Colombia Digital 2021

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The schedules shown for each event are in GMT-5 (Lima, Bogotá, Panamá…). Once the live streaming is over, the recordings will be available until 14 February at 12:00 am for free on this website, below each event description. Afterwards, they will be added to Hay Player, our online archive containing audio and video of the events from all Hay Festivals across the world.

View the Hay Festival Comunitario programme: the section for children and young adults.

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Event P17

Melba Escobar and Margarita Posada in conversation with David Lara

 Sede Digital Cartagena
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Melba Escobar is the author of the novels Duermevela (2010), Johnny y el mar (2014), House of Beauty and La mujer que hablaba sola (2019), which have been translated into various languages. Her first non-fiction work, Cuando éramos felices pero no lo sabíamos, a book about the complex relationship between Colombia and Venezuela, a work given depth by the author’s travels to the neighbouring country in 2019 and 2020. Escobar is also a columnist for El Tiempo newspaper. The writer and journalist Margarita Posada is the Creative Director of a narrative advertising firm. Her most recent book is Las muertes chiquitas, a profoundly personal work in which the author tells the story of how, after a trip to Europe, she had to live with the condition that makes everything turn opaque and grey: depression. They will talk to the journalist David Lara.

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Event P18

Rubén Blades in conversation with Mábel Lara

 Sede Digital Cartagena
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With a five-decade music career, Rubén Blades (Panama), a living legend of salsa, has released around 30 albums recorded solo or in collaboration with other major figures in Latin American music, such as Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe. He has won many different Latin Grammys in different categories, been awarded the Spanish Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts, and has three honorary doctorates from US universities. As an actor he has participated in over 30 productions. He was the Panamanian Minister of Tourism from 2004 to 2009. Sometimes called the “intellectual of salsa”, he is the author of songs that will always be in fashion, including “Amor y control” and “Decisiones” and will talk about his career with Mábel Lara.

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