Hay Festival Querétaro 2021

The events from Hay Festival Querétaro 2021 are available on Hay Player

Event 51

Gabriela Aguirre, Rocío G. Benítez, Mererid Hopwood, Dalia Larisa Juárez and Rafael Volta

A global reading for the pandemic’s fatalities

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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The greatest loss of the pandemic has been the disaster of millions of people losing their own lives or loved ones to the illness, and so this event is proposed as a homage to every one of them, through the art and work of acclaimed writers. This reading is part of a global action that began with the Berlin International Literature Festival (https://www.literaturfestival.com/), at which many cultural organizations around the world commemorated those who are no longer with us, through poetry and literature. With the participation of Gabriela Aguirre (Mexico), Rocío G. Benítez (Mexico), Mererid Hopwood (United Kingdom), Daria Larisa Juárez (Mexico) and Rafael Volta (Mexico).

Event in English and Spanish with Spanish subtitles

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Event HF4

Alfredo García Servín

Creating stories and storytelling

Casa de Cultura Cayetano Rubio
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Alfredo García Servín is an award-winning author of more than thirty children’s books, a playwright and storyteller. In this workshop, the author will share some of his own stories, to then delve into some techniques of oral storytelling. The children can then move on to create their own stories with items from the room such as blackboards, lamps, doors and windows. Later on, the participants will create their own stories in which the main characters are a flowerpot, a book, a TV or a mural. At the end, with finished stories, the children will dramatize their literary creations.

For children ages 8 to 13

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Alfredo García Servín

Event 52

Philipp Blom in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez (Spanish version)

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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The German historian, writer and journalist Philipp Blom has established himself in recent years as an author of many talents, writing works on the history of knowledge, essays and novels that have been translated and published around the world. His two most recent works Nature’s Mutiny (2020) and Was auf dem Spiel steht (2021) respectively tackle a previous period of climate change and what that meant for society, and some of the most urgent matters facing us today with all their natural and socio-political circumstances and difficulties, with an emphasis on the need to prepare for the coming transformations. In conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez.

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Event 53

Carlos Manuel Álvarez, Paulina Flores and Mónica Ojeda in conversation with Francesco Manetto

Teatro de la Ciudad
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Latin American literature is in a process of renewal and growth, given strength by new, young voices who are breaking with established formal and thematic norms, offering readers the chance to see contemporary Latin American realities from very different perspectives. On this occasion we bring together two of those voices, selected from the recent list drawn up by Granta magazine, which has named the 25 best young Spanish-language fiction writers. Carlos Manuel Álvarez (Cuba) studied Journalism at the University of Havana, founded the independent magazine El Estornudo and has contributed to various international publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and El País. In 2017 he was selected as one of the 39 best Latin American writers under 40 for the Bogotá39 list. His most recent novel is Falsa guerra, in which a number of characters are drifting, in the geographical or figurative sense, in the USA, Europe or Cuba. Paulina Flores (Chile) is a Literature graduate from the University of Chile and is the author of Humiliation (Roberto Bolaño Prize), which has been acclaimed by critics. At this event she will present her novel Isla decepción, a story based on fact and set in Punta Arenas, Chile. In it, Marcela, the protagonist, leaves behind her life in Santiago to visit Miguel, her father, and to renew herself. There she discovers that Miguel is hiding a young Korean who has fled his country. Mónica Ojeda (Ecuador) is the author of the book of poetry El ciclo de las piedras (2015), of the novels La desfiguración Silva (2014), Mandíbula (2018) and Nefando (2016, 2019), and of the book of short stories Las voladoras (2020). She was also included in the Bogotá39-2017 list. In conversation with Francesco Manetto.

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Philipp Blom in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez (English version)

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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The German historian, writer and journalist Philipp Blom has established himself in recent years as an author of many talents, writing works on the history of knowledge, essays and novels that have been translated and published around the world. His two most recent works Nature’s Mutiny (2020) and Was auf dem Spiel steht (2021) respectively tackle a previous period of climate change and what that meant for society, and some of the most urgent matters facing us today with all their natural and socio-political circumstances and difficulties, with an emphasis on the need to prepare for the coming transformations. In conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez.

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Event 54

Maria Dueñas in conversation with Irma Gallo

Sede Digital Hay Querétaro
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María Dueñas (Spain) is the author of the publishing phenomenon Time in Between (2009), which, apart from becoming a bestseller has also been made into an award-winning television series. She has since published four novels, the last of which has been Sira (2021), the sequel to Time in Between (2009). It is set after the Second World War in London, Jerusalem, Madrid and Tangiers and tells the story of Sira Bonnard, formerly Arish Agoriuq, formerly Sira Quiroga, who is working with the British Secret Services and is confronted with scenes of tension, tragedy, risk and also motherhood. María Dueñas talks about this memorable book with Irma Gallo.

