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 HC1

Catalina Gómez Ángel

Young reporters workshop

 Institución Educativa 14 de Febrero - El Pozón
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The journalist Catalina Gómez Ángel (Colombia) works in the Middle East as a correspondent, covering events in countries such as Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan and Iran, where she lives. Since February 2022 she has dedicated much of her time to covering the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. She is the co-author of the book Balas para todas: Seis mujeres journalists en Oriente Medio y el Magreb (2021). She is a correspondent for France 24 Español, Barcelona’s La Vanguardia and Radio France Internationale. This highly experienced reporter will offer a workshop for young community reporters.
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Catalina Gómez Ángel

Event HJ1

BBC Mundo journalism workshop

With Carlos Serrano and Ana María Roura

 Universidad de Cartagena, Claustro de San Agustín (Biblioteca)
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Two journalists from one of the world’s most respected media outlets will give this journalism workshop aimed at university students. Carlos Serrano (Colombia) and Ana María Roura (Ecuador), members of the BBC Mundo team, will explain the Spanish-language work model of this British news service, which is over a hundred years old and is renowned for its news rigour and quality. Our guests will talk particularly about broadcasting content creation and managing the social media.

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BBC Mundo journalism workshop

Event 4

Laura Ardila in conversation with Juanita León

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (patio)
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Laura Ardila (Colombia) is a Caribbean journalist with two decades of experience who has spent many years researching the question of how power works in Colombia as well as the issue of the relationship between the regional clans and the Bogota elites. She will talk to Juanita León about the book La Costa Nostra, which analyses the role of the influential Char family in Colombian politics, specifically in the Caribbean region, and also matters related to censorship and free access to information.

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Laura Ardila in conversation with Juanita León

Event 9

Jon Lee Anderson in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

Michael Jacobs Prize. Travel writing

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Salón del Rey)
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The US journalist and writer Jon Lee Anderson, part of the New Yorker team and the author of numerous books on Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, will talk to Jaime Abello Banfi, Director of the Gabo Foundation, about his love of travel writing.

Since 2014, the Gabo Foundation and the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, as part of an alliance lasting over a decade, have been offering, in homage to the English writer, the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant, an award that is supported by the Michael Jacobs Foundation for Travel Writing.

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Jon Lee Anderson in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

Event 23

Ana Bejarano, Daniel Coronell, Daniel Samper Ospina, Daniel Samper Pizano and Enrique Santos

Opinion journalism in Colombia. Does it have a future?

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)
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The journalism website Los Danieles, founded during the pandemic by Daniel Coronell (who will participate digitally), Daniel Samper Ospina and Daniel Samper Pizano, has become an independent news site with a big following in Colombia. Together with Ana Bejarano, who is also part of the team, the fourth well-known columnists will talk, alongside Enrique Santos, about the Colombian and global current affairs.

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Ana Bejarano, Daniel Coronell, Daniel Samper Ospina, Daniel Samper Pizano and Enrique Santos

Event HJ9

Masterclass with Jon Lee Anderson

Exploring the world through the travel chronicle

 Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (sede Manga) - Aula MB 204
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The Gabo Foundation, in alliance with Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, announces the master class Exploring the World through the travel chronicle, to be held on January 26, 2024, as part of Hay Festival Cartagena at the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Manga venue). The activity will be led by Jon Lee Anderson (United States), writer and journalist, who will offer practical advice and effective techniques for observing, researching and writing about the travel chronicle.

Presented by Javier Ramos.

