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 15

Djamila Ribeiro in conversation with Rocío Ferreira

Where are we speaking from when we talk about ourselves? Intersectional feminism

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Everyone has their own place from which they speak, something that needs to be treated with judgement, responsibility and respect. In Lugar de fala, the philosopher and activist Djamila Ribeiro (Brazil) offers a range of rich and diverse reflections on the violences that surround the place that black writers express themselves from, particularly affecting women, and which cause the invisibilization of the knowledge that arises outside of Eurocentric logics. In this conversation with Rocío Ferreira, the author will talk about the concepts employed by racialized authors in order to defend the right to a dignified existence, and to their own voices.

Simultaneous interpretation from Portuguese to Spanish available

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Djamila Ribeiro in conversation with Rocío Ferreira

Event 56

Pedro Favaron in conversation with Stefano Varese

South to South: Ancestral medicine

Auditorio Colegio de Abogados
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Pedro Favaron has a doctorate in Literature from the University of Montreal, is a social researcher into Andean, Amazonian and North American indigenous peoples, and is a lecturer at the PUCP; he works to promote intercultural dialogue between modernity and the ancestral knowledge of indigenous cultures. He has recently published Non Onan Shinan: Los mundos medicinales y la sabiduría de una familia Shipibo-Konibo, written together with the Shipibo-Konibo artist Chonon Bensho. This work of non-fiction reflects on the major cosmic, moral and ethical problems that face our civilisation, and which indicate the paradigm changes needed in order to survive the ecological catastrophe that will come if we continue down the road we are travelling. Pedro Favaron reflects on his background and recent work with Stefano Varese.
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Pedro Favaron in conversation with Stefano Varese

Event 58

Humberto de la Calle in conversation with Salvador del Solar

The Pacific revolution

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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The Colombian lawyer Humberto de la Calle was Minister of the Government during the César Gaviria presidency, Vice-President of the Republic and ambassador to Spain and the UK in the late 1990s. In 2001 he presided over the deliberations that resulted in the OAS’s Democratic Charter. After leaving public life and becoming involved in academia, journalism and law, in 2012 he was appointed Chief Negotiator of the government’s delegation in the peace process with FARC. After signing the Final Agreement at the Colón Theatre, he was a presidential candidate in 2018. Today he is a senator in the Colombian National Congress, and within that institution is a member of the Primary Council, whose legislative work focusses on matters related to peace, the guarantee of human rights, social reforms, the fight against inequality and preserving the environment. He has recently published a novel based on real events, La inverosímil muerte de Hércules Pretorius, about a young lawyer who had always been attracted to the idea of bringing about a peaceful social revolution. In conversation with Salvador del Solar.
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Humberto de la Calle in conversation with Salvador del Solar

Event 59

Álvaro Henzler, Daniel Innerarity and Jorge Mori in conversation with Carmen McEvoy

Democracy and citizen challenges

Instituto Cultural Peruano Alemán
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The historian Carmen McEvoy (Peru) will talk to three experts about democracy and the challenges of citizen participation, analysing problems of access, knowledge and education, issues which hinder the development of these processes in different parts of the world. The guests will be the economist Álvaro Henzler (Peru); the philosopher Daniel Innerarity (Spain), an international authority on the matter of democracy and the author of the recently published book La libertad democrática; and the specialist in the analysis of public policy Jorge Mori (Peru). Both Henzler and Mori form a part of the Dialogues For Peru project, which consists of travelling to eight different parts of the country in order to deal with some of these matters.
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Álvaro Henzler, Daniel Innerarity and Jorge Mori in conversation with Carmen McEvoy

