From January 25-28, the Walled City played host to the 13th edition of Hay Festival Cartagena, with more than 150 writers and intellectuals coming together to talk about their works and share ideas for transforming the world through the arts, journalism, poetry and literature. This year also brought together the best Latin American authors under the age of 40, who visited Bogotá, Medellín and Riohacha. The highlight of the festival was the presence of Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzeel, the British writer Salman Rushdie, the acclaimed French novelist Marc Levy, as well as the Nicaraguan winner of the Premio Cervantes, Sergio Ramírez.


Elsewhere, the Barranquilla Carnival will take place from February 10-13. This living patrimony for Colombians, arguably the country’s most important cultural event, is a veritable Caribbean party which brings together thousands of visitors and locals who flock to the city to enjoy parades, floats, live music, comedy, beauty pageants and more. It is also the second biggest carnival in the world, taking its place after Río’s, and has been recognized by UNESCO as a magnificent example of expressions of folklore. A guaranteed good time!