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At the Hay Festival, with the support of our regional ally SURA and in collaboration with El País, we have worked with some of the world’s most brilliant minds to create a series of digital lectures: Imagine the World. From the perspective of their discipline, participants will reflect on the current moment and think about the different possibilities that arise from this unprecedented global situation created by Covid-19. On this occasion, the eminent British-US writer and photographer, Taiye Selasi, will answer questions that users send via the social media, or to firstname.lastname@example.org. After giving her thoughts about the problems that we face in this new worldwide state of affairs, she will talk to the El País journalist, Catalina Oquendo.
The sacred texts of the main monotheist religions, despite their great antiquity, continue to influence current thinking. Karen Armstrong (United Kingdom) is the author of over 25 books, translated into 40 languages, about the history of religions and faith, particularly Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In 2017 she was awarded the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, and is currently a member of the High-Level Group of the UN Alliance of Civilisations. Her latest book is The Lost Art of Scripture. Rescuing the Sacred Texts, in which she talks about the role of sacred texts in a world that often rejects religion. In conversation with Iñaki Gabilondo.
Duration: 50 minutes
Hay Festival Classics relaunches a series of unforgettable events from different Hay Festivals, featuring some of the most outstanding figures from the world of literature and ideas. With a fresh viewpoint and subtitles in Spanish, we present conversations that will never lose their power. At the 2014 Hay Festival in Wales, the US novelist, essayist and academic, Toni Morrison, winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for her novel Beloved and the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, spoke to Peter Florence about Beloved.
Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh) won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the eradication of poverty and in favour of social justice. Known as the “the Banker to the Poor”, in 1983 he created the Grameen Bank, which gave microcredit loans to women living in conditions of poverty. His most recent book, A World of Three Zeros. The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment and Zero Net Carbon Emissions, sets out the most damaging effects of capitalism as we know it today: social inequality, massive unemployment and the systematic destruction of the environment. What new kind of economic model would make it possible to overcome these serious problems? Yunus dares to answer this difficult question. In conversation with Iñaki Gabilondo.
Duration: 60 minutes
Is the human brain still evolving? Are the new technologies affecting it? The Argentinean neurologist, Facundo Manes, studied at the Medical Faculty of the University of Buenos Aires and is a Doctor of Science from the University of Cambridge. He has published several books and produced television programmes such as Los enigmas del cerebro and Cerebro argentino, together with the humanities graduate, Mateo Niro. His latest book, written with Niro, is entitled El cerebro del futuro: ¿Cambiará la vida moderna nuestra esencia? and it tackles themes such as interdisciplinary work, the impact of the new technologies on the brain, neuroethics, how to deal with mental illness and the role of science as a mediator in social problems. In conversation with Iñaki Gabilondo.
Hay Festival Classics relaunches a series of unforgettable events from different Hay Festivals, featuring some of the most outstanding figures from the world of literature and ideas. With a fresh viewpoint and subtitles in Spanish, we present conversations that will never lose their power. The Israeli historian and thinker, Yuval Noah Harari, has travelled the world talking about his remarkable books, which include Sapiens, Homo Deus and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. In conversation with Anita Anand at the 2015 Hay Festival Wales, Harari talks about Sapiens, a book that takes in the whole of human history, from the experiences of the first humans to walk the earth to the advances brought by the cognitive, agricultural and scientific revolutions. How did we start to believe in gods, nations and human rights? How did we come to trust money, books and laws? How will the world be in the centuries to come? Drawing on ideas and evidence from biology, anthropology, palaeontology and economics, the author explores how our human societies and the wider world around them were created or altered by the hand of Homo sapiens.
