Hay Para Leer – Crecer Leyendo

Crecer Leyendo (Grow Up Reading) is a programme aimed to promote a taste for reading in several vulnerable communities in Cartagena and Bolívar. During the last 12 years the Hay Festival and Fundación PLAN have been developing the Hay Festival Comunitario, a festival which tries to promote a taste for art, reading and culture to children and youngsters by bringing national and international writers to communnities such as Pozón, Membrillal, Bayunca, Tierra Baja, Puerto Rey and Boquilla, among others.This process has contributed directly to boys and girls participating in Hay Festival Comunitario´s activities, thus allowing encounters between the youth and writers invited to the Hay Festival. These literary activities are addressed to a child and young audience and take place in several communities in Cartagena and Bolívar where passion and love for reading has awaken in thousands of boys and girls, enabling them to undergo a transformation in their lives and reimagine the world. 

Hay Joven

Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2018 offered a programme aimed to university students. Encounters between authors and students were held thanks to the support of Colombiana and the existing alliance with Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano – Seccional Cartagena, Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, Universidad de Cartagena and Centro San Lázaro.

National Short Story Competition RCN – Ministry of Education

The National Short Story Competition RCN - Ministry of Education was born in 2007 as a pedagogical strategy to promote creative writing among students and teachers. Apart from the anual calling in which students from either public or private institutions participate, the Competition has trained moren than 40,000 students and teachers in the creaty writing workshops. During these last years more than 320,000 stories have been told from every corner of the country, stories that represent a sample of what the Colombians write about, of the impact literature has on children, of how they express themselves and how they interpret the reality they live in. 

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is a Spanish public body dedicated to promoting Spain’s culture and heritage, inside and outside the country, through an extensive programme of activities. This includes exhibitions, meetings, conferences, film, theatre, music, audio-visual productions and initiatives that boost the mobility of professionals and artists. As part of the promotion of the internationalization and mobility of Spanish literary professionals, AC/E collaborates with the Hay Festivals held around the world, co-organizing activities for the promotion and dissemination abroad of the work of Spanish writers, especially at the 2018 Cartagena de Indias event, at which there was a major presence of Spanish talent within the Programa Foco Cultura España-Colombia programme run by AC/E.

Hay Festival and the New Ibero-American Journalism Foundation 

The Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for a New Ibero-American Journalism -FNPI- and the Hay Festival Cartagena set up the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant since 2014. During the 2017 edition the third winner was announced.

Hay International Fellowship: Jenny Valentine

Jenny Valentine is the Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2017/18 and a multi award-winning author of YA fiction. Her novels include Finding Violet Park and Fire Colour One. The Welsh novelist is attending all Hay Festivals for one year, working with young people to give a voice to their concerns and present a manifesto for adolescence. In this session, she explores ways in which teenagers might be better understood and empowered.

Hay Festival and the British Council

The Hay Festival and the British Council launched a global alliance in the 2010 Hay-on-Wye Festival and have since then worked together to bring British writers and thinkers to a larger global audiences. The British Council literary team fosters British editors, poets and writers in different communities and audiences all over the world, developing high-quality and innovative events that create connections between writers, editors and cultural institutions. With over 75 years of experience, the Britsh Council works in more than 100 countries offering exciting opportunities for an international audience to know the vast and vibrant universe of British writing and literature. 


The Hay Festival presented the final list of Bogotá39-2017, where 39 of the best under 40 Latin American fiction writers where selected, aiming to celebrate good literature and highlight the talent and diversity of the regin´s literary production. Bogotá39-2017 aims to promote young Latin American writers´ work by showing it to a broad audience in order to forge links between literary productions and the publishing industry from different Latin American countries. Those 39 authors gathered in the Hay Festival Cartagena.

Hay Festival and Banco de la República

Thanks to the existing alliance with the Banco de la república network in the cities of San Andrés, Manizales, Buenaventura, Santa Marta, Medellín and Bogotá. Additionally, their support accompanied different activities organised in the city of Riohacha since its beginning. 

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