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 63

Simon Sebag Montefiore in conversation with Andrea Bernal

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)
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The family forms us and is one of the aspects that all societies have in common. In The World: A Family History, the historian Simon Sebag Montefiore (UK) shows us the history of humanity through some of its most important family dynasties. Starting with the fossils of the footprints of a family who walked along a beach 950,000 years ago, the author will examine some of the families that have given shape to our world: from the Medici and the Rothschilds to the Churchills, the Kennedys, the Kims and many more. In conversation with Andrea Bernal.

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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Simon Sebag Montefiore in conversation with Andrea Bernal

Event 64

Wade Davis in conversation with Philipp Blom

 Centro de Convenciones (Salón Barahona)
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Wade Davis is one of the most intrepid explorers of our times. He was Explorer-in-Residence with the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013. He is an ethnographer, photographer, filmmaker and Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of 23 books, including Magdalena (about his journey along the great Colombian river) and One River. His expeditions have taken him to some of the most remote regions of the planet, from Tibet to Polynesia, from the Arctic Circle to the Amazon, and from the heart of Australia to the Isthmus of Darien. He will talk to Philipp Blom.

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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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Wade Davis in conversation with Philipp Blom

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 66

Phil Manzanera in conversation with Fernando Gómez

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (patio)
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A musician who rose to fame in a legendary band, Phil Manzanera (Colombia/UK), will talk to Fernando Gómez. Having spent his childhood in Cuba, he has an unbreakable link with Latin America. The guitarist and composer was one of the founders of the band Roxy Music and he has produced albums by Héroes del Silencio, Fito Páez, Aterciopelados, David Gilmour and many more. He will speak about a life dedicated to music and his love for Latin America, as he describes it in his memoir Revolución to Roxy.

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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Phil Manzanera in conversation with Fernando Gómez

Event 67

Irene Solà in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Cuadernos hispanoamericanos

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Salón del Rey)
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The Cuadernos hispanoamericanos initiative aims to promote knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities, united by a single language and a literary tradition enriched by writers of very varied origins. Irene Solà (Spain) is the author of the publishing phenomenon When I Sing, Mountains Dance (2019), written in Catalan and translated into over 20 languages, with 15 editions in circulation and winner of the 2019 Cálamo Prize and the 2020 European Prize for Fiction. Et vaig donar ulls i vas mirar les tenebres is her new novel, a story of rural women, both living and dead. The author will talk to Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Colombia).

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Irene Solà in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

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 CL6

Book club: William Ospina in conversation with David Lara Ramos

 Casa Hay (Centro de Convenciones)
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Our book clubs are intimate events with guests selected from the Hay Festival programme. These small-scale events will be a chance to talk in depth about the most recent work published by those invited. At this event, William Ospina will talk to David Lara Ramos about his book Pondré mi oído en la piedra hasta que hable, which is about the German 18th-century explorer Alexander von Humboldt and the time he spent in Colombia (from Cauca to Quindío, and from Magdalena to Barú).

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Book club: William Ospina in conversation with David Lara Ramos

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

Event 68

André Aciman in conversation with Kirsty Lang

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)
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One of the most acclaimed authors of the moment, André Aciman (Egypt/United States) is the author of five novels and a range of books of non-fiction. He was educated at Harvard University and currently lectures at Bard College and at the universities of Princeton and New York. He came to prominence with his first novel, Call Me By Your Name (2008), made into a film by Luca Guadagnino in 2017. Aciman presents his most recent book, essays with much of memoir in them, Homo irrealis (2023), in which he looks back on his life and talks about some of the great authors of global literature: Proust, Freud, Cavafis, Pessoa, Rohmer and Sebald. The book explores nostalgia for a past that no longer exists and imagines all the possibilities for that past life, and a future one, but walking the fine limit between fantasy and reality. In conversation with Kirsty Lang.

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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André Aciman in conversation with Kirsty Lang

Event 69

Humberto de la Calle in conversation with Ricardo Silva

 Centro de Convenciones (Salón Barahona)
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The lawyer Humberto de la Calle (Colombia) was a government minister during the César Gaviria presidency, Vice-president of the Republic, and Ambassador to Spain and then the United Kingdom in the late 1990s; in 2012 he was designated Head Negotiator of the government delegation during the peace process with the FARC. After the signing of the Final Agreement at the Colón Theatre, he was presidential candidate in 2018. Today he is a Senator in the Congress of Colombia. He has recently published a novel based on real events: La inverosímil muerte de Hércules Pretorius, about a young lawyer who has always been interested in the idea of a peaceful social revolution. De la Calle will talk to Ricardo Silva.

