Hay Festival Arequipa 2022 – Arequipa Events

Welcome to the Hay Festival Arequipa 2022 programme. After two digital editions, this year we're back in person, with multiple events in different venues around the city.

Hay Forum Moquegua will also take place in person. You can fin the Forum programme here.

The tickets are on sale for in person events. If you wish to register to see the live streaming of events, please select the option "Register to watch onlie" when this option is available.

If you have any questions, you can find us at contacto@hayfestival.org.

Event T1

Federico Bianchini and Ernesto Picco

Narrative journalism and travel writing workshop

Biblioteca Regional Mario Vargas Llosa (sala de exposiciones 2)
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A workshop for exploring the concepts and tools involved in travel writing, and its link with other ways of expressing the world, with the Argentinian journalists Federico Bianchini and Ernesto Picco, both winners of the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant. The workshop seeks to strengthen an interest in travel writing, creating a new space for reflecting and working on this genre for interested journalists, and boosting the legacy of Michael Jacobs and his literary bequest. Requirements: journalists or writers from Ibero-America interested in travel writing, with or without experience, who are working on a journalistic or travel writing project.

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How does the BBC communicate? Digital communication workshop

Universidad Continental
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We present a highly anticipated digital journalism workshop, designed for communications students in particular and university students in general, with Andrea Díaz Cardona, Guillermo Olmo and Carolina Robino, members of the BBC Mundo team, who will explain the working model of one of the world’s most respected media organizations, known for its news quality and rigour, and they will also talk about how its news and contents are conveyed in our digital era.

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Rocío Quillahuaman in conversation with Rosita Charaja

Drawing on the social media

Teatro Arequepay
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Rocío Quillahuaman (Peru/Spain) was born in Lima and lives in Barcelona. She studied Audiovisual Communication and has worked for PlayGround, Grupo Zeta and Gestmusic. She is currently one of Spain’s most viral illustrators thanks to her animated videos, which satirise the social and political reality she sees around her. To date she has created over 300 animations and has more than 177 thousand followers on Instagram. Here she presents her first book, Marrón. In conversation with illustrator Rosita Charaja.

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Carmen Pachas Piélago and Roberto Zariquiey in conversation with Jorge Bedregal la Vera

Fiction in indigenous languages

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Where is the literary and storytelling tradition of the indigenous peoples kept? How can we access contemporary literary work in indigenous languages? Carmen Pachas Piélago offers an informative, entertaining view of the indigenous peoples of Old Peru through fiction, connecting children with our identity. Roberto Daniel Zariquiey Biondi is an expert in the indigenous languages of Peru and a researcher into the Amazon languages. He has a doctorate in Linguistics from the University of La Trobe in Australia and teaches at the PUCP’s Department of Humanities, Linguistics and Literature. He is also a researcher with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Germany), Zurich University and the National Geographic Society. In conversation with the historian Jorge Bedregal la Vera.

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Event 2

Patricia Nieto and Joseph Zárate in conversation with Mariana Sánchez Aizcorbe

Chroniclers of a continent

Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (Teatro)
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Two journalists will talk about the arduous job of presenting the reality in their countries, twin nations that suffer from endemic violence. Patricia Nieto (Colombia) has been awarded the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize and the José Martí Latin American Journalism Award, given by the Prensa Latina agency. His most recent book, Crónicas del paraíso (2022), is a compilation of over thirty years of reports on the war in Colombia, giving a face and a voice to those who suffered it in their own lives: displaced persons and those who lost loved ones. The journalist Joseph Zárate (Peru) has received several prestigious awards, including the 2018 Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Prize, the 2016 Ortega y Gasset Prize and the 2015 PAGE National Prize for Environmental Journalism, created by the UN; he has edited IDL-Reporteros and is a resident editor at Radio Ambulante. In conversation with Mariana Sánchez Aizcorbe, a journalist with a long career in media organizations such as CNN and Al Jazeera.

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Liniers in conversation with Omar Zevallos

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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The celebrated illustrator Liniers (Argentina) was born in Buenos Aires and lives in the state of Vermont, USA. He is an avid reader, and the first things he remembers reading as a child, and which have inspired some of his own cartoons, were classics such as Mafalda and Tintin. Liniers has since become a hugely acclaimed illustrator for his comic series Macanudo and for designing covers for musicians such as Andrés Calamaro and Albert Pla, a front page for the New York Times Magazine, and also for his live shows with Kevin Johansen and Alberto Montt. In conversation with local cartoonist Omar Zevallos Velarde.

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Event HJ3

Nando López in conversation with Alejandra Díaz Loo

Imagine: Equalities

Teatro Arequepay
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Nando López is a writer and dramatist, and lectures on the Master’s course in Playwriting at the University of Alcalá de Henares. He has a doctorate in Hispanic Philology and holds an outstanding position in young adult writing in Spanish, with an impressive body of work that includes over thirty books, including the acclaimed La edad de la ira. His latest book, El río de las primeras veces, is a love story involving two young women, set after a year when it seems as if nothing will ever be the same again. Some say that you never pass over the same river twice, but there are rivers you cross more than once.

