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Event HFC1

Journalism workshop with Catalina Gómez Ángel

 Institución Educativa 14 de Febrero - El Pozón
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The reporter Catalina Gómez Ángel (Colombia) works in the Middle East as a correspondent, covering events in countries such as Syria, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, where she worked after the fall of the government and the surge of the Taliban regime. She is the co-author of the book Balas para todas. seis mujeres periodistas en Oriente Medio y Magreb (2021). This highly experienced journalist will offer a workshop for young reporters from the community.

Ages 14 and over
 

Event HFC2

Workshop on musical projects with Jacobo Vélez of La Mambanegra

 Institución Educativa 14 de Febrero - El Pozón
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Jacobo Vélez (Colombia) is the leader of La Mambanegra, an orchestra comprising nine virtuoso musicians from Cali who play in a style they call “breaksalsa”. The saxophonist and creator of the research and music creation project El Calle Hueso, Vélez will show us how to set up and present a musical project.

Ages 15 and over
 

Event HFC4

Manuela Molina

Nuestra piel arcoiris

 Casa Amarilla (Bayunca)
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The Colombian psychologist Manuela Molina is the author of Nuestra piel arcoiris, an illustrated book for children, which talks about how all of us have different colours of eyes, hair and skin, and how, far from being a reason to feel or think ourselves better or worse, this is a source of celebration and cheer, since diversity is what makes the human experience something richer and more interesting.

For children aged 4 to 8
 
Manuela Molina

Event HFC6

Mariángela Urbina

El libro secreto de las niñas

 Hogar Infantil La Abejita - Membrillal
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We are in the future, in a world without social media, since world leaders have banned them. On her thirteenth birthday, Amelia, a solitary girl, full of doubts and who has recently lost her voice, discovers a way to create a secret social networking service for girls. There she meets girls like her, “fun girls who are on their own, bored or looking for fun”, with the help of LilaLady, the artificial intelligence that helps her to create the service, called Shhhat. Together they will learn about the world around them, and find practical activities for putting their knowledge into practice. El libro secreto de las niñas, created by the writer, blogger, journalist and influencer Mariángela Urbina and the illustrator Cecilia Ramos Valencia, invites girls, but also their mothers, fathers, teachers and carers, to explore their inner worlds and to reflect on what it means to build an identity free of stereotypes, limitations and fears.

 
Mariángela Urbina

Event HFC5

Mini-fanzine creation workshop with Amalia Low

 Hogar Infantil Camino de Luz - El Pozón
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Amalia Low is a musician, writer and painter. Born in Japan, she grew up learning to play the piano and started to give concerts at a young age. She later decided to go into painting and illustration. After exhibiting her artworks in Colombia, Japan, Switzerland, France and Canada, she began to illustrate children’s books. At this event, Amalia will guide participants in the creation of their own mini-fanzines, covering a number of techniques for illustrating and writing, and with proposals for all tastes: science fiction, poetry, adventure, romance...

Ages 7 and over
 
Mini-fanzine creation workshop with Amalia Low

Event HFC3

Raquel Martínez-Gómez

Writing workshop. Young people and the scourge of inequality

 Biblioparque San Francisco
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Raquel Martínez-Gómez (Spain) offers a writing workshop for young people from Cartagena who want to tell the stories of their lives, putting an emphasis on how an inequality of opportunities and a lack of human rights guarantees have affected their lives. The workshop will provide basic tools to do this and the goal is to create a publication that will offer a compilation of the different stories. All the work will be done using a collaborative methodology, accompanied by the writer Raquel Martínez-Gómez. The stories will build images in words that identify the consequences of the different inequalities and how these combine. During the pandemic, the mental health of young people deteriorated and the habit of writing can be a healing one. An increase in gender violence has been another of the worrying aspects of the Covid crisis. At this workshop, young people will share their stories in order to understand that the lack of care that many young people suffer from has causes and that it is important to tackle solutions together.

Ages 15 and over
 
Raquel Martínez-Gómez

Event HFC7

Workshop La niña que hablaba con los pájaros. Valentina Toro

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (biblioteca)
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People call Emilia the Bird Girl. Many fear her, not only because she is rather a solitary girl, but also because she talks to birds. Yet there is more: there begin to be disappearances in the town and everyone suspects that these are happening because of Emilia’s curses. Tobias, her neighbour, is the one who is most afraid of her but, with his courage, he will soon discover the true nature of the Bird Girl and the mystery of what is occurring in the town. Valentina Toro, the author and illustrator of La niña que hablaba con los pájaros, will share this beautiful story, one that might instil fear, but also strength, with the children, inviting them to create their own stories in both words and images.

Ages 7 and over
 
Workshop La niña que hablaba con los pájaros. Valentina Toro

Event HFC11

Espectáculo de poesía con Alexis Pimienta

Chamaquili in the land of sad words

 Biblioparque San Francisco
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At this performance, poetry and language share the spotlight with games, and also with the participation of all the children attending the event. It will involve telling (and singing, as Machado wanted) the experiences and adventures of the poet child Chamaquili and his close companion Mapá (a character who is both a mother and father figure), with moments of fun, tenderness, nostalgia, brightness and energy, lit up with the drawings of Jorge Oliver Medina and the improvisations in rhyme of our maestro Pimienta.

For children aged 5 to 11
 
Espectáculo de poesía con Alexis Pimienta

Event HFC9

Julia Barceló

Operación bikini

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (biblioteca)
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Starting from the reading of some excerpts from the illustrated book Operación Bikini, we will work on concepts such as aesthetic pressure or dieting culture using humour and personal experience. The goal of the workshop-talk consists in delving into the structural pressure that beauty canons imply, the problems that they bring and how we can fight them in real life as well as on social media. It is important to find tools to educate a kinder way of looking at other people's bodies as well as our own, to improve our coexistence and empower ourselves in regard to this.

Ages 12 and over
 
Julia Barceló

Event HFC10

Manuela Molina

Nuestra piel arcoiris

 Hogar Infantil La Abejita - Membrillal
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The Colombian psychologist Manuela Molina is the author of Nuestra piel arcoiris, an illustrated book for children, which talks about how all of us have different colours of eyes, hair and skin, and how, far from being a reason to feel or think ourselves better or worse, this is a source of celebration and cheer, since diversity is what makes the human experience something richer and more interesting.

For children aged 4 to 8
 
Manuela Molina

Event HFC8

Workshop La niña que hablaba con los pájaros. Valentina Toro

 Hogar Infantil Camino de Luz - El Pozón
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People call Emilia the Bird Girl. Many fear her, not only because she is rather a solitary girl, but also because she talks to birds. Yet there is more: there begin to be disappearances in the town and everyone suspects that these are happening because of Emilia’s curses. Tobias, her neighbour, is the one who is most afraid of her but, with his courage, he will soon discover the true nature of the Bird Girl and the mystery of what is occurring in the town. Valentina Toro, the author and illustrator of La niña que hablaba con los pájaros, will share this beautiful story, one that might instil fear, but also strength, with the children, inviting them to create their own stories in both words and images.

Ages 7 and over
 
Workshop La niña que hablaba con los pájaros. Valentina Toro
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