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This is the story of a friendship between a cloud monster and a girl. Together they will have to face loneliness and other fears. On the way, they find a black dog with hazel eyes which barks at midnight, a big boy who makes other people cry, a blonde girl whose shadow changes shape. Being little isn’t easy, but having a cloud monster makes everything easier… well, almost everything. With Valentina Toro, writer and illustrator.
To think in the future of humanity is to think as well of the future of energy. Our increasing demands of energy makes us think more of renewable sources that are more friendly with the environment. Wind, solar and specially nuclear energy, each source has to be discussed.
Can Colombian history fit into ten paintings? What is art telling us about our past and future? The keen observer finds in artworks questions and answers. This talk looks into Colombian history through ten iconic paintings.
The relation between history and culture with human emotions has changed through time. Until the XVIII century, emotions were always linked to weakness and with was then consider the “weak sex”. Throughout the last two centuries, emotions became more prevalent versus reason, as relevant elements for the professional and the personal. This talk looks into this historical shift and of the value of emotions and the social.
To watch a film is not just letting the story guide you with its elements of drama or action, it is also beginning to understand a language with its own rules and mysteries. Which things we do not see when watching a movie? What should we pay attention to? This talk takes us into the fascinating world of cinema.
Daniela Abad (Italy-Colombia) organizes the Medellin International Short Film Festival and has directed the documentary films Carta a una sombra (together with Miguel Salazar) and The Smiling Lombana (produced by Miguel Salazar). The Smiling Lombana is a story about uncomfortable and taboo matters, and about family secrets. The film shows us a personal history, of a smiling, enigmatic man who tried to avoid pain, Tito Lombana, who led a double life of a loving father and man of amoral conduct. This story is also a look at the recent history of Colombia, its snobbishness, its urge for success, its indolence and two-faced morality. This is a conversation between Daniela Abad and Perla Toro about her trajectory in the film world and about her most recent documentary.
The Rector of the University of the Andes and member of the Lancet Covid-19 Commission, created to help develop global solutions to the pandemic, has written a book of essays that undertakes to recover the philosophical and artistic legacy of the great thinker Aldous Huxley, author of the influential novel Brave New World, while reflecting on matters related to progress, life, health and medicine, drugs and their prohibition, education and the climate emergency. Juan Luis Mejía (Colombia) was the Rector of the EAFIT University for 16 years. A lawyer by education, his career has been in cultural management and he has also worked as a diplomat. They will talk to María del Rosario Escobar, Director of the Museum of Antioquia.
Daniel Christian Wahl is a writer and consultant who specializes in innovation and sustainability. In his book Designing Regenerative Cultures he set out the path to follow to undo the past and correct many things that we have been doing wrong. In conversation with the environmentalist Juan Manuel Restrepo.
At this event we will share a lovely Jerico-style coffee with Melba Escobar and we will talk about her most recent book, Cuando éramos felices pero no lo sabíamos, a work about the complex relationship between Colombia and Venezuela, a work given depth by the author’s travels to the country next door in 2019 and 2020. An intimate encounter between readers and the author, moderated by Guido Tamayo.
Marta Orrantia will talk about her most recent book, Cipriano, a reflection on aging told through the eyes of Cipriano, an octogenarian who has been widowed for three years when he receives the news of his daughter’s death. As well as her long career as a journalist working for Colombian media, Orrantia has also written the non-fiction book Todopoderosos de Colombia and the novels Orejas de pescado and Mañana no te presentes. An intimate encounter between readers and the author, moderated by Guido Tamayo.
Winston Churchill once said “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” How is it possible to ensure that democratic systems work as well as they can? What role does the separation of powers play? What is the real value of the vote for citizens? Camilo Arango will talk to the political scientist Sandra Borda (Colombia) and the academic Jorge Giraldo (Colombia) about this political system, which is still imperfect yet guarantees its people greater liberties.
At this event we will share a lovely Jerico-style coffee with Juan Gabriel Vásquez and we will talk about his most recent book, Volver la vista atrás. Vásquez has won the 2011 Alfaguara Novel Prize, the IMPAC Prize for The Sound of Things Falling, and the 6th Biblioteca Prize for Colombian Fiction for Canciones para el incendio. His novels and short stories have been translated into dozens of languages. An intimate encounter between readers and the author, moderated by Ana Cristina Restrepo.
Tomás González, one of Latin America’s most acclaimed writers, will talk about his new book, El fin del Océano Pacífico. González is the author of a dozen novels, several short story collections and a poetry book. The book he presents at the festival acts as a reminder, expressed using characters and language, that life and death are consubstantial: just as there could be no ocean without coast, there cannot be a beginning if there is no end. In conversation with Juan David Correa.
The environmentalist Mariana Matija (Colombia) offers a guide for children about how to be responsible consumers committed to sustainability. Author of 10 pasos para alinear la cabeza y el corazón y salvar el planeta, Matija creates and shares educational content on a range of crucial and interconnected matters, making them accessible and comprehensible to all. She will talk to about her teaching and her learnings with Clara Robledo.
The exceptional Carlos Vives, a multi-award winning musician of international fame, acclaimed around the world, is also a great expert on the Colombian musical tradition, which he has paid homage to and also contributed to with his own work. Vives will talk to Juancho Valencia about Cumbiana: Relatos de un mundo perdido, his book about the style that is most closely identified with Colombia: cumbia.
A celebration of music, culture and art with the great Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellín, a professional orchestra with 37 years of experience, who's highest purpose is to transform the local and national territories through symphonic music.
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The journalist and film critic Pedro Adrián Zuluaga is the author of the recent Qué es ser antioqueño, a book that explores the complexities of Antioquian culture, showing its wealth and diversity, seeking to depart from certain stereotypes and offering an overview of its realities. The Spanish writer and journalist Sergio Vila-Sanjuán has published several books, many of which are related to the world of literature and journalism, including his second novel, Estaba en el aire, with which he won the 2013 Nadal Novel Prize. He is also the author of books about journalism and Catalan- and Spanish-language culture. They will talk to María del Rosario Escobar, Director of the Museum of Antioquia.
At this event we will share a lovely Jerico-style coffee with Rosa Montero and we will talk about her most recent book, La buena suerte, a novel whose protagonists are Pablo and Raluca, who meet in a cursed village. Pablo is fleeing from something undefined and Raluca possesses a secret. The novel’s intriguing dynamic envelops the reader, along with its reflections on fear, longing, desire and notions of good and evil. An intimate encounter between readers and the author, moderated by Ana Cristina Restrepo.
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If there is something that the recent and ongoing crisis has taught us it is the vital importance of the environment, our home, and caring for it in order to ensure that people can lead full and abundant lives. The scientist and thinker Brigitte Baptiste (Colombia), Rector of the EAN University and regular contributor to media such as La República, was at the head of the Humboldt Institute for many years and is an authority on the management and care of Colombia’s incredible biodiversity. The writer Ignacio Piedrahíta, a geologist and novelist, brings the two fields together in his books, with published novels that include Un mar and the books of travel writing Al oído de la cordillera and Grávido río. His book La verdad de lo ríos, a work published together with the national Truth Commission, talks about the importance of rivers for communities, as well as about their history and development. They will talk to Tatiana Pardo.