The writer who dazzled us with No Logo will talk to Iñaki Gabilondo about the problems of our times. Naomi Klein (Canada), journalist and winner of various awards, regular contributor to The Nation and The Guardian, is the author of the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, which has sold over a million copies around the world and has been translated into 28 languages. After the success of No Logo, in 2002 she published a compilation of essays and articles as Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate and, in 2017, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need. In 2004 The Take was released, an award-winning documentary film about occupied factories in Argentina, co-produced with the filmmaker Avi Lewis. Naomi Klein has held the Miliband Chair at the London School of Economics and has an honorary doctorate from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia. She reached 11th place, the highest ever achieved by a woman, in the Global Thinkers list of intellectuals drawn up by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines.
Do you know what “aporophobia” is? Do you feel you live in an unequal society that discriminates against certain people or groups? The writer and philosopher, Adela Cortina (Spain), has various honorary doctorates, is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, is a professor at the University of Valencia, Director of the Étnor Foundation and has been on the jury, several times, of the Prince and Princess of Asturias awards both for Communications and Humanities, and the Social Sciences. In the 1990s she invented the term “aporophobia”, a term that gives the title of her most recent book, Aporofobia, el rechazo al pobre (“Aporophobia, the Rejection of the Poor”). From the Greek áporos, meaning “poor”, “without resources”, and fobéo, that is to say to “fear”, therefore “aporophobia” means “a fear of the poor”. In conversation with Iñaki Gabilondo.
Hay Festival Classics relaunches a series of unforgettable events from different Hay Festivals, featuring some of the most outstanding figures from the world of literature and ideas. With a fresh viewpoint and subtitles in Spanish, we present conversations that will never lose their power. Is modernity a failure? Or is our failure a lack of capacity to appreciate the progress and ideals that make the modern world possible? If we follow the news, the world around us appears to be sunk in chaos, hate and irrationality. Steven Pinker argues that this is an illusion, a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies. Now our lives are longer, healthier, more secure, happier, more peaceful and prosperous than ever before, and not only in the developed world, but everywhere. This process is not an accident: it is the result of a coherent and inspirational system of values that we enjoy without even noticing it: Enlightenment values. This is the central argument of Pinker’s latest book, Enlightenment Now. The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, about which the writer talks in this brilliant lecture given at the 2019 Hay Festival Wales.
Micaela Chirif writes poetry and album books. Three of her books (Desayuno, Dentro de una cebra and Buenas noches, Martina) have been recognized in the annual White Ravens selection of the Internationale Jugendbibliothek book fair in Munich. In 2013, her book ¡Más te vale, mastodonte! won the prestigious album completion, A la Orilla del Viento. In 2017 she won the Cuatrogatos Foundation Prize and in 2019 received an honourable mention at the Talking Pictures awards given at the New York Rights Fair. That same year she won the Hispano-American Prize for Children’s Poetry. In 2020, her book ¿Dónde está Tomás? was given an award by the UNESCO PUC-Rio Reading and Literacy Chair and selected by Crescer magazine as one of the 30 best children’s books of the year. Her work has been translated into English, Portuguese, French, Korean and Japanese. On this occasion, Micaela Chirif offers an event intended particularly for teachers and educators: a look at Peruvian children’s literature, based on two of her books, Animales peruanos and Hermana y hermano.
Two acclaimed Peruvian photographers will talk to Paola Ugaz about their work. Marina García Burgos studied photography at Lima’s Kodak Centre, at the International Center of Photography in New York and at the Central Saint Martins School of Art in London. She works mainly on artistic and documentary photography, having previously worked for over 15 years as a fashion and advertising photographer. The photographer Morgana Vargas Llosa spent 11 years working for El País in Spain, during which time she carried out photo reports in Ecuador, Albania, Kosovo, Iraq and Palestine/Israel. After moving to Peru, she put her country in front of the lens, travelling through and documenting its most remote territories and stories.
Essential workshop on digital journalism with the BBC Mundo journalist Carolina Robino (Chile), at which she explains the working model of one of the media organizations most respected around the world for its rigor and news quality. Robino began as a journalist working as a writer with La Época, the first dissident news outlet founded during Pinochet’s military regime. She was later National Editor and Culture Editor of the Chilean magazine Hoy. She joined the BBC Mundo team in 2006, where she has worked as a video editor, Senior Journalist, and General Editor, her current position.
