Hay Festival Community Work

Thanks to joint work with the Cartagena´s Mayor´s Office, the Bolívar State Government and the Fundación Plan, the Hay Festival continued to bring the best in literature and ideas to Cartagena’s most vulnerable communities, with 25 free events.

Wednesday 29 January

[HFC1] 9:30 – 11:00 h Centro Cultural Chico Cervantes, Magangué, Bolívar

Workshop with the Caribbean Circus School

The Escuela de Circo del Caribe (“Caribbean Circus School”) is an initiative that began in Cartagena in 2018 to promote learning of the circus arts through activities that stimulate physical exercise, a healthy cultivation of the body and soft skills such as self-esteem, resilience and teamwork. At this workshop participants will be taught balance, juggling, physical theatre, acrobatics and more. 

With the support of the Government of Bolívar 

Ages 11 to 15

[HFC2] 17:00 – 18:30 h Centro de Alto Rendimiento, Mompox, Bolívar

Workshop with the Caribbean Circus School

The Escuela de Circo del Caribe (“Caribbean Circus School”) is an initiative that began in Cartagena in 2018 to promote learning of the circus arts through activities that stimulate physical exercise, a healthy cultivation of the body and soft skills such as self-esteem, resilience and teamwork. At this workshop participants will be taught balance, juggling, physical theatre, acrobatics and more. 

With the support of the Government of Bolívar 

Ages 11 to 15


Thursday January 30

HFC3] 08:30 – 10:00 h Institución Educativa 14 de Febrero, El Pozón

Journalism workshop with Reporteritos Comunitarios. With Catalina Gómez 

The independent Colombian journalist Catalina Gómez works with a range of Latin American and Spanish media companies. She has covered news in Iran, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza and Egypt. At this event, Gómez will share with young local reporters the first steps involved in the profession of journalism: responding to a curiosity about what surrounds us, learning to ask questions and, especially, telling stories about each person’s reality. 

With the support of Cartagena City Council

Ages 13 and over

[HFC4] 9:00 – 10:30 h Institución Educativa Técnica Agropecuaria, San Fernando, Bolívar 

Workshop with the Caribbean Circus School

The Escuela de Circo del Caribe (“Caribbean Circus School”) is an initiative that began in Cartagena in 2018 to promote learning of the circus arts through activities that stimulate physical exercise, a healthy cultivation of the body and soft skills such as self-esteem, resilience and teamwork. At this workshop participants will be taught balance, juggling, physical theatre, acrobatics and more. 

With the support of the Government of Bolívar 

Ages 11 to 15

[HFC5] 09:30 – 10:30 h Institución Educativa 14 de Febrero, El Pozón

Opening event with Batámbora
The Tambores de Cabildo School was founded in La Boquilla in 2007 as an initiative to preserve and promote the Afro cultural heritage of the community. The school’s educational task is to teach Afro-Caribbean music and dance to children, as well as to build values and counter the problems that face the communities of La Boquilla. A project that came out of the school was the group Batámbora, which participates in all kinds of cultural events in Colombia and abroad, runs workshops and makes its own musical instruments. On this occasion, Batámbora presents a musical performance accompanied by a drumming workshop.

With the support of Cartagena City Council

[HFC7] 15:00 – 16:00 h Biblioparque San Francisco, La Paz

Workshop with Raquel Franco

In order to boost the relationship between words, arts and crafts, and play, this event proposes the creation of a giant jigsaw puzzle. The children will be offered simple materials: cardboard boxes, paint and brushes. The great challenge will be to create, together, a three-dimensional volume with the big cardboard boxes, and then to paint the result by hand. The outcome will be a unique, but collective, work. To finish, we will dismantle the volume and put it back together, recreating the original jigsaw… or creating a new image.

With the support of Cartagena City Council

Ages 10 to 13


Friday January 31

[HFC8] 09:30 – 11:30 h Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (library)

Workshop with Octavio Escobar

The doctor and university lecturer Octavio Escobar has written several children’s books, including El viaje del príncipe (2019), the story of a young prince who, one day, decides to undertake a journey to discover what lies in the world beyond the confines of his palace. So begins a great adventure. At this event, Escobar shares with the children the value of exploring and enjoying the wonder of what surrounds them.

