Projects and partners

Hay Festival Arequipa works in collaboration with several organisations.


Thanks to the international agreement between the Welsh Government and the Hay Festival, we are pleased to present the Hay Festival Classics, a series of three iconic talks, where the public of Hay Festival Digital Arequipa enjoyed the reflections of Yuval Noha Harari, Toni Morrison and Steven Pinker.

Discover Wale’s rich culture and history. From world-famous arts to jaw-dropping scenery. It all comes with a legendary warm welcome. A country shaped by its people, inspired by its places, alive with adventure and opportunity.



Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is a Spanish public body dedicated to promoting Spain’s culture and heritage, inside and outside the country, through an extensive programme of activities. This includes exhibitions, meetings, conferences, film, theatre, music, audio-visual productions and initiatives that boost the mobility of professionals and artists. As part of the promotion of the internationalization and mobility of Spanish literary professionals, AC/E collaborates with the Hay Festivals held around the world, co-organizing activities for the promotion and dissemination abroad of the work of Spanish writers. Hay Festival Digital Arequipa 2020 gathered a number of talented Spanish artists as Andrea Abreu, Katixa Agirre, Susana Isern, Gabi Martínez and Rosa Montero.


To accompany the programmes of the Hispanic festivals, expanding their scope through the use of digital tools, Hay Festival teamed up with BBC Mundo for the preparation of a supplementary online programme in which Hay Festival Arequipa guests and other major figures in the world of European and American culture talked about current affairs, offered suggestions for books to read and authors they admire, and shared their views on specific subjects. Readers could also find notes of interest and test their knowledge of literature and the Spanish language. Journalists of BBC Mundo moderated various talks of the festival, and Carolina Robino, director of BBC Mundo, teached  a masterclass about digital journalism.

This digital programme, with exclusive online videos, texts, images and conversations, were broadcasted on the website of BBC Mundo and Hay Festival from 5 September onwards.


Ediciones Paidós (Grupo Planeta) and Hay Festival joined forces to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publishing house. Hay Festival Digital Arequipa featured six Paidós Talks, a series of events in which six of its most representative authors were interviewed by the Spanish journalist Iñaki Gabilondo: Karen Armstrong, Adela Cortina, Naomi Klein, Facundo Manes, Muhammad Yunus and Shoshana Zuboff.


Hay Diálogos con Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos aims to favor the knowledge and exchange between authors of different generations and nationalities who are united by the same language and a shared literary tradition which is enriched by authors of different origins. This proposal which was developed in each and every one of the existing Hay Festivals, consisted in the participation of an acclaimed author, who nominated a younger author from Latin America or Spain (the Spanish authors picked a Latin American author and vice versa). This is, thus, a dialogue that builds bridges between different generations and countries, with one branch of literature, that is, Spanish literature, acting as a link. In this edition the Argentinian writer Leila Guerriero talked to Spanish writer Sabina Urraca, author of Las niñas prodigio in an event moderated by Jorge Turpo.


Hay Festival and El País established a media alliance for all the festivals in Latin America, bringing the festival to the readers of the newspaper, and the interviews and investigations of the newspaper to the spectators of the festival. The newspaper featured a talk at each festival with a great international personality, and both organizations shared content to bring the Hay Festival closer to the readers of El País. In this edition the cinema director Fernando Trueba talked to Jan Martínez Ahrens, director of El País América.


Hay Forum Ayacucho was held on October 31 and November 1, thanks to the support of TGP. The Forum was completely free and digital with authors such as Micaela Chirif, Renata Flores, Javier Gómez Santander, Jimmy López Bellido, José Carlos Mariategui, Ignacio Medina, Yesenia Montes, Carmen Romero Quero, Miguel Schiaffino and Morgana Vargas Llosa. Take a look at the programme.


Hay Forum Moquegua was held on November 2-3, with the support of Anglo American. The Forum was completely free and digital with authors such as Katixa Agirre, Susana Baca, Philip Ball, Miguel Brieva, Wade Davis, Pablo d’Ors, Rafael Dumett, Inua Ellams, Lala y Miguel Pita. Take a look at the programme


Thanks to our partnership with the BBVA Foundation, girls and boys were also able to enjoy Hay Festival Digital Arequipa. Hay Festivalito is the section of the festival created for children. From 19 October on we were uploading videos on our website and social media that were available for free. We enjoyed ourselves and learned from Clara Grima, Susanna Isern, Mukashi Mukashi, Alex Nogués, Fiorella Rusca, Jordi Sierra i Fabra, María Jesús Soto, Erika Stockholm and Wonder Ponder. You can find the full programme here.


The Hay Festival and the British Council launched a global alliance in the 2010 Hay-on-Wye Festival and have since then worked together to bring British writers and thinkers to a larger global audiences. The British Council literary team fosters British editors, poets and writers in different communities and audiences all over the world, developing high-quality and innovative events that create connections between writers, editors and cultural institutions. The British authors of Hay Festival Digital Arequipa 2020 were supported by the British Council: Philip Ball, Inua Ellams, Jonzi D and Hanif Kureishi. The foregoing in order to ensure that the knowledge and experience of the United Kingdom in the field of literature is recognized and appreciated by different Colombian audiences.


The Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award is an annual award of £20,000 for a current writing project exploring the Americas. Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, the Writer’s Award is run in partnership with Hay Festival. The award was open to writers working on full-length non-fiction or fiction books, in English or Spanish that require research use of the British Library’s Americas collections. Hay Festival, the not-for-profit event series with editions across the Americas, was pleased to supported the award in reaching the widest possible audiences, profiling winners at its festivals around the world. This year’s shortlist: Andrés Barba, Doreen Cunningham, Lina Meruane, Pola Oloixarac, JS Tennant and Imaobong Umoren. 

Partner for Latin America


Principal Sponsor

Fundación BBVA Continental