HAY FESTIVAL JERICÓ

Hay Festival will also take place in Jericó for the very first time with a number of events on January 26th and 27th. Further information about ticket sales will be given soon.

JericóCatalina Mesa

Hay Festival Jericó 2019 - Programme

Friday, January 25th

[HFJ1] 20:00 – 21:00 h Plaza de Jericó

Jericó, el infinito vuelo de los días: Screening of the film, preceded by conversation of director Catalina Mesa with some of the main characters

The bright colours and ancient houses of the picturesque Jericó clash with the stories of violence set in one of the spots in the south of Antioquia most struck by armed conflict. This documentary, a work that makes us wonder about the blurry line between reality and fiction, is full of testimonies of women narrating their personal and collective memories in a place that evokes the magic of the little towns at the heart of the Colombian mountains. Catalina Mesa will introduce her directorial debut: Jericó, el infinito vuelo de los días.

Language: Spanish

Length: 77 minutes


Saturday, January 26th

[HFJ2] 10:00 h – 11:00 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

Readings that turned me into a writer: Héctor Abad Faciolince in conversation with Xavi Ayén

Héctor Abad Faciolince (Medellín) is one of the most important writers in the country, a great connoisseur of the Colombian and universal literary traditions and the winner of outstanding prizes such as the National Simón Bolívar Journalism Prize, in 1998 and 2006. He has lived for some time in Mexico, Italy, Spain and Germany, where he has published part of his work, and is the author of the moving and lucid tale El olvido que seremos, his non-fiction novel based on the life of his father. In 2014 he published La oculta, a novel about three brothers who are to inherit a farm with this same name. He will talk with Xavi Ayén about his journey through the universe of literature.

[HFJ3] 10:00 h Parque Educativo Municipio de Jericó

Sim & Noa: Reading aloud for children, with Matador and Enrique Rojo

This is the story of Sim and Noa, the story of a bear who wears glasses and an owl, who turn to books in order to save their land from illegal mining.Written by Enrique Rojo and drawn by Matador.

From 5 years on

[HFJ4] 10:00 h Parque Educativo Municipio de Jericó

De acuerdo. Emmanuel Neisa and Diana Ospina.

De Acuerdo is a series of eight fables elaborated from true stories which have occurred in different regions of Colombia, throughout the last 30 years. The collection is inspired by different communities which have overcome conflict through the creation of agreements and spaces for dialogue. The fables which compose this book show how farmers, mothers, soldiers and members of outlaw groups have been able to, in very concrete episodes, overcome their differences and come to agreements to make their life more worth living. All of this is in the context of a voyage around Colombia’s fauna and flora. With Emmanuel Neisa and Diana Ospina.

From 12 years on

[HFJ5] 11:30 h – 12:30 h Auditorio Museo Municipal MAJA

Wonderful booksJerónimo Pizarro in conversation with Adelaida del Corral

When a book comes into your hands, it does so after having been written, illustrated, edited, printed… the creation of a book is a fascinating process which involves many factors and allows the reader to enjoy the wonder of reading. An expert on how books are made talks about this fascinating task with Adelaida del Corral, an experienced Colombian editor. Jerónimo Pizarro (Portugal) is a professor at Universidad de los Andes and chair of Portuguese Studies at the Camões Institute in Colombia.

[HFJ6] 14:00 h – 15:00 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

The art of storytellingJuan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Xavi Ayén

Vásquez, author of novels as important as The Sound of Things Falling and The Shape of the Ruins, publishes now a collection of short-stories, the first in 17 years. Canciones para el incendio explores the moments in life in which a random event, sometimes violent, changes our life. Vásquez will speak with journalist Xavi Ayén on the short-story genre, its differences from the novel and the reasons to keep on writing this sometimes poorly recognised genre.

[HFJ7] 15:00 h Parque Educativo Municipio de Jericó

Una Bolita Plateada. Héctor Abad Faciolince

Una bolita plateada is Héctor Abad Faciolince’s first book for children, as well as his first illustrated work. This story tells the intimate relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, a beautiful mix of two generations and the way longing, dreams and motivation for life are built for both characters, and the strange magic acquired by certain objects.

From 8 years on

[HFJ8] 15:00 h Casa Bomarzo Municipio de Jericó

Sim & Noa: Reading aloud for children, with Matador and Enrique Rojo

This is the story of Sim and Noa, the story of a bear who wears glasses and an owl, who turn to books in order to save their land from illegal mining.Written by Enrique Rojo and drawn by Matador.

From 5 years on

[HFJ9] 15:00 h Parque Educativo Municipio de Jericó

De acuerdo. Emmanuel Neisa and Diana Ospina.

De Acuerdo is a series of eight fables elaborated from true stories which have occurred in different regions of Colombia, throughout the last 30 years. The collection is inspired by different communities which have overcome conflict through the creation of agreements and spaces for dialogue. The fables which compose this book show how farmers, mothers, soldiers and members of outlaw groups have been able to, in very concrete episodes, overcome their differences and come to agreements to make their life more worth living. All of this is in the context of a voyage around Colombia’s fauna and flora. With Emmanuel Neisa and Diana Ospina.

