Programme & tickets


Thank you for booking tickets for Hay Festival Arequipa 2019

We will announce around September how to buy tickets for Hay Festival Arequipa 2020.

Ticket prices (2019)

General programme events: 7 nuevos soles

We are music. Conversation with Lucho Quequezana, Naysha Montes and Pedro Rodríguez. 10 nuevos soles

Performance: Now we are not too old yet. 15 nuevos soles

Orhan Pamuk in conversation with Peter Florence. 15 nuevos soles

Concert by Juan Perro. 15 nuevos soles

Every brilliant thing. Play by Norma Martínez. 20 nuevos soles

Lol Tolhurst, lecture and concert. 20 nuevos soles

Hay Festivalito events (children & YA): free, after online registration

Hay Joven events (students): free, after online registration


20% of the tickets for each event on the general programme will be free of charge to registered students, on a first come first served basis. To reserve these tickets, you can register online (registration opens in the run up to the festival). Students may request one ticket per event.

Hay Festivalito (HF)

Events with the 'HF' numbering are for children and young adults. Entry to these events is free, after online registration. Proof of age will be requested, to be sent in with the registration form. Please note the ages indicated on each event when registering. For children under 16, each registration corresponds to a child accompanied by an adult.

Hay Joven (HJ)

Hay Joven's programme is co-organised with the Universidad Católica de Santa María. You can register online in the run up to the festival.

The programme is subject to changes. In case of cancellation of any of the events, your event ticket may be exchanged for another event or we will refund the amount of your ticket.

To access the events, please arrive punctually. The Festival reserves the right to refuse admission to the venue once an event begins.

The Festival reserves the right to use photos of the public taken during events, on its promotional channels.

Venues (2019)

Teatro Municipal  (Calle Mercaderes 239)

Casona Tristán del Pozo, BBVA (San Francisco 108)

Biblioteca Regional Mario Vargas Llosa  (Calle San Francisco 308)

Sala Mariano Melgar - Universidad Nacional San Agustín (Calle San Agustín 106)

Instituto Peruano Alemán (Calle Ugarte 207)

Centro Cultural de la Universidad Católica San Pablo (Calle Palacio Viejo 414)

Alianza Francesa de Arequipa (Calle Santa Catalina 208, Cercado)

Auditorio del Colegio de Arquitectos de Arequipa (Calle Bolívar 207)

Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (Calle Melgar, 109)

Universidad Católica Santa María (Jose María Arguedas, 1)

Parque Selva Alegre (Garanios)

Hay Festival Team (2019)

Operative team

María Alfonso and Sheila Hall Coordination assistants, Gabriela Alosilla, Carla Cruzado, Diana Gonzáles Obando, Press, Julio del Carpio Coordination of the photographic record, Yesenia Chura Logistics assistant, Rosa Cruz and Gabriel Light, Graphic designÁngela Delgado Valdivia Developvment Director of Hay Festival in Perú, Peter Florence Director, Ronald Otto Fernández Finance adviser, Cristina Fuentes La Roche Hay Festival International Director, Marina García Photographer, Izara García Rodríguez Hay Festival International Coordinator, Iñaki Lasa Etura Content Coordinator, Macanudo Social Media, Neoplus Ticket office web page, Paul Richardson Web page, Maria Luisa Rodríguez Production, Zoe Romero Miranda Hay Festival International Guests Coordinator, Ximena Ruiz Rosas Public Relations, Manuel and Mario Torres Silva, Volunteers coordination.

Hay Festival Directors

Terry Burns Vice-President, Geraint Davies, Peter Florence, Cristina Fuentes La Roche, Jonathan Godfrey, Guto Harri, Caroline Michel, Philippe Sands, Francine Stock and Michelle Walder

Hay Festival Arequipa Vice-presidents

Mauricio Chirinos y Chirinos, Alonso Ruiz-Rosas Cateriano, Hernando Torres-Fernández

Thanks: To the volunteers, to the technical team, interpreters and media. To Eliot Audiovisuales and Vía Expresa Cine y Vídeo.

Cultural programme in Arequipa

The picantria from Arequipa - intangible cultural heritage

Organizer: Sociedad Picantera de Arequipa

Centro Cultural de la UNSA

From November 4 to 29

This exhibition addresses the historical process and the main characteristics of Arequipa's picanteria from different disciplines and on different supports, expression of an intangible cultural heritage that was declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation five years ago and that now aspires to be inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of Unesco.

Las tres viudas

Teatro Fénix, Calle General Morán 104

Friday, November 8, 19.30 h

Free access

Organizer: Centro de las Artes, UCSP

Las tres viudas is a satire in verse of the Peruvian writer Manuel Ascencio Segura. It is one of the most emblematic works of the playwright, along with Ña Catita. It was written in 1841, but only in 1862 it was released in collaboration with Ricardo Palma. The piece maintains the language of the time. The text belongs to the final period of the author and shows the Creole ingenuity, as well as the sayings and doubts of each of his characters. It intends to criticize some customs of a sector of the population of Lima in the mid-nineteenth century.

31 European Film Festival


From November 5 to 21. 18:30 h.

Universidad Nacional de San Agustín, Calle San Agustín 106

More information:

Organized by UE

Wiesse. Recent Decade. Pictorial exhibition by Ricardo Wiesse

Galeria de Arte Cultural: Melgar 109, Arequipa

This is a sample consisting of 46 medium and large-scale works by the notable Lima painter. The selection addresses figurative and abstract landscapes related to the Peruvian coast, constellations, pre-Columbian huacas and 11 splendid compositions inspired by a brief study by Ricardo Wiesse on the color blue in the poetic work of César Vallejo.

