An unparalleled feast of culture; a celebration of literary and creative genius, the Hay Festival will inspire you to reimagine the world you think you know. Join an elite group of writers, poets, journalists and academics as they share their work at events across Cartagena.
Readers and writers of fiction and non-fiction, poetry enthusiasts, creatives, or just about anyone who has an active interest in the world around them. There are also loads of activities for kids.
Date: 28 Jan, 2021
Price : Free - USD$15
Cartagena’s Hay Festival has been described as one of the most important literary events in the Hispanic world, bringing writers, musicians, poets, journalists and scholars together to discuss their work and other important socio-political issues on a public stage.
Notable guests in the past have included Nobel Laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and JM Le Clezio, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Shirin Ebadi, the first Islamic woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
This immense creative cauldron is cooked up every year over four days in January, where you can expect to find everything from plays and literary readings, to exhibitions, workshops and inspirational talks.
Ticket prices depend on each event, but are usually in the range of USD$15 for each talk.
Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.
Centro has lost none of its importance thanks to the universal lure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area.
Cartagena's finest hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.
The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.
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