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The Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2020 will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the presence of Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, recent winner of the Booker Prize, and a commitment to dialogue about the future. This was revealed by the director of the Festival for the Americas, Cristina Fuentes, who highlighted the attendance of "140 thinkers from different parts of the world" who "rescue our past, explore our present and make us imagine new futures."

The next edition of the Hay Festival will have a special celebration on the occasion of its 15 years, and it will include the participation of more than 150 guests, including writers, musicians, scientists, artists, journalists, historians, economists and intellectuals from various disciplines that will meet for discuss, and share with the participating public their opinions about the current world.

Fuentes celebrated, as the main course of the festival, which will take place between January 30 and February 2nd, the presence of Canadian Margaret Atwood, known for her book "The Handmaid's Tale", adapted to television a couple of years ago. During her stay in Cartagena, Atwood will present his most recent work, "The testament", with which she seeks to "bring her imaginary critic" to the festival attendees, Fuentes said.

Among the list of authors who will be present at the Hay Festival 2020, there is also the Uruguayan Ida Vitale, winner of the Cervantes 2019 award and who will talk with the Portuguese poet Ana Luisa Amaral. Likewise, there will be the Cuban Leonardo Padura, who will present his book "Los rostros de la salsa", and the Mexican Valeria Luiselli, who has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Nobel Prize winners, literature an music at the Hay Festival Cartagena 2020

The Festival director also referred to the protests in Latin America and the world, and praised the event as a meeting "for conversation, to listen to each other from the rehearsal, the fiction and the music." In that sense, the festival has opted to promote future dialogue with the Nobel Prize in Economics Joseph Stiglitz, who will talk with Moisés Naim about capitalism and new economic models.

The former Colombian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Juan Manuel Santos, will also reflect on the challenges facing Latin America today, while the American David Wallace-Wells will speak on the threats of climate change. The organizers have also highlighted the presence of Canadians Dionne Brand and Alberto Manguel, as well as the French citizens Philipe Claudel, Muriel Barbery and Alice Zeniter.

The musical quota will be in charge of the Colombian J Balvin, who will open the event with a talk with the journalist Roberto Pombo; while the presence of the Spanish Juan Perro, the alter ego of Santiago Userón, will fill the festival with Hispanic and Latin rhythms.

Spanish participation

The cultural advisor of the Spanish embassy, Juan Pedro Pérez, celebrated the presence of 19 Spanish authors and recognized “the challenge” that meant keeping his country as the protagonist after three years thanks to the Spain-Colombia Culture Focus, program of the Spanish Cultural Action (ACE). In that sense, the Hay Festival Cartagena will feature the presence of the Spanish writer Javier Cercas, who will talk about his award-winning “Terra Alta” Planeta Award, and the filmmaker Fernando Trueba, who will talk with the Colombian Héctor Abad Faciolince, whose work, “El olvido que seremos”, was adapted to the seventh art. Other Spanish guests will be Marina Perazagua, Marta Orriols, Marta Peirano, Guillermo Altares, Inés Martín Rodrigo and Sergio Vilasanjuan.

Colombian writers

The list of Colombian writers will be formed by Juan Esteban Constaín, Evelio Rosero, Margarita García Robayo, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Gloria Esquivel, Héctor Abad Faciolince, Juan Cárdenas, Melba Escobar, Ángela Becerra, Maribel Abello and William Ospina, among others.

Outstanding activities of the Hay Festival Cartagena 2020

The Talento Editorial Meetings return again to the Spanish Training Center, a space in which booksellers, publishers and people from the world of literature exchange ideas and reflect together.

There will also be the Hay Dialogues with Hispano-American Notebooks, a proposal by the AECID and the Hay Festival to promote knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities. In 2020, Alberto Manguel (Argentina-Canada) will talk with the Spanish author, Marina Perezagua, who has recently edited Six Ways to Die in Texas (Anagrama), and which in turn has been chosen for the AECID “10 of 30 Project” for the internationalization of Spanish authors.

The Spanish Cooperation will host two art exhibitions within the framework of the Hay Festival. Looking for Essence, a journey through 18 conceptual books, written and designed by Menena Cotin (Venezuela) that allow the visitor-reader to interact with the concept that the book communicates. Also, Objects with History, which is part of the “10 of 30 Project”, focused on some of the authors selected. In this case, Aroa Moreno, Inés Martín Rodrigo, Alejandro Morellón, Miguel Barrero and Almudena Sánchez will show some of the objects with which they try to explain their creative processes and their motivations as authors.

In addition to the Training Center for Spanish Cooperation, the XV Hay Festival Cartagena will take place in important stages of the city such as the Adolfo Mejía Theater, the Bolívar University Institute of Fine Arts and Sciences (UNIBAC), the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel, the Julio César Turbay Ayala Convention Center and various neighborhoods in Cartagena. All the programming of the Hay Festival Cartagena can be consulted by clicking here.
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