Hay Festival Arequipa 2023

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.

Event M1

Daniela Rotalde and Francesca Uccelli Labarthe in conversation with José Martín Vegas Torres

Education in rural settings

Auditorio del Centro Cultural Santo Domingo
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How can we educate people so they can better face the challenges of the future in a context of historical social inequality, discrimination and precarity? In Desde el corazón de la educación rural, the communicator Daniela Rotalde (Peru) deals with one of the key matters for the country’s development in a work based on hundreds of interviews carried out in educational communities in four districts of Huari, Áncash. De ilusiones, conquistas y olvidos, written by the anthropologist Francesca Uccelli Labarthe together with Carmen Montero, analyses the real capacity of the Peruvian State to offer a high-quality universal education to the rural population. Daniela Rotalde and Francesca Uccelli, in conversation with José Martín Vegas Torres, will talk about the failings of current social programmes and will offer proposals for dealing with one of the major challenges facing the national education system.

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Daniela Rotalde and Francesca Uccelli Labarthe in conversation with José Martín Vegas Torres

Event M2

Gustavo Rodríguez in conversation with Giovanni Barletti

Cien cuyes: towards the end of life

Auditorio del Centro Cultural Santo Domingo
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The Peruvian writer Gustavo Rodríguez presents Cien cuyes, winner of the prestigious Alfaguara Novel Prize in 2023. This is a story in which Rodríguez brilliantly combines comedy and tragedy to examine one of our society’s most sensitive issues: aging and the physical and mental deterioration it brings. This he does through the eyes of Eufrasia, a protagonist who goes from one end of the city of Lima to the other in order to look after elderly people who depend on her care, and to whom they entrust certain tasks that only she is willing to carry out. In conversation with Giovanni Barletti.

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Gustavo Rodríguez in conversation with Giovanni Barletti

Event M3

Emma Graham-Harrison in conversation with Walter Mello

From the front

Auditorio del Centro Cultural Santo Domingo
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Emma Graham-Harrison (United Kingdom) is an award-winning reporter who works as an international correspondent for The Observer and The Guardian newspapers. She has covered conflicts in Zimbabwe, Iraq, Syria and, currently, Ukraine. On this occasion, she will talk to Luis del Carpio about her work as a reporter in the different regions of the world that she has travelled to, as well as the difficulties of working in this profession and some ideas about what the future will bring. In conversation with Walter Mello.

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Emma Graham-Harrison in conversation with Walter Mello

Event M4

Jaime Saavedra in conversation with Francesca Uccelli Labarthe

When will education in Peru improve?

Auditorio del Centro Cultural Santo Domingo
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How big is the task of restructuring education in Peru? How important is it to have personnel who are committed to their public task? Is it possible to redirect the critical situation of the education sector? The former Minister of Education, Jaime Saavedra (Peru), Human Development Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank, responds to these and other vital questions in Estamos tarde: Una memoria para recobrar la educación in Perú. At this event with Francesca Uccelli Labarthe, the author will talk about the magnitude of the challenge of restructuring education in Peru, highlighting the participation of good public workers and exploring the options for reforming a system that is key to developing the country.

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Jaime Saavedra in conversation with Francesca Uccelli Labarthe

Event HJ1

BBC Mundo journalism workshop

With Alejandro Millán and Juan Carlos Pérez

Universidad Continental, Auditorio
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Two journalists at one of the world’s most important and prestigious media organisations will give this workshop for university students. Alejandro Millán and Juan Carlos Pérez, members of the BBC Mundo team, will explain the working model of the Spanish-language operations of this British news service which has been running for over a hundred years and is renowned for its news rigor and quality, talking about how it broadcasts its news and content in this digital era.

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BBC Mundo journalism workshop

Event HJ2

Adriana Roca and Karina Villalba

Sowing knowledge. The experience of the Pichoncito publishing house

Teatro Arequepay
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Textbooks play a crucial role in children’s development by helping them to understand the world around them and stimulating their innate curiosity. Since 2018, Pichoncito publishers (Peru) has been planting in children a love of books, stories and the cultural heritage of Peru, through books, toys, experiences and audio-visual content of the highest quality. In these years, they have published over 75,000 copies of around thirty children’s titles. Together with those who have guided this successful publishing project, we will explore the fascinating world of creating textbooks for children and we will discover how we can inspire children to love learning from an early age. This event is aimed at parents, educators, librarians and anybody interested in promoting an interest in reading and knowledge among young people. By Adriana Roca and Karina Villalba.
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Adriana Roca and Karina Villalba

Event 1

Gustavo Rodríguez in conversation with Patricia del Río

Cien cuyes. Towards the end of life, with dignity

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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The Peruvian writer Gustavo Rodríguez presents Cien cuyes, winner of the prestigious Alfaguara Novel Prize in 2023. This is a story in which Gustavo Rodríguez brilliantly combines comedy and tragedy to examine one of our society’s most sensitive issues: aging and the physical and mental deterioration it brings. This he does through the eyes of Eufrasia, a protagonist who goes from one end of the city of Lima to the other in order to look after elderly people who depend on her care, and to whom they entrust certain tasks that only she is willing to carry out. In conversation with Patricia del Río.

