Hay Festival Arequipa 2023

Welcome to the Hay Festival Arequipa 2023 programme. This celebration of literature, culture and ideas will run 9-12 November, presenting 109 activities with 145 guests from 15 countries. We will offer 17 talks and workshops for students at the Hay Joven programme and 7 events for children at Hay Festivalito.

Hay Forum Moquegua will take place on 8 November with four activities on education and current affairs.

The university community and senior citizens have free access to up to 10 tickets. More information.

Contact details:

Regarding ticket reservation: tickets@hayfestival.org o +51 986 201 093 (in Spanish)

General queries: contacto@hayfestival.org

Event 41

Miguel Bonnefoy in conversation with Orlando Mazeyra

Herencia

Alianza Francesa de Arequipa
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This writer, shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt, Miguel Bonnefoy (Venezuela/France) returns with L’inventeur, a new novel that has something of the quixotic about it and which brings to life the figure of Augustin Mouchot. Practically unknown today, Mouchot was a mid-19th-century French inventor and pioneer in the use of solar energy, who managed to create a machine able to produce a block of ice using only the light of the sun. However, his extraordinary achievements were buried by the economic interests involved in the coal trade. In conversation with Orlando Mazeyra, the author will talk about this striking figure, whose inventions could have completely transformed the course of history as we know it.


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Miguel Bonnefoy in conversation with Orlando Mazeyra

Event HF2

Patricia Villanueva

Incas: A great story

Plaza San Francisco
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Who were the Incas really? How did this great empire develop historically and culturally? Is its legacy still present in our contemporary culture? This illustrated book, created based on the exhibition Los incas. Más allá de un imperio, organised by the Lima Art Museum (MALI), aims to tackle these questions in a way never before done, based on the most recent and detailed scientific research. An event to give young people the chance to have a very current and close look at our ancestors, together with the archaeologist, visual artist and MALI curator, Patricia Villanueva.

Ages 6 to 12
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Patricia Villanueva

Event HF2-B

Complementary workshop with Marina Zileri & Fernando Arce

Clay Workshop - Finger Puppets

Museo Municipal - Patio
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With Marina Zileri and Fernando Arce The children will explore the possibilities of the world of clay, ceramic and small-scale puppetry, experiencing different creative processes, with the final result of making finger puppets. We will start with possibilities of faces, and then bodies, to end up with details that define our clay puppets.

Ages 6 to 12
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Complementary workshop with Marina Zileri & Fernando Arce

Event 42

Alejandra Ballón, Teresina Muñoz-Nájar and Dolores Reyes in conversation with Paola Ugaz

Disappeared

Auditorio Colegio de Abogados
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An event that deals with the disappearance of women, told through fiction and non-fiction. Alejandra Ballón (Peru) is a Doctor of Social Anthropology from the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences in Paris. This artist and researcher is the spokeswoman for the Ni Una Menos movement in Peru, which fights femicide and gender violence. Teresina Muñoz-Nájar (Peru) is the author of Desaparecidas, a work that compiles the voices of mothers, fathers and siblings who have suffered the disappearance of loved ones. Dolores Reyes (Argentina) is the author of the acclaimed international success Cometierra (2019) and its sequel, Miseria (2023). In the narrative universe created by Reyes, the protagonist is a girl who can know the location of dead or disappeared women just by putting a handful of earth in her mouth. In dialogue with the journalist Paola Ugaz.
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Alejandra Ballón, Teresina Muñoz-Nájar and Dolores Reyes in conversation with Paola Ugaz

Event 43

Natalia Beristain, Carlos Moreno and Djamila Ribeiro in conversation with Emma Graham-Harrison

Conversations from South to South: the city

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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This event will be part of the South to South series, in which the Hay Festival offers a forum for some of the most innovative voices of the global South, in order to share different ways of seeing the world, as well as non-Western solutions to the problems that beset us. Talking to Emma Graham-Harrison will be the Mexican filmmaker Natalia Beristain, director of films such as Los adioses and Ruido; Carlos Moreno, the French-Colombian scientist and urban planning expert, famous for creating the idea of the 15-minute city; and Djamila Ribeiro, the Brazilian philosopher and activist, known for publications such as Lugar de fala and Quem tem medo do feminismo negro?

Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish available

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Natalia Beristain, Carlos Moreno and Djamila Ribeiro in conversation with Emma Graham-Harrison

Event 44

Rafael Dumett in conversation with Fernando Gómez

El camarada Jorge y el Dragón

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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After the storming success of El Espía del Inca (2019), Rafael Dumett returns with a new historical novel, El camarada Jorge y el Dragón (2023), about one of the most controversial and thrilling figures in the recent history of Peru. In the first episode of a saga about Eudocio Ravines, the novel tells the story of his childhood and early days in Cajamarca, the turbulent circumstances in which he was brought up, the women of his family and the influence of his uncle, the colonel Belisario Ravines, hero of the War of the Pacific. The novel covers the early period of the life of an outstanding historical figure, one who, over the course of his life, would take part in three coups d’état in Peru, would be deported by five different presidents and would go from being a communist activist to a CIA propaganda figurehead. He will talk to Fernando Gómez.
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Rafael Dumett in conversation with Fernando Gómez

Event 45

Daniel Innerarity in conversation with Alberto Vergara

Democracy, knowledge and freedom

Instituto Cultural Peruano Alemán
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What is the relationship between democracy and knowledge? How can we bring into harmony a commitment to objective fact with freedom of political opinion? In our so-called “knowledge society”, knowing is not only the motor of economic growth and innovation, but now holds a central place in political discourse and practice. At the same time, this creates very particular forms of political scepticism, such as disinformation, negationism and the conspiracy theories that spread on the Internet. Even the concept of freedom has become an ideological tool within the agenda of certain political sectors. In this conversation with Alberto Vergara, the philosopher Daniel Innerarity (Spain) will talk about his latest book, La libertad democrática (2023), which deals with our understandings of democracy and freedom.
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Daniel Innerarity in conversation with Alberto Vergara

Event 46

Martín Ibarrola, Vabi Miguel Toribio and Roberto Zariquiey in conversation with Pedro Favaron

The teachings of the rainforest

Casa Tristán del Pozo - Fundación BBVA
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We talk about the Amazon, one of the richest and most biodiverse regions on the planet, with hundreds of cultures and languages, yet it is a territory threatened by negligent human actions. With the participation of Martín Ibarrola (Spain), author of the travel book La selva herida, which is the story of an expedition through Peru, Bolivia and Brazil; Vabi Miguel Toribio, Yanesha leader, translator and interpreter recognised by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, she is also a social and environmental activist; and Roberto Zariquiey, a Doctor of Linguistics from La Trobe University (Melbourne), lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and head of many research and social projects linked to Amazon languages. They will talk to Pedro Favaron, who has recently published Non Onan Shinan: Los mundos medicinales y la sabiduría de una familia Shipibo-Konibo.

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Martín Ibarrola, Vabi Miguel Toribio and Roberto Zariquiey in conversation with Pedro Favaron

Event 47

Ralph Bauer in conversation with Milagros Saldarriaga

The language of urban space

UNSA (Sala Mariano Melgar)
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An event dedicated to the issue of how we build our identities in the Peruvian urban space, and how we differentiate ourselves from other cultures through the use of certain letters of the alphabet. How urban space, communication systems and our environment are, per se, our visual link with the world. At this session, Ralph Bauer, a German graphic designer based in Peru and author of the book Hol-A, published by Mónimo, will talk to Milagros Saldarriaga about these and other matters that will let us value once again the richness and personality of the Spanish language; they will discuss the “emotionality” of As, Os and our “territorial vocabulary”. A great opportunity for those who love the language, whether written or spoken, and wish to see its riches be an inspiration for future generations.
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Ralph Bauer in conversation with Milagros Saldarriaga

Event 48

Edward de Ybarra, Lola Shoneyin and Víctor Vich in conversation with Cristina Fuentes La Roche

Managing culture

Alianza Francesa de Arequipa
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Participating at this event are four outstanding experts in the field of cultural management, each one with her or his own unique perspective: Edward de Ybarra (Peru), Arequipan filmmaker, graphic artist and cultural manager; Lola Shoneyin (Nigeria), writer and activist, founder of the Book Buzz Foundation, an initiative that promotes cultural reading spaces, such as the Aké Arts & Book Festival and the Kaduna Book & Arts Festival; Víctor Vich, a Guggenheim Fellow in 2009, lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, where he coordinates the Master’s in Cultural Studies, and Head Researcher at the Institute of Peruvian Studies; and Cristina Fuentes La Roche (Spain), International Director of the Hay Festival. They will explore, among other matters, the challenges and achievements of their respective fields, and will discuss the importance of culture as an engine of social transformation and a bridge for promoting understanding among different communities.

Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish available

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Edward de Ybarra, Lola Shoneyin and Víctor Vich in conversation with Cristina Fuentes La Roche

Event HF3

Presenting Los Hermanos Paz

Plaza San Francisco
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The siblings Andrea, Claudia and Cristóbal Paz will tell their iconic stories Chimoc en Machu Picchu, with a screening of their illustrations; they will also sing the songs associated with the story. After the storytelling, our friend Chimoc, the cheerful Peruvian Hairless dog, will appear to greet readers and dance with them to some of Los Hermanos Paz’s best-known songs.

Ages 2 to 7
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Presenting Los Hermanos Paz

Event HF3-B

Complementary workshop with Carla Galdos & Raúl Romero

Reading mediation - On dogs and hairs

Museo Municipal - Patio
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Based on stories about the Peruvian dog, or viringo, come with us to explore different and curious aspects of these animals. With Carla Galdos and Raúl Romero we will read different texts that feature the dog, and together we will talk about and exchange ideas and anecdotes about these faithful companions.


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Complementary workshop with Carla Galdos & Raúl Romero

Event 49

Vabi Miguel Toribio and Josefa Sánchez in conversation with José Luis Ramos

Energy sovereignty

Auditorio Colegio de Abogados
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As a major historical oil and gas exporter, Peru is at the heart of the debate into the matter of energy sovereignty and the rights of a population to access these sources of energy. This matter takes on an even greater importance in the context of the current global energy crisis. At this event, the guests will talk about the economic, social and environmental dimensions of this problem, as well as the obstacles and the possibilities that the country has in its search for energy sovereignty. Josefa Sánchez Contreras belongs to the Zoque people of Chimalapas (Mexico) and carries out research into territorial defence, indigenous rights and the history of rebellions and colonialisms; his latest book is Colonialismo energético. The Yanesha social and environmental activist Vabi Miguel Toribio (Peru) is a leader, translator and interpreter recognised by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. In conversation with José Luis Ramos.
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Vabi Miguel Toribio and Josefa Sánchez in conversation with José Luis Ramos

Event 50

Presentation by Wendy Ramos

The story of the perronejo

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Wendy Ramos presents a very special project, with her own texts and illustrations. In her book we can discover the story of a curious and affectionate character: a ball of thread that, from one moment to the next, can take on life and become a piece of something. This character, full of life and hope, needs to find its origin and its place in the world. So begins a journey of exploration, seeking its own identity. Over the course of the pages, this “something” asks everyone it knows what it is, and each one tells it something different; some say it is a dog, some a rabbit. This search is full of humour and reflection. When it meets a character that helps it resolve its conundrum of identity, it decides that it need not be one thing or another, but rather can be something completely new and different. At this event, the acclaimed Wendy Ramos will delight the public with the story Perronejo.
Family event
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Presentation by Wendy Ramos

Event 51

Jorge Alejandro Ccoyllurpuma and L E N I N in conversation with Edward de Ybarra

Quechua is pop

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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Jorge Alejandro Ccoyllurpuma was born in Cusco and his creative work has always been related to Andean culture and the Quechua language. He has worked to strengthen the native languages of Peru through the publication of poetry with translations into Quechua. His work is compiled for the first time in the volume Paraíso tropical andino. L E N I N is the artistic name of Lenin Tamayo Pinares, well-known as the creator of Q-pop, a fusion between the world famous Korean K-pop and Quechua- and Spanish-language Andean music. In 2021, when he published the music video Cuando estoy aquí, recorded in the historical centre of Lima, his style went viral on TikTok, achieving 2.5 million views. As well as mixing Peruvian sounds with the pop, rap, R&B and rock styles present in K-pop, his dance routines contain steps from traditional dances such as La Diablada. In conversation with the Arequipan filmmaker, graphic artist and cultural manager, Edward de Ybarra.
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Jorge Alejandro Ccoyllurpuma and L E N I N in conversation with Edward de Ybarra

