Projects and partners

Hay Festival Arequipa works in collaboration with several organisations.

Hay Festival 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, will be broadcasted on the website of BBC Mundo and Hay Festival.

BBC Mundo also will offer 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: Alys Conran

Alys Conran is the Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival / Hay Festival Creative Wales International Fellowship for 2019-20, 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. Her first novel Pigeon won the Wales Book ofthe Year Award 2017 and was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It also won the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, The Wales Arts Review People's Choice Award and was longlisted for the Author's Choice First Novel Award. Her second novel Dignity will be published in 2019. She also publishes poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, creative essays and literary translations and her work is to be found in numerous magazines and anthologies including Stand and The Manchester Review.

Hay Forum Ayacucho

Hay Festival Arequipa will hold events in Ayacucho (Perú) More information, here.

The Kew Platform

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew works in over 100 countries worldwide, to map, research and understand plants and fungi. Kew also focuses on training local people to share its vast archive of data to inform global discussions on conservation and land use. This work involves a network of partner organisations and scientists.

In Peru, Kew is doing work to map land use, and recently announced a new project around seed banking to improve conservation and access to medicinal plants from the highlands of Moquegua Peru. The aim is to build scientific capacity for the collection, conservation and use of seed from wild medicinal plants. The fieldwork of the project is close to Arequipa where the Hay Festival takes place in November.


Hay Festival and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have joined forces again for Trans.MISSION II, a new global project pairing leading environmental researchers with award-winning storytellers to communicate cutting-edge science to new audiences. At a time of unprecedented public interest in how human actions affect the environment, Trans.MISSION II will pair NERC researchers from Peru, Colombia and the UK with artists and storytellers in each country to create new stories about the ongoing research projects.

Trans.MISSION II is the first international public engagement collaboration project for NERC, with each new piece to be launched at Hay Festival events in Arequipa, Peru (7-10 November 2019); Cartagena, Colombia (30 January-2 February 2020) and in Hay-on-Wye, Wales (21-31 May 2020). Peru’s collaboration will focus on tropical glaciers and will feature writer, theatre producer and actress Erika Stockholm, and Jemma Wadham, Professor of Glaciology and Director of the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. 

More information about Hay Festival Trans.MISSION II in Peru,here.

El País América

Hay Festival and El País have established a media alliance for all the festivals in Latin America, bringing the festival to the readers of the newspaper, and the interviews and investigations of the newspaper to the spectators of the festival. The newspaper will feature a talk at each festival with a great international personality, the chef Gastón Acurio in Hay Arequipa 2019, and both organizations will share content to bring the Hay Festival closer to the readers of El País. Moreover, El País will offer a journalism workshop for university students in Arequipa.


The Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award is an annual award of £20,000 for a current writing project exploring the Americas. Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, the Writer’s Award is run in partnership with Hay Festival. The award is open to writers working on full-length non-fiction or fiction books, in English or Spanish that require research use of the British Library’s Americas collections. Hay Festival, the not-for-profit event series with editions across the Americas, is pleased to support the award in reaching the widest possible audiences, profiling winners at its festivals around the world. In Arequipa Eccles Centre coorganizes a talk on building bonds in indigenous America, with the participation of Garry Gottfriedson and Gloria Mendoza Borda in conversation with Jorge Alejandro Vargas.

Partner for Latin America


Principal Sponsor

Fundación BBVA Continental