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Gustavo Rodríguez in conversation with Patricia del Río

Event HJ3

Marta Peirano in conversation with Ricardo Grundy

Technology and power

Universidad Católica de Santa María - Campus Umacollo
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Marta Peirano is the author of the books El rival de Prometeo: Vidas de Autómatas Ilustres, El pequeño libro rojo del activista en la red, El enemigo conoce el sistema and Contra el futuro. The last of these was written to help us face the climate crisis with citizen action tools that challenge what the author calls “climate feudalism”. Marta Peirano was involved in founding the Culture sections of ADN and eldiario.es, has been a director of the Copyfight initiative, and is co-founder of the Hacks/Hackers Berlin and Cryptoparty Berlin groups. Her TED talk ¿Por qué me vigilan, si no soy nadie? has been seen over four million times on YouTube. At this event, we will discuss technological sovereignty, democracy, the environment and what the future will bring. She will talk with Ricardo Grundy, Director of the School of Political Science and Government at UCSM.
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Marta Peirano in conversation with Ricardo Grundy

Event HJ4

Martín Ibarrola in conversation with Daniel Mitma

Exploring a threatened territory

Universidad Continental, Auditorio
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Martín Ibarrola (Spain) will talk about his travel book, La selva herida, which was written after a journey on which he accompanied the Basque explorer Miguel Gutiérrez on an expedition through Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. During the journey, Ibarrola documented the many people who make up daily life in the Amazon region, from a biochemist who measures the pollution levels of rivers, to indigenous communities who fight against the lobbies, and even a group of miners whose dream is to form a band one day. The author will share with the audience these stories and will talk about the dangers facing the Madre de Dios rainforest. In conversation with Daniel Mitma.

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Martín Ibarrola in conversation with Daniel Mitma

Event HJ5

Laura Alcoba in conversation with Teresina Muñoz-Nájar

Seeking meaning in the incomprehensible

Teatro Arequepay
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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, Alcoba will talk about the process of creating the novel and the ways in which literature can give meaning and closure to the incomprehensible. In conversation with Teresina Muñoz-Nájar.

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Laura Alcoba in conversation with Teresina Muñoz-Nájar

Event 2

Christiane Félip Vidal, Emma Graham-Harrison and Paola Ugaz in conversation with Mabel Cáceres

Women who write the news

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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Two journalists and a writer who cover very different aspects of our reality will talk about the profession they have in common. Christiane Félip Vidal (France) is the author of the book Mujeres en conflictos, winner of the 2022 National Literature Prize, in which she gives accounts of the personal and professional lives of six Peruvian women reporters and photojournalists. Emma Graham-Harrison (United Kingdom) is an award-winning reporter who works as an international correspondent for The Observer and The Guardian newspapers. She has covered conflicts in Zimbabwe, Iraq, Syria and, currently, Ukraine. Paola Ugaz has over two decades of experience as a journalist and is the author or co-author of books such as Punche Perú and Mitad monjes, mitad soldados, a book about the Sodalicio case. In conversation with Mabel Cáceres.
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Christiane Félip Vidal, Emma Graham-Harrison and Paola Ugaz in conversation with Mabel Cáceres

Event HJ6

Sabrina Duque in conversación with Jorge Jaime Valdez

Travelling through life

Universidad Continental, Auditorio
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Journalist, essayist and translator. Sabrina Duque won the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Scholarship in 2018 and has been a finalist for the Gabriel García Márquez Prize for Journalism. In 2017 she published Lama (Turbina), a chronicle about the lives of the survivors of Bento Rodrigues and Paracatú de Baixo, towns in the interior of Brazil buried by toxic mud that overflowed from a mining waste dam. In 2019, she published VolcáNica (Debate), which covers both the volcanic nature of Nicaragua and its shocks, explosions and political flare-ups, regarding the protests of April 2018, which gave way to intense repression in the country. Her latest book, Necesito saber hoy de tu vida, a collection of profiles written in Portugal and Brazil, was published in 2023 by Anagrama. Excerpts from it have been translated into Portuguese, Italian and English. She has published in Etiqueta Negra, Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), O Estado de S. Paulo (Brazil), Internazionale (Italy), The New York Times (USA), GK (Ecuador), El Malpensante (Colombia), Gatopardo (Mexico) and Brecha (Uruguay). She has lived in Portugal, Brazil, and Nicaragua, but currently resides in the United States.. In conversation with Jorge Jaime Valdez.

