Hay Festival Arequipa unveils 2019 programme

Appearances from Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk and writers Leïla Slimani, Paolo Cognetti, Hanif Kureishi, Alys Conran, Tamara Kamenzsain, Alonso Cueto, Giovanna Pollarolo, Renato Cisnero, Héctor Abad Faciolince, Amalia Andrade, chef Gastón Acurio; physicist José Ignacio Latorre; A.I. expert Omar Flórez; physician Kathryn Mannix; and late-night entertainment from The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst; Radio Futura’s Juan Perro, dancer Jesús Rubio and actress Norma Martínez.

Hay Festival has today announced the line-up for the fifth edition in Peru, Hay Festival Arequipa (7-10 November), with a blend of award-winning writers, journalists, scientists, historians and artists leading an international programme spanning 100 events over four days. 

Explore the programme and book tickets at hayfestival.org/arequipa.

Peru’s leading festival of literature and the arts, this year’s Hay Festival Arequipa spotlights the latest ideas in the arts, sciences and current affairs, with conversations spanning global politics, gender equality, biodiversity and life in space. Twenty-five per cent of main stage event capacity is available free to students, while Hay Joven and Hay Festivalito workshops and conversations for young people ensure the Festival reaches the widest possible audience.

Arequipa is Peru’s second-largest city. Guarded by three volcanoes, it has driven the country’s gastronomical renaissance in recent years while holding a long history of intellectual debate and political resistance in its public squares.

Cristina Fuentes, Hay Festival international director, said: “The stories on this year’s Hay Festival Arequipa programme take us from Peru’s distant past into deep outer space. They tackle the biggest issues of our times, from the climate crisis to gender equality. At its heart, we celebrate great writers and their ability to portray universal truths. And it will be a party, too, with our most exciting line-up of late-night performances yet. Join us.”


Award-winning writers from around the world take to the Festival stages to discuss the power of fiction, including Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk, Spain’s Juan José Millás, Almudena Grandes and Luis García Montero; France’s François-Henri Désérable and #Europa28 novelist Leïla Slimani; Italy’s Paolo Cognetti; British author Hanif Kureishi; Argentina’s Tamara Kamenzsain, Guillermo Martínez and Pola Oloixarac; Colombia’s Héctor Abad Faciolince, Santiago Gamboa, Amalia Andrade and Melba Escobar; Bolivian writer Edmundo Paz Soldán; Chilean author Alia Trabucco; and Venezuelan journalist Karina Sainz Borgo.

The Festival’s #Bogota39 selection of the best Latin American fiction writers under 40 is represented by Rodrigo Hasbún (Bolivia), Pilar Quintana (Colombia), Emiliano Monge (Mexico) and Juan Manuel Robles (Peru), meanwhile the Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Gwyl y Gelli / Hay Festival Creative Wales International Fellowship 2019-20 recipient Alys Conran talks about her work.

A selection of Peru’s greatest contemporary authors present new work, including Alonso Cueto, Giovanna Pollarolo, Renato Cisneros, Ricardo Sumalavia, Fortunata Barrios and Martín López de Romaña as well as the winners of the 2018 Copé Prize, Ciro Alegría and Stuart Flores. Meanwhile, North and South America’s indigenous writers take centre-stage in conversations with Janet Rogers and Carleigh Baker, anthropologist Bruce Mannheim, poet Odi Gonzales Jiménez, Jorge Alejandro Vargas, and anthropologist Carmen Escalante.

Global Hay Festival projects are reflected on stage as writer Erika Stockholm joins Professor Jemma Wadham to present their part of the Trans.MISSION II project, blending art and science in collaboration with the NERC (Natural Environment Research Council, the UK's leading public funder of environmental science); the Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer’s Award platform event takes the form of a discussion on indigenous languages; British ecologist Michael Way delivers the latest lecture in the Festival’s global Kew Platform series; and the Festival’s collaboration with Wom@rts sees appearances from Almudena Grandes, Sophie Hughes, and Karina Sainz.

Some of the biggest issues in the world today are analysed in conversations with El País director for Latin America Javier Moreno; Brazilian journalist Naiara Galarraga; El Comercio director Juan José Garrido; international analyst Farid Kahhat; German philosopher Anselm Jappe; French essayist Olivier Guez; and Peruvian journalists Joseph Zárate, Marco Sifuentes, Marco Avilés, Luis Jochamowitz and Pedro Llosa; while a special strand of events spotlights issues around gender equality, featuring art historian Nicole Fernández and writers María Bastarós, María Emma Mannarelli, Lorena Álvarez, Teresina Muñoz Nájar and Rocío Silva Santisteban.

The past is reimagined as British historian Edward Wilson-Lee presents his biography of the son of Christopher Columbus, Hernando Columbus; Omar Zevallos talks Ernest Hemingway; while Rafaella León and Martín Riepl contrast their portraits of President Martín Vizcarra.

Ideas of “living well” are explored as Peruvian cuisine is celebrated by chef Gastón Acurio; philosopher, anthropologist, writer and gardener Santiago Beruete talks about his work; Catholic priest Pablo D’ors talks Zen meditation; and the Doctor of Philosophy Pablo Quintanilla debates a “good life”.

The latest in scientific discovery is revealed in conversations with British scientist Lewis Dartnell; Spanish physicist José Ignacio Latorre; A.I. expert Omar Flórez; palliative care physician Kathryn Mannix; Peruvian astronaut and aerospace engineer, Aracely Quispe; and botanist Michael Way.

The relationship between page and screen is explored as the Festival hosts writer Guillermo Arriaga and directors Joana Reposi, Ricardo Morán, and Peru’s first female director selected to première at Cannes, Melina León. Meanwhile, fine art is discussed by deputy director of conservation and research at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Andrés Úbeda de los Cobos, art historian Luis Eduardo Wuffarden, and Peruvian plastic artists Claudia Coca and Ricardo Wiesse.

Late-night Festival entertainment includes music from international stars including The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst; Radio Futura’s Juan Perro, Peruvian and musician Lucho Quequezana, while dancer Jesús Rubio and actress Norma Martínez perform. Hay Festivalito offers up a rich strand of programming for children and families with Fiorella Rusca, Nando López, Yero Chuquicaña and Antonio Ortiz. Meanwhile, Hay Joven presents free events for students in local universities.

Explore the programme and book tickets at hayfestival.org/arequipa