Hay Festival Cartagena 2024

Welcome to the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2024 programme, to be held from 25 to 28 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 and Hay Comunitario are free of charge. Access on Sunday will be free of charge for inhabitants of the Department of Bolívar in most of the events.

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.

Online application for free events is now closed.

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

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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 6

Mauricio García Villegas in conversation with José Manuel Acevedo

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)
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Doctor in Politics, a lecturer at the National University of Colombia and an associate lecturer at the universities of Wisconsin and Grenoble, researcher with the organization Dejusticia and El Espectador columnist, Mauricio García Villegas is the author of El viejo malestar del Nuevo Mundo, a long essay in which, applying the perspective of the philosopher Baruch Spinoza, he examines the tension between sadness and joyfulness. Applying this idea to the political sphere, the author looks at the history of Latin America through the emotions, offering a lucid analysis of phenomena which are extreme yet also common: violence, corruption, lack of social cohesion and the difficulties with consolidating democracy. In conversation with José Manuel Acevedo.
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Mauricio García Villegas in conversation with José Manuel Acevedo

Event 31

Carlos Manuel Álvarez, Ana Paula Maia and Fernanda Trías in conversation with Margarita Valencia

Shared truths

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (patio)
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The Hay Festival and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) present the anthology Verdades compartidas, a project that reimagines Colombia after the peace process, written by ten Latin American authors. The project presents an inclusive and holistic vision of the peace process, and portrays not only the diversity of the country, but also sets the nation within the Latin American context. Ana Paula Maia (Brazil), Fernanda Trías (Uruguay) and Carlos Manuel Álvarez (Cuba) will talk to Margarita Valencia about the anthology.

Consecutive translation from Portuguese to Spanish available

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Carlos Manuel Álvarez, Ana Paula Maia and Fernanda Trías in conversation with Margarita Valencia

Event 36

Natalia García Freire and Nona Fernández in conversation with Ricardo Corredor Cure

Sharing truths

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (patio)
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The Hay Festival and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) present the anthology Verdades compartidas, a project that reimagines Colombia after the peace process, written by ten Latin American authors. The project presents an inclusive and holistic vision of the peace process, and portrays not only the diversity of the country, but also sets the nation within the Latin American context. Natalia García Freire (Ecuador) and Nona Fernández (Chile) will talk to Ricardo Corredor Cure.

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Natalia García Freire and Nona Fernández in conversation with Ricardo Corredor Cure

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 39

Selva Almada, Josefa Sánchez Contreras, Philippe Sands, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Gabriela Wiener in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Explorers, dreamers and thieves

 Centro de Convenciones (Salón Barahona)
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In 2022, the Hay Festival and the British Museum teamed up to create the anthology Volver a contar: escritores de América Latina en los archivos del Museo Británico, in which a group of ten writers delved into narratives on the past using a collection of Latin American objects in the museum, a collection never seen by the public. In 2023 we present the anthology Exploradores, soñadores y ladrones, in which six fiction writers visit the museum’s collection to come up with a new compilation of texts that question and reimagine the predominant narratives, with Selva Almada (Argentina), Philippe Sands (France/UK), Josefa Sánchez Contreras (Mexico), Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia) and Gabriela Wiener (Peru) in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Colombia), editor of the anthologies.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Selva Almada, Josefa Sánchez Contreras, Philippe Sands, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Gabriela Wiener in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Event 42

Alfonso Múnera in conversation with Raúl Román

The shared Caribbean, the shared Pacific. The history of the sea and ocean between Colombia and Panama

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Salón del Rey)
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The Cartagena native Alfonso Múnera (Colombia) is a Doctor in Latin American and Caribbean History from the University of Connecticut; he has been Colombian Ambassador in Jamaica and in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as General Secretary of the Association of Caribbean States. He has written three essential works for understanding Colombian history: El fracaso de la nación, Fronteras imaginadas and La independencia de Colombia: olvidos y ficciones. He will talk about his work with Raúl Román.

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Alfonso Múnera in conversation with Raúl Román

Event 56

Juan Manuel Santos in conversation with Michael Stott

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (patio)
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In the second decade of the 21st century, Colombia showed remarkable results in the fight against poverty. Over five million Colombians lifted themselves out of poverty, and the inequality gap decreased. Juan Manuel Santos, in his book La batalla contra la pobreza, emphasizes the importance of Colombia's pioneering adoption of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). This approach provides lessons for other nations, academics, and decision-makers. In conversation with Michael Stott.

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Juan Manuel Santos in conversation with Michael Stott

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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