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Sabrina Duque in conversación with Jorge Jaime Valdez

Event HJ7

Marta Jiménez Serrano in conversation with Willard Díaz

Love in the time of Tinder

Universidad Católica Santa María - Instituto Confucio
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Marta Jiménez Serrano (Spain) has a degree in Hispanic Philology and a Master’s in Literary Studies. Author of a poetry book, a novel and a collection of short stories, she has contributed to various literary magazines and given workshops in creative writing. Her latest book, No todo el mundo (2023), contains a number of stories that together offer a kaleidoscopic, bitter-sweet and entertaining perspective of love in our times. In conversation with Willard Díaz.
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Marta Jiménez Serrano in conversation with Willard Díaz

Event 27

Andrea Echeverri in conversation with Salvador del Solar

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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A conversation with that great Latin American rock singer Andrea Echeverri (Colombia), in which the multitalented artist will talk to Salvador del Solar about music, art, feminisms and about a music career so bound up with the recent history of Spanish-language rock.
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Andrea Echeverri in conversation with Salvador del Solar

Event 4

Eduardo Sacheri in conversation with Renato Cisneros

Friendship and revolution

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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Eduardo Sacheri (Argentina), winner of the 2016 Alfaguara Novel Prize with La noche de la Usina, is a writer, historian and educator at both university and secondary levels. He made his name as a writer with the novel The Secret in Their Eyes (first published in Spanish in 2005). The book was turned into a film of the same name by Juan José Campanella (with a screenplay written by he and Sacheri), which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010. In conversation with Renato Cisneros, Sacheri will present his most recent book, Nosotros dos en la tormenta. Set in 1975, in the context of a turbulent and violent Argentina, this is a tale about the bond between two friends involved in revolutionary activities. In conversation with Renato Cisneros.
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Eduardo Sacheri in conversation with Renato Cisneros

Event 5

Lindsey Hilsum in conversation with Christiane Félip Vidal

From the front

Auditorio Colegio de Abogados
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Lindsey Hilsum (United Kingdom) has reported on conflicts and refugee movements in the Ukraine, Syria, Mali, Iraq, Palestine, Libya and Kosovo and has recently covered the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan. She was the only foreign English-speaking correspondent in Rwanda when the genocide began. A press and television journalist, a regular contributor to outlets such as The Guardian, The Observer and Granta, in 2019 she published In Extremis, a biography of the war correspondent Marie Colvin. Winner of numerous awards, she will talk about her work, career and experiences with Christiane Félip Vidal, author of Mujeres en conflictos.

Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish available

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Lindsey Hilsum in conversation with Christiane Félip Vidal

Event 7

Katharina Volckmer in conversation with Valerie Miles

What makes us what we are? Identity in literature

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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Katharina Volckmer, in conversation with Valerie Miles, invites us into the world of The Appointment, a provocative and hilarious novel in which we follow the life of a young German woman living in London, and what happens when she consults the Jewish Dr Seligman.

Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish available

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Katharina Volckmer in conversation with Valerie Miles

Event 8

Lina Meruane in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

The Importance of the Everyday. Metrópolis Azul Prize

Instituto Cultural Peruano Alemán
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The novelist, essayist and cultural journalist Lina Meruane (Chile) has received the 2023 Metrópolis Azul Prize for her body of work. Meruane lectures in Creative Writing, Literature and Hispano-American Culture at the University of New York and her novels, short stories and essays have won various distinctions and awards, including a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and the Anna Seghers, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Iberoamericano de Letras José Donoso prizes. In conversation with the journalist and cultural manager Ingrid Bejerman, the author will talk about some of her most recent works, such as Fruta podrida, Seeing Red and Volverse palestina.
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Lina Meruane in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Event 9

Marta Jiménez Serrano in conversation with Enrique Planas

Contemporary literature in Spanish

UNSA (Sala Mariano Melgar)
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Marta Jiménez Serrano (Spain) has a degree in Hispanic Philology and a Master’s in Literary Studies. Author of a poetry book, a novel and a collection of short stories, she has contributed to various literary magazines and given workshops in creative writing. Her latest book, No todo el mundo (2023), contains a number of stories that together offer a kaleidoscopic, bitter-sweet and entertaining perspective of love in our times. In conversation with Enrique Planas.
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Marta Jiménez Serrano in conversation with Enrique Planas

Event 12

Marie Arana in conversation with Natalia Sobrevilla

Under the skin of Latin America

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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La plata, la espada y la piedra is a book that invites us to discover and understand the intricate layers of Latin American history, weaving together the biographies of three contemporary Latin Americans with a thousand years of vibrant history. At this event, the writer Marie Arana (Peru/United States) offers us a look at the lives of Leonor Gonzáles, Carlos Buergos and Xavier Albó in order to talk about the exploitation of the land, cycles of violence and the complex legacy of the Catholic Church. A conversation that will deal with the region’s many and profound wounds, and also reflect on its resilience and its potential to forge a fairer and more equitable future. In conversation with Natalia Sobrevilla.

Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish available

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Marie Arana in conversation with Natalia Sobrevilla

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