Event 60

Gonçalo M. Tavares in conversation with Jorge Alejandro Ccoyllurpuma

Casa Tristán del Pozo - Fundación BBVA
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In Peliculachakuna/Cortometrajes, Gonçalo M. Tavares (Portugal) returns once again to that very personal literary voice that has made him one of the most outstanding writers in the Portuguese language. By investigating the complexity of the great contemporary debates, the author builds up a kaleidoscope of small daily scenes told through cinematic and dramatic techniques that invite us to view the world in a very different way. In conversation with the Quechua-language translator Jorge Alejandro Ccoyllurpuma, Tavares will present this work, translated for the first time into Quechua in an excellent bilingual edition published by La Travesía.
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Gonçalo M. Tavares in conversation with Jorge Alejandro Ccoyllurpuma

Event 61

Verónica Ramírez and Alonso Sánchez Baute in conversation with Orlando Mazeyra

From others to ourselves

UNSA (Sala Mariano Melgar)
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What better field than fiction to explore our most intimate links. In conversation with Orlando Mazeyra, two authors will talk about their latest novels, where relationships with others, as a starting point for self-examination, are at the heart of the narrative. Casi todo desaparece is the first book by Verónica Ramírez (Peru), and it tells the story of Vera, who flees her native land together with her family during the Second World War. Now grown up, after living in Peru for several decades, Vera remembers this childhood in a far-off land, playing with her brother and her friend Misha, family life, the growing threats, the violence and the arrival of war; and so she decides to undertake a journey back to her roots. Alonso Sánchez Baute (Colombia), the author of four novels and several books of short stories, non-fiction and essays, has also worked as a screenplay writer for RCN soap operas in his country, and headed the Truth Commission publishing project Futuro en Tránsito. His most recent novel, La mirada de Humilda, is the affectionate story of an emotional relationship between two creatures who accompany each other to the end. With elements of fiction, letter-writing and essay, Sánchez Baute must bid farewell to his beloved dog Humilda, remembering how they met each other 14 years previously and how this link transformed his life.

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Verónica Ramírez and Alonso Sánchez Baute in conversation with Orlando Mazeyra

Event 62

Karina Pacheco and Lola Shoneyin in conversation with José Luis Ramos Salinas

Imagine Equity

Alianza Francesa de Arequipa
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The British Council and the Hay Festival present the series of events entitled Imagine Equity which seeks to promote the contribution to cultural life of groups who are traditionally underrepresented. The intention is to create a conversation among writers of different continents so that, through fiction and non-fiction, they can debate matters such as gender, sexual identity, race, ethnicity, neuronal and physical diversity, etc. With the participation of Karina Pacheco (Peru) and Lola Shoneyin (Nigeria/United Kingdom). They will talk with José Luis Ramos Salinas.
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Karina Pacheco and Lola Shoneyin in conversation with José Luis Ramos Salinas

Event 63

Marina Perezagua in conversation with Rocío Ferreira

Nana de la medusa

Auditorio Colegio de Abogados
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Marina Perezagua (Spain) will discuss her first incursion into the terrain of poetry with the collection Nana de la medusa. In this new publication, Perezagua deploys an emphatic style in order to explore the complexities of existence, a reality that is not only personal but also global, covering themes such as emigration, the search for authentic loving experience, and the propensity for cruelty in the present world. In conversation with Rocío Ferreira, this winner of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize will talk about the essence of her poetry and her creative process, taking us on an interior journey to examine the big questions we all have about life.
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Marina Perezagua in conversation with Rocío Ferreira

Event 64

Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

Politically incorrect?

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo (Spain), a member of the Spanish parliament for the Partido Popular, will talk to Clara Elvira Ospina about her book Políticamente indeseable, a combination of autobiography and essay in which she tackles questions such as political polarisation, intolerance towards those who hold opposing opinions, and the lack of debate in our society today. At this event, the author will share her personal experience in politics, and how she has been labelled “politically incorrect” for expressing her opinions without fear of the consequences.

Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo will join the event remotely.

