Hay Festival Arequipa returns with first in-person event in three years

Appearances from writers Andri Snaer Magnason, Rafael Dumett, Jeremías Gamboa, Rosemary Sullivan, Nikita Lalwani, Kathy Serrano, Nuria Barrios, Gioconda Belli, Piedad Bonnet, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Gonzalo Celorio, Vanessa Londoño, Claudia Piñeiro, Gabriela Wiener and Ignacio Martínez de Pisón; illustrators Liniers and Montt; scientists Ghislaine Dehaen-Lambertz, Stanislas Dehaene, psychoanalyst Olga Montero Rose, journalist Esther Paniagua and Joseph Zárate; historians Sarah Churchwell, Carmen McEvoy and Natalia Sobrevilla; sociologist Farid Kahhat; philosopher César Rendueles; academic Carlos Peña; economist Andrés Velasco; musicians Susana Baca, Sylvia Falcón, Nicolas Gardel and Arthur Guyard; playwright Nando López; artists Gerardo Chavez and Eduardo Tokeshi; and actor Norma Martínez.

Hay Festival has announced the line-up for its eighth edition in Peru, Hay Festival Arequipa 2022, bringing writers and readers together in-person and online, 3-6 November.

Explore the full programme and book tickets now at hayfestival.org/arequipa where you can also register for the free online livestreams.  

Over four days, more than 80 events take place across 10 venues all over the city, launching the best new fiction and non-fiction, while engaging with some of the biggest issues of our time including the climate crisis and energy security, technology and the challenges to democracy, and a strand of events highlighting the important role of indigenous languages. 

For eight years, Peru’s leading festival of literature and the arts, Hay Festival Arequipa, has shared the latest ideas in the arts, sciences and current affairs, while Hay Joven and Hay Festivalito workshops and conversations for young people ensure the Festival reaches the widest possible audience. 

Alongside this, the fourth edition of pop-up event Hay Forum Moquegua will also take place as writers and readers gather on 2 November in southern Peru, offering eight events to reach wider audiences. 

These are the first in-person Hay Festival events in Peru since the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020. In the interim, Peruvian editions have taken place online, reaching hundreds of thousands of book lovers with inspiring content in lockdown. 

Hay Festival international director Cristina Fuentes La Roche said: “As the world continues along the road of pandemic recovery, the difficulties we must overcome are immense. From the climate crisis and global warfare, to impacts of the new technology revolution, our world feels increasingly unstable. This is the fuel for Hay Festival Arequipa as we convene writers and thinkers together again in-person over four days to inspire, examine and entertain audiences. Here we offer an open platform for conversation and engagement across demographics. Together again, just in time, to imagine the world anew.”


Great novelists take centre-stage with new work shared by Rafael Dumett (El espía del inca), Jeremías Gamboa (Animales luminosos), Rosemary SullivanEnrique Planas (Chicas Bond), Nikita LalwaniKathy Serrano (El dolor de la sangre) and Gustavo Rodriguez (Treinta kilómetros a la media noche); Nuria Barrios (La Impostora), Gioconda BelliPiedad BonnetGabriela Cabezón CámaraGonzalo Celorio (Mentideros de la memoria), Vanessa Londoño; plus writers Carlos HerreraClaudia Piñeiro and Ignacio Martínez de Pisón discuss their lives’ work; author and translator Teresa Ruiz Rosas, poets Giovanna Pollarolo and Gabriela Wiener (Huaco Retrato), and children’s writers Katya Adaui and Fernando Ampuero

Leading scientists share the latest innovations in their fields, including conversations with the head of the Development Neuroimaging team at the INSERM Institute Ghislaine Dehaen-Lambertz; professor of Experimental Cognitive Psychology at the Collège de France and Chair of the French National Scientific Education Council Stanislas Dehaene; Peruvian psychoanalyst and member of the Peruvian Psychoanalytical Society Olga Montero Rose; journalist Esther Paniagua; and Icelandic writer Andri Snaer Magnason in conversation with Joseph Zárate on the climate crisis.

Award-winning journalists draw Peru today into focus, including discussions with Gustavo Gorriti (El vuelo de los Asháninka); RPP reporter Patricia del Río; BBC, CNN, Deutsche Welle and Al Jazeera journalist Mariana Sánchez AizcorbePerú Bizarroauthor Marco Sifuentes; winner of Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Prize in 2018 Joseph Zárate; and Alonso Rabídiscusses the country’s new association of booksellers. Meanwhile, the Festival’s NPR and Radio Ambulante collaboration continues with a live recording of the podcast on stage led by the station’s broadcasters.

Looking at events further afield, Argentinian journalist Federico Bianchini presents Antártida; Colombian journalist winner of the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize Patricia Nieto talks Crónicas del paraíso; Argentinian freelance journalist Ernesto Picco and the FT’s Latin America correspondent Michael Stott takes part in discussions.

Lessons from history merge with debates on global affairs in events led by some of the world’s leading thinkers, including panels featuring historian Sarah Churchwell; sociologist and journalist Farid Kahhat; historian and writer Carmen McEvoy; Peruvian author Carlos Paredes Lanatta (Resilientes pero no indolentes. Reflexiones sobre la crisis peruana); philosopher César Rendueles (Contra la igualdad de oportunidades); political scientist Carlos León Moya; lawyer Carlos Peña; historian Natalia Sobrevilla (Los inicios de la república peruana and Independencia); and Andrés Velasco, former Finance Minister during Michelle Bachelet’s administration and current Dean of Public Policy at the London School of Economics.

There’s music and entertainment too at the Festival as three-time Latin Grammy winner Susana Baca presents her memoirs Yo vengo a ofrecer mi corazón; soprano Sylvia Falcón offers a musical performance during a conversation about the legendary Yma Sumac; French jazz musicians Nicolas Gardel and Arthur Guyard perform; award-winning Spanish writer and playwrightNando López stages his play Nunca pasa nada, alongside film and theatre director Miguel Barreda; Norma Martínez stars in La poeta, directed by Fiorella Pennano; scriptwriter and historian Alex von Tunzelmann talks film and presents her new book Historia filmada with Heiner Valdivia and Miguel Barreda Delgado.

Indigenous languages and identities theme a key strand of Festival events, including conversations with researcher and writer Carmen Pachas Piélago; children’s publishier Cynthia Rodríguez; writer and cultural manager Velia Vidal; and expert on indigenous languages of Peru, Roberto Zariquey

Leading visual artists and curators are celebrated in conversations with Nereida Apaza MamaniGerardo ChávezNatalia Majluf, Julien Petit and Andrea Lértora; meanwhile illustrators Liniers and Montt return with their sell-out show, Stand up IlustradoRocío Quillahuaman discusses life as a social media phenomenon and Eduardo Tokeshi introduces Sanzu, an illustrated book that delves into his family's past through text and images. 

Explore the full programme here.