Projects and partners

Hay Festival Arequipa works in collaboration with several organisations.


The Welsh Government supported the Hay Festival sponsoring one of the main venues: Teatro Fénix Escenario Gales - Llywan Cymru

From this stage, the public enjoyed face-to-face activities during the four days of the festival, with some of those event shared digitally, via streaming, on our website.

Discover Wale’s rich culture and history. From world-famous arts to jaw-dropping scenery. It all comes with a legendary warm welcome.



BBVA Foundation & Hay Festival Arequipa kept their alliance.


SURA, Hay Festival Ally for Latin America continued to support the Festival. On this occasion, they co-organised these two conversations: Under the skin of Latin America. Marie Arana in conversation with Natalia Sobrevilla and Light and Dark. Guillermo Arriaga in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina.


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 Arequipa 2023 gathered a number of talented Spanish artists as Martín Ibarrola, Marta Jiménez Serrano and Marta Peirano.


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 Arequipa 2023 were supported by the British Council: Karrie Fransman, Emma Graham-Harrison and Lola Shoneyin. 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 Peruvian audiences.


To accompany the programmes of the Hispanic festivals, expanding their scope through the use of digital tools, Hay Festival has 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 talk about current affairs, offer suggestions for books to read and authors they admire, and share their views on specific subjects. Readers can also find notes of interest and test their knowledge of literature and the Spanish language.

This digital programme, with exclusive online videos, texts, images and conversations, was broadcasted on the website and social media of BBC Mundo and Hay Festival

On 2023 we screened the documentary El extraordinario rescate de libros prohibidos durante los regímenes militares en Chile and Argentina.


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 conversation was between Jan Martínez Ahrens, Jaime Saavedra and Alberto Vergara, who talked to Patricia del Río.


8 of November was the fourth edition of Hay Forum Moquegua, thanks to the support of Anglo American. The Forum was free to access, with authors such as Emma Graham-Harrison, Gustavo Rodríguez, Daniela Rotalde, Jaime Saavedra and Francesca Uccelli Labarthe. Browse the programme.


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. At Hay Festival Arequipa 2023 we enjoyed the following event: Brigitte Baptiste in conversation with Roberto Zariquey


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 Spanish writer Pilar Adón and the Peruvian Giovanna Pollarolo talked to Dante Trujillo.


This year we have strenghened our partnership with the German association Freundeskreis Arequipa e.V, whose main task is to support the comprehensive development of vulnerable children and youth from Arequipa. Freundeskreis Arequipa E.V. supports Hogar de Cristo association, which manages a home aimed at providing comprehensive support to an average of 80 girls and boys with limited resources,  who had a reserved percentage of the capacity of our activities at Hay Festivalito. This way, Hogar de Cristo children were integrated and had the possibility of sharing with other children important and fun moments.


From its ninth edition onward, the Hay Festival Arequipa had the significant and supportive backing of the Ford Foundation, aimed at strengthening democratic values, working against injustices and poverty, and highlighting the talents and abilities of diverse groups that might otherwise struggle to showcase their achievements. The Ford Foundation supports the festival with various conversations and participation in several projects, including those outlined below.


With the aim of emphasizing its objectives of identification with the most vulnerable sectors of the community, the Hay Festival Arequipa has been conducting sessions since 2019 in the male and female prisons of Socabaya. This year, in addition to the scheduled talks with program guests, we designed a sensitization strategy through reading, in collaboration with the members of the Bibliobici project. The plan consisted of four scheduled visits to the prison, with the goal of gathering the voices of inmates regarding readings, texts, and other creative documents that we worked with at each stage. The visits took place before the tenth edition of the Hay Festival Arequipa: one on 2023 and the other three throughout 2024.


Although the Colegio de Alto Rendimiento de Arequipa (COAR) accommodates teenagers in the third, fourth, and fifth years of high school with proven capacities to undergo an educational process aimed at strengthening their remarkable skills in various areas of knowledge, the Hay Festival Arequipa wants these young people to interact with guests of outstanding trajectory to inspire them and encourage them to design their own careers with a broad and transversal vision that impacts their target nuclei: family, friends, neighborhood, school community, university community, and finally, as transformative agents of the country.


The artistic project "Whiphalas (Flags) for Memory" by anthropologist and visual artist Alejandra Ballón records the visual testimony of deceased adolescents and injured adolescents. The visual testimony, in the case of the deceased, involves working on their memory based on the memories of their relatives, and in the case of the injured, memory is processed through the recollection of their own experience. In both cases, these memories were offered to the public in symbolic images sewn on the reverse side of flags (whether they be Flags of Peru, Wiphalas, or regional flags, etc.), which, displayed together as attendees saw in the exhibition, become an allegory of the adolescents who were innocent victims of political violence. A project that adds to the intention of the Hay Festival Arequipa in its purpose of motivating the reflection of the public on issues that involve us all.

No One Listens

An audiovisual piece where a group of individuals shares their experiences on camera as participants and/or those affected by the social protests stemming from the political crisis in Peru between late 2022 and early 2023. Through the juxtaposition of these testimonies with archival footage and official speeches by authorities, a dialogue unfolds in the minds of the viewers. "No One Listens" thus sets the foundation for a discussion that has been overdue, aiming to comprehend the polarization in our society and explore alternatives to the shortcomings that have led to the crisis. It is an audiovisual experiment based on testimonies gathered during the Listening and Dialogue Encounters held in Arequipa on July 12 and 13, 2023, facilitated by the Arequipa Advocacy Group and the Citizen Coalition, with financial support from the United Nations and the Ford Foundation.

Partner for Latin America


Principal Sponsors

Fundación BBVA Continental

Government Partner

Arequipa Gobierno Regional

Institutional Partner

Ford Foundation