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Hey festival returns full of diversity and activism

Literature, music, politics, economics and the environment will be the day of Hay Festival Cartagena, which will raise its curtain on January 31, 2019.

There will be four days devoted to raising ideas and critical thinking in more than 100 events with guests from the growth of Nigerian writer Himamanda Ngosi Adchi, who is globally recognized for the fight for gender equality; the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to receive this award; the miracle of the Romanian letters, Mircea Cartscu; and the Briton Zaji Smith, who debuted in 2000 with his famous work White Tooth, by the way.

Hey Festival director Cristina Fuentes explained during the presentation of the program of this new edition of the so-called " "Festival of Ideas," that diversity will be the great novelty of this year 2019.

"This is a great program that comes loaded with many themes, a lot of activism, activism of gender equality, activism against antidemocratic movements (…) This is a festival that comes with great literary content but also analyzes the world in we live, "Fuentes said.

There will be 135 guests from different parts of the world, such as Teatro Adolfo Mejía, Spanish Collegiate, University of Fine Arts, neighborhoods such as El Pozón, Puerto Rey, Membrillal and for the first time some shopping centers.

"This year we not only want to go beyond the audience we had in 2018, but also bring the festival to a new audience. We are very interested in reaching out to people who may not be near the Carthage Historic Center, so we are very interested in working with the institutions as a plan to continue to import all these writers and thinkers in many places in the city, "said Cristina Fuentes.

In 2018, more than 50,000 people were part of this meeting, which opens the agenda of cultural events each January in Cartagena.

Regarding the need to call for more local publicity, Fuentes said we should put an end to the idea that the Hey festival is an event for the academic community.

"It is not necessary to be an expert who enjoys ideas All that is needed is to be curious and I believe deeply all of us want to learn more about the world we live in that gives us the opportunity to imagine a lot of thoughts, critical thinking, we want to understand what the other thinks, I believe that is what generates a cultural forum like the Festival of the Ghosts, "he added.

Colombian actor Manolo Cardona, in a conversation with journalist Roberto Pombo, will be responsible for opening this year's XIV edition of the Hay Festival.

The music, a great hero of the Hey Festival, will have exhibitors in 2019, the Merringer Wilfrid Vargas, who will also present his autobiographical book; jazz player David Sanchez and singer Totó la Momposina.

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