Hay Festival Announces New Events in Peru and Chile

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This week’s Hay Festival Arequipa is preceded by two Hay Festival Forum events, free to attend, in Ayacucho, Peru, and Santiago, Chile.

Santiago, Chile. Image: Provided by Hay Festival

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Two One-Day Forums Ahead of Peru’s Festival
On Wednesday (November 7), the international network of Hay Festival installations will stage two first-time events ahead of its Hay Festival Arequipa in Peru, which runs Thursday through Sunday this week.

Branded as Hay Festival Forums, the two free one-day events are set in Ayacucho, Peru and in Santiago, Chile.

Hay Festival Forum Ayacucho is at the UNSCH Cultural Center, with a series of six panel discussions featuring appearances from writers including Ana Cristina Herreros, Víctor Tenorio, and Elizabeth Lino.

Also on hand:

  • Social anthropologist Urbano Muñoz
  • Photographer Daniel Mordzinski
  • Screenwriter Lalo Parra
  • Architect Patricia Navarro Grau
  • Director of Casa López Antay Patricia Mendoza
  • Director of the Cultural Group El Tercer Ojo Felipe López

The forum also will “reimagine” the Peru of today, organizers say, in a discussion featuring BBC journalist Juan Carlos Pérez, indigenous activist Tarcila Rivera, philanthropist Carlos Añaños, and novelist Santiago Roncagliolo.

Ayacucho, in the central highlands, is the capital city of Peru’s Huamanga Province, near the surrounding mountains’ archaeological attractions.

Hay Festival Forum Santiago, in turn, is scheduled to field a day of debates and talks in the city’s San Ginés Theater. On the schedule to speak there:

  • Danish author Janne Teller
  • British filmmaker Kate Horne
  • Spanish blogger and journalist Ignacio Escolar
  • French physicist Christophe Galfard
  • Cosmologist Roberto Emparan,
  • Chilean journalists María Angélica Bulnes, Mónica González, and Paloma Ávila
Hay Festival Arequipa

Following these new forums, Hay Festival Arequipa this week features contemporary fiction, journalism, gastronomy, art and gender equality on a program that spans 130 speakers in 100 events over four days.

Hay Festival Arequipa is now in its fourth year and features writers and journalists, global policy makers, pioneers and innovators debating the latest ideas in the arts, sciences and current affairs.

Twenty-five percent of main-stage event capacity is available free to students, while Hay Joven and Hay Festivalito workshops and conversations for young people are part of the program’s youth outreach.

Some highlights of this week’s festival:

  • Peruvian literature: Peru’s literary interests will include an appearance by Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, who’s to speak Salman Rushdie on the power of fiction. Additionally, programming will present Santiago Roncagliolo, Enrique Planas, Katya Adaui, Renato Cisneros, Jeremías Gamboa, Oswaldo Chanove, Gustavo Rodríguez, Alonso Cueto, Teresa Ruiz Rosas and Karina Pacheco
  • International literature: Britain’s Helen Fielding, Joanna Walsh, William Sieghart and Juliana Pachico will appear, as will Denmark’s Janne Teller; Spain’s Manuel Vilas; Sweden’s Karolina Ramqvist; Italy’s Antonella Lattanzi; French writers Pierre Ducrozet, Alice Zeniter and Philipe Claudel; as well as Canada’s Rosemary Sullivan and Métis writer Cherie Dimaline.
  • Latin American literature: Alejandro Zambra of Chile and Colombians Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Azriel Bibliowicz and Silvana Paternostro are to be featured. In addtition, leading lights of the Hay Festival Bogotá39 selection of emerging Latin American writers scheduled to appear include Luciana Sousa (Argentina), Diego Zúñiga (Chile), Frank Báez (Dominican Republic), and Claudia Ulloa Donoso (Peru).
  • Global Affairs programming is to include historian Andrea Wulf addresses “The Invention of Nature”; investigative reporter Luke Harding talks about “Collusion”; Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez talks about “Havana Real”; Alberto Vergara discusses “Citizens Without a Republic”; and a distinguished panel featuring Hugo Neira and Héctor Béjar looks at Velasco’s coup, 50 years on.
  • Journalism: Today’s world and the challenges of covering it are explored by leading media figures including Peru’s César Hildebrandt, Rosana Cueva, Jacqueline Fowks, Patricia del Río, Rosa Maria Palacios and Gustavo Gorriti; the co-founder of Colombia’s Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism, Jaime Abello; editor of Financial Times Latin America, John Paul Rathbone; founder of eldiario.es Ignacio Escolar; Britain’s Misha Glenny; Argentine writer Leila Guerriero; and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla of El País.
  • Innovations in science and technology are explored in events with physicists Andrés Gomberoff (Chile), Roberto Emparan, Antonio Martinez Ron (Spain) and Christophe Galfard (France); botanist and author of The Plant Messiah Carlos Magdalena; and AI expert Omar Flórez (Peru).
  • Peruvian cuisine is discussed and sampled in events with Central’s Virgilio Martinez, Nueva Palomino’s Mónica Huerta, La Revolución’s Karissa Becerra.
  • Various arts are to be discussed in talks by Peruvian dramatist Mariana de Althaus and Switzerland’s Lukas Barfüss; British documentary maker Kate Horne; Peruvian dirtector Óscar Catacora; and Colombian artist Doris Salced. There’s to be music from pianist Marcela Roggeri and clarinettist Mariano Rey, and a series of pop-up photography exhibitions throughout the city.
  • Football is to be reflected in appearances by former footballer Germán Leguía discussing his career, and writers are scheduled to talk about the effect the game has had on their careers in a session including José Carlos Yrigoyen, Renato Cisneros and Jeremías Gamboa.

Hay Festival is one of 10 European cultural institutions participating in the global Wom@rts project, highlighting contributions of women to cultural heritage and diversity, and tackling gender inequality by supporting women’s work globally. Between this year and 2021, a series of festival events is being co-programmed with Wom@rts to address these issues, including a series of talks at Hay Festival Querétaro.


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Porter Anderson is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He is also co-owner and editor with Jane Friedman of The Hot Sheet, the newsletter for trade and indie authors. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook, at London's The Bookseller. Anderson has also worked with CNN International, CNN.com, CNN USA, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and other media.

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