Hay Para Leer – Crecer Leyendo

Crecer Leyendo (Grow Up Reading) is a programme aimed to promote a taste for reading in several vulnerable communities in Cartagena and Bolívar. During the last 13 years the Hay Festival and Fundación PLAN have been developing the Hay Festival Comunitario, a festival which tries to promote a taste for art, reading and culture to children and youngsters by bringing national and international writers to communnities such as Pozón, Membrillal, Bayunca, Tierra Baja, Puerto Rey and Boquilla, among others.

This process has contributed directly to boys and girls participating in Hay Festival Comunitario´s activities, thus allowing encounters between the youth and writers invited to the Hay Festival. These literary activities are addressed to a child and young audience and take place in several communities in Cartagena and Bolívar where passion and love for reading has awaken inthousands of boys and girls, enabling them to undergo a transformation in their lives and reimagine the world. 

Hay Joven

For 2020 Hay Joven will have Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar –UTB– as a strategical ally and with the support of Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Universidad de Cartagena, Universidad Los Libertadores, Universidad del Norte and Comfenalco. Many authors participating in Hay Festival Cartagena will be part of Hay Joven, speaking with the students about literature, environment, creative and cultural industries... The programme is free, and is aimed to University students. María Paula Baena, Alex Beard, Marina Carr, Christophe Galfard, Clara Grima, Juan Perro, Margarita García Robayo and many others will be part of Hay Joven.

Hay Festival and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is a public organisation whose goal is to promote Spain’s culture and heritage, within the country and abroad, through an extensive programme of activities that includes exhibitions, conferences, lecture series, film, theatre, music, audiovisual productions and initiatives that encourage the mobility of professionals and creators. As one of these initiatives to promote the internationalisation and mobility of professionals in the Spanish literary sphere, AC/E is working in cooperation with the Hay Festivals held in different parts of the world, co-organising activities for the promotion and dissemination of Spanish creators’ work overseas.

BBC Mundo

To accompany the real-world event programmes of the Hispanic festivals, Hay Festival has teamed up with BBC Mundo for the preparation of a supplementary online programme. At this programme, Hay Festival Cartagena guests and other major figures in the world of European and American culture talked about current affairs, offer suggestions for books to read and authors they like, and share their views on specific subjects. Readers could also find notes of interest and test their knowledge of literature and the Spanish language.

This digital programme, with exclusive online videos, texts, images and conversations, will be broadcasted on the website of BBC Mundo and Hay Festival.

BBC Mundo also will offer in Cartagena a workshop on the journalistic model of the BBC and the role of digital media.

El País América

Hay Festival and El País have established a media alliance for all the festivals in Latin America, bringing the festival to the readers of the newspaper, and the interviews and investigations of the newspaper to the spectators of the festival. The newspaper will feature a talk at each festival with a great international personality and both organizations will share content to bring the Hay Festival closer to the readers of El País

Talento Editorial

Talento Editorial meetings are professional and international events open to the public that aim to publicize innovative and successful experiences in the publishing industry. Spaces in which booksellers, publishers and people from the world of books exchange ideas and reflect together. During the last fifteen years the book industry has suffered - or enjoyed - an extraordinary revolution that has affected its economic and creative foundations. The tenth edition of Talento Editorial invites us to analyze this irreversible cultural mutation.

Casa Hay Festival – SURA, Protección y Bancolombia

Our ally for Latin America, SURA, together with two of the companies in its portfolio, Protección and Bancolombia, offer festival goers a space to relax, regain strength, meet art and start a conversation with other attendees. In this edition, Casa Hay will also host the official festival program.

In addition, as in the last edition, there will be several reading clubs: La mujer que hablaba sola, by Melba Escobar; Terra Alta, by Javier Cercas, Los crímenes de Alicia by Guillermo Martínez, Primera persona by Margarita García Robayo, Algún día, hoy by Ángela Becerra amd Lo que fue presente by Héctor Abad Faciolince.

Casa Hay Festival – SURA, Protección y Bancolombia is located in the calle del Colegio, Casa 1537.  

To know the complete program of 2020, visit the webpage

Hay Festival and the Fundación Gabo

Fundación Gabo and the Hay Festival Cartagena set up the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant since 2014. During the 2019 edition the fifth winner was announced: Ernesto Picco.

Since 2014 Fundación Gabo and the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, as part of an alliance of more than a decade, decidaded to organise, as a tribute to the English writer, the  Michael Jacobs Scholarship of travel chronicle, which awards with 7.500 dollars a book or travel article project about Hispanic America or Spain, to be published in Spanish or English. Since 2017, the scolarship is supperted by The Michael Jacobs Foundation for Travel Writing.

In five editions, the Grant has received more than 833 travel book proposals, of which 5 winners have been selected: Álex Ayala (Spain), Federico Bianchini (Argentina), Diego Cobo (Spain) Sabrina Duque (Ecuador) and Ernesto Picco (Argentina).

2020's call is now open. Inscriptions until December 9th. The winner will be announced during Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias.

Hay International Fellowship: Alys Conran

Alys Conran is the Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival / Hay Festival Creative Wales International Fellowship for 2019-20, a programme in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales that provides an opportunity for a writer from Wales at a significant juncture of their career to participate in Hay Festival editions throughout the year in Wales, Colombia, Spain, Peru and Mexico. Her first novel Pigeon won the Wales Book ofthe Year Award 2017 and was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It also won the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, The Wales Arts Review People's Choice Award and was longlisted for the Author's Choice First Novel Award. Her second novel Dignity will be published in 2019. She also publishes poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, creative essays and literary translations and her work is to be found in numerous magazines and anthologies including Stand and The Manchester Review.