Mitad ceniza / mitad latido. A plastic dialogue around the poetics of Jorge Eielson

Fundación BBVA, Casa Tristán del Pozo, San Francisco 108, Cercado, Arequipa

From November 8 to December 31

Elisenda Estrems and Nani Cárdenas revisit Eielson's poetic work (Lima 1924 - Milan 2006) in a continuous process that ties word and matter. A creation based on the tension between language and the nonverbal experience of reality. Itinerant show (San Francisco-Lima-Arequipa), which next year will be in Milan, Florence and Rome.

Urban virgins . Photographs by Ana de Orbegoso

Salas de Extensión Cultural del Monasterio de Santa Catalina, Calle Ugarte 301
Visits: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 - 13:00 h and from 15:00 - 18:00 h; Sunday: 9:00 a 12:00 h

The symbolic vocabulary of Ana de Orbegoso derives directly from the aesthetic resources tested by the painting of the Peruvian viceroyalty. Through photomontage, the iconography of the Virgin and Child is appropriated and resemantized. The devotional canvas turned into photomontage is no longer a picture of prayer but of meditation and visual reflection. This sample is accompanied by the poems in Spanish, Quechua and English by Odi Gonzales.

Reading poems in Quechua / Spanish referring to the photographic exhibition Vírgenes Urbanas by Odi Gonzáles

Saturday November 9 from 11:00 to 12:00 h.

Fashion and dress codes

Galería de la Alianza francesa de Arequipa, Calle Santa Catalina 301
Monday to saturday, 9:00 – 20:00 h

Within the framework of the Flashmode Arequipa 2019 contest, a festival whose objective is to promote Arequipa's fashion and talent, a photographic exhibition will be presented at the Louis Bouroncle Gallery about fashion codes in the world. Result of a prestigious contest in which 115 photographers from 57 countries participated, these images offer a broad panorama of this second skin, regularly synonymous with identities, wealth of heritage and diversity in the world.

Thunder theater teaching function

Friday, November 8, 11:30 h.
Teatro Ateneo
Length: 90 minutes 

Escrita por el dramaturgo británico Chris Thompson y dirigida por David Carrillo, Trueno es una coproducción entre el Ministerio de Cultura del Perú y el British Council para el Programa de Formación de Públicos del Gran Teatro Nacional. Dirigida a alumnos de secundaria, ésta es la primera vez que la función se presenta fuera de Lima.

Exclusive event for high school students previously signed up. 

Training of audiences for the performing arts: a way to connect with adolescence conference

Friday, November 8, 17:00 h.
Calle San Agustín 106, 2do Piso, Sala María Nieves
Length: 60 minutes
More information: 958 750 062

The discussion will revolve around the creation of didactic theater functions for teenagers based on themes chosen by themselves during the creative process; such as corruption and democracy, gender violence and respect for diversity. These teaching functions are part of the Public Training Program of the Grand National Theater in partnership with the British Council. Present: Melissa Giorgio (Public Area Coordinator of the Grand National Theater Ministry of Culture) and Sissi Hamann (British Council Arts Manager).

Event for teachers and directors of educational institutions, cultural managers, performing artists and the general public interested in the relationship between theater, school and adolescents.

El Prado Museum

Friday 8
From 9:00 a 10:00 h.
Centro Cultural Chaves de la Rosa, UNSA,Santa Catalina 101

Andrés Úbeda de los Cobos, deputy director of Conservation and Research of the Prado National Museum, will talk with Alonso Ruiz Rosas about that important Spanish museum, a reference in international museum management, and will provide little known information to all those interested in attending this talk aimed at the university public, especially teachers and students of the city's art schools.

Humboldt as comic. The German illustrator Özil makes it possible

Instituto Cultural Peruano Alemán
Calle Ugarte # 207 Cercado.
From Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00 h.

Not only for comic book fans: Alexander von Humboldt's most important stations during his four-year trip across the Americas can be seen in excellent brightly colored images. The 20 pages of the Humboldt comic in America can be admired in an exhibition, presented in large panels. 

The bird garden

November 8
Monasterio de Santa Catalina – Calle Santa Catalina 301
Entry: 14.30 h.
Start: 15 h.
Length: 1 hora
Limited availability, inscriptions:

This walk-show offers the public the feeling of entering into communion with nature, of meddling in it and accessing its greatest secrets. With a silent step, the walkers begin their walk with the senses attentive to the sounds while the imitators of the song of birds rattle, whistle, chirp ... and the birds respond to them. Nightingales appear, they approach. An instant poetry, a unique trip to distant or familiar sounds.

Conversations organized by the professional school of political science and government - UCSM

Saturday, November 9

Spies or Heroes of Freedom of Expression? The cases of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden seen from journalistic ethics

How to evaluate the cases of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden? Do they both represent a global trend favorable to freedom of expression and the protection of human rights? Or are they traitors to their countries financed by external powers hostile to the United States?

Participants: Simeon Tegel (British journalist), comments: Anthony Medina Rivas Plata (UCSM) 

Where is the power in Peru? 

It seeks to discuss the background of a political situation in which there are a set of actors who, although not in the government, at least formally, are known to exercise power. 
Participants: Eduardo Dargent (PUCP), Alberto Vergara (UP), Rubí Rivas (UNMSM), Adriana Urrutia (UARM) and Anthony Medina Rivas Plata (UCSM).
More information:
Telephone: 923 191 462

Caylloma tales

Teatro Ateneo
November 10
16:00 - 17:00 h.
Minera Bateas will present the collection of stories of the children of the Caylloma District, in the book Tales of Growing and Undertaking, with the narration of three children from the area leading the viewer to a reality with messages about the creation and collection of stories from their communities.
Children from 6 to 12 years old accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian) 

Partner for Latin America


Principal Sponsor

Fundación BBVA Continental