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Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

Event 65

Silvia Vásquez-Lavado in conversation with Enrique Planas

At the top of life

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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Our guest at this event is a pioneer of great achievements. She is the first Peruvian to reach the summit of Sagarmatha (Mount Everest), and to reach the six peaks that follow in order of altitude. She is also the first openly LGTBI+ person to climb these seven mountains. Silvia Vásquez-Lavado tells her story in the book In the Shadow of the Mountain, winner of the Stanford Travel Book of the Year in the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. In the book, as well as her achievements, the author talks about a past of traumas and excesses, of alcoholism and promiscuous sex and, before this, of childhood abuse. Vásquez-Lavado reveals how an ayahuasca ceremony helped her to connect with the mountains. Linked with this past, she undertook her expeditions accompanied by other victims of sexual abuse, as part of her Courageous Girls project, founded in 2014. Silvia Vásquez-Lavado will talk to Enrique Planas about her activism, her memories and about the film currently being made, with Selena Gómez playing the lead role.
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Silvia Vásquez-Lavado in conversation with Enrique Planas

Event 66

Sergio del Molino in conversation with Renato Cisneros

Un tal González

Instituto Cultural Peruano Alemán
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The writer and journalist Sergio del Molino (Spain) takes us back to a crucial moment in the history of Spain employing the biographical thread of one of its major figures, Felipe González. In a masterful combination of history and literature, Un tal González shows us the figure of the Spanish politician, in a way that is not about settling scores or toppling icons. At this event, del Molino takes us into the complex world of Felipe González and shows us his unique vision of contemporary Spain. In conversation with Renato Cisneros.

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Sergio del Molino in conversation with Renato Cisneros

Event 67

Karina Pacheco and Carlos Yushimito in conversation with Valerie Miles

Granta 25: Perú

Casa Tristán del Pozo - Fundación BBVA
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In 2023, the famous literary magazine Granta dedicated its 25th Spanish-language edition to Peru*. Through the geographical, cultural and linguistic diversity of the country, 42 authors reflect and write about its past, its internal struggles, the view from outside, the rawness of so many realities and the possibility of imagining different scenarios. In conversation with Valerie Miles, two of the contributors, Karina Pacheco and Carlos Yushimito, present Granta 25: Perú.

*The iniciative Granta 25: Perú was promoted by the Cervantes Institute on the occasion of the IX Congress of the Spanish Language that was going to be held in Arequipa and finally took place in Cádiz.

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Karina Pacheco and Carlos Yushimito in conversation with Valerie Miles

Event HF5

Workshop on letters, shapes and stories with Ralph Bauer

Plaza San Francisco
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We share with Ralph Bauer, creator of the children’s book Hol-A, a curious look at the urban setting. We look at the shapes and letters that our city produces, and with them we make words and also stories to read out. We tell the story Hol-A, we choose our favourite letters and build the story that most helps us to dream.
Ages 6 and over
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Workshop on letters, shapes and stories with Ralph Bauer

Event HF5-B

Complementary workshop with Gabriela Motta

Collage workshop - words, images and stories

Museo Municipal - Patio
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Together with Gabriela: words, images and stories, playing and combining different materials in order to make new words, new images, new stories.


Ages 6 to 12
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Complementary workshop with Gabriela Motta

Event 68

Sergio del Molino and Fernando Gómez in conversation with Enrique Planas

70th anniversary of El Dominical

Auditorio Colegio de Abogados
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What do we expect from cultural journalism in the 21st century? What spaces remain for cultural magazines in these times of accelerated communication? Join us for a special event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the El Dominical cultural supplement of the El Comercio newspaper, in order to reflect on these and other urgent matters. The guests, talking to Enrique Planas, will be two eminent panellists: Sergio del Molino (Spain), acclaimed author, essayist and regular contributor to El País newspaper; and Fernando Gómez (Colombia), El Tiempo journalist.

