New forums take Hay Festival to Ayacucho, Peru and Santiago, Chile

New forums take Hay Festival to Ayacucho, Peru and Santiago, Chile

Hay Festival is hosting two new events in Latin America: Hay Festival Forum Ayacucho in Peru and Hay Festival Forum Santiago in Chile.

The one-day, free forum events will host thinkers from multiple disciplines who together will "interrogate big ideas of the moment" and "celebrate the power of writers to illuminate truths not yet seen". They will take place tomorrow (7th November), on the eve of Hay Festival Arequipa in Peru (8 - 11th November), at the UNSCH Cultural Center in Ayacucho, Peru and the San Ginés Theater in Santiago de Chile, respectively.

Among those on the roster for Hay Festival Forum Ayacucho in Peru are: writers Ana Cristina Herreros, Víctor Tenorio, and Elizabeth Lino; social anthropologist Urbano Muñoz; photographer Daniel Mordzinski; screenwriter Lalo Parra; architect Patricia Navarro Grau, director of Casa López Antay Patricia Mendoza; and director of the Cultural Group El Tercer Ojo Felipe López. To mark the bicenenary of Peruvian independence, there will also be a session "reimagining the Peru of today" in a panel with BBC journalist Juan Carlos Pérez, indigenous activist Tarcila Rivera, philanthropist Carlos Añaños, and novelist Santiago Roncagliolo.

Hay Festival Forum Santiago meanwhile offers talks and debates with: Danish author Janne Teller, British filmmaker Kate Horne, Spanish blogger and journalist Ignacio Escolar, French physicist Christophe Galfard, cosmologist Roberto Emparan, and Chilean journalists María Angélica Bulnes, Mónica González and Paloma Ávila.

Cristina Fuentes La Roche, international director of Hay Festival, commented: "For 31 years Hay Festival has brought writers and readers together to imagine the world as it is, and as it might be. We are delighted to bring our party of writers and thinkers to Santiago de Chile and Ayacucho on the eve of our fourth festival in Arequipa, reaching a wider audience than ever before. Join us."

Other upcoming events on the festival’s growing global calendar are: Hay Festival Wales Winter Weekend, UK (22 - 25th November 2018); Hay Festival Cartagena, Colombia (31st January - 3rd February 2019); Hay Festival Wales (23rd May - 2nd June 2019); Hay Festival Querétaro, Mexico (September 2019, dates tbc); Hay Festival Forum Dallas, USA (September 2019, dates tbc); and Hay Festival Segovia, Spain (September 2019, dates tbc).