Hay Festival Arequipa 2023 – Drawing

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 55

Karrie Fransman in conversation with Alejandro Millán

Alianza Francesa de Arequipa
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The British illustrator Karrie Fransman has worked with media outlets including The Guardian, The Times, Time Out, The Telegraph, BBC, The New Statesman and the Arts Council. Together with her partner, Jonathan Plackett, Fransman has created the acclaimed Gender Swapped Fairy Tales (2021) and Gender Swapped Greek Myths (2022), which re-write some of the great classics of children’s fiction and Greek mythology, changing the gender of the characters. These authors will introduce us to the story of a king who pricks his finger while sewing; of Icara and her mother, who fly too close to the sun; of a heroine who, while roaming the high seas trying to get home, is seduced by male sirens, and much more. Fransman will talk to the BBC journalist Alejandro Millán.

Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish available

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Karrie Fransman in conversation with Alejandro Millán

Event HF4

Unicornio Azul in conversation with Omar Zevallos

The sea of souls

Auditorio del Museo Municipal
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The Arequipa artist and illustrator Rosita Charaja, better known as Unicornio Azul (“Blue Unicorn”), presents her first book, El mar de las almas, created together with the Chilean Nathalia CR. The book is created through dreams that reveal encounters in past lives, as a relationship of love is built up. The story explores the relationship between a distant past and the present, the development of rights over the course of history, and forms of love outside the heteronormative. In conversation with Omar Zevallos.

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Unicornio Azul in conversation with Omar Zevallos

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Fundación BBVA Continental

Government Partner

Arequipa Gobierno Regional

Institutional Partner

Ford Foundation