Hay Festival Digital Querétaro 2020

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Event 1

Hay Festival Classics: Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Martha Kearney

Venue: Escenario Virtual Visit Wales
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Hay Festival Classics relaunches a series of unforgettable events from different Hay Festivals, with some of the most outstanding guests on the contemporary international scene. With a fresh perspective and subtitles in Spanish, we present conversations that will never grow old. Kazuo Ishiguro (United Kingdom/Japan), 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature, is the author of contemporary classics such as The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. At Hay 2015, Ishiguro spoke to Martha Kearney about The Buried Giant, a novel set in Dark Age Britain. Surrounded by the ruins of the Roman occupation, an elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice, go in search of their son in a land that is both stricken and mysterious.

Recording. Event in English with Spanish subtitles.
Duration: 45 minutes  

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Event C1

Lecture by Claudia de la Garza and Eréndira Derbez

No son micro. Machismos cotidianos

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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Every day we see news of the rape and murder of thousands of women yet even so we still hear things like “it’s best if you stay quiet” and “what can you do, men are like that”. The art historians Claudia de la Garza (Mexico) and Eréndira Derbez (Mexico) are the co-authors of No son micro. Machismos cotidianos, an incisive book that deals with normalized expressions of sexism, taking them out of the comfort zone where they are filed as “unimportant”. De la Garza and Derbez offer this talk which explains how these supposedly soft forms of aggression become the backbone of femicide violence and, even more importantly, how to face up to them.

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Recording. Lecture available for viewing until September 8.
Duration: 60 minutes

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Event HJ1

Ernesto Martínez Álvarez de Icaza in conversation with Carlos Serrano

The music of the future

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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Ernesto Martínez Álvarez Icaza (Mexico) is a composer, inventor, pianist and piano tuner based in Querétaro. He is the creator of Micro-Ritmia, a system of musical composition and playing based on networks of synchrony that support both real-time composition and collective live performance. He uses guitars, bass, marimbas, percussion and specially-designed instruments to take musical expression to greater speeds. Together with his Micro-Ritmia ensemble, he has performed and given workshops in Mexico, the United States, Colombia and Canada. He is a member of the National Artists’ Network. Ernesto Martínez Álvarez Icaza will talk to Carlos Serrano, periodista de la BBC.

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Event HJ2

José Luis Aragón Vera and Clara Grima in conversation with Carlo Daniel Aguilar

Mathematics in science, art and society

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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José Luis Aragón Vera (Mexico), Head of the Centre for Advanced Physics and Applied Technology at UNAM, has a doctorate in Materials from the Centre for Scientific Research and Higher Studies in Ensenada, Baja California. He is also an expert in mathematical crystallography and biomathematics. His work is oriented at technological development based on scientific investigation. Clara Grima (Spain), whose doctorate in Mathematics is from Seville University, a lecturer and public educator of Mathematical Sciences, is the author of ¡Que las matemáticas te acompañen!, a book that covers all kinds of examples of numbers being present in our daily lives, without that been obvious at first sight. They will talk to Carlo Daniel Aguilar about the presence of maths in everyday life.

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Event TE1

Publishing Talent 1. Reading, an ancient (and modern) refuge

Lecture by Jesús Marchamalo. Nuria Barrios, Melba Escobar and Nona Fernández in conversation with Gabriel Hörner

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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However much the literary world is becoming more sociable and noisy, reading is an activity that requires solitude and time, two things that have recently been given to us. With cinemas and theatres closed, social celebrations and concerts cancelled, travel impossible… Our leisure options have been reduced significantly, yet studies seem to indicate that reading levels have increased during lockdown. Reading has been, as it has always been in similar circumstances, a refuge, an intimate space of freedom. Starting with a lecture given by Jesús Marchamalo (Spain), this event ends with a conversation involving Nuria Barrios (Spain), Melba Escobar (Colombia) and Nona Fernández (Chile), moderated by Gabriel Hörner, Director of the Querétaro City Museum.

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Event 2

Nuria Barrios and Mónica Ojeda in conversation with Araceli Ardón

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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Nuria Barrios (Spain) is the author of various books of short stories and poetry, as well as the novels Amores patológicos (1998) and El alfabeto de los pájaros (2011), and is the translator into Spanish of the Irish writer John Banville/Benjamin Black. Her most recent book is Todo arde (2020), which tells the story of a teenager who goes to a narcotown one night to rescue his older sister, who is addicted to drugs. Mónica Ojeda (Ecuador) is the author of the poetry book El ciclo de las piedras (2015), and of the novels La desfiguración Silva (2014), Mandíbula (2018) and Nefando (2016, 2019), her most recent book which has been published in Mexico. She was included on the Bogotá39-2017 list of the 39 best Latin American fiction writers under 40. They will talk about their work with Araceli Ardón.