Yesenia Montes studied Psychology at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and is the coordinator of the educational association Puriyninchik, a travelling reading project that takes books in Quechua and in Spanish to children and young adults in Ayacucho. At this event, she shares with the public three of her own comic books: Imaynallam (“How are you”?), for learning how to greet people in Quechua; Uywakuna (“Animals”), for learning about the region’s animals; and Pichqa chiwchicha (“Five chicks”), the adaptation of a popular children’s story. An activity about the importance of reading and creating literature in Quechua for children.
Ages 7 and over
Emphatically contemporary music in Quechua, incorporating both global and Peruvian rhythms. This is the style of Renata Flores, a singer from Huamanga, Peru. Singing in Quechua, his music is rooted in Afro-Peruvian, soul, Andean, hip-hop, pop and Latin trap. In 2015 he recorded a Quechua version of The Way You Make Me Feel, by Michael Jackson, which became a hit. This cover was followed by others of Roxanne (The Police), Fallin’ (Alicia Keys) and Earth Song (Michael Jackson). Since 2018 he has been writing his own compositions. In conversation with Katherine Subirana, journast of El Comercio.
Aged just 42, Jimmy López has become the world’s most famous Peruvian classical composer. He trained at the Lima Conservatory and at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, and currently lives in Berkeley, California. His symphonies and concertos are regularly played by the most important orchestras, conducted by renowned maestros, in Europe and the Americas. López Bellido is a true source of inspiration for young Peruvians, and he will offer his experiences as well as some unforgettable anecdotes, in conversation with Hernando Torres-Fernández.
Javier Gómez Santander (Spain) was the Script Coordinator and an Executive Co-producer on the acclaimed series Money Heist, and our special guest today to talk about screen writing with Natalia Pianzola. He worked as a radio, television and press journalist for 15 years, until one day he decided to leave journalism and start writing. With a more Latin, emotional tone than is usual, something he admits was a deliberate approach, Money Heist has particularly connected with audiences in Spanish-speaking countries. Currently, Gómez Santander is working on new Netflix projects, such as Sky Rojo and White Lines.
Can we talk of creative cities? Two specialists will talk to Paola Donaire. The expert in cultural industries, Carmen Romero Quero (Chile), is a cultural manager, a prominent network facilitator in Latin America and General Manager and founder of the Santiago a Mil International Festival, an international contemporary performing arts festival that has been held each year in Santiago de Chile since 1994. In 2018 she was made a Knight of the National Order of Merit by the French government. José Carlos Mariátegui (Perú) is a writer, curator, culture and technology entrepreneur, committed defender of the cultural economy and founder of Alta Tecnología Andina (ATA), an initiative dedicated to the creation of art, science and technology projects in Latin America. Mariátegui studied Biology and has a degree in Applied Mathematics from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima). He has a Master’s and a Doctorate in Innovation and Information Systems, both from the London School of Economics.
Declared National Cultural Heritage as a valuable testimony of past times as well as a living tradition, the Tablas de Sarhua painted boards are graphic stories that are an expression of a community’s memory, which might sometimes include violent and fatal episodes. Sarhua, in Ayacucho, was one of the areas hit hardest by terrorism and the tablas have helped to both tell about and heal and the experiences of that period. The artist and illustrator, Venuca Evanán, and the researcher Gabriela Germaná will talk about the origins of the tablas, their different formats, both traditional and contemporary, their application within new social narratives and their place in Peruvian art of our time.
Andrés Garay and Mayu Mohanna will discuss Peruvian photography from the early years of the 20th century, guided by the researcher Carlo Trivelli, with whom they will explore the characteristics of photography as practiced in the provinces. Although Lima became the most important capital for the photography market in South America, recent research into the development of this art outside the capital city has unearthed fascinating discoveries and contributions in terms of the social and historical record of the Republic of Peru, as well as interesting aesthetic approaches around this practice.