To participate in the masterclass, please register here
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Masterclass with Jon Lee Anderson

Event 38

Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Ana María Roura

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)
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What lies behind the scenes of an assassination, coup d’état or a swindle? In his latest book Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks, the acclaimed writer Patrick Radden Keefe (United States) takes us around the planet to discover some of the most startling crimes committed by rogues of all kinds, whose crimes or eccentric behaviours are portrayed in the book. Radden Keefe writes for the New Yorker and is the author of critically-acclaimed works such as Say Nothing and Empire of Pain. In conversation with the journalist Ana María Roura.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available



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Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Ana María Roura

Event 43

Geoff Dyer in conversation with Fernando Gómez

The Last Days of Roger Federer

 Centro de Convenciones (Salón Barahona)
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What happens when great artists and athletes get to the end of their careers? In The Last Days of Roger Federer, in his characteristic style, Geoff Dyer portrays figures as different as Bob Dylan, Friedrich Nietzsche and Boris Becker, offering a lucid reflection on success and decadence. Through anecdotes and history, the author shows us the last days of these geniuses, demonstrating that it is possible to find meaning in the finite, and to continue to reinvent ourselves long after youth has ended. In conversation with the journalist Fernando Gómez.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Geoff Dyer in conversation with Fernando Gómez

Event 45

Eliane Brum in conversation with Erna von der Walde

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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The award-winning journalist, writer and documentary-maker, Eliane Brum (Brazil), lives and works in Altamira, in the Amazon rainforest. She has received around 40 journalism prizes. She writes for Spain’s El País and is the author of La Amazonia: viaje al centro del mundo (2024), a book that narrates her move from Sao Paulo to Altamira, a city where the construction of one of the world’s largest (and most ecologically devastating) dams is taking place. She writes about the negligence and corruption that is changing the face of the Amazon. In conversation with Erna von der Walde.

Simultaneous translation from Portuguese to Spanish available

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Eliane Brum in conversation with Erna von der Walde

Event 50

Tina Brown in conversation with Kirsty Lang

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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The award-winning journalist, writer and publisher Tina Brown (UK) has a long career in the British and American media. Between 1970 and 2001 she was Editor-in-Chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. In the year 2000 she was given the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2009 she founded the Women of the World initiative, a summit held in New York, London, Toronto, Dubai and New Delhi and involving women leaders, CEOs, global activists and celebrities including Hilary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and the Nobel prizewinners Leymah Gbowee and Nadia Murad. Brown is also the author of the Vanity Fair Diaries and the bestseller The Palace Papers, an incisive investigation that takes us inside Buckingham Palace, revealing stories that help us to understand the British royal family as never before. She will talk to Kirsty Lang.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Tina Brown in conversation with Kirsty Lang

Event 65

Laura Aguirre, Carlos Manuel Álvarez and Alfredo Meza in conversation with Jan Martínez Ahrens

El País América event: dictatorships that persecute journalists

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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Central America has a concerning number of autocracies who oppress investigative journalists and restrict freedom of expression. Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela, all countries with journalists who have been sent into exile for speaking the truth. Talking part at this event will be Carlos Manuel Álvarez (Cuba), Laura Aguirre (El Salvador) and Alfredo Meza (Venezuela); professionals who have had to leave their homes in order to publish high-quality journalism containing the truths that power will not tolerate. In conversation with Jan Martínez Ahrens, Director of El País América.

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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Laura Aguirre, Carlos Manuel Álvarez and Alfredo Meza in conversation with Jan Martínez Ahrens

Event 72

Felipe Restrepo Pombo, Silvia Sesé and Diego Enrique Osorno

4th Anagrama Prize for Non-fiction

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Salón del Rey)
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This award aims to be a stimulus for narrative journalism in Spanish, and to reward the work of the best literary journalists writing in the language. With this event, the 4th Anagrama / Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation Prize for Non-fiction (which began in 2019 as the Sergio González Rodríguez Anagrama / UANL Prize) enters a new phase. The great Mexican journalist and writer Sergio González Rodríguez, in whose memory the prize was initiated, continues to be in our minds, and his extraordinary work will continue to encourage us to promote new voices in narrative journalism. The award will have the support of the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation and has an alliance with the Hay Festival. The jury of the Anagrama / Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation Prize for Non-fiction is made up of Martín Caparrós, Carlo Feltrinelli, Leila Guerriero, Juan Villoro and Silvia Sesé. Coordination and preselection has been the responsibility of Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

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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Felipe Restrepo Pombo, Silvia Sesé and Diego Enrique Osorno

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