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Sergio del Molino and Fernando Gómez in conversation with Enrique Planas

Event 69

Alonso Cueto in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

Francisca: Princess of Peru

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Alonso Cueto (Peru), winner of the Herralde Novel Prize for The Blue Hour, the Alcobendas-Juan Goytisolo Fiction Prize for Palabras de otro lado and shortlisted for the Planeta-Casa de América Prize with El susurro de la mujer ballena, presents his latest book, Francisca: Princesa del Perú. This is a historical novel set in the 16th century, which tells the story of Francisca Pizarro Huaylas Yupanqui, daughter of the Inca princess Quispe Sisa and Francisco Pizarro, and known as the first mixed race child of Peru. Through the private viewpoint of Francisca, the author shows that this complex and traumatic story illustrates the relationship between Spain and Latin America, and is also the beginning of future mixtures and migrations. In conversation with the BBC journalist Juan Carlos Pérez.

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Alonso Cueto in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

Event 70

Humberto de la Calle and Carmen McEvoy in conversation with Salvador del Solar

The state of democracy in Latin America

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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Democracia and Latinoamérica Hoy is a project that seeks to creates spaces for reflection and dialogue regarding the challenges and opportunities in Latin American countries in terms of democracy and building more inclusive, participative and representative political systems. The panel of experts, which come from across the political spectrum, is: Humberto de la Calle (Colombia), Minister of the Government during the César Gaviria presidency, Vice-president of the Republic and in 2012 appointed Chief Negotiator of the government’s delegation for the peace process with FARC; and Carmen McEvoy, expert in Latin American history, author of the books La república agrietada, Homo politicus and Patrias andinas, patrias citadinas, among others, and the first Peruvian ambassador to Ireland. They will talk to Salvador del Solar.
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Humberto de la Calle and Carmen McEvoy in conversation with Salvador del Solar

Event 71

Johann Page and Madalena Sà Fernandes in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

First novels

Instituto Cultural Peruano Alemán
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Two writers present their debut novels. The author and publisher Johann Page (Peru) has written Páginas del fin del mundo, a book about a middle-aged publisher who, upon receiving a mysterious message after many years and silent bitterness, returns to his father’s old printing business, hidden in the centre of the capital. This is the beginning of a journey into a very intimate past. The writer Madalena Sa Fernandes (Portugal), who works as a journalist for Público newspaper, has published the novel Leme, which tells the story of a toxic relationship. In conversation with Ingrid Bejerman.

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Johann Page and Madalena Sà Fernandes in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Event 72

Gonzalo Cañellas and María Toro in conversation with Marcos Manrique

The Spanish Real Book. Guide to contemporary Latin and Hispano jazz

Casa Tristán del Pozo - Fundación BBVA
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With the contributions of over a hundred authors and more than 350 original tracks, The Spanish Real Book is an anthology with a wide range of scores composed by some of the most outstanding musicians in the recent history of jazz in the Spanish-speaking world. María Toro (Spain), one of the participating composers, will talk about this project, her career and her particular style, in which she includes elements of flamenco jazz and New York jazz. Gonzalo Cañellas is a Spnish audiovisual producer, amateur musician and coeditor of The Spanish Real Book. This event promises to be a useful guide for those who are starting out as musicians or who are looking for new sounds, but also for lovers of good music in general. In conversation with Marcos Manrique, they will talk about how the book project came about and its production process.
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Gonzalo Cañellas and María Toro in conversation with Marcos Manrique

Event HF6

Peruvian recipe book with Malena Martínez

Festín. A festival of flavour!

Plaza San Francisco
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Festín is a cookery book that presents Peruvian ingredients in a light-hearted way, with striking and unusual recipes created especially for children by Pía León, one of the world’s finest cooks, and Malena Martínez, the outstanding researcher into Peruvian biodiversity. Mashua ice cream, oca doughnuts, muña lemonade? Yes, please, delicious! Festín is an invitation to discover the marvels that grow in the fertile lands of Peru and an opportunity to explore, discover and learn. A festival of colour and taste, and a banquet to share. At this event, we will meet Malena Martínez, who will reveal the great secrets of the ingredients and cuisine of our country.

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Peruvian recipe book with Malena Martínez

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Partner for Latin America

sura

Principal Sponsors

Fundación BBVA Continental
Gloria
Yura
Creditcorp

Government Partner

Arequipa Gobierno Regional

Institutional Partner

Ford Foundation