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.

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Event 30

Laura Alcoba in conversation with Rocío Ferreira

Literature that gives meaning to the incomprehensible

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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The acclaimed author of the Trilogía de la casa de los conejos presents her latest novel, a moving story based on real events. For A través del bosque, Laura Alcoba (Argentina-France) investigated the infanticide committed in 1984 by an Argentinean woman exiled in France, taking us into the minds of the survivors of that tragedy more than 30 years afterwards. At this event with Rocío Ferreira, the writer will talk about the ways in which literature can give meaning and closure to the incomprehensible.
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Laura Alcoba in conversation with Rocío Ferreira

Event 31

Carlos Moreno in conversation with Luis Calatayud

The 15-minute city

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Carlos Moreno (Colombia/France) is Associate Lecturer at the University of Paris IAE-Pantheon Sorbonne. There he is the Scientific Director of Enterprise, Territory and Innovation, which involves developing urban planning and mobility solutions for cities. He is the creator of the 15-minute city concept, which consists of a city model that is decentralised, with multiple nodes and a range of services, in which citizens can have their essential needs met within a 15-minute walk. In his new book, La revolución de la proximidad: De la «ciudad mundo» a la «ciudad de los quince minutos», the author sets out the key steps for achieving this new urban model. In conversation with Luis Calatayud.
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Carlos Moreno in conversation with Luis Calatayud

Event 32

Jan Martínez Ahrens, Jaime Saavedra and Alberto Vergara in conversation with Patricia del Río

El País event

Auditorio Colegio de Abogados
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Jan Martínez Ahrens, Editor of El País América, Jaime Saavedra, director of Human Development for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank and former Minister of Education of Perú, and Alberto Vergara will talk to Patricia del Río about the widespread social discontent that is being experienced across Latin America due to the failure of the republican project throughout the region: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, etc. These matters are dealt with in the book Repúblicas defraudadas, in which Alberto Vergara examines the structural causes of this discontent, which include a lack of security for citizens, insufficient health and education services, economic factors, segregation, racism and corruption, illustrating and supporting his arguments with examples from popular culture, including the films Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and Luis Puenzo’s La historia oficial, and the songs of Caetano Veloso. In conversation with Patricia del Río.
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Jan Martínez Ahrens, Jaime Saavedra and Alberto Vergara in conversation with Patricia del Río

Event 33

Erick Díaz, Mónica Huerta and Alfonso Núñez in conversation with Nora Sugobono

El Comercio round table. From picantería to new formats: the menu that defines Arequipan gastronomy today

Instituto Cultural Peruano Alemán
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The ingredients, techniques and culinary heritage of Arequipa have a central presence in contemporary Peruvian cuisine. Their influence goes beyond the country’s borders and defines our gastronomic identity. The last Somos Awards confirmed that the public throughout Peru has an interest in (and appetite for) this cuisine, rooted in a tradition that is National Cultural Heritage and which has produced various contemporary versions. How can this tradition be kept alive? Is there space for purism and for the avant-garde? Erick Díaz, from Chicha restaurant, Mónica Huerta Alpaca, picantera at La Nueva Palomino and Alfonso Núñez, from the restaurant 13 Monjas will talk to Nora Sugobono, Editor of Somos magazine.
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Erick Díaz, Mónica Huerta and Alfonso Núñez in conversation with Nora Sugobono

Event 34

Roberto Palacio in conversation with Enrique Redel

La era de la ansiedad

UNSA (Sala Mariano Melgar)
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Roberto Palacio presents his book La era de la ansiedad, which deals with the vertigo and restlessness that seem to characterise contemporary life. From the building of identities based on the search for virtual approval to the way in which we relate to each other, via investing in intangible products, Roberto Palacio explores how the new practices and dynamics of society seem to feed an ever greater sense of anxiety in society as a whole. In conversation with Enrique Redel, the philosopher will offer perspectives on living in a world that is full of tensions, one that is always in a hurry.
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Roberto Palacio in conversation with Enrique Redel

Event 35

Lindsey Hilsum and Henry Marsh in conversation with Emma Graham-Harrison

Thinking about the Ukraine

Alianza Francesa de Arequipa
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At this event with the British journalist Emma Graham-Harrison, a doctor and a war correspondent will talk about the present conflict, whose repercussions go beyond the borders of countries and continents. Lindsey Hilsum (United Kingdom) has reported on conflicts and refugee movements in Syria, Mali, Iraq, Palestine, Libya, Kosovo, Afghanistan and, of course, Ukraine. Henry Marsh (United Kingdom) is a renowned former neurosurgeon and author of publishing successes such as Do No Harm and the more recent And Finally. Matters of Life and Death, which tells the story of his experiences as a cancer patient. With a long career in the profession, Henry Marsh is known for having supported the development and practice of neuroscience in the Ukraine.

Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish available

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Lindsey Hilsum and Henry Marsh in conversation with Emma Graham-Harrison

Event HF1

El árbol de la queñua es vida

Event with the children of the Hogar de Cristo association

Plaza San Francisco
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Motivated by their successful experience at the 2022 HFA, at the music and dance workshops run by the Hogar del Cristo, the children and young people involved have created a musical work full of life. They invite us to the opening of El árbol de la queñua es vida. This is a show featuring Huayno music and which will involve the active participation of the audience. In this way, we will celebrate this great tree that represents life. This is a dramatic work that aims to underline all that is good about Mother Earth and remember that there were once queñua forests in the highest areas of Arequipa. By reviving the rituals of our ancestors –who knew well that Mother Earth must be respected and venerated, and understood that dance and music are food for the soul– we can better appreciate the relationship between art and nature. The musical is a call to be aware of the importance of native plants. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the streets of Arequipa were full of trees? Can we not dream of recovering those queñua woods in the city’s upper reaches? Together we can take the first steps to make this dream a reality. We enjoy the Huayno El árbol de la queñua es vida.

Musical director: Américo Martínez

Musical arrangement: Jesús Alberto Gonzales

Choreography and dance: Noemí Rojas Surco

Director of the Hogar de Cristo: Flor Esteban Ninantay

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El árbol de la queñua es vida

Event HF1-B

Complementary workshop with Gabriela Motta

Origami Workshop - Birds and Plants

Museo Municipal - Patio
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The children attending will experience origami together with Gabriela Motta, and they will talk about the birds and trees that grow around the queñua trees and also about the mysteries connected with this special tree which grows in the mountainous areas of Arequipa.
Ages 6 to 12
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Complementary workshop with Gabriela Motta

Event 36

Brigitte Baptiste in conversation with Roberto Zariquiey

Auditorio Colegio de Abogados
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The Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer’s Award gives away £20,000 every year to two authors who are in the process of preparing a book about the Americas, and also offers them privileged access to the Americas Collection at the British Library. On this c, we present Brigitte Baptiste in conversation with Roberty Zariquiey, introduced by Catherine Eccles. Brigitte Baptiste is one of Colombia’s most eminent scientists, an expert in matters related to the environment and biodiversity. She is a Biology graduate from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, has a Master’s degree in Tropical Development and Conservation, and a doctorate in Environmental Management from the Instituto Universitario de la Paz. She was General Manager of the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resource Research Institute and is now the Rector of EAN University. In conversation with Roberto Zariquiey.
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Brigitte Baptiste in conversation with Roberto Zariquiey

Event 37

Eley Williams and Carlos Yushimito in conversation with Valerie Miles

Literary Pairs

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Eley Williams is the author of The Liar’s Dictionary, a novel that in 2021 won a Betty Trask Award and which The Guardian newspaper included on its list of books of the year. In 2023, Williams was selected by the prestigious magazine Granta as one of the best young British novelists. She shares this honour with Carlos Yushimito (Peru), named in 2010 as one of the best young Spanish-language novelists by the same magazine. The author will present his book El peso inevitable de las palomas, with which he returns to the short fiction form that originally brought him to the attention of a wide public. In conversation with Valerie Miles.

This event is part of the Hay Festival and British Council’s Literary Pairs series; each pair will repeat their event at the Hay Festival in Wales in 2024.

Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish available

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Eley Williams and Carlos Yushimito in conversation with Valerie Miles

Event 38

Juan Acevedo in conversation with Omar Zevallos

El Cuy

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Juan Acevedo (Peru) will talk to Omar Zevallos about his long career as a cartoonist and his famous comic strip character, El Cuy, which is a funny, tender and brave look at our times. El Cuy was launched in 1979 as a way of making fun of the military dictatorship’s censorship, and the strip has since tackled some of the central matters of Peruvian reality: colonialism, social inequalities and the situation of peasants, indigenous peoples, children and the poor. In this conversation with the artist, those attending will have the opportunity to find out about the creative process involved and the way in which it has been possible to connect with readers over time. A unique opportunity to know more about the creation of an icon of the Latin American cartoon, one that is as meaningful today as it ever was.
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Juan Acevedo in conversation with Omar Zevallos

Event 39

Pilar Adón and Giovanna Pollarolo in conversation with Dante Trujillo

Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos

Instituto Cultural Peruano Alemán
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Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos aims to promote knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities, united by a common language and a literary tradition enriched by authors of different origins. The project consists of an established author picking a young writer from the other side of the Atlantic for conversation. At this event we present a conversation between Pilar Adón (Spain) and Giovanna Pollarolo (Peru). In conversation with Dante Trujillo. They will talk about the novel De bestias y de aves (Premio de la Crítica, Premio Nacional de Narrativa 2023).
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Pilar Adón and Giovanna Pollarolo in conversation with Dante Trujillo

Event 40

Christiane Félip Vidal in conversation with Paola Ugaz

Showing the horror

UNSA (sala Mariano Melgar)
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In her book Mujeres en conflictos, which received a special mention in the 2022 French National Literature Prize, Christiane Félip Vidal gives accounts of the personal and professional lives of six Peruvian women, acclaimed reporters and photojournalists who have risked their lives to make public the barbarity and cruelty of armed conflicts in our country and other places around the world. They are Patricia Castro Obando, Vera Lentz, María Luisa Martínez, Mariana Sánchez-Aizcorbe, Mónica Seoane and Morgana Vargas Llosa. In conversation with Paola Ugaz.
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Christiane Félip Vidal in conversation with Paola Ugaz

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

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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

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