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.
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Together with the children, Diana will prepare a traditional Arequipa dish, soltero de queso, sharing ideas about the Arequipa origin of the ingredients that make up the dish.
Two experts analyse the current political state of Peru, one characterised by corruption and violence, but also by possibilities for reinvention. José Alejandro Godoy is a political scientist, university lecturer and author of a range of books. His works El último dictador: Vida y gobierno de Alberto Fujimori and Los herederos de Fujimori draw a portrait of the man who led Peru during the 1990s, who was behind the government that the author identifies as the last authoritarian government of the 20th century, and they also go into the continuity produced by his children. His most recent book is Peligro: Orden de disparar, which goes a little further back in time and covers events in the country between 1980 and 1986. Fernando Tuesta Soldevilla, one of the most lucid and informed political commentators today offers a detailed look at the crises that the country’s political organisations and institutions are undergoing. His most recent work, La reforma política: Ideas y debates para un buen gobierno, is a compilation of columns and articles about this matter, written over the course of three decades, and which proposes alternatives for a reformation of democracy that offers citizens reasons for hope and optimism. In conversation with Mabel Cáceres.
One of the best-known Peruvian writers today, the author of The Distance between Us, You Shall Leave Your Land and Algún día te mostraré el desierto, Renato Cisneros presents El mundo que vimos arder, the story of two Peruvians, separated by decades, who leave their native land. One seeks a new life in Spain after a divorce; the other emigrates to the United States and faces the horrors of the Second World War. Between two different times and two apparently dissimilar viewpoints, the novel reflects on war, exile, love and identity. In conversation with Denise Arregui.
With Fiorella Rusca Jordán, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and certified yoga teacher; and Johseline Perochena Caro, an administrator and specialist in Special Education with experience in education and publishing projects. Based on the yoga book for all ages, De la tierra al mar, this event is an opportunity to experience yoga as a safe path to get to know ourselves, to grow and to become free. A path of return to our true natures, which is free and can free others. We present the book, we do yoga together, and we reflect on detachment and liberty.
The activity includes interpretation into sign language
Rather than aiming to be an academic textbook or a volume aimed at professionals or law students, Tu abogada en casa, by Rosario Sasieta, is a valuable manual that the author intends to offer practical guidance and recommendations regarding the legal rights and obligations that are relevant in the situations that citizens experience throughout their lives. At this event with Ángel María Manrique Linares, the “Señora Ley” will explain some essential legal concepts, such as child benefit, adoption and inheritance, and will share with the public some of the proposals that she supported in the years when she was a member of parliament and Women’s Minister, in order to improve certain procedures.
Mi fiesta es mía, the phenomenal book by Wendy Ramos, unites some of the memories and experiences of the author, who is also a social communicator, actor, clown and activist. “Your life is your party, not that of your guests” is the wonderful premise of this book which, as well as being a look at the life of the writer, invites us to go on a journey of self-knowledge, to answer the question: is this what I really want? Wendy Ramos will present her work an inspirational event, one that can help us to starting thinking about our party in this world.
María Toro (Spain) is a flute player, percussionist, composer and music arranger who has spent the last decade living in various countries and continents. On this occasion, together with the musicians Antonio Miguel, David Sancho and Naíma Acuña, she is one of a quartet that will delight the Arequipa audience with its music.
Based on the publication of Contrapunto, an album of photos that explores the relationship between text and image, this event looks at how poetic discourse can leave behind its habitual language to make an image with words, and how images activate the need to talk about them in words. We read the images and look at the poems. Víctor Vich, a Doctor in Hispano-American Literature from Georgetown University and the author of several books on poetry, art and cultural policy, will talk about this proposal, which has combined the archive of a photographer -Lucero Del Castillo- with the author’s knowledge as a lecturer in poetry. This event will demonstrate the uniqueness of a book that is innovative in its form and the way in which it offers a sequence (always open to the reader) that involves an examination of the conditions in which we inhabit the world. In conversation with Nereida Apaza Mamani.
Recuerdos de octubre is a single-act solo performance that explores the complexities of inter-generational relationships among women of the same family. It is about the violence experienced in the body of the protagonist with respect to her mother and her grandmother, and the hope and the despair that her relationship with her daughter causes her. Throughout this process, she herself questions the need to mother her internal child and forget the past or overcome it. María Beatriz, the main character, is a single woman, and yet is all of us. The dramatist Mariela Noles Cotito (Peru) is a lecturer in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of the Pacific and a researcher into matters of human rights, interculturality, gender equality and public policies related to social inclusion.
At the end of the monologue there will be a Q&A with Mariela Noles Cotito.