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.

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Event 7

Emilie Pine in conversation with Margarita Posada

The matter of literature

 Sede Digital Medellín
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Emilie Pine (Ireland) is a writer and lecturer in Modern Theatre at the University of Dublin. Her book Notes to Self is a collection of autobiographical essays about women and their bodies. If our bodies could tell their stories, what would they say? They would talk about blood, of the pain of dirty blood, of the blood that must never show itself. They would talk about the anguish of not being good enough, of always being silent, thinking that will improve things. This is a distressing yet wise and optimistic book. A treatise for what it means to live, an act of rebellion against a society that feels more comfortable silencing women.

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Event 8

Arturo Pérez-Reverte in conversation with Juan Carlos Botero

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The prodigious writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte was a war correspondent for over two decades, covering armed conflicts in Africa, America and Europe. He is the author of more than twenty novels and collections of short-stories, the most recent of them being Línea de fuego (2020), a chilling account of the brutal Battle of the Ebro, the bloodiest episode of the Spanish Civil War, which took place in July 1938. Pérez-Reverte will talk to Juan Carlos Botero.

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Event GL1

Reading Group with León Valencia

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The writer and political analyst León Valencia (Colombia) is the Director of the Pares Foundation, a research centre dedicated to the analysis of Colombia’s social and political conflicts. He has been a columnist for Semana magazine and also for newspapers such as El Colombiano and El Tiempo. His research into the links between politicians and paramilitaries (“la parapolítica”) marked a watershed in judicial processes against corruption. He is also the author of several books, the most recent of which is La sombra del presidente. In conversation with Juan David Correa.

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Event 9

LASTESIS in conversation with Carolina Robino

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The performance created and led by the LASTESIS collective of the song and dance “Un violador en tu camino” in Santiago de Chile has been one of the global highlights of recent feminist activism. Shown around the world, it was a direct condemnation of the violence that is intrinsic to the patriarchal system. It also aimed straight at the heart of questions that are crucial when it comes to changing our societies legally, socially and culturally, seeking to make these societies truly equal. In conversation with the BBC Mundo editor, Carolina Robino, the collective will answer questions compiled through this media outlet.

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Event 10

Guadalupe Nettel and Marta Orrantia in conversation with Karim Ganem Maloof

New novels

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Guadalupe Nettel (Mexico) and Marta Orrantia (Colombia) will talk about their latest books with Karim Ganem. Orrantia is the author of the book of non-fiction Todopoderosos de Colombia and of the novels Orejas de pescado, Mañana no te presentes and Cipriano, her most recent work. Nettel is the author of well-known novels including El huésped (shortlisted for the 2005 Herralde Prize), Bezoar & Other Unsettling Stories, The Body Where I Was Born and After the Winter (2014 Herralde Novel Prize), as well as the short story collection El matrimonio de los peces rojos (Ribera del Duero International Short Fiction Prize). Her latest book is La hija única.

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Event 11

Pola Oloixarac and Daniel Saldaña París in conversation with Guido Tamayo

Eccles Prize

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Two recent winners of the Eccles Prize will talk to Guido Tamayo about the projects they submitted in application for this award, which is given in support of writers wishing to research and write about the Americas. Pola Oloixarac (Argentina), author of Las teorías salvajes and Mona, was selected for her Atlas Literario del Amazonas, a creative non-fiction project that reveals the secret history of the Amazon region. Daniel Saldaña París (Mexico), author of En medio de extrañas víctimas, El nervio principal and several poetry books, won the Eccles in 2020 for the novel Principio de mediocridad, due to be published soon.

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Event P1

Gloria Susana Esquivel and Myriam Bautista in conversation with Beatriz Mesa Mejía

Women rebel

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The research and writings of the author, journalist and translator Gloria Susana Esquivel (Colombia) are closely tied to feminism, as is her podcast Womansplaining. In ¡Dinamita! Mujeres rebeldes en la Colombia del siglo XX, illustrated by Powerpaola, she tells 14 stories of 20-century Colombian women who worked in their respective fields towards equality and the recognition of women’s rights. In her book, Rebeldes: Osadas y transgresoras mujeres colombianas, the journalist Myriam Bautista offers six profiles of women who, consciously or unconsciously, departed from established norms and worked on what they wanted and in the way they wanted. In conversation with the journalist Beatriz Mesa Mejía.

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Event P2

León Valencia in conversation with Diego Aristizábal

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The writer and political analyst León Valencia (Colombia) is the Director of the Pares Foundation, a research centre dedicated to the analysis of Colombia’s social and political conflicts. He has been a columnist for Semana magazine and also for newspapers such as El Colombiano and El Tiempo. His research into the links between politicians and paramilitaries (“la parapolítica”) marked a watershed in judicial processes against corruption. He is also the author of several books, the most recent of which is La sombra del presidente. Valencia will talk to Diego Aristizábal.

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Event P3

Carolina Ponce de León in conversation with María Mercedes González

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Carolina Ponce de León has been the Director of Fine Art at the Luis Ángel Arango Library, Director of New York’s Museo del Barrio, Director of the Galería de la Raza in San Francisco and a consultant on matters involving the visual arts to the Ministry of Culture. She writes regularly for El Tiempo and is the author of several books, including Tantas vueltas para llegar a casa (2020), an autobiographical book that combines the personal experiences of the author with some recent history of art and its relationship to social and political matters. In conversation with María Mercedes González.

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Event 12

Habitantes invisibles. Dance performance

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La propuesta de danza experimental Habitantes invisibles, de Espiral Raíz, intervine el espacio con elementos escenográficos sensitivos para seducir la percepción del espectador, para que vivencie las representaciones de lo invisible en el espacio, representando a personajes de la calle como integrantes de la ciudad, con historias de vida sumergidas en las problemáticas sociales del país (desintegración o violencia intrafamiliar, el desplazamiento urbano y la adicción circunstancias o motivos para habitar en la calle). Espiral Raíz es una producción escénica de danza experimental, dirigida por dos docentes/ creadores desde el año 2012. Su objetivo es propiciar el desarrollo de representaciones artísticas, encuentros pedagógicos y culturales con la danza; han participado en espacios culturales de Medellín enfocados en las programaciones culturales, eventos educativos y semanas culturales en corregimientos, comunas y equipamientos culturales de la ciudad enfocados en un público familiar.
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