Hay Festival Cartagena 2023

Welcome to the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2023 programme, to be held from 26 to 29 January. In this page you can find the events in the general programme as well as Hay Joven activities tor university audiences, Hay Comunitario sessions which will take place in different areas of Cartagena, Reading Clubs and Talento Editorial.

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Event 3

Tsitsi Dangarembga and Gloria Susana Esquivel in conversation with Georgina Godwin

(In)equalities

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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Three authors from very different countries will talk to Georgina Godwin about how their artistic experiences have been affected by their class, race and gender. This is a conversation to reflect on (in)equality and the intersectional impact on the literary. With Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), a high-profile African feminist, writer, filmmaker and author; and Gloria Susana Esquivel (Colombia), writer and podcaster.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Tsitsi Dangarembga and Gloria Susana Esquivel in conversation with Georgina Godwin

Event HJ16

Velia Vidal in conversation with Cindy Herrera

 Universidad de Cartagena, Claustro de San Agustín (Biblioteca)
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In 2022, the writer, cultural manager and reading promotor Velia Vidal was named as one of the world’s 100 most influential women by the BBC. This Colombian from Chocó is the founder and Director of the Motete Cultural and Educational Corporation which works to promote reading and culture in her region. With her first book, Aguas de estuario, the author tells of her personal return to her homeland to dedicate her life to offering reading support and cultural management, how the tensions between the centre and the periphery in a country like Colombia define much of this journey, and her struggle to dissolve these divisions. Her most recent publication, Para vernos mejor, is a reflection on representation in children’s literature, which questions a system that continues to privilege hegemonic discourses. The author proposes, with experiences and examples, a way of building more diverse role models. In conversation with the writer and cultural manager Cindy Herrera.
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Velia Vidal in conversation with Cindy Herrera

Event 37

Carolina Aguado Serrano and Jesús Sanjurjo in conversation with Ricardo Chica Gelis

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Salón del Rey)
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Two historians talk to Ricardo Chica Gelis about events closely related to the history of Cartagena de Indias. With Carolina Aguado Serrano (Spain), an art historian and part of the technical coordination team for exhibitions and publications of the Dirección de Colecciones Reales de Patrimonio Nacional (Spain); she is co-author (alongside Mariela Beltrán García-Echániz) of La última batalla de Blas de Lezo, a comprehensive historical revision of the mariner's story. Jesús Sanjurjo (Spain) will talk about his book Con la sangre de nuestros hermanos. Historia del abolicionismo y del fin del comercio de esclavos en el Imperio español, 1800-1870, in which he sets out the complex history of abolitionist and anti-abolitionist discourses in Spain and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean during the 19th century. The study covers the ideological, political and diplomatic battle that occurred up and down the Atlantic in order to ban the slave trade in the last years of the Spanish Empire.

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Carolina Aguado Serrano and Jesús Sanjurjo in conversation with Ricardo Chica Gelis

Event HC17

Velia Vidal

 Biblioteca Popular de Playa Blanca
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In 2022, the writer, cultural manager and reading promotor Velia Vidal was named as one of the world’s 100 most influential women by the BBC. This Colombian from Chocó is the founder and Director of the Motete Cultural and Educational Corporation which works to promote reading and culture in her region. With her first book, Aguas de estuario, the author tells of her personal return to her homeland to dedicate her life to offering reading support and cultural management, how the tensions between the centre and the periphery in a country like Colombia have defined much of this journey, and her struggle to dissolve these divisions. Her most recent publication, Para vernos mejor, is a reflection on representation in children’s literature, which questions a system that continues to privilege hegemonic discourses. The author proposes, with experiences and examples, a way of building more diverse role models.
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Velia Vidal

Event HC13

Javier Ortiz Cassiani in conversation with Raúl Ballesteros

 La Canoa Literaria
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The historian Javier Ortiz Cassiani received an award for Afro-Colombian of the year in the Media and Journalism category in 2014. He has been an advisor to the Ministry of Culture, the National Centre for Historical Memory, of the Truth Commission, the Cartagena de Indias Historical Museum and Cartagena University’s Claustro la Merced cultural space. He is the author of El incómodo color de la memoria, Un diablo al que le llaman tren and his recent Bailar con las trompetas del apocalipsis, a book that imagines the Caribbean from the point of view of the personal and the collective, looking at its recent past and observing the unstoppable passage of time. He will be in conversation with Raúl Ballesteros.
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Javier Ortiz Cassiani in conversation with Raúl Ballesteros

Event HJ27

Jesús Sanjurjo in conversation with Santiago Colmenares

 Museo Mapuka - Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla)
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The young academic Jesús Sanjurjo (Spain) will talk about his book Con la sangre de nuestros hermanos. Historia del abolicionismo y del fin del comercio de esclavos en el Imperio español, 1800-1870, in which he sets out the complex history of abolitionist and anti-abolitionist discourses in Spain and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean during the 19th century. The study covers the ideological, political and diplomatic battle that occurred up and down the Atlantic in order to ban the slave trade in the last years of the Spanish Empire. He will talk about this original piece of research, one that has received the recognition of the Journal of Global Slavery. In conversation with the History professor Santiago Colmenares.
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Jesús Sanjurjo in conversation with Santiago Colmenares

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