The Gabo Festival returns to the face-to-face format and will be held in October in Bogotá

Bogota, 16 Sep. The Gabo Festival, the most important meeting of Ibero-American journalism, returns to the face-to-face format and will celebrate its tenth edition from October 21 to 23 in Bogotá, as part of the commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Gabriel García Márquez .

The themes of the Festival will revolve around the famous speech “The Solitude of Latin America”, which Gabo delivered in 1982 when he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm, the Gabo Foundation said in a statement on Friday.

“Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all the creatures of that outrageous reality have had to ask very little of the imagination, because the greatest challenge for us has been the insufficiency of conventional resources to make our lives believable. This is, friends, the knot of our loneliness,” Gabo said in one of the sections of his speech.

In this direction, the organization of the Festival recalled that four decades later “in this celebration space, which celebrates its 10th anniversary, and which evokes that ‘insatiable source of creation'”, the storytellers of Ibero-America, regardless of formats, genres journalistic and thematic, “we come together to seek new ways of narrating the region and thus contribute to unraveling this knot”.


As in previous years, in the tenth edition of the Festival there will be multiple meetings that will revolve around journalism, literature, poetry, education, diversity, gender, creativity and innovation.

“Topics that will be developed in more than 50 activities including workshops, exhibitions, talks and meetings, which will bring together 100 national and international experts,” the organizers detailed in a statement.

The program will include other activities such as photographic exhibitions, gastronomic offer and concerts.

Several of this year’s Gabo Award winners, whose names will be announced in the coming days, are expected to be at these conferences.

The Gabo Prize is awarded annually and aims to encourage the search for excellence, innovation and ethical coherence in journalism, inspired by the ideals and work of García Márquez.

The journalistic award rewards the best in Ibero-America in the categories of Text, Image, Coverage and Innovation, and also delivers the Recognition of Excellence from the Gabo Award, as well as the Clemente Manuel Zabala Recognition to a Colombian editor.

According to the organizers, this time the Festival will have “emphasis on the audiences, who are becoming more protagonists every day in the trade of journalism and communication.”

For that reason, the Gabo Festival will go beyond journalism to “involve all members of the public regardless of age.”


The Gabo Festival, which in the last two years was virtual due to the covid-19 pandemic, also recovers its face-to-face format at the Bogotá Modern Gymnasium, one of the most traditional schools in the Colombian capital.

With the change of venue, since it was traditionally held in Medellin, the Gabo Foundation underscores the Nobel’s links with the country’s capital, where he arrived in 1943 to study law at the National University, a career he did not finish.

In Bogotá, García Márquez “discovered tram rides and cafes where poets, writers, and intellectuals met” and also worked for the newspaper El Espectador, where he shone as a chronicler. EFE


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The Gabo Festival returns to the face-to-face format and will be held in October in Bogotá