Hay Festival begins!

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From January 31 to February 3, Cartagena will be filled with cultural, music, and literature

Hay Festival begins!

Hay Festival Cartagena is one of the most anticipated and most important cultural festivals in Latin America. With venues in different parts of the world such as Colombia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Spain, and Peru, Hay Festival seeks "the dissemination of culture and social commitment", according to its official website.

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In Colombia, there are two places where it is carried out: Medellin and Cartagena, being the second city the busiest and best known destination. Hay Festival Medellín began on January 30 with the announcement of the winner of the Colombian Narrative Library Award, which was Ricardo Silva Romero with his novel How to lose everything. In Medellín, many of the events are open to the public and have a high quota of authors, scientists, musicians, and cultural diffusers at its best.



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If you are interested in attending Hay Festival Medellín, this is the programming of all the events where you will find from guided meditations for children and adults, to talks and lectures.

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On the other hand, Hay Festival Cartagena begins today, January 31, with the participation of great renowned authors such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the mind behind the famous diction We all should be feminists; Yoko Tawada, author of Memoirs of a Polar Bear; Zadie Smith, author of Swing Time; Leonardo Padura, author of The man who loved dogs, among others.



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On this occasion, Hay Festival will not only have cultural figures among which stand out writers, musicians, illustrators, and scientists, but also will have the participation of political and economic figures, this in order to discuss current interest issues from different points of view. Among the most outstanding are:

  • Deirdre McCloskey
  • Alejandro Gaviria
  • Nir Hindi
  • Luz Mely Reyes
  • Sarah Churchwell
  • Mark Thompson

Conversations vary between discussions about new economic forms, economics and technology, and the failure of democracy.

The concerts that are scheduled have the participation of Toto la Momposina, Mónica Giraldo and David Sánchez. In addition, you can also attend the talks with these and many more musicians, because in the Hay Festival Cartagena dialogue is fundamental.

You can buy the tickets that cost 35,000 Colombian pesos here and you can check the schedule here .


LatinAmerican Post | Vanesa López Romero
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