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Gioconda Belli in conversation with Carolina Robino

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua) is a major figure on the international literary scene. Her work has been translated into over 20 languages, and it includes poetry, novels, essays and children’s literature. This prolific writer has received many awards, including the Biblioteca Breve Prize, the Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz Prize, the Mariano Fiallos Gil Prize, the Casa de las Américas Award, the Anna Seghers Prize and the Generación del 27 International Prize. She is a member of the Nicaraguan Academy of the Language and the French Ministry of Culture recognized her as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature. As an activist, Belli was a part of the Sandinista Front, fighting against the Somoza dynasty dictatorship, and she took part in the Sandinista revolution, the subject of her memoire El país bajo mi piel. She is also the author of some very successful novels, including La mujer habitada and Pergamino de la seducción. In 2018 she was awarded the Hermann Kesten Prize, by PEN Germany, for her work in favour of press freedom and human rights. She was also the president of PEN Nicaragua until 2021. In conversation with Carolina Robino.

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Event 5

Play: La Poeta

Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (Teatro)
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The story of a journalist who, while giving classes in creative writing to a woman imprisoned for murder, decides to write a book telling the story of the convict, who hopes it will become a bestseller, but the project brings a clash between two generations of women. The theatre company, Animalien, was founded by Fiorella Pennano and Norma Martínez, who have been creating theatrical and audio-visual projects in Peru and abroad since 2017.

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Event 6

Gabriela Cabezón Cámara and Vanessa Londoño in conversation with Ricardo Sumalavia

New fiction

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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Two authors present their new work at this event, in conversation with the writer Ricardo Sumalavia. Something in common in the work of these two writers is that they both portray the violence that permeates our societies. Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (Argentina) is a writer, cultural manager and educator; she currently holds the Laboratory of Experimentation in the Writing Arts Chair at the National University of the Arts. Her publications include Slum Virgin, Le viste la cara a Dios, Romance de la negra rubia and The Adventures of China Iron, a novel that was shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize. Vanessa Londoño (Colombia) is a writer and journalist; she studied Law at the University of El Rosario in Colombia and did a Master’s in Creative Writing at New York University in the United States. Winner of the Aura Estrada and Nuevas Plumas prizes in 2017, she is the author of the novel El asedio animal (2021), which was very well received by the critics.

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Event 7

Alex von Tunzelmann in conversation with Heiner Valdivia and Miguel Barreda Delgado

Film and history

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Alex von Tunzelmann is a British writer, filmmaker and historian. She wrote the screenplay for the feature film Churchill (2017) and several episodes of the series Medici. She is the author of four books, the most recent of which is the acclaimed Fallen Idols (2021), in which she analyses our forms of conserving and confronting the past as a society, particularly through the creation and destruction of monuments, examining the history of twelve statues, some famous, some infamous. In 2022, she presents the book Historia filmada which is the Spanish-language version of a compilation of columns, Reel History, which she wrote for The Guardian; the book combines her viewpoints as historian and filmmaker, offering a rich and diverse panorama of the history of film and the historical characters whose lives have been taken to the big screen. In conversation with the Arequipa poet and film fan Heiner Valdivia and the filmmaker Miguel Barreda Delgado.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Event 8

Rosemary Sullivan in conversation with Louis Marcotte

Democracy and totalitarianism

Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (Teatro)
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Rosemary Sullivan is one of Canada’s most outstanding writers and a truly talented biographer. She is the award-winning author of 15 books, in which she has told the life stories of eminent figures such as the Canadian authors Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen and Elizabeth Smart, and the artist Leonora Carrington. She will talk to the Canadian Ambassador in Peru, Louis Marcotte, about her ideas regarding authoritarianism and democracy that have come from the experience of writing her most recent books. The first of these is Stalin’s Daughter. The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, which tells the life story of the daughter of Joseph Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva. The second book is entitled The Betrayal of Anne Frank and is the result of a rigorous investigation that reveals the answer to one of the great mysteries, one that has attracted millions of readers around the world: how was Anne Frank’s family discovered? This was probably one of the most famous unsolved cases in history. Joining forces with an impressive team of researchers, former FBI agents, and using the advantages of the new technologies, Rosemary Sullivan has brought to light the key pieces that complete an extraordinary puzzle regarding the tragic story of the Frank family.

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Event 9

Ignacio Martínez de Pisón and Jeremías Gamboa in conversation with Jorge Turpo

Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos aims to promote knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities, united by the same language and a literary tradition enriched by authors from many different origins. The project consists of an established author talking to a younger one from the other side of the Atlantic, connecting countries and continents. In this case, the well-known Spanish writer, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, will talk to the fiction writer, journalist and Literature lecturer, Jeremías Gamboa, author of the wonderful book Animales luminosos (2021). This dialogue is intended to build bridges across generations and countries, with the Spanish-language literary tradition acting as the shared discourse. Moderated by the RPP journalist, Jorge Turpo.