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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Humberto de la Calle in conversation with Ricardo Silva

Event 70

Eliane Brum, William Neuman and Cristina Vollmer de Burelli in conversation with Sergio Dahbar

The Amazon devastated

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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Different crimes are attacking one of the planet’s most important lungs. Mercury poisoning, heath crises, the degradation of ecosystems, illegal commerce, human rights violations, aggressions against indigenous communities… Cristina Vollmer de Burelli, the Venezuelan activist, Director of SOS Orinoco; Eliane Brum, Brazilian journalist and author of La Amazonía: viaje al centro del mundo (2024); and William Neuman, New York Times correspondent in Venezuela and author of Todo se puede poner peor (an investigation into the disastrous consequences of the government’s Arco Minero project in southern Venezuela), will together talk to Sergio Dahbar.

Simultaneous translation from Portuguese 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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Eliane Brum, William Neuman and Cristina Vollmer de Burelli in conversation with Sergio Dahbar

Event 71

Arnoldo Kraus and Alonso Sánchez Baute in conversation with Guido Tamayo

Animal companions

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (patio)
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What do Glinka and Humilda have in common, the respective protagonists of the latest books by this event’s guests, Arnoldo Kraus (Mexico) and Alonso Sánchez Baute (Colombia)? Both were much loved dogs, whose families had to say goodbye to them at the end of their lives. With their publications as a starting point, books in which they reflect on the sudden absence of a pet, Arnoldo Kraus, the author of Adiós, Glinka, and Alonso Sánchez Baute, the author of La mirada de Humilda, will talk about the experience of having a pet and learning to deal with its death, and with the responsibilities and emotional impact involved. In conversation with Guido Tamayo.

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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Arnoldo Kraus and Alonso Sánchez Baute in conversation with Guido Tamayo

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

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

Event 74

Velia Vidal in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Literary Pairs

 Centro de Convenciones (Salón Barahona)
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Velia Vidal is a Colombian activist against inequality and racism, and an Afro-indigenous cultural manager; in 2022 the BBC named her on its list of the 100 most influential women in Latin America. In Aguas de estuario she tells of her experiences as a book and cultural promoter. In conversation with Ingrid Bejerman.

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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Velia Vidal in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Event 76

Salvador Rueda in conversation with Juan Lozano

Ecological urban development

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (patio)
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Head of the Barcelona Agency for Urban Ecology since its creation in 2000, Salvador Rueda (Spain) promotes urban projects that take the environment into account. With studies in Biology, Psychology, Environmental Engineering and Energy Management, he was an EU urban environment expert between 1994 and 2000. In conversation with Juan Lozano, he will go into detail about strategic, habitable and sustainable urban models.

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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Salvador Rueda in conversation with Juan Lozano

Event 77

Carl Henrik Langebaek in conversation with Juan Carlos Flórez

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
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The anthropologist, archaeologist and historian, Carl Henrik Langebaek (Colombia), lectures at the University of the Andes and is the author of the books Antes de Colombia, which covers 14 thousand years of history before the arrival of Columbus, and Conquistadores e indios. La historia no contada, which examines the conquest and colonization of the Americas with a critical viewpoint, understanding it as a complex process that has little to do with the simplified version we usually learn. The author offers a broad, fresh view on how cultures and communities interacted, the role of women, and dismantles some myths about how this process, particularly in the tropics, occurred. In conversation with Juan Carlos Flórez.

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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Carl Henrik Langebaek in conversation with Juan Carlos Flórez

Event HC13

Javier Ortiz Cassiani in conversation with Raúl Ballesteros

 La Canoa Literaria
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The historian Javier Ortiz Cassiani received an award for Afro-Colombian of the year in the Media and Journalism category in 2014. He has been an advisor to the Ministry of Culture, the National Centre for Historical Memory, of the Truth Commission, the Cartagena de Indias Historical Museum and Cartagena University’s Claustro la Merced cultural space. He is the author of El incómodo color de la memoria, Un diablo al que le llaman tren and his recent Bailar con las trompetas del apocalipsis, a book that imagines the Caribbean from the point of view of the personal and the collective, looking at its recent past and observing the unstoppable passage of time. He will be in conversation with Raúl Ballesteros.
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Javier Ortiz Cassiani in conversation with Raúl Ballesteros

Event 12

César Augusto Betancur and Juan Pablo Urrego in conversation with José Manuel Acevedo

Rigo

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)
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This event explores the reasons why relating the lives of famous people has become a television genre in its own right, with specific narratives, staging conventions and language forms… especially with regard to the new series Rigo. César Augusto Betancur (screenwriter of this production) and Juan Pablo Urrego (lead actor) will talk to José Manuel Acevedo about the impact of this biographical series and why this kind of series connects so well with audiences.

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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César Augusto Betancur and Juan Pablo Urrego in conversation with José Manuel Acevedo

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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