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 11

Irene Lozano in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Against disinformation

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (patio)
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The Spanish thinker, writer and politician, Irene Lozano, will talk to the writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez about the phenomenon of disinformation and how it affects citizens, the press and even governments, from the Brexit referendum to US elections and the nationalist movements and wars that characterise our present moment. Lozano is the author of a dozen books, winner of the Espasa Essay Prize and current Director of the Casa Árabe in Madrid. She has also been Secretary of State for Global Spain (2018-2020), Chair of the Higher Sports Council (2020-2021), Member of the Madrid Regional Assembly and a Member of the Spanish Parliament.

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Irene Lozano in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Event 11B

Héctor Abad Faciolince, Volodymyr Yermolenko and José Manuel Cajigas in conversation with Catalina Gómez Ángel

Celebrating Victoria Amelina: Dom's Dream Kingdom

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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On June 27th, a Russian missile struck the Ria pizzeria in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, leading to the death of the war crimes researcher and writer Victoria Amelina (Ukraine). Her tragic demise coincided with the release of the Spanish version of her book Dom's Dream Kingdom ('Un hogar para Dom'), published by Avizor with a prologue by Hector Abad Faciolince —sadly, a moment she never got to witness. This novel, depicting the lives of three generations of a family led by an old Soviet pilot and war veteran settled in Lviv, a city that was once one of Europe's major cultural centers, had established Amelina as one of the finest Ukrainian writers of the new generation. Héctor Abad Faciolince, Volodymyr Yermolenko, Avizor's editor José Manuel Cajigas, and journalist Catalina Gómez Ángel, a friend of the author, will discuss this book.

Volodymyr Yermolenko will participate in this event digitally.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided

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Héctor Abad Faciolince, Volodymyr Yermolenko and José Manuel Cajigas in conversation with Catalina Gómez Ángel

Event 14

In Koli Jean Bofane and Adania Shibli in conversation with Jon Lee Anderson

South to South conversations: literature and freedom of expression

 Centro de Convenciones (Salón Barahona)
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The space available for writing should always be a safe place for the artist, but are there external limitations on the imaginations of writers? Jon Lee Anderson will talk to the Congolese writer In Koli Jean Bofane, author of Mathématiques Congolaises, and the Palestinian writer Adania Shibli, author of Minor Detail, about their experiences as creators, their perspective with regard to freedom of expression, and how this has affected their work.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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In Koli Jean Bofane and Adania Shibli in conversation with Jon Lee Anderson

Event 20

Tsitsi Dangarembga, In Koli Jean Bofane, Pankaj Mishra and Erna von der Walde in conversation with Juan Esteban Lewin Pinzón

South to South conversations: different ways of seeing the world

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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This event will be part of the South to South series, in which the Hay Festival offers a forum for some of the most innovative voices of the global South, in order to share different ways of seeing the world, as well as non-Western solutions to the problems that beset us. The four guests at this event will talk about post-colonialism and ways of seeing the world that challenge the dominant models. With Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), writer and filmmaker; In Koli Jean Bofane (Congo), writer and author of Mathematiques Congolaises; Pankaj Mishra (India), essayist and novelist; and Erna von der Walde (Colombia), writer and academic. In conversation with Juan Esteban Lewin Pinzón.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Tsitsi Dangarembga, In Koli Jean Bofane, Pankaj Mishra and Erna von der Walde in conversation with Juan Esteban Lewin Pinzón

Event 29

Serhii Plokhy in conversation with Juan Carlos Flórez

Hay Festival Lviv BookForum series

 Centro de Convenciones (Salón Barahona)
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The Ukrainian historian Serhii Plohky lectures in East European History at the University of Harvard and is the author of several books, including the successful Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (2018) which covers the famous nuclear accident of 1986, an incident that the author himself survived. His most recent book, The Russo-Ukrainian War, analyses the events around the biggest European conflict since the Second World War. For outsiders, the 22nd of February 2022 –the day Russia invaded Ukraine– marked the beginning of this war, but there are deeper roots: a failed invasion attempt in 2014 that created a climate of geopolitical tension that has taken the world back to the Cold War period. The author also returns to the times of the Iron Curtain and explores the legacy of the Soviet approach, one that continues to be in operation today. In conversation with Juan Carlos Flórez.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Serhii Plokhy in conversation with Juan Carlos Flórez

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 59

Humberto de la Calle, Volodymyr Yermolenko and Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Juanita León

Transitional justice and peaceful living

 Centro de Convenciones (Salón Barahona)
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How can civil society be restored after a country has suffered violence or armed conflict? What tools do the State and NGOs have to establish processes of transitional justice and reparation? Juanita León talks to Humberto de la Calle (Colombia), lawyer, writer and Head Negotiator for the Juan Manuel Santos government during the peace process with the FARC; Volodymyr Yermolenko, president of PEN Ukraine; and Patrick Radden Keefe (United States), journalist and writer, the author of Say Nothing, an essential book about the history of the IRA and the Northern Ireland peace negotiations.

Volodymyr Yermolenko will participate in this event digitally.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Humberto de la Calle, Volodymyr Yermolenko and Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Juanita León

Event 73

Catalina Gómez Ángel, Juanita León, Volodymyr Yermolenko and Serhii Plokhy in conversation with Sergio Jaramillo

Let’s talk about Ukraine

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)
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The human, political, economic, environmental and social consequences of the war in the Ukraine are devastating. What solutions and what future await the European country? Catalina Gómez Ángel (Colombia), Juanita León (Colombia) and Volodymyr Yermolenko and Serhii Plokhy from Ukraine will be in conversation with Sergio Jaramillo.

Volodymyr Yermolenko will participate in this event digitally.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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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Catalina Gómez Ángel, Juanita León, Volodymyr Yermolenko and Serhii Plokhy in conversation with Sergio Jaramillo

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