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Event 10

Nuria Barrios and Teresa Ruiz Rosas in conversation with Enrique Planas

Literary translation

UNSA (Sala Mariano Melgar)
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Translation is a discipline that makes it possible for literature and thought to pass into other languages, but can also be an art in itself, a process of interpretation that can enable the success, or otherwise, of a novel in other latitudes. Nuria Barrios (Spain) is the author of titles including La impostora (2022), a work of essay in which the writer and translator reflects on her two professions, examining the work of translation in all its aspects. Teresa Ruiz Rosas (Arequipa) has studied Philology and Translation in Arequipa, Budapest, Freiburg and Barcelona. She speaks German, French, English and Hungarian. She is a prolific author and translator, and has published award-winning stories, essays and novels; she has translated classic German authors such as Rose Ausländer, Stefan Zweig and W. G. Sebald. They will be in conversation with the writer and journalist Enrique Planas.

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Event T2

Federico Bianchini and Ernesto Picco

Narrative journalism and travel writing workshop

Biblioteca Regional Mario Vargas Llosa (sala de exposiciones 2)
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A workshop for exploring the concepts and tools involved in travel writing, and its link with other ways of expressing the world, with the Argentinian journalists Federico Bianchini and Ernesto Picco, both winners of the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant. The workshop seeks to strengthen an interest in travel writing, creating a new space for reflecting and working on this genre for interested journalists, and boosting the legacy of Michael Jacobs and his literary bequest. Requirements: journalists or writers from Ibero-America interested in travel writing, with or without experience, who are working on a journalistic or travel writing project.

Call for applications now closed

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Event HF1

Alberto Montt

Plaza San Francisco
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At this event, we present one of the most talented and entertaining of illustrators, the author of books such as Soñar no cuesta nada, No apagues la luz, Dino y Laura, Solo necesito un gato and Ansiedad as well as the blog En Dosis Diarias. We will meet Alberto Montt (Chile) to talk about illustration, reading, childhood and growing up.

Event for parents and educators
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Alberto Montt

Event HJ4

Nelson Vallejo-Gómez

Blanca Varela

Teatro Arequepay
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Who was Blanca Verale, what was she like? If we had asked Varela about her professional and/or vital "journey" (curriculum vitae), the answer could be in those verses of hers, where the intimate, the private and the public spheres of life are intertwined: “Let us say that you won the race / and that the prize / was another race / that you did not drink the wine of victory / but your own salt / that you never heard cheers / but only the barking of dogs / and that your shadow / your own shadow / was your only / unfair competitor”, Poem from the collection of poems Canto villano (1972-1978). This conference by Nelson Vallejo Gomez proposes a journey through her life and her work to assess what is gained by reading and rereading Varela's poetry.

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Nelson Vallejo-Gómez

Event HJ5

Patricia Nieto in conversation with Andrea Díaz Cardona

How a journalist investigates

Universidad Católica de Santa María
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Patricia Nieto (Colombia) has become one of the authorities on the armed conflict in Colombia because of her work as a reporter, which has won her the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize, one of the country’s most prestigious and respected awards, and the José Martí Latin American Journalism Prize, given by the Prensa Latina agency. She received a doctorate in Communication from the University of La Plata (Argentina) with a thesis offering a compilation of autobiographical accounts of the armed conflict, focussing particularly on Medellin city. She lectures at the University of Antioquia and has written for or edited a range of publications. Her most recent book, Crónicas del paraíso (2022), covers over thirty years of reporting on the war in Colombia, giving a face and a voice to those who suffered it in their own lives: displaced persons and those who lost loved ones. In conversation with BBC journalist Andrea Díaz Cardona.

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Event 11

Claudia Piñeiro in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

The crime novel

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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The distinguished writer, journalist, dramatist and screenplay writer Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina) is a major figure in Latin American literature. She has won the 2005 Clarín Novel Prize, the 2010 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize and the 2019 Metrópolis Azul Prize, among others. Together with Marcelo Piñeyro she created the Netflix serie El Reino. Her work has been translated into over 20 languages, and she has written contemporary classics including Thursday Night Widows (2010), All Yours (2011), A Crack in the Wall (2013) and Elena Knows (2021) as well as an extensive body of other titles, a number of which have been made into films. Her most recent novels in Spanish are Catedrales (2020), which has achieved excellent reviews and has won the 2021 VLC Negra Best Novel award and the Hammett Prize for Crime Writing in 2020; and El tiempo de las moscas (2022). She will talk to the journalist Clara Elvira Ospina.

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Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz in conversation with Nelson Vallejo-Gómez

The first thousand days of a human life, pediatrical and pedagogical challenges

Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (Teatro)
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This event is an opportunity to consider the truly astonishing first thousand days of a human life, both in health and educational terms. Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz (France) is a distinguished paediatrician and researcher, currently head of the development neuroimaging team at the INSERM Institute at the University of París-Saclay, where she studies the development of cognitive functions in childhood. Based on brain images, in order to observe the acquisition of language or the neural signals of consciousness, Dehaene-Lambertz seeks to understand how early brain conditions are moulded by culture and context. She will talk to Nelson Vallejo-Gómez, a philosopher and General Secretary of the French Council for National Scientific Education.

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available

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