With the support of Cartagena City Council

Ages 6 to 8

[HFC9] 10:00 – 11:00 h UNIBAC

Workshop with Alex Nogués

Alex Nogués studied Geology and specialized in Paleontology and Hydrogeology. His latest books are Un pelo en la sopa and Un millón de ostras en lo alto de la montaña (2019). In this work of his he explores how marine creatures such as oysters could have reached the summit of a mountain. After millions of years, the Earth has a lot to say. Alex Nogués shares the mysteries of geology with boys and girls through this beautiful and impassioning book illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora.
With the support of Acción Cultural Española AC/E and Cartagena City Council

Ages 9 to 12

[HFC10] 10:00 – 11:45 h Hogar Infantil Caminos de Luz, El Pozón

Workshop with Gloria Beatriz Salazar

La escritora Gloria Beatriz Salazar invita a los más pequeños a un viaje de descubrimiento de los animales de nuestro país en sus libros Una aventura con los animales de Colombia y La ballena roja que se tragó una danta blanca. Después de lecturas y juegos, compartirá con los niños y las niñas un espacio para dibujar sus animales preferidos.

With the support of Cartagena City Council

Ages 6 to 10

[HFC11] 10:30 – 11:30 h Institución Educativa Técnico Agropecuario, El Guamo, Bolívar

Evelio Rosero in conversation with Gustavo Tatis

In 2006 Evelio Rosero (Colombia) won the National Literature Prize and the Tusquets Novel Prize. In 2019 he published the compilation of short fiction, Cuentos completos, which offers an assortment of individual fantasies, as well as collective hallucinations, stories of love and death, and of desire and bitterness, all with the city as their backdrop. He will talk to Gustavo Tatis.

With the support of the Government of Bolívar 

[HFC12] 10:30 – 11:30 h Coliseo de Alto Rendimiento, Santa Rosa del Sur, Bolívar

The year of the Black Sun. Daniel Ferreira in conversation with Jazmím Martínez and George Salazar

Colombian writer Daniel Ferreira will talk about his ambitious epic narration El año del sol negro that portrays the events surrounding the battle of Palonegro, a decisive episode of The Thousand Days War. In conversation with Jazmín Martínez and George Salazar.

With the support of the Government of Bolívar 

[HFC13] 14:30 – 15:30 h Biblioteca Tierra Baja

Workshop with Alex Nogués

Alex Nogués studied Geology and specialized in Paleontology and Hydrogeology. His latest books are Un pelo en la sopa and Un millón de ostras en lo alto de la montaña (2019). In this work of his he explores how marine creatures such as oysters could have reached the summit of a mountain. After millions of years, the Earth has a lot to say. Alex Nogués shares the mysteries of geology with boys and girls through this beautiful and impassioning book illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española AC/E and Cartagena City Council

Ages 9 to 12

[HFC6] 15:00 – 16:00 h Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (exhibition room)

Reading with all five senses. An interactive sensorial workshop with Menena Cottin

A sensorial workshop linked to the Menena Cottin exhibition, Buscando la Esencia (“Seeking the Essence”). An interactive experience, guided by the author, illustrator and designer of the 18 conceptual illustrated books that make up the exhibition.

With the support of Cartagena City Council

Ages 6 and over

[HFC14] 15:00 – 16:00 h Hogar La Abejita, Membrillal

Workshop with Luisa Noguera

The writer, publisher and publicist Luisa Noguera is the author of a dozen books, including El nido atortolado, Del amor y otros bichos and Monstruos en mi almohada. On this occasion, Luisa Noguera welcomes children to a creative writing workshop in order to explore with them the stories that arise out of the depths of their imaginations.

