Hay Festival Jericó

Thank you for coming to Hay Festival Jericó 2020. See you again in 2021!

2020's Programme

Hay Festival and Comfama invite you to the second edition of Hay Festival Jericó, which will be held 24–26 January 2020, in the wonderful heritage town of Antioquia. Come and enjoy literature, ideas, cinema, music and more.

This year's programme includes national and international artists including Héctor Abad Faciolince, Alex Beard, Rosie Boycott, Javier Cercas, Wade Davis, Vanessa de la Torre, Margarita García Robayo, Haydée Milanés, Ángela Posada-Swafford and Fernando Trueba.

There are no tickets left for events T1, T2, T3, T4, V1 and V2

Friday, January 24

[T1] 09:00 – 10:30 Escuela Normal Superior de Jericó

Catching butterflies. Jairo Ojeda
Butterflies are marvellous, magical creatures which can represent the creative act or the presence of the extraordinary in the everyday. Considered to be the father of children’s music in Colombia, Jairo Ojeda is the author of books such as Los cantos de la noche oscura. Rondas infantiles, a song-poem full of witches, vampires, elves and other fantastic characters. Ojeda offers the interactive recital Atrapando mariposas for children, teachers and parents, allowing full expression of the literary and emotional potential of the songs, at an event that will create a space to experience singing and song-making, with the great contribution this can make to a child’s education.

Maximum capacity 30, for all ages

[T2] 09:00 – 10:45 h Escuela Normal Superior de Jericó

Adventures in the Coffee cultural landscape. Gloria Beatriz Salazar

The writer Gloria Beatriz Salazar (Colombia) invites the little ones to a journey of discovery of the animals of our country through her collection of stories Aventuras en el paisaje cultural cafetero and books such as La ballena roja que se tragó una danta blanca. After reading and games, you will share with the boys and girls a space to draw their favorite animals.

6 to 10 years old

[T3] 11:00 – 12:30 Escuela Normal Superior de Jericó

COCKADOODLEDOOth International Symposium of Animal Freedom. Alekos
Alekos (Colombia), who calls himself an illustrauthor, illustrating books he himself has written, is behind such creations as Matachita, La última lágrima and Aroma de níspero. At this event, Alekos will create a dynamic atmosphere with different arts and games, in order to look at some very important matters: the defence of animals in danger of extinction, mistreated animals and the traffic in wild animals.
Ages 8 to 11
Maximum of 25 children

[T4] 11:00 – 12:30 h Escuela Normal Superior de Jericó

Games, rhymes, songs. Olga Lucía Jiménez
Olga Lucía Jiménez studied Music Teaching at the National University of Colombia and did a Master’s in Education at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional. She has written books such as El arrurrú de la luna, Un barquito con olor a sándalo and Ronda que ronda la ronda. She is linked to the Patronato de Artes y Ciencias organization, giving workshops to teach Colombian songs and games, and lectures at the Fine Arts faculty of the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional. At this event she will share games, rhymes and songs with the children.
Ages 6 and over

[1] 19:00 – 20:15 h Plaza de Jericó

Screening of The Path of the Anaconda. Presented by Wade Davis

Wonderful documentary that shows the beauty and diversity of the Amazon, by the hand of the anthropologist Martin von Hildebrandt and the biologist and writer Wade Davis. Both embark on a journey to tour the indigenous communities of the Apaporis River, following the path taken at the time by Davis's mentor, Professor Richard Evan Schultes. The Path of the Anaconda shows this exploration and at the same time invites us to reflect on the need to conserve Colombian ecosystems. Presented by one of its protagonists, Wade Davis.

Director: Alessandro Angulo

Duration: 73 minutes

[2] 21:30 – 23:00 h Plaza de Jericó
Screening of
Calle 54. Presented by Fernando Trueba

The Spanish director Fernando Trueba presents Calle 54 (2000), his documentary about some of the greatest masters of Latin jazz, such as Tito Puente, Eliane Elias, Paquito D’ Rivera, Chano Domínguez, Gato Barbieri and Chucho and Bebo Valdés. This internationally renowned director, winner of an Oscar for Belle Époque, shows these artists playing at recording studios on New York’s famous 54th Street. The documentary consists largely of beautifully filmed scenes of musical performance.

