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.

The tickets of the general programme and reading clubs are on sale for in person events. If you wish to register to see the live streaming of events, please select the option "Register to watch online" when this option is available. Hay Joven, Hay Comunitario and Talento Editorial are 100% in person and free of charge.

If you have any issues regarding the payment of your tickets, please contact us at tickets@hayfestival.org or at +57 317 516 55 13.

If you are a students a wish to request free tickets, you can write to us at estudiantes@hayfestival.com.

If you have any general questions, you can find us at contacto@hayfestival.org.

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Event HC2

Musical show offered by Las Estrellas del Caribe

Hay Comunitario opening event

 Institución Educativa 14 de Febrero - El Pozón
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Las Estrellas del Caribe, from San Basilio de Palenque, is a traditional group created by Leonel Torres and some of his friends from the town. They are pioneers in which is now known as “terapia criolla” or “champeta roots”, and they come with a performance that combines the traditional music of Palenque with African rhythms such as soukous, highlife and mbquanga. This very special event will connect the audience with essential cultural expressions of Caribbean musical identity.
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Musical show offered by Las Estrellas del Caribe

Event 1

Kevin Johansen and Phil Manzanera in conversation with Andrés Mompotes

El Tiempo opening event

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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Two musical pioneers, Phil Manzanera (Colombia / UK) and Kevin Johansen (Argentina / United States) will talk about the creative work of fusing genres and experimenting with different sounds, products of their Latin and English-speaking backgrounds, a mixture that has been crucial to their work. Johansen, whose concerts and projects have captivated listeners on both sides of the Atlantic, and Manzanera, of the legendary Roxy Music and producer of artists such as Héroes del Silencio, Fito Páez, Aterciopelados and David Gilmour, will talk together for the first time at an event moderated by Andrés Mompotes.

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Kevin Johansen and Phil Manzanera in conversation with Andrés Mompotes

Event HJ7

Tei Shi: talk and concert in conversation with Federico Ochoa

 Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Sede Manga) - Mini explanada Auditorio Jorge Taua
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Tei Shi (Valerie Teicher Barbosa) is a Colombian-Canadian singer and songwriter. Her lyrics, which were initially all in English, have gradually come to terms with her Hispanic roots, the result of the Latin music that was always playing around her; and also due to a particular source of inspiration, which is wishing to set poems written in Spanish to music. Her latest work, Bad Premonition, is composed of six songs that demonstrate how well she has consolidated her artistic personality after ten years of searching and introspection, thus opening a new phase of creative freedom and growth. She will offer a brief concert and will talk about her music career. In conversation with Federico Ochoa.

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Tei Shi: talk and concert in conversation with Federico Ochoa

Event HJ11

Julio Victoria in conversation with Aroldo Mondol Quintana

 Universidad de Cartagena, Claustro de San Agustín (Biblioteca)
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Julio Victoria is a Colombian music producer and DJ who has worked intensely on his Live project, involving traditional Colombian instruments such as the harp or the marimba in the electronic universe, creating an authentic and innovative music. This interesting experimental mixture that has taken him onto stages in countries such as the US, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Finland, Norway, France, Hungary, Croatia, the UK and Japan. Victoria has also created an interesting social project in which he aims to democratise access to music, allowing it to reach young people in some of Colombia’s most marginal neighbourhoods thanks to educational workshops on electronic arts for the community of Ciudad Bolívar, always collaborating with local artists. He will talk to DJ Mondol.

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Julio Victoria in conversation with Aroldo Mondol Quintana

Event 30

Teresita Gómez and Beatriz Helena Robledo in conversation with Ricardo Chica Gelis

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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Beatriz Helena Robledo has written the biography of the Colombian pianist Teresita Gómez, covering the six decades of her music career. Gómez, from Medellin, started to play the piano very young, and since then has displayed a talent that has taken her to the most famous stages around the world, including the Chopin Society in Warsaw, the Royal Palace in Madrid, and the International Franz Liszt Festival in Weimar. As well as covering the career of this great figure, Robledo deals with the systemic racism that the pianist has had to overcome in order to achieve her true potential. In conversation with Ricardo Chica Gelis, the pianist Teresita Gómez and her biographer Beatriz Helena Robledo will talk about a life dedicated to art, an unstoppable vocation, and a great inspiration for new generations of musicians in Colombia.
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Teresita Gómez and Beatriz Helena Robledo in conversation with Ricardo Chica Gelis

Event 60

Kevin Johansen and Liniers in concert

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)
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The Argentinean-US musician Kevin Johansen and the illustrator and cartoonist Liniers (Argentina) unite for an illustrated concert at which the music of Johansen becomes image and Liniers’ drawings become songs. A spectacular and moving live show for singing and setting the imagination free.

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Kevin Johansen and Liniers in concert

Event 66

Phil Manzanera in conversation with Fernando Gómez

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (patio)
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A musician who rose to fame in a legendary band, Phil Manzanera (Colombia/UK), will talk to Fernando Gómez. Having spent his childhood in Cuba, he has an unbreakable link with Latin America. The guitarist and composer was one of the founders of the band Roxy Music and he has produced albums by Héroes del Silencio, Fito Páez, Aterciopelados, David Gilmour and many more. He will speak about a life dedicated to music and his love for Latin America, as he describes it in his memoir Revolución to Roxy.

All Sunday events will be free for people who has an ID expeded in the Bolívar Department. You must request their courtesy tickets at the box office of the Hay Festival (CCCI) showing your ID, between 22 and 28 of January.

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Phil Manzanera in conversation with Fernando Gómez

Event 80

The Creole Group in conversation with Kent Francis James and Daniel Samper Pizano, followed by a concert

The music of San Andrés disembarks

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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The Creole Group band preserves the musical legacy of the islands of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. Before he died, the founder, the artist Orston Christopher, recommended to the young people of the group that they maintain the archipelago’s musical heritage. Recognised by the islanders as a major part of this legacy, they have performed this music around the world for the past 36 years. Kent Francis James will talk to the writer and journalist Daniel Samper Pizano about the origin and legacy of the band, alongside Creole Group's live music.

All Sunday events will be free for people who has an ID expeded in the Bolívar Department. You must request their courtesy tickets at the box office of the Hay Festival (CCCI) showing your ID, between 22 and 28 of January.

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The Creole Group in conversation with Kent Francis James and Daniel Samper Pizano, followed by a concert

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