Best festivals in Cartagena

As summer fades across the northern hemisphere, Cartagena de Indias and its internationally recognized festivals are one of the most visited destinations in South America. An ideal refuge to embrace the sunshine and dig into the excitement of a world class cultural adventure.

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Hay Festival Cartagena has become one of the most important literary events in the Hispanic world; an ideal space for dialogue and celebration. Performing Nobel Prize winners like Mario Vargas Llosa and Herta Muller as well as writers from the region like Juan Gossain Abdala, Colombian Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and artists from over 23 countries.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez at Hay FestivalGabriel Garcia Marquez at Hay Festival. By: Google Images

Featuring literature, visual arts, cinema, music, geopolitics, and journalism. Usually this magnificent word and art exchange goes for ten days with a bursting program of debates and conversations, taking place every year at the end of January.

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The Festival International de Cine (Cartagena Film Festival) emphasizes on the promotion of Colombian television programs and films, as well as Latin American films and videos. Founded 1960 in Cartagena, this festival held every March for one week,  is the oldest film festival in Latin America.

Cartagena Film Festival.Cartagena Film Festival. By: Google Images

Since its beginning, the Film Festival has given priority in the selection of films that promote cultural identity matters of Latin American countries, such as the social and everyday life of the nations they represent. Its mission is to promote the comradeship among the region, and recognizing their cultural expressions in extraordinary stories.

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Cartagena Film Festival.2Outdoor event in La Aduana Plaza. By: Google Images

Festival Internacional de Música Cartagena (Cartagena International Music Festival) is a cultural event that has emerged from the architectural features of Cartagena, its churches, streets, and majestic theaters, putting together a classical music event that involve the community as well as national and international musicians.

Cartagena International Music Festival.Cartagena International Music Festival. By: Google Images

At the beginning of January, enjoy thirteen days of superb outdoor settings; music on plazas, balconies, and historic streets of Cartagena. Delight your senses with some of the most prominent musicians in world of classical music like Charles Wardsworth; composer, pianist, and founder of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

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If you’re looking to combine your next trip with a world-class festival or with local and international expressions of music, literature and films, then look no further, Cartagena de Indias is your next stop.