America or Spain, to be published in Spanish or English. Since 2017 the Scholarship has been supported by The Michael Jacobs Foundation for Travel Writing.

In eight editions, the Scholarship has received lots of travel book proposals, of which 8 winners have been selected: Álex Ayala (Spain), Federico Bianchini (Argentina), Diego Cobo (Spain), Sabrina Duque (Ecuador), Ernesto Picco (Argentina) JS Tennat (UK), Santiago Willis (Colombia) and Federico Guzmán Rubio (Mexico).

The following winner will be selected by Jon Lee Anderson, Daniel Samper Pizano and Federico Guzmán Rubio at the Hay Festival Cartagena, on January 2023. 

More information about the Scolarship at

Hay Festival and British Council

The Hay Festival and the British Council launched a global partnership at the 2010 Hay-on-Wye Festival - deepening their joint work since the birth of Hay Festival Cartagena - and have since worked together to bring UK writers and thinkers to global audiences. The British Council's literature team promotes British publishers, poets and writers in different communities and audiences around the world, developing innovative and high-quality events that weave connections between writers, publishers and cultural institutions. The British authors of Hay Festival Colombia 2022 were supported by the British Council. The foregoing in order to ensure that the knowledge and experience of the United Kingdom in the field of literature is recognized and appreciated by different Colombian audiences. This year, with Rachel Cusk and Deborah Levy.

Hay Diálogos with Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos

Hay Diálogos with Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos is a proposal from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) together with the Hay Festival to try to promote knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities, united by the same language and a shared literary tradition. This proposal, which is developed in each of the existing Hay Festivals, and which is part of the critical and informative work carried out by the journal Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos, edited by AECID, has the participation of an author with extensive experience, which in turn proposes a younger one, either from Latin America or Spain. It is, therefore, a dialogue that builds bridges between generations and different countries through a common literature. This year's conversation will be held between Lucía Lijtmaer (Spain) and Laura Restrepo (Colombia).

The Eccles Centre for American Studies

The Eccles Center & Hay Festival Writer’s Award is an annual literary award that awards £ 20,000 to a writing project that explores a theme related to America; the award is announced by the Eccles Center for American Studies at the British Library, in association with the Hay Festival. The award is aimed at writers working on non-fiction or fiction books, in English or Spanish, that require the use of the collection of the Americas, at the British Library. Ayanna Lloyd Banwo and Jarred McGinnis won the 2023 Writer's Award. The Hay Festival is pleased to support this award and contribute to the dissemination of the call and the work of the winners, inviting the winners to their festivals. This year's conversation, supported by Eccles Centre, will be about the links between education, books and reading, with Darell McLeod, Elis Guerra and Yásnaya Elena Aguilar, in conversation with Martín Murillo.

Universidad del Norte

The Hay Festival brought the festival closer to the students of Barranquilla with three face-to-face activities in collaboration with the Universidad del Norte, on January 30, 2023, with Richard Firth-Godbehere, Esther Paniagua, Andrés Felipe Solano, Amets Arzallus, Cristina Romero, Serge Haroche and Claudine Haroche.

Hay Joven

Hay Joven is a program aimed at the university community at our festivals in Latin America. Hay Joven is the 100% free program aimed at students, teachers, administrative and service personnel at universities that seeks to provide an adequate space for a close and assertive conversation. The Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2023 presents a program of 16 events with writers, journalists, educators, scientists and activists designed with the needs of the university public in mind and in collaboration with Universidad de Cartagena.

Casa Hay Festival – SURA y Bancolombia

Our partner for Latin America, SURA, together with Bancolombia, will offer a meeting place for all those attending the Cartagena de Indias festival: La Casa Hay Festival - SURA y Bancolombia, a space to relax, regain strength, meet and engage in conversation with other attendees. It will be located at Claustro de las Animas of the Centro de Convenciones.

Banco de la República

Our partners from Banco de la República will offer this conversation as part of the complementary activities of the festival:

Thursday 26 January 2023, 18:00, Patio del Claustro de San Pedro Claver

Conference and sound experience. The breat of the Universe. By Luis Fernando Franco, musician and composer

Free, limited availability. 80 people

What is the relationship between archeology and music? In this sound experience, the composer Luis Fernando Franco presents his work where he uses wind instruments from the Zenú and Malibú native peoples of the Colombian Caribbean plains and will evoke the interactions that these ancestral societies had with the fauna, to remember the cosmic connection that unites all beings in the universe as seed, body and spirituality.

This research is part of the new Museo del Oro Zenú, which will open its doors as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Banco de la República.

Fundación Plan

Every year since 2005, communities celebrate and enjoy art, reading and culture at Hay Festival Comunitario. The PLAN Foundation and the Hay Festival have jointly developed this social inclusion initiative that seeks to stimulate curiosity, interest in learning and love and the habit of reading in girls, boys, adolescents and young people from vulnerable communities in Cartagena, and in municipalities of the department of Bolívar.

There are already hundreds of people including artists, writers, illustrators, journalists and personalities who have accepted the invitation to exchange experiences and knowledge in these spaces full of smiles, questions and curiosity, where more than 17,000 girls, boys and young people from communities such as: Bayunca, El Pozón, La Boquilla, Sincerín, Turbaco, Santa Rosa, Turbana, Membrillal, Nelson Mandela, Gambote, among others.

Gran Salón BAT de Arte Popular, Colombia y el Medioambiente

The BAT Foundation celebrates the 18th anniversary of the Hay Festival in Colombia with the closing talk The two shores meet; Music from the Pacific coast visits the Caribbean, a conversation between Hugo Candelario González (composer and arranger) and the writer Daniel Samper Pizano, followed by a concert with the Bahía Trio. And it presents the Great BAT Hall of Popular Art, Colombia and the Environment at the Historical Museum of Cartagena - Palace of the Inquisition and at the Palace of the Proclamation until February 11; The public will be able to appreciate the works of the finalist popular artists among the 1904 proposals registered in the national call, among which those of the empirical artists of the PDET territories, prisons, heritage towns and cities stand out, making a call a call to preserve the environment.

Kitambo/El Atlas. Malí y Colombia, un cruce de miradas

Collective exhibition with Fatoumata Diabaté, Lyann Quartas, Julieth Morales, El Murcy and Yeison Riascos. Curatorship: Margarita Ariza.

Africa lives here and now in this photographic cartography that crosses the Atlantic and enters the Colombian Pacific.

With the support of AECID, the Embassy of Spain, the Institut Français and the Embassy of France in Colombia.

Place: Spanish Cooperation Training Center

Opening: TBC

Hours: TBC