Hay Festival has announced the line-up for its sixth edition in Peru: Hay Festival Digital Arequipa, bringing writers and readers together in free online sessions, 28 October-8 November 2020.

Featuring some of the most prominent figures in the world of literature, science, journalism, and the arts, Hay Festival Digital Arequipa is comprised of 79 events over 12 days with all sessions free to view on the Festival’s streaming platform until 15 November.

Explore the digital programme and register for the free events at hayfestival.org/arequipa.

For six 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.

Cristina Fuentes, Hay Festival international director, said: “Here is a free programme of events for Hay Festival Arequipa to bring readers together with writers, thinkers and performers online in a reimagining of the world around us. These intimate sessions, streamed globally, will celebrate the best of Peruvian literature while tackling the biggest issues of our times. Join us.”

Hay Festival Digital Arequipa will be the eighth Hay Festival event in 2020, following editions in Colombia, the UAE, Mexico, Spain, Croatia and Hay-on-Wye, Wales. The final edition of the year, Hay Festival Digital Winter Weekend, is scheduled to run online 26-29 November.


A trio of Nobel laureates discuss their world-changing work: former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos shares an optimistic message for a world in crisis, Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa reflects on the life of Jorge Luis Borges, and Bangladeshi entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus launches his book, A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions.

Some of the biggest issues in the world today are brought into focus as Canadian journalist and campaigner Naomi Klein discusses her book, No is Not Enough; Venezuelan journalist Moisés Naím talks foreign policy; co-authors of The Future of Work, Patricia Merino and Patricia Cánepa, discuss their findings; economist Ha-Joon Chang talks 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism; and US psychologist Shoshana Zuboff talks The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Struggle for a Human Future Against the New Frontiers of Power.

Issues around gender and identity are tackled in conversations with author of Contrasexual Manifesto, Paul Preciado; German philosopher and equality campaigner Svenja Flaßpöhler; Argentine-Brazilian feminist activist Rita Segato; and the Argentine author Camila Sosa Villada, whose novel Las Malas centres on the transvestite experience.

The past is reimagined in conversations with British historians Karen Armstrong and Mary Beard, while Hay Festival Classics relaunches a series of unforgettable talks from the Hay Festival archive in a series of exclusive free broadcasts featuring bestselling Israeli anthropologist Yuval Noah Harari, icon of American literature Toni Morrison, and Canadian-American psychologist Steven Pinker.

Ideas of “living well” and coping in times of crisis are explored by Spanish philosophers Adela Cortina, Javier Gomá and Pablo Quintanilla, theologian Pablo D'Ors, and Brazilian Buddhist Monja Coen.

The latest in scientific discovery is revealed in conversations with British physicist Philip Ball, Spanish mathematician Clara Grima, Argentine neurologist Facundo Manes, Chilean astronomer José Maza, and geneticist and cell biologist Miguel Pita looks at a day in the life of a virus.

Quechuan culture and indigenous world views are discussed by Canadian anthropologist, and ethnobotanist Wade Davis, doctor and writer Gabor Matéz, and children’s writer Yesenia Montes.

Peruvian photographers Marina García Burgos and Morgana Vargas Llosa discuss their art, while food writers and chefs Ignacio Medina and Miguel Schiaffino discuss Amazonian cuisine.

Late-night Festival entertainment includes special concerts by Susana Baca, Renata Flores, Lalá and rapper Jonzi D, an evening with British poet Inua Ellams, and a one-off performance by Colombian ballet dancer Fernando Montaño.

Hay Festivalito presents digital events for young people featuring writers and entertainers Pepe Cabana Kojachi, Micaela Chirif, Erika Stockholm, Susana Isern, Wonder Ponder, Jordi Sierra and Fabra.

Hay Festival Digital Arequipa takes place with support of our principal Latin American sponsor SURA; Peruvian partners and sponsors Fundación BBVA, Gloria and Yura, TGP, AngloAmerican, Cerro Verde; global partners and sponsors Visit Wales and the Welsh Government, Acción Cultural Española, British Council, the Provincial Municipality of Arequipa, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (IRTP), Universidad Católica San Pablo and the National University of San Agustín, and the Eccles Centre; and our media partners BBC Mundo, El País, America, Canal N, El Comercio and RPP.

To date, Hay Festival Digital events have earned more than one million streams globally. Hay Festival events in Spanish and English can be rediscovered anywhere in the world on Hay Player hayfestival.org/hayplayer offering the world’s greatest writers on film and audio for £10/€10 per year.