New Forum brings Festival magic to Moquegua, Peru

On 6-7 November 2019 a new Hay Forum will bring writers and readers together in Moquegua, Peru, for the first time.

Taking place on the eve of Hay Festival Arequipa in Peru (7-10 November), the two-day event will mix multi-disciplinary thinkers to interrogate big ideas of the moment, featuring Omar Flórez, José Ignacio Latorre, Rafaella León, Nando López, Kathryn Mannix, Antonio Ortiz, Nelson Vallejo-Gómez and Michael Way.

The event adds to the growing Hay Festival calendar, which also includes: Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye Winter Weekend, Wales (28 November-1 December 2019), Hay Festival Medellín, Colombia (29-31 January 2020), Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (30 January-2 February 2020), Hay Festival Abu Dhabi, UAE (24-27 February 2020), Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye, Wales (21-31 May 2020), Hay Festival Europa28, Croatia (3-5 June 2020), Hay Festival Querétaro, Mexico (September 2020) and Hay Festival Segovia, Spain (September 2020).

Cristina Fuentes La Roche, international director of Hay Festival, said: “For 32 years Hay Festival has brought writers and readers together to imagine the world as it is, and as it might be. We are delighted to bring our party of writers and thinkers to Moquegua on the eve of our fifth Festival in Arequipa, reaching a wider audience than ever before. Join us.”

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Meanwhile, the full programme for Hay Festival Arequipa - the fifth edition in Peru - is also out now, blending of award-winning writers, journalists, scientists, historians and artists leading an international programme spanning 100 events over four days, including 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.

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.” 

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