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Event 0

Gael García Bernal in conversation with Olivia Zerón

Chicuarotes

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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The actor, film director and producer, Gael García Bernal (Mexico), known for his roles in major films such as The Motorcycle Diaries, Bad Education and Amores Perros, as well as acclaimed television series such as Mozart in the Jungle and many others, will talk about his second film as director, the striking Chicuarotes. This film tells the story of El Cagalera and El Moloteco, two teenagers who live in the neighbourhood of San Gregorio Atlapulco, in Xochimilco, Mexico City. Wanting to leave behind the poverty of their lives, the friends start to commit a series of crimes, which escalate in number and seriousness. The film explores the limits of loyalty and the audacity of people permanently immersed in fear, violence and helplessness. García Bernal will talk to Olivia Zerón.

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Event 3

Zahara Gómez, Mirna Medina and Enrique Olvera in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

Recipes for the memory

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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Recetario para la memoria (“A Recipe Book for the Memory”) is a recipe book created by the rastreadoras of Sinaloa, a group of women who are looking for their families, victims of forced disappearance. The book compiles the favourite dishes of the family members who have disappeared. The first rastreadora was Mirna Medina, who has been looking for her son Roberto since 2014. Zahara Gómez (Spain) is a photographer and is the coordinator of the project. Enrique Olvera, owner between other of the Pujol restaurante in Mexico City, and one of the Mexican chefs that helped with the fundraising for the project. The three will talk about the journey of the rastreadoras and how this extraordinary book has come about. In conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez, BBC Mundo journalist.

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Event 4

Hay Forum Dallas. Salman Rushdie in conversation with Carmen Boullosa

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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The eminent writer of Midnight’s Children (1981) and The Satanic Verses (1988) presents his most recent novel, Quichotte (2020), a contemporary satire based on Cervantes’ timeless classic. Sam DuChamp, a mediocre novelist, creates the character of Ismail Smile, or “Quichotte”, a US salesman obsessed with television and particularly with one of the stars of the small screen. The character undertakes a journey across the United States together with his imaginary son, Sancho, in search of the object of his love. Meanwhile the author faces up to his own troubles. Salman Rushdie will talk to Carmen Boullosa.

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Event 5

Malala Yousafzai in conversation with Lydia Cacho

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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The Pakistani activist and writer Malala Yousafzai won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in favour of the right of children, particularly girls, to education. Aged 17 when she received the award, she became the youngest ever person to receive a Nobel in any category. A BBC blogger since 2009, she has been a persistent critic of the Taliban in her country, which resulted in an attempt on her life when she was on a bus near her home in Pakistan in 2012. She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall College, Oxford, and has an honorary doctorate from Kings College University, Halifax, Canada. She currently lives in the United Kingdom.

Recording. Event in English with Spanish subtitles
Duration: 25 minutes

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Event 6

Mantis Atea in concert

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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The rock band Mantis Atea was formed in Querétaro in 2013. The band members are Felipe Muñoz (guitar), Daniel Chávez (bass), Isaac Villagómez (drums) and Juan Manuel Arévalo (percusion), a music quartet with a jazz background fuelled by listening to the likes of Miles Davis, Tony Williams, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Bela Bartok or Frank Zappa. They will play at Hay Digital Querétaro, offering a musical experience inspired by the best of the genre.

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Mantis Atea in concert

Event 7

Hay Festival Classics: Dilma Rousseff in conversation with Javier Moreno

Venue: Escenario Virtual Visit Wales
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Hay Festival Classics relaunches a series of unforgettable events from different Hay Festivals, with some of the most outstanding guests on the contemporary international scene. With a fresh perspective and subtitles in Spanish, we present conversations that will never grow old. Dilma Rousseff is a Brazilian economist and politician who was president of the country between January 2011 and August 2016, and was the first woman president of Brazil. Succeeding the president Lula, she was re-elected in 2014, beating a coalition of centre-right parties and keeping the centre-left Partido dos Trabalhadores in power. At Cartagena 2020, Rousseff spoke to Javier Moreno, Editor of El País, about the future of the left in Latin America.

Recording. Event in Portuguese with Spanish subtitles
Duration: 65 minutes

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Event C2

Legends of Querétaro

Audio event for children

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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An audio-based historical and storytelling event for children, in which the city of Querétaro and its legends surround us and take us on a journey to discover this special place. Created by Junkie Media and with the support of Leyendas y Mitos de Querétaro, a cultural association that has spent twenty years working to recover local legends from the State Historical Archive and through interviews with residents, as well as from compilations put together by municipalities such as Amealco and Bernal.

