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 HC4

Juliana Muñoz Toro

Whales at the end of the world

 Institución Educativa El Redentor Sede Las Colinas - Nelson Mandela
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Juliana Muñoz Toro is a writer and journalist. Her book 24 señales para descubrir a un alien won the Tragaluz International Writing Competition and was selected by the Munich International Youth Library. In her book Mi hermana Juana y las ballenas del fin del mundo she tells the story of a journey undertaken by a sister, a brother and their mother to see the humpback whales of the Colombian Pacific. Juliana will talk about this book with the attendees.
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Juliana Muñoz Toro

Event HC5

Rocio Bonilla

 Institución Educativa Puerto Rey
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Esta autora e ilustradora es la creadora de más de cincuenta libros que han sido traducidos a casi 30 idiomas. Estudió Bellas Artes y Pedagogía y por muchos años se dedicó a la publicidad. Desde 2013, Rocio Bonilla escribe y dibuja para las y los más pequeños. Algunos de sus álbumes ilustrados se titulan: ¿De qué color es un beso?, La montaña de libros más alta del mundo y Abuelos, pirañas y otras historias. Es la creadora de la serie Babymoni, sobre una niña que descubre el mundo que la rodea, explorando sus emociones y su cotidianidad.
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Rocio Bonilla

Event HC6

Rocio Bonilla

 Institución Educativa Felipe Santiago Escobar - Turbaco
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This author and illustrator is the creator of over 50 books, which have been translated into almost 30 languages. She originally studied Fine Art and Education, and for many years worked in advertising. Since 2013, Rocio Bonilla has written and drawn for young people. Some of her illustrated books include ¿De qué color es un beso?, La montaña de libros más alta del mundo and Abuelos, pirañas y otras historias. She is also the creator of the Babymoni series, which is about a girl who discovers the world around her, exploring her emotions and her everyday life.
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Rocio Bonilla

Event HC8

'Letras al carbón' and other stories by Irene Vasco

Reading of and conversation on some of her books

 Corporación Ruleli
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Irene Vasco has dedicated her life to books and reading. As well as writing, she has also worked in bookselling and as a reading promoter. She is the creator of over 30 books of children’s literature, including Conjuros y sortilegios, Expedición Macondo, Letras al carbón and La independencia de Colombia: así fue.
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'Letras al carbón' and other stories by Irene Vasco

Event HC9

Valentina Toro

The imaginary children

 Salón Comunal de Malagana
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Valentina Toro studied Graphic Design and later did a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. She is the author and illustrator of eight books, a number of which have been shortlisted for international prizes. Valentina is interested in stories about ghosts, animals, magic and supernatural beings. In her latest book, Los niños imaginarios, she deals with matters including the family and mourning. It tells the story of Lorenzo, who, after the death of his father, moves with his family to a house near a forest, one that his grandmother says is full of monsters. One day, guided by a dog, the child enters the wood and starts to discover all kinds of mysteries.
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Valentina Toro

Event HC22

Raúl Ballesteros

 Biblioteca Popular de Playa Blanca
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Artist, historian and creator of the 'Ciudad Parapeto' series, Raúl Ballesteros is the illustrator of the book Alba y el pequeño gran Toto, written by Carolina Cabarcas. On this occasion he will offer an art workshop, one that will help us think about the world around us through creativity.

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Raúl Ballesteros

Event HC10

Juliana Muñoz Toro

Whales at the end of the world

 Casa Comunitaria de Tierra Baja
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Juliana Muñoz Toro Juliana Muñoz Toro is a writer and journalist. Her book 24 señales para descubrir a un alien won the Tragaluz International Writing Competition and was selected by the Munich International Youth Library. In her book Mi hermana Juana y las ballenas del fin del mundo she tells the story of a journey undertaken by a sister, a brother and their mother to see the humpback whales of the Colombian Pacific. Juliana will talk about this book with the attendees.
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Juliana Muñoz Toro

Event HC11

Beatriz Helena Robledo

A festival of riddles

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (biblioteca)
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Beatriz Helena Robledo studied Spanish and Latin American Literature and lectured in Children’s Literature at the Universidad Javeriana. She has contributed to numerous anthologies of short stories and poetry, has been on the juries of children’s literature prizes such as the Iberoamericano Prize for Child and Young Adult Literature, the Casa de las Américas Prize for Literature for Children and Young People, and the RCN-Ministry of Education National Short Story Prize. Her books include Así somos. Tradiciones de Colombia; El otro Simón, an illustrated book about Simón Bolívar; Flores blancas para papá, a young adult novel; and various biographies: Rafael Pombo, la vida de un poeta; María Cano, la Virgen Roja; ¡Viva la Pola! and Teresita Gómez. Música, toda una vida. She currently runs the Consultorio Lector, a personalised attention programme for reading, writing and literature. On this occasion, Robledo presents a festival of riddles at which participants will join in, in groups, to try to answer the others’ conundrums.
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Beatriz Helena Robledo

Event HC12

José Andrés Gómez

 CDI Camino de Luz - El Pozón
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This author loves horror films.José Andrés Gómez studied Biology, then Audiovisual Communication and then baking. He collects strange comics and board games. Some of his books are Los cuadernos del doctor Calamar, Marsálida: guía turística para el visitante indefenso and Índigo no puede salir de vacaciones. He likes to mix everything and learned to use pens and dice at the same time, creating stories by playing, almost without meaning to.
Ages 12 and over
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José Andrés Gómez

Event HC14

Gerardo Meneses

Bashir’s last journey

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Biblioteca)
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Gerardo studied Literature at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional and has written over 20 books. He has received a range of national and international prizes, recently being ‘highly recommended’ by Fundalectura and put on the IBBY List of Honour, Greece (2018). His most recent book, El último viaje de Bashir, tells the story of Isaac, a thirteen-year-old boy who wants to be like Bashir the magician, who comes to his town with the circus once a year. Yet to be a magician, Isaac will have to leave his town and his family, and try new and unexpected things in order to enter into the world of magic… A story about the transition from childhood to adolescence.