From 12 years on

[HFJ10] 15:30 h – 16:30 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

The Plant Messiah. Carlos Magdalena in conversation with Ana María Benavides

Carlos Magdalena is one of the most reputable botanists in the UK and the resuscitator of species of plants that have been forgotten. This Spanish botanist has travelled the world rescuing plants in danger of extinction and for that reason he is known as the “Plant Messiah” in the UK. In 2017 he published his book The Plant Messiah, where he talks about his work and his passion for rescuing forgotten flora. In conversation with Ana María Benavides, Director of Education at Joaquin Antonio Uribe Botanical Garden of Medellín.

[HFJ11] 17:00 h – 18:30 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

The author’s challenge: the blank pagePilar Quintana and Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Juliana Restrepo.

Pilar Quintana was part of the group Bogota39, the selection of the 39 best Latin American fiction authors under the age of 40 in 2007, when Bogotá was named the UNESCO World Book Capital. In 2017 she published La Perra, a novel about a woman who is about to turn 40, who channels her frustration of not being able to become a mother through her relationship with a female dog, winner of the 2018 Biblioteca Narrativa Colombiana prize. Santiago Gamboa studied at the Xavierian University of Bogotá, the Complutense University of Madrid and the Sorbonne in Paris before publishing his first novel, Páginas de vuelta (1995), which instantly fostered the attention of critics. As a journalist he has been correspondent of El Tiempo, columnist of Cromos and collaborator of the Latin American Service for France International Radio. His latest books are the novel Volver al oscuro valle (2016) and the travel book Ciudades al final de la noche (2017). On their literary production, they will speak to Juliana Restrepo.

[HFJ12] 18:30 h – 19:30 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

When reality overcomes satire and humour. Matador in conversation with Pascual Gaviria

Julio César González, Matador, is probably the most well-known cartoonist in the country, currently published on a regular basis by newspaper El Tiempo. Committed to portraying day-to-day reality, Matador has been a victim of threats because of the denouncing tone of his work, which from the starting point of satire, positions itself in favour of victims, individual rights and other multiple causes. He will talk with Pascual Gaviria on how sometimes, satire and humour fall short of showing a reality that overcomes fiction.

[HFJ13] 20 h Plaza de Jericó

Concert: Puerto Candelaria - 18 years of crazy partying around the world

Puerto Candelaria is one of the greatest international representatives of new Colombian music, with hundreds of concerts in the most important festivals, cultural markets and artistic exhibitions in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Under the direction of the musical genius and winner of the Latin Grammy Juancho Valencia, Puerto Calendaria proposes an audacious trip of sounds through Cumbia, Rock, Ska, Chucu Chucu, World Music and her own genres: Colombian-style Jazz and Underground Cumbia.


Sunday, January 27th

[HFJ14] 9:30 h – 10:30 h Auditorio Museo Municipal MAJA

Aquellos años del Boom ('Those Years of the Boom')Xavi Ayén in conversation with Juan Diego Mejía

Xavi Ayén (Spain) is a journalist and writer who works for the newspaper La Vanguardia in Barcelona. He has interviewed 23 Nobel Literature Prizes around the world. In 2014 he published Aquellos años del boom: García Márquez, Vargas Llosa y el grupo de amigos que lo cambiaron todo, a book that takes us back to the sixties and seventies, when García Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortázar and José Donoso, by the hand of literary agent Carmen Balcells, revolutionized the history of literature in the West, capturing for the first time massive attention on Latin America. He will talk to Juan Diego Mejía.

[HFJ15] 9:30 h – 10:30 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

Poetry: more urgent than ever. Horacio Benavides in conversation with Lucía Donadío.

A fundamental poet if we want to understand the poetic tradition of Colombia, Horacio Benavides is also a great workshop facilitator, offering poetry classes for adults and children, always with the conviction of the value of poetry in contemporary culture as an educational instrument and as an art that pulls us closer to other human beings and to our tradition and reality. The author of various collections of poems, two riddle books and winner of the National Poetry Prize 2013 will talk with Lucía Donadío.

[HFJ16] 11:00 h – 12:00 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

El sistema del tactoAlejandra Costamagna in conversation with Mónica Quintero

In a criss-cross of time and circumstance, the main characters of El Sistema del tacto will experience the agony of their roots and the sensation of seeing themselves as foreigners in the places they live in. But this is not only about geographical territories, but also about the family, affections and languages that they have to share. Alejandra Costamagna will talk with Mónica Quintero, cultural editor of the newspaper El Colombiano about her last novel.

[HFJ17] 11:00 h – 12:00 h Auditorio Museo Municipal MAJA

The voice of women in journalismSabrina Duque in conversation with Paula Jaramillo

The Ecuadorian journalist, chronicler and translator Sabrina Duque has recently won the Michael Jacobs Scholarship of Travel Chronicle 2018, awarded by the FNPI, the Hay Festival and the Michael Jacobs Foundation. Her texts have been translated into Portuguese, Italian and English and have been published in newspapers and portals in many countries such as Folha de S. Paulo, O Estado de S. Paulo, Internazionale, Storybench.org, GK.city and Brecha. She will talk to Paula Jaramillo about being a female journalist.

[HFJ18] 12:30 h - 13:30 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

A minimal history of Colombia. Jorge Orlando Melo in conversation with Saúl Álvarez

Historia mínima de Colombia by Jorge Orlando Melo is already considered an essential historiographic text for everyone who wishes to understand the evolution of the Republic of Colombia. A History and Philosophy graduate with experience as a teacher at the National University and Universidad del Valle, Melo approaches the country’s history with rigour and a critical eye.

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