Hay Festival and the British Council

The Hay Festival and the British Council launched a global alliance in the 2010 Hay-on-Wye Festival-- deepening their joint work since the birth of the Hay Festival Cartagena- and have since then worked together to bring British writers and thinkers to a larger global audiences. The British Council literary team fosters British editors, poets and writers in different communities and audiences all over the world, developing high-quality and innovative events that create connections between writers, editors and cultural institutions. The British authors of Hay Festival Cartagena 2020 are supported by the British Council. The foregoing in order to ensure that the knowledge and experience of the United Kingdom in the field of literature is recognized and appreciated by different Colombian audiences.

Also, within the framework of the Hay Festival 2020 the British Council will start the sixth version of its ELIPSIS program. A program that invites 10 students of literature from all over the country, to participate in a training process in creative writing and editing, and which results in the first printed publication of these young people. During the Hay Festival, these young people will hold close conversations with our invited British writers. 

Hay Diálogos con Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos

The Hay Diálogos con Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos is a proposal of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) together with the Hay Festival to try to promote knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities, united by the same language and a shared literary tradition. This proposal, which will be developed in each of the existing Festivals, and that is framed in the critical and informative work carried out by the Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos magazine, edited by AECID, has the participation of an author with a broad career, which in turn proposes a younger one, coming well from Latin America or Spain. It is, therefore, a dialogue that builds bridges between generations and different countries through a common literature. This year, in Cartagena de Indias, Alberto Manguel (Argentina-Canada), will talk with the Spanish author Marina Perezagua, who has recently edited Seis formas de morir en Texas (Anagrama), and which in turn has been chosen in program 10 of 30 of AECID for the internationalization of Spanish authors. 

Hay Festival and Banco de la República

Banco de la República manages a network of cultural centers, libraries and museums in 29 cities throughout the country for the service of Colombians. As part of its cultural programming guidelines at the national level, the Bank has established an alliance with Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias to bring national and international festival guests to wider audiences through the programming of free meetings, conferences and workshop . Thanks to this alliance, the Hay Festival has reached cities such as Buenaventura, San Andrés, Santa Marta, Manizales, Riohacha, Neiva, Medellín and Bogotá.

Hay Festival and the Universidad del Norte

For the second time, Universidad del Norte and Hay Festival build up an alliance in order to provide students of the city of Barranquilla with programming.

For the second year in a row, the Hay Festival and the Universidad del Norte join forces to bring part of the festival's schedule to Barranquilla. This year we will be accompanied by Ha-Joon Chang, a Korean economist, specializing in development economics; Marie Arana, Peruvian author, editor and journalist and the Peruvian political scientist Alberto Vergara.

These activities will take place in the Marvel Moreno auditorium of the Universidad del Norte, next Monday, February 3, 2020, from 08:30 to 12:30.

Hay Festival and Comfenalco

Comfenalco supports the development of programs that promote social integration through art and culture in the region. It is for this reason that it joins the Hay Festival of Cartagena de Indias, with the objective of contributing integrally to the development of music; the arts, heritage and culture. This initiative begins in 2020 with talks about creative industries and master classes and music workshops with Juan Perro and his band and Walter Silva, special guests of the festival.

The Eccles Centre for American Studies 

The Eccles Center & Hay Festival Writer’s Award is an annual literary prize that awards a writing project that explores a theme related to America with £ 20,000; The prize is awarded by the Eccles Center for American Studies at the British Library, in association with the Hay Festival. The prize is aimed at writers who work on nonfiction or fiction books, in English or Spanish, that require the use of the collection of the Americas, in the British Library. At the end of November we will meet the two winners of the prize. The Hay Festival is pleased to support this award and contribute to the dissemination of the call and the work of the winners, inviting the winners to their festivals. The historian Andrea Wulf, winner in 2013, will participate in the next edition of the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias. 

Hay Festival and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The global alliance between Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) and the Hay Festival will arrive this year at the Hay Festival in Mexico, Peru and Colombia. A series of conversations and conferences with the Kew brand, focused on the environment, will help foster understanding about the importance of protecting our planet and its unique biodiversity; at a time when threats caused by changes in land use, climate change, as well as pests and pathogens are growing.

Alexandre Antonelli, Science Director of Kew will be in conversation with Camilo Jiménez Santofimio during Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2020.

Hay Festival and NERC

Hay Festival and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have joined forces again for Trans.MISSION II, a new global project pairing leading environmental researchers with award-winning storytellers to communicate cutting-edge science to new audiences. At a time of unprecedented public interest in how human actions affect the environment, Trans.MISSION II will pair NERC researchers from Peru, Colombia and the UK with artists and storytellers in each country to create new stories about the ongoing research projects.

Trans.MISSION II is the first international public engagement collaboration project for NERC, with each new piece to be launched at Hay Festival events in Arequipa, Peru (7-10 November 2019); Cartagena, Colombia (30 January-2 February 2020) and in Hay-on-Wye, Wales (21-31 May 2020). Peru’s collaboration will focus on the socio-ecological systems in Colombia and their response to environmental change, and will be attended by Colombian writer and activist Juan Cárdenas and three teams of experts led by Professor Piran White, Dr. Naomi Milner and Dr. France Gerard. .

More information about Hay Festival Trans.MISSION II in Colombia.

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