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Event 55

Pablo d’Ors in conversation with Juan Carlos Moreno Romo

Teatro de la Ciudad
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The writer, priest and founder of the Amigos del Desierto association, Pablo d’Ors is the author of the unexpected publishing success Biografía del silencio (2012), an essay about introspection, meditation and spiritual contemplation. The author now presents Biografía de la luz (2021), a look at the life of Christ, the Gospel view of this extraordinary figure and how we can incorporate this into our everyday lives. He will be conversation with Juan Carlos Moreno Romo.

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Event HF6

Cositas and Gina Jaramillo

Cositas y Duna workshop. An imaginative adventure around our planet

Casa de la Cultura Josefa Vergara
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Cositas is a character created by the endearing Alma Gómez, who has been playing with children though tv for more than 30 years, and is now on social media. Gina Jaramillo is an art historian, coordinator of cultural projects and author of children’s books such as El sueño de Andrés (2019) and Cositas y Duna. Una aventura por la tierra (2021). This last book is an exploration of our planet’s diverse ecosystems and a look at some of the wonderful creatures that live in them. Alma and Gina will share the stories of this fabulous book, accompanied by a craft workshop that will give free rein to our imagination.

For children aged 5 to 8

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Event HF7

Juan Gedovius

Beyond the white rabbit

Patio de la Delegación del Centro Histórico
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If classic works have something in common, it is that they can be interpreted and reinterpreted again and again, each time finding new perspectives and possible meanings, and so each era has its own dialogue with the work. The entertaining and versatile Mexican illustrator, writer and musician Juan Gedovius presents Lewis Caroll’s great works, Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and The Hunting of the Snark, illustrated by him. This activity is a look at the fantasy world of Lewis Carrol, with images shown to help the audience explore the English writer’s mythology. Here, Juan will share the story of Alice, the girl who, one summer’s day, saw a white rabbit with a jacket and a pocket watch, and followed it, falling into Wonderland and there discovering a strange, varied and unforgettable series of characters. Juan will share with us his own adventure of transforming this great story into his own images.

For children of all ages

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Juan Gedovius

Event 56

Tribute event to Jean-Luc Nancy

Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro
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Hay Festival Querétaro deeply regrets the death of Jean-Luc Nancy, who was going to participate in this edition.

This event will be a tribute to the outstading French philosopher. Professor of Philosophy and author of over 30 books, he has dealt with major themes such as national identity and nationalisms, desire and the limits of community experience. His most recent book is Sexistence (2020), which tackles the topic of human sexuality from a philosophical point of view, returning to the ideas of great thinkers such as Kant and Freud, putting an emphasis on how our experience and relationship with sex creates and feeds the individual, civilization and culture.

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Tribute event to Jean-Luc Nancy

Event 57

Screening of the documentary La vocera, followed by a discussion with Luciana Kaplan and Samantha César in conversation with Sonia Corona

Teatro de la Ciudad
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This documentary, directed by Luciana Kaplan, focusses on the extraordinary story of María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, better known as Marichuy, the first indigenous woman to aspire to become president of Mexico, in 2017. In the end, Marichuy did not become a candidate, falling short of achieving the number of signatures required by the National Electoral Institute; however, the articulation of her proposal achieved something much more important: to unify the struggles of the indigenous peoples of Mexico into a community force, one that proposes care for the environment as a central expectation. The documentary will be followed by a discussion involving its director, Luciana Kaplan, and Samantha César, a representative of the National Indigenous Council, from the Amilcingo community (Morelos); moderated by Sonia Corona, an El País journalist.

The Digital event will start at 16:15.

Language: Spanish, Maya, Yaqui, Wixárika

Duration of the documentary: 82 minutes

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Event 58

Sergio Cabrera and Juan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Yael Weiss

Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro
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The acclaimed Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez, whose stories and novels have been translated into 30 languages, has won numerous awards, including the 2011 Alfaguara Novel Prize, the IMPAC Prize for The Sound of Things Falling and the 6th Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana Prize for the short story collection Songs for the Flames. His most recent novel, Volver la vista atrás, is based on the life of the famous Colombian film director, Sergio Cabrera. This portrait of a half century that changed the world is a fascinating social investigation, one that is intimate and political at the same time. Vásquez presents his book together with Cabrera, in conversation with Yael Weiss.

