Hay Festival Arequipa 2023 – Arts & Culture

Hay Festival Arequipa 2023 was held November 9-12, with 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 took place on 8 November with four activities on education and current affairs.

Events are available at Hay Festival Anytime.

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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 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 67

Karina Pacheco and Carlos Yushimito in conversation with Valerie Miles

Granta 25: Perú

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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

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Principal Sponsors

Fundación BBVA Continental

Government Partner

Arequipa Gobierno Regional

Institutional Partner

Ford Foundation