With the support of Cartagena City Council

Ages 8 to 10

[HFC15] 16:30 – 17:30 h Centro de Alto Rendimiento, Arjona, Bolívar 

Juan Esteban Constaín in conversation with Gustavo Tatis

Juan Esteban Constaín is the author of the collection of short stories Los mártires and of novels such as El naufragio del imperio, ¡Calcio! and El hombre que no fue jueves. He has won the Espartaco and Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombia prizes, and is a columnist with El Tiempo newspaper. In his latest book, Constaín has reconstructed the life of one of Colombian 20th-century politics’ key figures in Álvaro: Su vida y su siglo. More than just a biography, this book is the portrait of a very troubled time and a witness to it, a controversial and central figure for Colombia, as well as a depiction of the role he played. He will talk to Gustavo Tatis.

With the support of the Government of Bolívar 


Saturday February 1

[HFC16] 09:30 – 10:30 h Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (library)

Workshop with Francisco Leal Quevedo

The pediatrician and philosopher Francisco Leal Quevedo began writing at age six, publishing his first story using a small rubber press. He is the author of Colombia a la vista. I. La voz de los objetos, a book that describes our country through the ball, the bicycle, the carriel, the accordion and more than forty other objects. In this meeting he directs an interactive workshop for boys and girls with some of the objects described in his book.

With the support of Cartagena City Council

8 to 13 years old

[HFC17] 09:30 – 10:30 h Centro Cultural, Puerto Rey

Workshop with Meritxell Martí
Meritxell Martí (Spain) is a doctor in Humanities, teacher and author. She has written more than twenty books. Her latest book is Bajo las olas (2019), a story about a journey to the sea to discover what we are capable of, how wonderful life actually is and what's really important. In this meeting, she shares with these young readers a dynamic and creative exchange to create and tell stories.

With the support of Cartagena City Council

Ages 5 to 7

[HFC18] 10:00 – 11:00 h Sede Coosalud, El Pozón

Workshop with Luisa Noguera

The writer, publisher and publicist Luisa Noguera is the author of a dozen books, including El nido atortolado, Del amor y otros bichos and Monstruos en mi almohada. On this occasion, Luisa Noguera welcomes children to a creative writing workshop in order to explore with them the stories that arise out of the depths of their imaginations.

With the support of Coosalud and Cartagena City Council

Ages 8 to 10

[HFC19] 10:00 – 11:00 h Casa de la Cultura Eulalia González Bello Yaya, María la Baja, Bolívar

Workshop with the Caribbean Circus School

The Escuela de Circo del Caribe (“Caribbean Circus School”) is an initiative that began in Cartagena in 2018 to promote learning of the circus arts through activities that stimulate physical exercise, a healthy cultivation of the body and soft skills such as self-esteem, resilience and teamwork. At this workshop participants will be taught balance, juggling, physical theatre, acrobatics and more. 

With the support of the Government of Bolívar 

Ages 11 to 15

[HFC20] 10:30 – 11:30 h UNIBAC

Workshop with Clara Grima

Clara Grima, a Mathematics doctor from the University of Seville, lecturer and popular mathematician, is the author of ¡Que las matemáticas te acompañen!, a book that reveals the presence of maths in everyday life where, without us noticing it, numbers have great importance. Grima will be with a group of young people to talk to them about one of her firm convictions: everyone loves maths, only many people don’t know it yet.

With the support of Cartagena City Council

Ages 8 to 12

[HFC21] 11:00 – 12:00 h Escuela de Música Lucho Bermúdez, Carmen de Bolívar

Maribel Abello in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Maribel Abello is a film, theatre and television actor, as well as a teacher and writer, from Barranquilla. In her first book, Hasta ahora te creo, Abello tells gripping stories about women oppressed by the patriarchal structure of the Colombian Caribbean. Abello talks to the journalist Ingrid Bejerman. 

With the support of the Government of Bolívar 

[HFC22] 14:30 – 15:30 h Biblioteca Tierra Baja

Workshop with Clara Grima

Clara Grima, a Mathematics doctor from the University of Seville, lecturer and popular mathematician, is the author of ¡Que las matemáticas te acompañen!, a book that reveals the presence of maths in everyday life where, without us noticing it, numbers have great importance. Grima will be with a group of young people to talk to them about one of her firm convictions: everyone loves maths, only many people don’t know it yet.

