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.

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Event HC9

Elisa Guerra

The importance of education

 Centro de Convivencia, Arjona
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Elisa Guerra (Mexico) is a teacher, writer and friend to both children and trees. In 2015 she was named Best Educator in Latin America and the Caribbean by the Inter-American Development Bank, and has been shortlisted for the Global Teacher Prize twice. At this event she will talk about her latest book, Las voces de los árboles, in which she takes us to a parallel world where trees of different species and from different places around the world tell us their stories and lead us to reflect on the damage we are doing to the planet.

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Elisa Guerra

Event 27

Andrew Bastawrous, María Adelaida López and Louisa Mitchell in conversation with Andrea Bernal

Three ways of changing the world

 Centro de Convenciones (Salón Barahona Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru)
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The guests at this event have made changes to the world for which they have been recognized; all of them have experience working for social change, creating and maintaining organizations that have had a positive impact on the lives of many. Andrew Bastawrous (United Kingdom) leads Peek Vision, whose platform strengthens health systems to improve vision and eye health. María Adelaida López (Colombia) is the head of aeioTU, a social enterprise that develops the potential of childhoods throughout Colombia and which offers education of quality, helping to decrease the inequality gap. Louisa Mitchell (United Kingdom) runs West London Zone, an organization that works with young people at risk of social exclusion, and with their families and educators. Andrea Bernal will talk to these guests about the reasons they have chosen the area where they work, what motivates them and what their personal experiences have been.

Simultaneous interpreting from English to Spanish available

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Event HJ11

Elisa Guerra and Moisés Wasserman in conversation with Willian Malkún Castillejo


 Universidad de Cartagena, Derecho (Aula Máxima de Claustro de San Agustín)
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Both at the local and the global levels, how can we establish new systems that guarantee quality, free and universal education? We talk to the writer and Elisa Guerra (Mexico). With a Master’s in Education from Harvard University, she was named Best Educator in Latin America and the Caribbean by the Inter-American Development Bank in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Global Teacher Prize in 2015 and 2016; and with educator and writer Moisés Wasserman (Colombia), Ph.D. on Biochemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and with a post doctorate om Microbiology for New York State University, was the dean of the Universidad Nacional and is the author of La educación en Colombia. In conversation with the rector of Cartagena University, Willian Malkún Castillejo.
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Event 44

Darrel McLeod, Elisa Guerra and Yásnaya Elena Aguilar in conversation with Martín Murillo

The education that books provide

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Salón del Rey)
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The Cree writer, Darrel McLeod (Canada); the UNESCO recognized educator Elisa Guerra (Mexico); and the mixe thinker, writer and activist Yásnaya Elena Aguilar (Mexico), will talk to Cartagena’s most loved reading promotor, Martín Murillo (Colombia), about why books are key to educational processes and how they stimulate the imagination, offer knowledge and make it possible to develop key skills from an early age.

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Event 48

Juan José Borrell, Ana Catalina Suárez and Moisés Wasserman in conversation with Fernando Quijano

Grupo BIOS event: Towards greater food security

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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We are what we eat and our health will always be linked to our food. We humans obtain our energy and develop a strong immunological system through the nutrients provided by what we eat. For this reason, health and quality of life require sustainable, quality sources of food. With Juan José Borrell (Argentina), researcher and writer; Ana Catalina Suárez, Latin American Regional Director of The Global FoodBanking Network; and Moisés Wasserman (Colombia), educator and writer. Moderated by the journalist Fernando Quijano.
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