The Hay Festival Arequipa returns to face-to-face | International

The Hay Festival Arequipa, the Peruvian edition of the literary and arts festival, returns to presence after two years marked by the restrictions of the pandemic. The streets of the historic center of Arequipa, in southern Peru, will be filled with events and international guests between November 3 and 6. More than 120 participants from 13 countries will come to the city to debate and reflect on topics ranging from literature and journalism to science and the environment.

This eighth edition in Arequipa proposes to surround yourself with an artistic and reflective spirit to dialogue about the reality of Peru, Latin America and the rest of the world. Cristina Fuentes La Roche, director of the festival, highlights the importance of such an event in the midst of a turbulent international context due to the consequences of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. “We must celebrate the diversity of ideas and include the public in an enriching dialogue, celebrating culture, innovation and inclusion”, she considers. The organization has lamented the lack of support from the Peruvian public sector, but has thanked the support of embassies, companies and the media such as EL PAÍS.

The agenda, announced this Wednesday, includes almost a hundred activities, which will be held in 10 venues. Outstanding figures of Peruvian life will participate, such as the journalist César Hildebrandt, the psychoanalyst Olga Montero Rose, the artist Eduardo Tokeshi and the singer Susana Baca, who will present her memoir I come to offer my heart.

International guests include the Argentine writer Claudia Piñeiro, the Peruvian-American journalist Daniel Alarcón and the Argentine-Chilean duo Liniers y Montt, who will present a comedy show in illustrations. There will also be the Nicaraguan novelist Gioconda Belli, the Icelandic writer Andri Snaer Magnason, the British journalist Michael Stott and the American academic Sarah Churchwell. The Colombian writer Piedad Bonnet and the Spanish technology expert journalist Esther Paniagua, both collaborators of EL PAÍS, will also participate.

Presentations include work Retelling: Latin American Writers in the British Museum Archives, an anthology made as part of a collaboration between the festival and the London museum to explore 10,000 years of history on the continent. Also included is a new chronicle from Radio Ambulante, a podcast that narrates Latin American life with stories ranging from migration to the environment. The journalists Federico Bianchini and Ernesto Picco, for their part, will offer a workshop on how to write travel chronicles, while the Spanish playwright Nando López will perform a staging of nothing ever happens.

The festival was born in 1988 as an event between friends in Hay-on-Wye, a Welsh town of 1,800 inhabitants known for its large number of bookshops. Since then it has grown and internationalized. Today is in one of the main cultural events in Spanish, with editions in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), Querétaro (Mexico) and Segovia (Spain). The Peruvian version has been held since 2015. In 2020, the festival won the Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities.

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Some activities of this edition will be broadcast live on the internet. There will be free segments for children (Hay Festivalito) and another for high school and university students (Hay Joven). The third edition of the Hay Forum Moquegua will be held on November 2, with eight activities for the Moquegua public.

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