Un-Convention 2012

Un-Convention 2012 at Roundhouse (The Hub), Camden. – 11th February 2012. 4:00 p.m.
As part of Un-convention Voices COLOMBIAGE presents:

Culture is Propaganda: Is Colombia’s new wave of cultural stars changing the image of a troubled nation?

With Mexico, Cuba and Argentina successfully mapping themselves on the global cultural landscape and now the world beating a path to Brazil’s door with the World Cup and the Olympic Games, how is Colombia changing the way it is perceived on the international scene? ? It’s a country that defined Latin America’s booming literary landscape in the 1980s, with Gabriel García Márquez and his friends, but how is the country currently responsible for Shakira and Juanes defining itself in a moment of relative prosperity and safety? And what role does Colombia’s emerging talent have to play in all of this? Has Colombia finally learned how to export its culture? And what will it mean for its future?

The Panel:
Moderator: Landa Acevedo-Scott (Founder and Artistic Director of Colombiage)
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (author of What if Latin America Ruled the World?)
Cristina Fuentes La Roche (Director of Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, Colombia)
Maya Jaggi (Award-winning cultural journalist and critic, who writes for the Guardian Review, Independent, Financial Times, Economist and Newsweek International among other publications)
Jenny Adlington (Head of Marketing at Because Music)

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About Unconvention 2012 – Voices: This Un-Convention looks at political voices and social messages through spoken word, hip hop, social media, art and culture. It’s about people’s voices and getting them heard. Two simultaneous events connect Roundhouse, London UK with The Museum of Modern Art, Medellin Colombia in real time, to explore the voices and messages of young people through art and digital. The day explores the sounds, ideas and projects that help change the world and society, and make people think differently.
Panels include Female MCs, Hip Hop (live from the barrios of Medellin), Social Media in Places of War, Digital Innovation, Latin American Music in the UK (curated by Como No), Culture is Propaganda: Is Colombia’s new wave of cultural stars changing the image of a troubled nation? (curated by Colombiage), intermixed with spoken word and hip hop performance. It also features ‘The Art of Protest’ exhibition featuring master works from: Banksy
– Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing
– Lyrics from singer songwriter Billy Bragg
– Imagery from John and Yoko’s ‘Bed-In’
– Fashion Designer Katherine Hamnett’s ‘58% Don’t Want Pershing’ t-shirt
– Stella Vine
– Leading German Artists Joseph Beuys and Thomas Peiter.

About the panelists:

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera


Oscar Guardiola-Rivera teaches International Law and International Affairs at Birkbeck College, University of London. He also served as an aid to the Colombian Congress, as a consultant for a unit of the United Nations in the region, taught and lectured in law, philosophy, and politics in three continents. He helped to found a think-tank still active in Colombia, dealing with Human Rights, policy, culture, and conflict resolution, and is recognised as one of the foremost younger voices in Latin American philosophy.

Cristina Fuentes La Roche

Cristina Fuentes La Roche. Photo by Daniel Mordzinksi


Cristina Fuentes La Roche is a Business and Administration graduate from the Autonoma University in Madrid; she also has an MA in Arts Management by the University of London.
Previously, Cristina has worked in Canning House promoting Latin American culture in the UK and was National Events Director in Arts and Business for five years before joining the Hay Festival in 2005, directing since Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, Hay Festival Xalapa and co-directing Hay Festival Segovia and specific projects such as Bogota39 and Beirut39.

Jenny Adlington

Jenny Adlington


Jenny Adlington is Head of Marketing for international acts at Because Records UK. She currently works with Manu Chao, Amadou & Mariam and Seun Kuti on developing and marketing their music in the UK. In previous roles she ran David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label in Europe and prior to that played an integral part in the development of the Buena Vista Social Club worldwide. She has an enduring love for Colombia having studied there for her first degree in Spanish and French, and having undertaken an investigative mission into the Colombian music industry for UNESCO in 2005. She recently finished a masters at City University, where she looked at changes to the music industry due to digital technology.

Maya Jaggi

Maya Jaggi


Maya Jaggi is an award-winning cultural journalist and an influential critic on international literature, who writes for the Guardian, Independent, Financial Times, Economist and Newsweek International among other publications, and contributes to BBC radio. A writer of major arts profiles in the Guardian Review for more than a decade, she has reported on culture from five continents and interviewed 12 Nobel prizewinners in literature. Her interviews have appeared in books such as Lives and Works, Writing Across Worlds, and Women of the Revolution, and she has been a judge of literary awards including the Orange prize and Commonwealth Writers prize. She was educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, and is an Associate Fellow of Warwick University.

Landa Acevedo-Scott

Landa Acevedo-Scott

After spending three years working as Business Development Manager at the Barbican Centre, Landa combined her 10 years of experience working in business and the arts to co-found the arts agency Tibor Jones & Associates in 2007. Her work has focused on developing curatorial and fundraising strategies for organisations in the creative industry. Her previous clients have included the University of East Anglia (UEA), The Guardian and Como No. She is also the co-founder and artistic director of Colombiage, Europe’s most influential celebration of Colombian art and culture. Landa graduated in European Business Management & French at Lancaster University (1998), spending her second and fourth year at leading business schools, ICADE Madrid and Ecole de Management de Lyon respectively.