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Event HJ3

Carolina Robino and Liliet Heredero

Digital journalism lecture with the BBC

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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Everyone in the world is having to adapt to these unusual times, and journalists are no exception. In this online lecture, journalists from the BBC’s Spanish-language service, Carolina Robino and Liliet Heredero, will talk about the experience of BBC Mundo: broadcasting, scope, new media and operational models, with special emphasis on the challenge of doing good journalism in times of pandemic. The BBC is an exemplar of news quality, journalistic rigour and diversification, with various television and radio channels and a strong online presence, so important in today’s world.

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Event HJ4

Carla Santana Torres

Environmental alert: the polar bear

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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This doctor in biomedical sciences, Carla Santana Torres (Mexico), has extensively researched the habitat and context of the polar bear. This lecture, accompanied by graphic documents created by the scientist herself, explores the situation of the ecosystem of this exceptional mammal and the dangers, linked to the climate emergency, it faces.

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Carla Santana Torres

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Publishing Talent 2. Bookshops and the virus

Lecture by Jorge Carrión. Pablo Braun, Verónica Mendoza and Julio César Zavala Vega in conversation with Xavier Vidal

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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The closure of bookshops caused a massive shock to the book market. Some booksellers continued to trade over the Internet and others chose to suspend their activity completely. In some cases this was because they had no choice, in other cases, it was done to contribute to the public health situation. Meanwhile, the giants of e-commerce, with no restrictions and abusing their dominant position (as well as their workers and delivery drivers), took advantage of the enormous possibilities for sales that appeared overnight. However, the bookshops –once again− have survived the crisis by generating a great capital of solidarity: they have become the standard for people who support local business and who have a commitment to a more sustainable society. Based on the lecture given by the writer and critic Jorge Carrión (Spain), the conversation is taken up by Pablo Braun (Argentina), Managing Director of the bookshop and publisher Eterna Cadencia; Verónica Mendoza (Mexico), Managing Director of the Carlos Fuentes bookshop in Guadalajara; and Julio César Zavala Vega (Peru), publisher and bookseller, with the Lima bookshop Escena Libre. Moderated by the Barcelona bookseller Xavier Vidal (Nollegiu Llibreria).

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Event 8

Jon Lee Anderson in conversation with Celso Garza

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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Jon Lee Anderson (United States) is not only one of the world’s most renowned journalists, particularly well-known in the Latin America region; not only has he written the standard biography of Che Guevara, and met and interviewed the continent’s most prominent leaders in recent decades; he has also travelled all over the region, building up unparalleled knowledge. His upcoming book Los años de la espiral. Crónicas de América Latina includes over forty reports from the region, written over the last ten years. Anderson covers the Haiti earthquake, the Colombia peace accords and records a glimpse of a remote Amazon tribe. The book also profiles and interviews figures such as Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro, Nicolás Maduro, Cristina Kirchner, Manuel Noriega and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, among others. This is a major book of great scope, essential to an understanding of events during another decade of change in this marvellous and troubled part of the world. In conversation with Celso Garza.

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Event 9

Mario Vargas Llosa in conversation with Raúl Tola

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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The Peruvian writer, Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Literature Prize and iconic representative of the Latin American boom, presents his most recent book, Medio siglo con Borges (2020), which explores the life and work of one of the great writers of the 20th century, Jorge Luis Borges.

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Duration: 40 minutes


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Event 10

Paul Krugman in conversation with Javier Solórzano

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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Paul Krugman (United States), a doctor in Economics from MIT, won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2008 for his contribution to “new trade theory”. He has lectured at Yale, Stanford, MIT, the University of New York and Princeton University. He has published 27 books and has been writing a column for TheNew York Times since 1999. His most recent book, Arguing with Zombies. Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future, includes over 90 of his articles, tackling themes such as social security, inequality, climate change and, particularly, the economic results of President Trump’s policies. He will talk to Javier Solórzano. 

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Event 11

Hay Forum Dallas. Alma Guillermoprieto in conversation with Javier Lafuente

Venue: Escenario Digital Querétaro
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The writer and journalist, Alma Guillermoprieto (Mexico), began her career has a journalist covering the revolutionary movements in Nicaragua and El Salvador in the 1970s and 80s. She has won the MacArthur Award (1995), the 2017 Ortega y Gasset Journalism Prize, and a Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities (2018). Her latest book, ¿Será que soy feminista? (2020), considers a question that could not be more important in a society that makes invisible, mistreats, rapes and kills women. Guillermoprieto explores Latin America with a focus on the last century’s history of exclusion and violence, and also struggle against sexism and the patriarchy. In conversation with Javier Lafuente.

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