Event 52

Marta Peirano in conversation with Patricia Pinto

Against climate feudalism

Instituto Cultural Peruano Alemán
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Marta Peirano is the author of the books El rival de Prometeo: Vidas de Autómatas Ilustres, El pequeño libro rojo del activista en la red, El enemigo conoce el sistema and Contra el futuro. The last of these was written to help us face the climate crisis with citizen action tools that challenge what the author calls “climate feudalism”. She was involved in founding the Culture sections of ADN and eldiario.es, has been a director of the Copyfight initiative and is co-founder of the Hacks/Hackers Berlin and Cryptoparty Berlin groups. Her TED talk ¿Por qué me vigilan, si no soy nadie? has been seen over four million times on YouTube. At this event, Marta Peirano will offer some reflections on technological sovereignty, democracy, the environment and what the future will bring. She will talk to Patricia Pinto.
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Marta Peirano in conversation with Patricia Pinto

Event 53

Luis García Montero in conversation with Alonso Ruiz Rosas

Poetry and mourning

Casa Tristán del Pozo - Fundación BBVA
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For the Spanish writer Luis García Montero, one of the most interesting poets on the literary scene today, poetry has become a way of channelling his feelings and dealing with the pain of loss in Un año y tres meses, a poetry book whose theme is the passing away of his wife, the Spanish writer Almudena Grandes. The result is a luminous book and a moving lesson in mourning. Luis García Montero has also been the Director of the Instituto Cervantes since 2018. He will talk about poetry and about this book in particular with the Peruvian poet Alonso Ruiz Rosas.

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Luis García Montero in conversation with Alonso Ruiz Rosas

Event 54

Gustavo Rodríguez, Natalia Sobrevilla and Dante Trujillo in conversation

Jugo de Caigua

UNSA (Sala Mariano Melgar)
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Jugo de Caigua (or simply Jugo) is an independent platform made up of committed writers and educators, and it has put together a special event at which the members will recreate one of their editorial meetings in order to cover some of the big issues that we face today, from a critical and informed perspective. Participating are three outstanding contributors who bring a unique viewpoint to some of the most important current affairs. The writer and communicator Gustavo Rodríguez, who recently won the Alfaguara Novel Prize, will offer his view on the region’s day-to-day life, just as he does in his weekly column. Natalia Sobrevilla, Professor of Latin American History at the University of Kent, will cover the historical background of the present social and political context. Dante Trujillo, journalist, editor and cultural manager, will add to the mix some of the latest happenings of the present cultural moment.

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Gustavo Rodríguez, Natalia Sobrevilla and Dante Trujillo in conversation

Event 55

Karrie Fransman in conversation with Alejandro Millán

Alianza Francesa de Arequipa
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The British illustrator Karrie Fransman has worked with media outlets including The Guardian, The Times, Time Out, The Telegraph, BBC, The New Statesman and the Arts Council. Together with her partner, Jonathan Plackett, Fransman has created the acclaimed Gender Swapped Fairy Tales (2021) and Gender Swapped Greek Myths (2022), which re-write some of the great classics of children’s fiction and Greek mythology, changing the gender of the characters. These authors will introduce us to the story of a king who pricks his finger while sewing; of Icara and her mother, who fly too close to the sun; of a heroine who, while roaming the high seas trying to get home, is seduced by male sirens, and much more. Fransman will talk to the BBC journalist Alejandro Millán.

Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish available

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Karrie Fransman in conversation with Alejandro Millán

Event HF4

Unicornio Azul in conversation with Omar Zevallos

The sea of souls

Auditorio del Museo Municipal
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The Arequipa artist and illustrator Rosita Charaja, better known as Unicornio Azul (“Blue Unicorn”), presents her first book, El mar de las almas, created together with the Chilean Nathalia CR. The book is created through dreams that reveal encounters in past lives, as a relationship of love is built up. The story explores the relationship between a distant past and the present, the development of rights over the course of history, and forms of love outside the heteronormative. In conversation with Omar Zevallos.

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Unicornio Azul in conversation with Omar Zevallos

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Fundación BBVA Continental
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Arequipa Gobierno Regional

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