Projects and partners

Hay Festival Arequipa works in collaboration with several organisations.

Hay and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is a public organisation whose goal is to promote Spain’s culture and heritage, within the country and abroad, through an extensive programme of activities that includes exhibitions, conferences, lecture series, film, theatre, music, audiovisual productions and initiatives that encourage the mobility of professionals and creators. As one of these initiatives to promote the internationalisation and mobility of professionals in the Spanish literary sphere, AC/E is working in cooperation with the Hay Festivals held in different parts of the world, co-organising activities for the promotion and dissemination of Spanish creators’ work overseas.

Hay Festival @BBC Mundo

To accompany the real-world event programmes of the Hispanic festivals, Hay Festival has teamed up with BBC Mundo for the preparation of a supplementary online programme. At this programme, Hay Festival Arequipa guests and other major figures in the world of European and American culture talked about current affairs, offer suggestions for books to read and authors they like, and share their views on specific subjects. Readers could also find notes of interest and test their knowledge of literature and the Spanish language.

This digital programme, with exclusive online videos, texts, images and conversations, was broadcasted on the website of BBC Mundo and Hay Festival.

BBC Mundo also offered in Arequipa two workshops on the journalistic model of the BBC and the role of digital media.

Hay Festival and the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


The Hay Festival is part of a European Union network that highlights and celebrates the contribution made by women to the diversity and cultural heritage of Europe, as well as it takes on the issue of gender inequality by supporting women in the market from an intersectional perspective and by promoting a wide range of mobility actions, knowledge, tools, training activities and events. Click here for more information about Wom@rts

Hay Diálogos con Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos

Hay Diálogos con Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos aims to favor the knowledge and exchange between authors of different generations and nationalities who are united by the same language and a shared literary tradition which is enriched by authors of different origins. This proposal which will be developed in each and every one of the existing Hay Festivals, consists in the participation of an acclaimed author, who will nominate a younger author from Latin America or Spain (the Spanish authors must pick a Latin American author and vice versa). This is, thus, a dialogue that builds bridges between different generations and countries, with one branch of literature, that is, Spanish literature, acting as a link.

Hay International Fellowship: Dylan Moore

Writer, editor and English teacher Dylan Moore from Newport, Wales, has been named recipient of the Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival / Hay Festival Creative Wales International Fellowship for 2018-19, a programme in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales that provides an opportunity for a writer from Wales at a significant juncture of their career to participate in Hay Festival editions throughout the year in Wales, Colombia, Spain, Peru and Mexico.

Hay Festival Forums in Ayacucho and Santiago

Hay Festival Arequipa held events in Ayacucho (Perú) and Santiago (Chile), on 7 November.

Browse the Ayacucho programme here.

Browse the Santiago programme here.

Moquegua and Ilo at the Hay Festival

Thanks to the sponsorhip of Anglo America, the Hay Festival extended its programme to the cities of Moquegua and Ilo, with Celso Román and Alejandro Palomas in conversation with local chairpeople in both cities, on Friday 9 November 2018.

UNSA at the Hay Festival

The Universidad Nacional de San Agustín (UNSA) in partnership with Hay Festival Arequipa, offered exclusive Hay Festival events to its university community. Distinguished writers participated, including Frank Báez, Carlos Granés, Santiago Roncagliolo, Luciana Sousa and Alejandro Zambra, taking part in events in different parts of the university, interviewed by teachers and students of the faculties of Philosophy and Humanities, Education, Communication Sciences and Social Historical Sciences.

Exclusive event for teachers and students of UNSA. Further information: 991684055. 

Other cultural activities

The Centro de las Artes de la Universidad Católica San Pablo presented two concerts as part of the activities of the Hay Festival

“Ya tocan y repican": Music from the Misiones Jesuíticas de Chiquitos y Moxos

Friday 9 November 2018, 7pm: Pinacoteca del Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Chorus of Niños San Rafael Arcángel de la Basílica Catedral de Arequipa

Music ensemble of Música Antigua de la Universidad Nacional de San Agustín

Thousands of vocal and instrumental musical works composed during the Jesuit Reductions between the XVII Century and 1767, year of the expulsion of the Jesuits, slept hidden for more than two centuries. These works show the rich musical life of the Indians of the reductions who were great interpreters. We listened to polyphonic religious works, instrumental music and popular religious music that shows the joy and enthusiasm with which through the music the inhabitants of the reductions gave themselves to their religious faith. 

“Ensambles de bronces": Academic and Popular Music with Bronze Instruments

Friday 9 November 2018, 7pm: Plaza de Armas

Music Ensemble with teachers and participants of the festival AREQUIPA BRASS WEEK 2018. 

Musical works of the XX and XXI centuries adapted to bronze instruments, performed by the participants of the Arequipa Brass Week Festival and directed by the invited international masters from Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. These musical pieces were performed in unconventional instruments such as: Trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba, thus achieving a different ensemble, rarely seen, managing to expand the repertoire for the bronzes and thus creating a different space for instrumental music. We listened to popular works showing the joy and enthusiasm of the participants and capturing all the knowledge of first-class professionals that invited us to see music in a different way. 

Photographic exhibition: Film de los paisajes, Hermann Bouroncle

Sala de Extensión Cultural del Monasterio de Santa Catalina, Calle Ugarte 314

Film de los paisajes is a visual and free interpretation of Cinco metros de poemas by the avant-garde puneño poet Carlos Oquendo de Amat. This exhibition is part of the project Cinco Oquendo Cinco de arte total that involves cinema, theater, paintings and sculpture, that at the same timemake up the installation and the book itself. The project closes with the reissue of the book Cinco metros de poemas. The portable design of each of these events makes it possible to articulate individually, as in this case, that photography reinterprets with a visual poetic the life and work of our poet who died very young and tubercular in Navacerrada, Spain. 

100 years of Ingmar Bergman cycle

The Sala de Audiovisuales screened four films by Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman on the centenary of his birth.

Sala de Audiovisuales (San Agustín 106, segundo piso)

Thursday 8 November 2018

  • 16:00: Llueve sobre nuestro amor (1946)
  • 18:30. Persona (1966)

Friday 9 November 2018

  • 4pm Cara a cara (1976)
  • 6.30pm Fresas salvajes (1957)


Sala de Exposiciones. Museo Santuarios Andinos de la Universidad Católica de Santa María.

Calle La Merced 110. Centro histórico.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am–6pm. Sunday: 9am–3pm. From 7 to 24 November 2018.

Photographic exhibition of Pilar Pedraza (Lima, 1965), intense testimony of years of Q'onoy registration, the night that precedes the beginning of the feast of the Virgen del Carmen in Paucartambo, in which masked dancers dispute the possession of the image between bonfires and fireworks.

Partner for Latin America


Principal Sponsor

Fundación BBVA Continental