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 HF6-B

Complementary workshop with Diana Escobedo

Mini picanteros workshop with Diana Escobedo

Museo Municipal - Patio
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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.


Ages 6 to 12
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Complementary workshop with Diana Escobedo

Event HF7-B

Complementary workshop with Gaby Gonzales

Yoga and emotion

Plaza San Francisco
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Led by Gaby, we will combine simple, fun physical postures and we will breathe together in order to connect with our bodies. Then we will reflect together on the images and feelings that have come up during the practice.


Ages 6 to 10
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Complementary workshop with Gaby Gonzales

Event 73

José Alejandro Godoy and Fernando Tuesta Soldevilla in conversation with Mabel Cáceres

Is today’s Peru ungovernable?

Auditorio Colegio de Abogados
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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.

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José Alejandro Godoy and Fernando Tuesta Soldevilla in conversation with Mabel Cáceres

Event 74

Renato Cisneros in conversation with Denisse Arregui

El mundo que vimos arder

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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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.

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Renato Cisneros in conversation with Denisse Arregui

Event 75

Alejandra Ballón and Ángel María Manrique in conversation with Víctor Vich

About the political crisis, and the difference between hearing and listening

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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The current political crisis being experienced in Peru, triggered in December 2022, has involved a series of protests in different regions around the country, with lethal consequences for over 60 people. An audio-visual artifact lasting around 15 minutes has motivated this session involving the participation of Alejandra Ballón, a Doctor of Social Anthropology from the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences in Paris, and Ángel María Manrique, former Ombudsman in Arequipa. Together with Víctor Vich they will try to clarify the testimonies of the people who experienced, as participants or as affected individuals, these difficult days of protest and their terrible consequences. On 12 and 13 July 2023, managed by the Grupo Impulsor de Arequipa and a citizen coalition, and with the financial support of the United Nations and the Ford Foundation, dozens of representatives from peasant communities, trades, trade unions, villages and managers from various industries, both for and against the protests, were invited to give their opinions before a dedicated panel in Arequipa city. This round table reflects the need to (re-)learn how to listen if we want to overcome the country’s serious problems.
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Alejandra Ballón and Ángel María Manrique in conversation with Víctor Vich

Event 77

Natalia Beristain in conversation with Miguel Barreda

On film

Casa Tristán del Pozo - Fundación BBVA
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The film director Natalia Beristain (Mexico) is one of the most high-profile filmmakers in Spanish-language cinema. With films such as Los adioses and the recent Ruido, screened at festivals such as Cannes and Venice, her work has been acclaimed for many reasons, including the carefully worked scripts and the literary character of her narratives. She will talk about her most recent film, Ruido, with the director Miguel Barreda.
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Natalia Beristain in conversation with Miguel Barreda

Event HF7

Johseline Perochena Caro and Fiorella Rusca

From the land to the sea: A Yogi sequence on dettachment and freedom

Plaza San Francisco
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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

Ages 4 and over
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Johseline Perochena Caro and Fiorella Rusca

Event 78

Rosario Sasieta in conversation with Ángel María Manrique Linares

A lawyer at hand

Auditorio Colegio de Abogados
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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.

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Rosario Sasieta in conversation with Ángel María Manrique Linares

Event 79

Presentation of Mi fiesta es mía, with Wendy Ramos

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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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.

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Presentation of Mi fiesta es mía, with Wendy Ramos

Event 80

Quartet concert with María Toro, Antonio Miguel, David Sancho and Naíma Acuña

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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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.

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Quartet concert with María Toro, Antonio Miguel, David Sancho and Naíma Acuña

Event 81

Lucero del Castillo and Víctor Vich in conversation with Nereida Apaza Mamani

The poetry of an album

Instituto Cultural Peruano Alemán
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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.

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Lucero del Castillo and Víctor Vich in conversation with Nereida Apaza Mamani

Event 82

Monologue by Mariela Noles Cotito

Recuerdos de octubre

Casa Tristán del Pozo - Fundación BBVA
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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.

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Monologue by Mariela Noles Cotito

Event HF8

Carlos Diez Canseco and Doris Zuzunaga, with storyteller Alexis Valverde

La tierra y sus minerales

Plaza San Francisco
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The book La tierra y sus minerales ("The Earth and its Minerals") brings together ninety stories resulting from the short story contest organised by the Institute of Mining Engineers of Peru in 2022. Peru has a large number of mining deposits, making it one of the world's leading mineral producers. This presentation will allow boys and girls to learn about the importance of some of these minerals. Carlos Diez Canseco and Doris Zuzunaga will participate, with the storytelling support of Alexis Valverde, who will read a selection of the award-winning narratives.
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Carlos Diez Canseco and Doris Zuzunaga, with storyteller Alexis Valverde

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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