Saturday, January 25

[3] 09:30 – 10:30 Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

The politics of humour. Daniel Samper Pizano in conversation with Gustavo Duncan

Daniel Samper Pizano (Colombia), a writer, historian and journalist, winner of three Simón Bolívar National Journalism Awards, stands out for the particular sense of humour that he employs when talking about weighty historical themes. This can be seen in his most recent books, Lecciones de histeria de Colombia, Si Eva hubiera sido Adán, Viagra, chats y otras pendejadas del siglo XXI and Camas y famas: Las más raras y genuinas historias de amor, a work in which he tells the private stories of historical figures such as Catherine the Great, Oscar Wilde, Rafael Núñez, Virginia Woolf, Al Capone and Violeta Parra. In conversation with the political analyst Gustavo Duncan.

[4] 09:30 – 10:30 h Museo de Arte Religioso de Jericó

Family and history. William Ospina in conversation with Juan Diego Mejía

William Ospina will talk about his sixth novel, Guayacanal (2019), in which he tells the story of his great grandparents and grandparents, set in the family farm of the same name as the title of the book. Between the magic of music and poetry and the horrors of war, Ospina is portraying the history of the conquest, the colony and the first half of the 20th century in a country that, along with its exuberant vitality, has never escaped violence. In conversation with Juan Diego Mejía.

[5] 11:00 – 12:00 h Museo de Arte Religioso de Jericó

Great filmmakers. Fernando Trueba and Víctor Gaviria in conversation with Samuel Castro

Screenwriter, director and film producer Fernando Trueba (Spain) directed his first film, Ópera prima, in 1980. Since then, he has worked with actors an actresses like Ana Belén, Miranda Richardson, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Penélope Cruz, Jean Rochefort and Claudia Cardinale. He has been president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain (which awards the Goya awards), he was named Knight of Arts and Letters of France, and has his own star on the Cannes Walk of Fame. In 1993 he won the Oscar for best non-English speaking film with Belle Époque, and his films have taken a total of nine Goya awards. He will talk about his spectacular career with Víctor Gaviria.

[6] 11:30 – 12:30 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

Towards a new education. Alex Beard in conversation with Claudia Restrepo

Alex Beard (UK), graduated from the Masters in Education of the London Institute of Education, he is part of the network of independent organizations for child education Teach for All. He has traveled to forty-six countries observing and learning from different educational systems and pedagogical practices with teachers and managers. In his most recent book, Natural Born Learners (2019), Beard transmits some of what he has learned, analysing the current state of education; how the new generations interact with information; how we continue to use schooling models set up at the time of the Industrial Revolution. In conversation with Claudia Restrepo, Beard imagines educational systems that take context into account and tries to find the best ways to teach and learn in the future.

[7] 14:30 – 15:30 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

Life in the water. Wade Davis in conversation with Andrés Roldán

Wade Davis (Colombia-Canada) is an anthropologist, ethnobotanist, photographer, writer and National Geographic Society explorer in residence, who has dedicated his life to studying indigenous cultures, particularly in the Americas, with a particular interest in the traditional use of psychoactive plants by these cultures. One of his most famous book is One River: Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest, a biographical work about the US academic Richard Evans Schultes who, from 1941, travelled the Amazonian rivers of Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela and particularly Colombia; he inspired two of his disciples -Davis himself and the late Tim Plowman- to travel the same paths thirty years later. Davis also plays a central role in the documentary The Path of the Anaconda (2019), a film which, following the footsteps of Schultes, shows the extraordinary natural and cultural landscape of Amazonia. He will talk about the research on his new book Magdalena - river of dreams. Xandra Uribe will also take part, and he will talk to Andrés Roldán.