With the support of Cartagena City Council

Ages 8 to 12

[HFC23] 14:30 – 15:30 h Coosalud - Olaya

Workshop with Raquel Franco

In order to boost the relationship between words, arts and crafts, and play, this event proposes the creation of a giant jigsaw puzzle. The children will be offered simple materials: cardboard boxes, paint and brushes. The great challenge will be to create, together, a three-dimensional volume with the big cardboard boxes, and then to paint the result by hand. The outcome will be a unique, but collective, work. To finish, we will dismantle the volume and put it back together, recreating the original jigsaw… or creating a new image.

With the support of Coosalud

Ages 10 to 13

[HFC24] 14:30 – 15:30 h Biblioteca de Bayunca

Workshop with Miguel Mendoza Luna

Miguel Mendoza Luna is a Colombian writer and university professor. He completed a master's degree in Creative Writing, beginning to publish books in multiple areas of writing: short story, novel, biography, psychology and children literature. In this activity, he leads a talk-workshop writing about his novel Los diarios secretos de las chicas (in)completas. This is a micro-workshop that seeks to detonate in the participants the immediate invention of characters and stories, and also emotionally talk about famous people in literature to unravel the mystery of what made them unforgettable and universal.  
With the support of Cartagena City Council

From 13 to 17 years old


Sunday Feberuary 2

[HFC25] 10:00 – 11:00 h Centro de Integración Ciudadano-CIC, Mahates, Bolívar

Melba Escobar in conversation with Martín Murillo

The journalist and writer from Cali Melba Escobar has been considered the best column writer of the journal from Cali El País in 2013. Her fourth work of fiction, La mujer que hablaba sola, tells the story of Cecilia Palacios, the mother of Pedro, who is responsible for an accident in a shopping centre that leaves 17 injured and three dead. Cecilia reflects on motherhood with her son approaching adulthood, when he will have to face the consequences of his actions. 

With the support of the Government of Bolívar 

[HFC26] 10:00 – 11:00 h Sede del Adulto Mayor, San Jacinto, Bolívar  

Weilder Guerra in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Weildler Guerra holds a Phd in Anthropology from the University of the Andes and was the winner of the 2001-2002 National Culture Prize. He has been the Director of the Observatory of the Colombian Caribbean and he has recently participated in the Misión Internacional de Sabios 2019. He is currently a cultural advisor of the Banco de la República in Barranquilla. 

With the support of the Government of Bolívar 

[HFC27] 16:30 – 17:30 h Centro Cultural Julio Rojas Briceño, San Juan Nepomuceno, Bolívar 

Gustavo Tatis in conversation with Martín Murillo  

The journalist and writer Gustavo Tatis presents his young adult novel El soñador de tesoros. The book is inspired by the childhood of the Cartagena guitarist Miroslav Swoboda, who grew up in an old house in the historical centre of Cartagena. The novel tells the story of the child guitarist Miro, who lives on a house on Santos de Piedra, where the privateer Francis Drake once stayed. Miro starts to have a recurring dream in which he hears the sobbing of a child on the other side of one of the walls of his home. Eventually Miro’s family demolish the wall, revealing mysterious but marvellous treasures.

With the support of the Government of Bolívar

Monday February 3

[HFC28] 16:00 – 17:30 h Centro Cultural Rosario Briceño, Regidor, Bolívar  

Workshop with the Caribbean Circus School

The Escuela de Circo del Caribe (“Caribbean Circus School”) is an initiative that began in Cartagena in 2018 to promote learning of the circus arts through activities that stimulate physical exercise, a healthy cultivation of the body and soft skills such as self-esteem, resilience and teamwork. At this workshop participants will be taught balance, juggling, physical theatre, acrobatics and more. 

With the support of the Government of Bolívar 

Ages 11 to 15

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