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Gerardo Meneses

Event HC15

Elisa Guerra

How to develop the potential of all children

 Corporación Ruleli
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Elisa Guerra (México) has a Master’s in Education from the University of Harvard and for over 20 years she has been the voluntary Director for Latin America of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, an international non-profit organization that works with the parents of neurodiverse children. This talk aims to offer a look at child brain development and explore how parents can become the most influential teachers and therapists for their own children.
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Elisa Guerra

Event HC16

José Andrés Gómez

 Biblioteca Pública de Clemencia
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José Andrés Gómez loves horror films. He studied Biology, then Audiovisual Communication and then baking. He collects strange comics and board games. Some of his books are Los cuadernos del doctor Calamar; Marsálida: guía turística para el visitante indefenso and Índigo no puede salir de vacaciones. He likes to mix everything and learned to use pens and dice at the same time, creating stories by playing, almost without meaning to.
Ages 12 and over
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José Andrés Gómez

Event HC17

Velia Vidal

 Biblioteca Popular de Playa Blanca
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In 2022, the writer, cultural manager and reading promotor Velia Vidal was named as one of the world’s 100 most influential women by the BBC. This Colombian from Chocó is the founder and Director of the Motete Cultural and Educational Corporation which works to promote reading and culture in her region. With her first book, Aguas de estuario, the author tells of her personal return to her homeland to dedicate her life to offering reading support and cultural management, how the tensions between the centre and the periphery in a country like Colombia have defined much of this journey, and her struggle to dissolve these divisions. Her most recent publication, Para vernos mejor, is a reflection on representation in children’s literature, which questions a system that continues to privilege hegemonic discourses. The author proposes, with experiences and examples, a way of building more diverse role models.
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Velia Vidal

Event HC18

Pilar Lozano

 Institución Educativa Técnica de La Boquilla - Sede Principal
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The radio, press and television journalist, writer of children’s literature and reading promotor, Pilar Lozano, is the author of almost 20 books exploring the country’s richness and diversity. Her stories also deal with the most painful sides of our recent history. Some of her books are La historia, los viajes y la abuela; Colombia, mi abuelo y yo; La estrella que le perdió el miedo a la noche and Historias de un país invisible.
Ages 8 to 12
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Pilar Lozano

Event HC19

Elisa Guerra

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Biblioteca)
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Elisa Guerra (Mexico) has a Master’s in Education from Harvard University. In 2015 she was named Best Educator in Latin America and the Caribbean by the Inter-American Development Bank, and has been on UNESCO’s International Commission on the Futures of Education. At this event she will talk about her latest book, Las voces de los árboles, a work that leads readers through a parallel world in which trees of different species and from places around the world tell us their stories and let us reflect on the damage we are doing to the planet.
From 8 to 12 years old
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Elisa Guerra

Event HC20

Gerardo Meneses

Bashir's last journey

 CDI La Abejita - Membrillal
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Gerardo studied Literature at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional and has written over 20 books. He has received a range of national and international prizes, recently being ‘highly recommended’ by Fundalectura and put on the IBBY List of Honour, Greece (2018). His most recent book, El último viaje de Bashir (Bashir's last journey) tells the story of Isaac, a thirteen-year-old boy who wants to be like Bashir the magician, who comes to his town with the circus once a year. Yet to be a magician, Isaac will have to leave his town and his family, and try new and unexpected things in order to enter into the world of magic… A story about the transition from childhood to adolescence.


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Gerardo Meneses

Event HC21

Valentina Toro

The imaginary children

 Corporación Ruleli
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Valentina Toro studied Graphic Design and later did a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. She is the author and illustrator of eight books, a number of which have been shortlisted for international prizes. Valentina is interested in stories about ghosts, animals, magic and supernatural beings. In her latest book, Los niños imaginarios (The imaginary children), she deals with matters including the family and mourning. It tells the story of Lorenzo, who, after the death of his father, moves with his family to a house near a forest, one that his grandmother says is full of monsters. One day, guided by a dog, the child enters the wood and starts to discover all kinds of mysteries.
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Valentina Toro

Event HC23

Pilar Lozano

 La Canoa Literaria
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The radio, press and television journalist, writer of children’s literature and reading promotor, Pilar Lozano, is the author of almost 20 books exploring the country’s richness and diversity. Her stories also deal with the most painful sides of our recent history. Some of her books are La historia, los viajes y la abuela; Colombia, mi abuelo y yo; La estrella que le perdió el miedo a la noche and Historias de un país invisible.


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Pilar Lozano

Event HC24

Elisa Guerra

 Biblioteca Popular de Playa Blanca
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Elisa Guerra (Mexico) has a Master’s in Education from Harvard University. In 2015 she was named Best Educator in Latin America and the Caribbean by the Inter-American Development Bank, and has been on UNESCO’s International Commission on the Futures of Education. At this event she will talk about her latest book, Las voces de los árboles, a work that leads readers through a parallel world in which trees of different species and from places around the world tell us their stories and let us reflect on the damage we are doing to the planet.
Ages 8 to 12
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Elisa Guerra

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