[8] 14:30 – 15:30 h Museo de Arte Religioso de Jericó

Diaries and life. Héctor Abad Faciolince in conversation wih Juan Diego Mejía

The Colombian writer, translator and journalist Héctor Abad Faciolince is the author of over fifteen books of short stories, essays, poetry and fiction for adults and children, including his award-winning book, Oblivion (2006). It tells the story of his father, the doctor and human rights activist Héctor Abad Gómez, and the circumstances of his killing at the hands of a paramilitary group. In 2016 he founded the independent publishing company Angosta Editores and in 2019 he published Lo que fue presente: Diarios (1985-2006). He will talk to Juan Diego Mejía

[9] 14:30 – 15:30 h Auditorio del Museo MAJA de Jericó

Stories of love and war. Vanessa de la Torre in conversation with Paula Jaramillo

The acclaimed journalist Vanessa de la Torre (Colombia), a news presenter for Caracol, shows us her more creative side through a recently published book of short stories, Historias de amor en tiempos de guerra, which tells five tales inspired by the reality of Colombia today, something that this communicator understands so well. In conversation with the journalist Paula Jaramillo.

[10] 16:30 – 17:30 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

An expected encounter. Javier Cercas in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince
The work of the Spanish writer Javier Cercas has been translated into more than thirty languages. His work includes novels, short stories, essays and the mixing of these genres, as well as multiple translations by authors such as H. G. Wells or Quim Monzó. He has been awarded several awards in Italy, France, Chile, United Kingdom and Spain. His latest novel, awarded with the Premio Planeta 2019, is Terra Alta. He will talk to Héctor Abad Faciolince.

[11] 16:30 – 17:30 h Museo de Arte Religioso de Jericó

When night falls. Carolina Andújar in conversation with Octavio Escobar

The Colombian-Hungarian writer and dramatist Carolina Andújar is a psychologist who specializes in Jungian dream analysis. Her body of work in the fantasy genre includes the series of novels Carmina Nocturna (2009-2014) as well as La princesa y el mago sombrío (2013) and El despertar de la sirena (2016). Her latest book, C.A.L.I., imagines the city of Cali as the home town of Lucifer and the perfect place for misdemeanours. The strange death of a sex worker in this devilish setting sparks the plot of Carolina Andújar’s first thriller. In conversation with Octavio Escobar.

[11B] 16:30 – 17:30 h Auditorio del Museo MAJA de Jericó

An intellectual in the open air. Lecture by Luis Jorge Garay Salamanca

Luis Jorge Garay Salamanca is one of the most influential intellectuals in the country. He is the author of 65 books and has published over 90 articles in specialized journals on topics such as the political socio-ecology of exploitation of non-renewable natural resources. His research has been instrumental in articulating, among other things, a vision of the capture of the State by power networks. In Jericó, he will talk about one of the most controversial issues in the region: mining as a complex socio-ecological system and its role in economic development in the midst of a globalized environmental crisis. With a long research career in this area, he has published works such as Minería en Colombia, institucionalidad y territorio, paradojas y conflictos (Mining in Colombia, institutionality and territory, paradoxes and conflicts).

This talk is the first episode of the cycle of public reflections on the topic of mining organized by Parque Explora and Proantioquia.

Free entry, free of charge and without registration

[12] 18:30 – 19:30 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

Yuri Buenaventura in conversation with Vanessa de la Torre

The great salsa singer Yuri Buenaventura (Colombia) talks with Vanessa de la Torre about his extraordinary professional career. A lover of music in general, not only salsa, Buenaventura mentions among his influences legendary salsa groups like Fania and singers of other rhythms, such as Violeta Parra. His musical career began while he was a student at La Sorbonne and since then he has not stopped working, composing soundtracks for films, collaborating with other artists and producing his own albums. 

[13] 18:30 – 19:30 h Auditorio del Museo MAJA de Jericó

Telling life. Piedad Bonnett in conversation with Ana Cristina Restrepo

The writer Piedad Bonnett (Colombia) has won national prizes including the National Poetry Prize (1994), the Casa de América (2011) and the José Lezama Lima award (2014). Her extensive body of poetry and novels has been translated into languages including Italian, English, French, Swedish, Greek and Portuguese. She is a columnist with the newspaper El Espectador and in her most recent work, Donde nadie me espere, she tells the story of a man who has lost everything: his mother, his twin sister and his way in life. The story unfolds as he flees into alienation and solitude. In conversation with Ana Cristina Restrepo.