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Event HF8

Stencil workshop with Santiago Díez de Sollano

Biblioteca Pública Félix Osores Sotomayor
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Santiago Díez coordinates the Graphics Department of the Queretaro Centre for Emerging Art, a space that promotes the creation of artistic and cultural projects in the city. At this event, Santiago will teach the use of stencils, something essential for making street art as well as offering a medium for art in small formats as a form of expression for children and young people.

Ages 11 and over

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Stencil workshop with Santiago Díez de Sollano

Event 59

Roger Bartra in conversation with Jacobo García

Culture and thought

Sede Digital Hay Querétaro
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In recent decades Roger Bartra has become an essential figure for understanding what it means to be Mexican today, based on key concepts such as melancholy and a national culture’s capacity for metamorphosis. Bartra has a doctorate in Sociology from the Sorbonne, is an Emeritus Professor at UNAM and has been a guest lecturer at different universities in Mexico, the United States and Spain. On this occasion, the event will focus on two books that are essential in order to understand his worldview, the essays Chamanes y robots: Reflexiones sobre el efecto placebo y la conciencia artificial, and Melancolía y cultura. In conversation with Jacobo García.

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Event 60

Pilar Quintana in conversation with Elvira Liceaga

Teatro de la Ciudad
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Pilar Quintana (Colombia) is the author of five novels and a book of short stories, works that have been translated into over 15 languages. She has won the Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombia Award and the PEN Translates Award for The Bitch, and won the 2021 Alfaguara Novel Prize for Los abismos, which tells the story of Claudia, a girl who lives with her parents in an apartment full of plants in Cali, absorbing the fears and troubles of the adults who raise her. In conversation with Elvira Liceaga.

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Event 61

Screening of Adrenalina, followed by a discussion with Alberto Arnault and María Sirvent in conversation with Diego Rabasa

Biblioteca Publica Rosario Castellanos
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Adrenalina is a documentary about the Coahuila Youth Integration Centre. Teenagers and children who have stayed there offer their testimony and act in dramatic works through which they represent the realities that led them to be at the centre. The result is a view of both individual responsibility and also of systemic catastrophe, with the children using their own words and tools to express a fragile setting rarely seen in art, one that allows us to see the deep wounds that violence has caused in our country.

Duration of the documentary: 29 minutes

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Event 62

LASTESIS in conversation with Alma Delia Murillo

Sede Digital Hay Querétaro
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The performance created and led by the LASTESIS collective of the dance and song Un violador en tu camino in Santiago de Chile can be described as one of the most iconic moments in recent feminist activism. Performed all over the world, its strong message regarding the intrinsic violence of the patriarchal system points directly to matters that require urgent change in our societies, at the legal, social and cultural levels, in order to finally bring equality. Now, the collective presents Quemar el miedo (2021), a testimony of their struggle against sexist violence and oppression. In conversation with the writer and columnist Alma Delia Murillo.

Discover de story of the feminist collective that changed history with our BONUS TRACK on LASTESIS

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Event 63

Antonio Ortuño in conversation with Rafael Volta

Punk literature

Teatro de la Ciudad
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Since 2006 when he appeared on the Mexican literary scene with El buscador de cabezas, Antonio Ortuño has established himself as one of the most talented and original contemporary writers. He was on the first list of Granta magazine’s 25 best Spanish-language writers under 35. His novel Recursos humanos was shortlisted for the Herralde Novel Prize and he also won the Ribera del Duero International Prize for Short Fiction for his book of short stories La vaga ambición. His work has been translated into over ten languages and he has contributed to media outlets such as El País, Clarín, Proceso, Etiqueta Negra and Letras Libres. He is a founder member of the punk band, Los Magones. His most recent book is the collection of short stories Esbirros (2021). In conversation with Rafael Volta.

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Event 64

Armando Servín Quintet and La Rumorosa Blues in concert

Teatro de la Ciudad
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The grand final concert opens with the spectacular Armando Servín Quintet, a project that was founded in October 2014 and whose mission is to disseminate jazz among the new generations; and continues with the La Rumorosa Blues Band, a music ensemble from Queretaro state, founded in 2010, dedicated to experiments in the composition and performance of the blues, in all its varieties and sub-genres, creating a unique musical proposal that they call “rocknblues”. With Pek Santiago (vocals and guitar), Favio Olvera (keyboards), Jorge Cuenca (bass), Jorge Mejia (drums) and Poncho Ortiz (guitar).

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