Hay Festival Cartagena 2024

Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2024 was hold 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 took place in different areas of Cartagena, Reading Clubs and Talento Editorial.

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Event HJ2

Dahlia de la Cerda en conversación con Yusly Pérez Llerena

Hideouts, and having one’s own space

 Universidad de Cartagena, Claustro de San Agustín (Biblioteca)
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The author of the essay Feminismo sin cuarto propio (included in the anthology of feminist texts Tsunami 2) and of the outstanding short story collection Perras de reserva (2022), Dahlia de la Cerda (Mexico) returns with Desde los zulos (2023), a book that combines autofiction, journalism and essay to reflect on marginal feminisms, the danger of excluding practices within the social movements, and in which she proposes a more plural and diverse view of feminism. De la Cerda has a degree in Philosophy, was a fellow of the 2015 Aguascalientes Programme for the Stimulation of Artistic Creation and Development and was also a beneficiary of the FONCA Young Artists’ Programme in 2016 and 2018. She is a co-founder and co-director of the Morras Help Morras feminist collective. She will talk to Yusly Pérez Llerena.
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Dahlia de la Cerda en conversación con Yusly Pérez Llerena

Event 3

Tsitsi Dangarembga and Gloria Susana Esquivel in conversation with Georgina Godwin

(In)equalities

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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Three authors from very different countries will talk to Georgina Godwin about how their artistic experiences have been affected by their class, race and gender. This is a conversation to reflect on (in)equality and the intersectional impact on the literary. With Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), a high-profile African feminist, writer, filmmaker and author; and Gloria Susana Esquivel (Colombia), writer and podcaster.

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Tsitsi Dangarembga and Gloria Susana Esquivel in conversation with Georgina Godwin

Event 5

Silvana Paternostro and Vanessa Rosales in conversation with Teresita Goyeneche

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Salón del Rey)
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Two authors comment on the gender perspective and sociological reflection and analysis of their writings. The event will feature Silvana Paternostro (Colombia), journalist and author of In The Land of God and Man, a report, now available in English and winner of the 1997 Pen Award, that is a controversial criticism of the patriarchal system in all its facets; and Vanessa Rosales (Colombia), writer and podcaster, who, in her new book, Mad Men, undertakes an analysis of the television series of the same name through short essays written with an autobiographical slant. They will talk to Teresita Goyeneche.

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Silvana Paternostro and Vanessa Rosales in conversation with Teresita Goyeneche

Event TE1

Felipe González, Marisol Schulz and Silvia Sesé in conversation with Guido Tamayo

Women in Latin American literature

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Salón Mutis)
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Important figures from the world of Spanish-language bookselling, Felipe González (Laguna books), Marisol Schulz (Director of the Guadalajara International Book Fair) and Silvia Sesé (Anagrama) will help us to understand an undeniable reality: the growing presence and influence of young Latin American women writers. In conversation with Guido Tamayo.
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Felipe González, Marisol Schulz and Silvia Sesé in conversation with Guido Tamayo

Event HJ6

Alana S. Portero in conversation with Mar Márquez

The bad habit

 Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Sede Manga) - Auditorio Jorge Taua
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Recognised by the Ministry of Equality of Spain for her contribution to making visible trans women, Alana S. Portero is a historian, writer, dramatist, theatre director and LGTBIQ+ activist. Portero will talk about her first novel, La mala costumbre, which tells the moving story of the childhood and teenage years of a girl who grows up in a body that feels strange to her. Set in Madrid in the 1980s and 90s, the text deals with the uneasiness and resentment caused by a society that, unable to accept difference, distorts it. In conversation with Mar Márquez.
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Alana S. Portero in conversation with Mar Márquez

Event 24

Jago Cooper in conversation with Laura Osorio Sunnucks

Visionary art

 Centro de Convenciones (Salón Barahona)
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Museum director and curator, documentary presenter and Professor of Art and Archaeology, Jago Cooper (UK) will talk about his new and radical vision of art. Drawing on his adventures in Latin America as well as his long standing work with human creativity - from Indigenous Caribbean cave painting to contemporary activist installations tackling issues such as the climate crisis - he will discuss the meaning of art and why the museums that care for it are magical. In conversation with Laura Osorio Sunnucks.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Jago Cooper in conversation with Laura Osorio Sunnucks

Event 33

Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Ángela María Pérez

Whose Story Is This?

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)
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Rebecca Solnit (United States) has received, in the US, a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Book Critics’ Circle Award. This author of over 20 books covers matters such as feminism, the indigenous peoples of the United States, insurrection movements, natural disasters and people power. Her most recent title, Whose Story Is This?, seeks to question hegemonic Western narratives, analysing the pressure of those who concentrate privileges by keeping racialized people and women on the fringes; the rise of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements; and cases such as that of Harvey Weinstein. This is an essential text, one that documents some of the attempts to build a more democratic world, with the failures and triumphs that this involves. In conversation with Ángela María Pérez.

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Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Ángela María Pérez

Event 62

Brigitte Baptiste and Diana Calderón in conversation with Margarita Valencia

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Salón del Rey)
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Brigitte Baptiste is one of Colombia’s most eminent scientists, an expert on the environment and biodiversity. She studied Biology at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, did a Master’s in Tropical Conservation and Development, and has a doctorate in Environmental Management from the Instituto Universitario de la Paz. She was the Head of the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resource Research Institute, and is currently the Rector of the EAN University. In conversation with Diana Calderón, both present El mundo según Brigitte, a book that offers us a portrait of Brigitte Luis Guillermo Baptiste, who has raised her voice again and again, becoming a global figure in relation to some of the most urgent matters of our times: sustainability, education, left- and right-wing regimes, and the struggle for equality. They will talk to Margarita Valencia.

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Brigitte Baptiste and Diana Calderón in conversation with Margarita Valencia

Event 79

Cristina Fuentes La Roche, Wanjiru Koinange and Angela Wachuka in conversation with Margarita Valencia

South to South: cultural management

 Centro de Convenciones (Salón Barahona)
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We are interested in cultural management projects that manage to unite quality programming with inclusion and innovation. Book Bunk (in Nairobi, Kenya) is precisely that: a cultural project for the recovery of public libraries with profoundly positive impacts on the communities where it works. The Hay Festival International Director, Cristina Fuentes La Roche (Spain), Wanjiru Koinange (Kenya) and Angela Wachuka (Kenya) will talk to Margarita Valencia about the challenges of their projects and about international collaboration among countries of the South.

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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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Cristina Fuentes La Roche, Wanjiru Koinange and Angela Wachuka in conversation with Margarita Valencia

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