[14] 20:00 – 22:30 Parque Principal de Jericó

Haydée Milanés in concert, with the special collaboration of the Orquesta La Pascasia
Haydée Milanés presents to the audience the songs from her deluxe release Amor, Haydée Milanés a dúo con Pablo Milanés. This is the singer’s tribute to her father, incorporating the talent of her friends and colleagues Joaquín Sabina, Omara Portuondo, Fito Páez, Julieta Venegas, Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Francisco Céspedes, Lila Downs, Chico Buarque, Rosalía León and others, enriching the unique flavour of her exquisite music, a fusion of son, Cuban ballads and jazz. From 21:30 to 22:30 concert by Orquesta La Pascasia.

Sunday, January 26

[15] 10:00 – 11:00 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

Fascinating Antarctica. Ángela Posada Swafford in conversation with Ana Ochoa

Ángela Posada Swafford (Colombia) has been writing for non-expert readers for over 30 years on scientific topics including astronomy, astronautics, palaeontology, geology, oceanography, genetics, the environment, biodiversity, evolution, archaeology and astrophysics. A member of the First Colombian Scientific Expedition to the Antarctic, she will talk about her new book, which describes her six expeditions to the Antarctic continent as a scientific journalist. The result is a diary of photos and objects that she has brought back from the southern continent. It presents isolated moments of philosophical, scientific, environmental, historical and geopolitical reflections; the invisibles threads that unite Antarctica with Colombia and the tropics; and our relationship as humans with this continent that is capable of creating obsessions and which holds an answer to our future in its icy grip. In conversation with Ana Ochoa.

[16] 10:00 – 11:00 h Museo de Arte Religioso de Jericó

How to feed cities of the 21st century. Rosie Boycott in conversation with Wade Davis

Baroness Rosie Boycott (United Kingdom) is a British writer, editor and journalist who has dedicated her career to research and disseminate issues of food and feminism. In 2008 she was appointed member of the London Food Board to advise the mayor of the city on the implementation of a sustainable food policy. In October 2016, the new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, asked her to lead the development of a new strategy to help the food system work better, and thus cover the complex needs of the very diverse communities that live and work in London. She will talk about the challenges of feeding a growing world population at a time when healing our fractured relationship with the environment is increasingly urgent.

Event in English

[17] 11:00- 12:00h Auditorio del Museo MAJA de Jericó

Poetry and Caribe. Rómulo Bustos Aguirre in conversation with Pilar Gutiérrez

Rómulo Bustos, is the National Poetry Prize 2019 of Colombia and as the jury said in his work a Caribbean atmosphere of “winds, waters and nights” is breathed, masterfully accompanied by coded dialogues with Lezama Lima or Wittgenstein. He will talk about his poetry with the editor Pilar Gutiérrez.

[18] 12:00 – 13:00 h Teatro Santamaría de Jericó

In first person. Margarita García Robayo in conversation with Adriana Cooper

In her book of autobiographical stories Primera persona, Margarita García Robayo delves into her most intimate life to explore topics such as falling in love, sexuality, motherhood, frustration or madness. García Robayo is the author of nine works that oscillate between reality and fiction, she won the 2014 Casa de las Américas Award for Cosas peores and has lived in Buenos Aires for fifteen years. In conversation with Adriana Cooper.

[19] 12:30 – 13:30 h Museo de Arte Religioso de Jericó

Everything is music. Haydée Milanés in conversation with Pala

The Cuban singer-songwriter Haydée Milanés, daughter of the legendary Pablo Milanés, has taken her reinvention of Cuban music to the stages of Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, the United States, Chile and Costa Rica. She has performed with great Cuban musicians including Marta Valdés, Omara Portuondo, Enrique Plá, Jorge Reyes and Kelvis Ochoa. Her latest album is entitled Amor, Haydée Milanés a dúo con Pablo Milanés, a compilation of eleven of Pablo Milanés’s finest songs, sung by father and daughter. She recently released a deluxe version of this, expanded with the collaboration of internationally famous musicians. Haydée Milanés will share fragments of her musical life with a Jerico audience.