Hay Joven – Hay Festival for young people

The Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2020 will offer a free program aimed at university students. We are now working on it.

Meanwhile, you can have a look on 2019's university students programme, thanks to the partnership with Universidad Los Libertadores.


HJ1) 10:00 11:00 Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

Mildre Cartagena. Katherine Pascuales with Verónica Monterrosa

In 2016 a character arrived to social media who emulates the sort of everyday Cartagena with which so many have felt identified: Mildre. Viral from the start, the videos of Mildre and her children José Antonio, Carolina and Julio Alfredo, illustrate the day to day life of the city, with a good dose of costeño humour, from hilarious situations to the political and social reality that surrounds them. The creator will talk about the creative process behind Mildre, with Katherine Pascuales.

HJ2) 11:30 12:30 Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

Let’s talk about illustration. Sara Sánchez, Aurélie Neyret and Alekos in conversation with Álvaro Lasso

The Spaniard Sara Sánchez has illustrated ten children’s books, including, among them, Sherlock Holmes, Fortunato perdido en el Amazonas y Cuentos para educar con inteligencia emocional. Alekos calls himself “the seventrades”: musician, short story writer, storyteller, sculptor, composer, writer and illustrator. He is a creator with no barrier who addresses his work to children, still carrying with him the spark of childhood. Aurélie Neyret, from France, has illustrated books such as the series Los diarios de Cereza. They will talk about the art of illustration with the editor Álvaro Lasso.

With translation from French into Spanish

HJ3) 12:30 - 13:30 h Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

Afro-Cartagenera Poetry Recital. Dora Isabel Berdugo, Muris Cueto, Ruth Patricia Diago and Tania Maza Chamorro presented by Nadia Morales

Natia Morales published in 2017 Bajo el fuego del Caribe Colombiano: Cuatro poetas afrocartageneras, the bilingual anthology showcasing the work of four poets in the city. The female poetic language is perceptively explored by Nadia Morales, who alternates between writing in Spanish and French.

HJ4) 16:00 – 17:00 Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

Workshop on memes and more with Luna Miguel

A workshop with Luna Miguel: poet, writer and literary editor of the online magazine PlayGround. Internet is a word that is difficult to rhyme, but that does not mean that literature does not fit in it. On the contrary: through memes, viral articles from PlayGround and verses from the best instapoets, we will see how easy and necessary it is to read and create through social media. 

HJ5) 17:00 19:00 Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

The No! campaign and film screening. Eugenio García in conversation with Claudia Bobadilla

Eugenio García was the creative director of the campaign which, with all the strength placed on a single word, managed to change the history of a country and mark a milestone in opposition to the dictatorships in Latin America: the “NO” against Augusto Pinochet in Chile. He will talk about Chile’s national referendum in 1988, followed by the projection of the film that narrates the process, directed by Pedro Larraín and starring Gael García Bernal: No.



HJ6) 10:00 11:00 Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

Fernando Trujillo with Fernando Rojas

The Madrid writer Fernando Trujillo started writing to put his nights of insomnia to use. He started publishing texts online in 2010, becoming one of the authors of the Kindle generation. Currently, his work includes six novels and the sagas La biblia de los caídos, La prisión de Black Rock and La guerra de los cielos, with books of science fiction, fantasy, suspense and mystery. His latest publications are Agua roja and La biblia de los caídos. Tomo 2 del testamento de Sombra.

HJ7) 11:30 – 12:30 Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

Reflections on exile. Dylan Moore with Diana de la Vega

The author Dylan Moore has been awarded the 2018 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship/Cymrawd Rhungwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival, and will be visiting all our festivals around the world for 12 months. With numbers that have broken the records of numbers of displaced people around the world, Dylan Moore reflects upon the tension between the ideas of “foreignness” and “belonging” in the way we build our identity.

With translation from English into Spanish

With the support of Arts Council of Wales

HJ8) 15:00 16:00 h Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

Myths and realities of digital journalism: the experience of BBC Mundo. With William Márquez and Juan Carlos Perez

How much has journalism really changed in the 21st century? How much of a slave is it to social media? How long can stories published online be? And videos? With over 20 million unique users a month, BBC Mundo is one of the most successful news websites in the Spanish-speaking world. In this workshop, editors William Márquez and Juan Carlos Pérez will talk about how they work and will answer your questions. 

HJ9) 16:30 – 17:30 h Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez in conversation with Niurka Rignack

The Spanish/ Venezuelan writer will talk about El baile de madame Kalalú, the novel which make him finalist of the Mandarache Prize in Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. A literary prize chosen by thousands of students.

With the support of AC/E

HJ10) 15:00 16:00 Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

Lydia Cacho in conversation with Brian Lara, about Somos valientes

Somos valientes is a documentary series which aims to educate for peace through the testimonies of Mexican children. It is a project headed up by the journalist, writer and activist Lydia Cacho, who will talk about it.


HJ11) 10:00 11:00 Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

Nine kinds of activism – Sarah Corbett with Diana de la Vega

The work of activists is not only done through loud protest. This is the premise at the heart of Sarah Corbett’s discourse, who uses painstakingly-created hand-made crafts and well-thought out messages to do activism around social justice issues. She has given talks on TEDx and given workshops at different universities and art schools, and she is the author of the books A Little Book of Craftivism and How to be a Craftivist.

With translation from English into Spanish with the support of British Council

HJ12) 11:30 12:30 Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

The quantum future. José Ignacio Latorre with Mariana Camacho

The future will be quantic or it will not be. But are we prepared for this new era? Opening before us is a world where this science, which is as unknown as it is applicable, can bring innumerable benefits to human beings, especially in the field of medicine, yet also brings with it a more unsettling aspect, including its application in IT in breaking encryptions. The Spanish physicist José Ignacio Latorre, professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Barcelona, a researcher at the Center for Quantum Technologies of Singapore and director of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, tries to answer these and many other questions in his book Cuántica: Tu futuro en juego.

With the support of AC/E

HJ13) 15:00 – 16:00 Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

Meditation workshop with Kankyo Tannier

A workshop for people of all ages which will explain, in a simple and fun way, how to find inner silence every day. Kankyo Tannier is a Buddhist nun in the Zen tradition. She lived for 15 years in a monastery in France. She divides her time between a life with trees and wildlife, and modern social activities: videos, books, blogs, conferences… She is an author of the book The Gift of Silence, which has been translated into 13 languages. Her goal is to promote Zen meditation and show the example of a contemporary spirituality that is accessible to all.

Consecutive French to English translation

With the support of Wom@rts

HJ14) 17:00 19:00 Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores

Kate Horne y Jesús Abad Colorado

The WitnessCain and Abel. Documentary directed by Kate Horne on the Colombian photographer Jesús Abad Colorado, and conversation between them.

The documentary filmmaker Kate Horne has portrayed stories of Colombia in the projects Hostage in the Jungle (producer, 2010), about the kidnapping during six years of the Colombian former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt; and Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Creation of Gabo (producer and scriptwriter, 2015), about the country’s most renown author. In 2018 she premiered as a director The WitnessCain and Abel a documentary about the life and works of the Colombian photographer Jesús Abad Colorado, a photojournalist who has dedicated the last 25 years of his life to portraying armed conflict in Colombia. The Witness is a film that speaks of how the powerful images that constitute his work are more than a testimony of war: they are an exaltation of life and a message of hope.

Duration: 73 minutes

Language: Spanish

With the support of British Council

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