Peru presents its “connections and ties” with Mexico at FIL in Guadalajara

Peru’s Foreign Minister Oscar Maúrtua in a file photo. EFE / Nacho Gallego

Lima, Nov 12 (EFE) .- Peru will send to the 35 Guadalajara International Book Fair a delegation made up of 64 people that will seek to reflect its cultural diversity, through its bibliographic production, gastronomy, music, performing arts and visual arts, to show the “stories that connect” their tradition with that of Mexico.
The Peruvian participation as “guest of honor” to this edition of FIL Guadalajara, which will take place from November 27 to December 5, was presented this Friday by the Peruvian Government, in a ceremony headed by the Minister of Culture, Gisela Ortiz, and in which the Minister of Foreign Relations, Óscar Maúrtua; the Vice Minister of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Industries, Sonaly Tuesta; the Vice Minister of Tourism, Isabel Álvarez, and the executive president of the state promotion agency Promperú, Amora Carbajal.
“Our presence in Mexican lands promotes, strengthens, energizes and internationalizes the Peruvian bibliodiversity, reflected in the work of the authors, oral narrators, academics, scientists and book professionals,” Ortiz stressed after noting that the main objective will be to internationalize national authors and books, through opportunities for artistic and economic expansion.
The minister added that this participation of Peru in FIL “occurs under very particular circumstances”, both due to the restrictions imposed by the covid-19 pandemic, and because it implies “returning after 16 years” as a guest of honor to the renowned Mexican fair and to be held in the middle of the commemoration of the bicentennial of Peruvian independence.
Ortiz explained that in the Peruvian delegation there will be 36 women, and it will also include “four members of African descent, thirteen members of native languages ​​and one person with a disability.”
In addition, 20 of the representatives will be from the Lima region and the other 44 “from the rest of the country’s regions”, in an attempt to show the cultural, literary, academic and editorial variety of their country with a delegation that will make visible the “diversity ethnic, linguistic and cultural “Peruvian, and will promote its great editorial offer.
“We will be able to make our country visible, from literature, arts and culture. Those who travel are the representatives of the great diversity we have. This is the opportunity to show how different we are, but at the same time as equal as Peruvians and Peruvians. “, he emphasized.
Vice Minister Sonaly Tuesta highlighted, for her part, the contribution that FIL will have in the economic reactivation of the cultural and arts industries of her country, and considered that this participation will be “a great opportunity” to show them “to the world.”
The Ministry of Culture (Mincul) explained that the national delegation will participate under the slogan “Peru: stories that connect us”, which refers to how their stories, literature, art and memory, “generate connections and links with Mexico, and with the Visiting public of FIL Guadalajara “.
FIL Guadalajara, he added, “is the most important book fair in the Spanish-speaking world and the second most important in the world, thanks to the quantity and quality of the authors, audiences, publishing houses and book professionals that it gathers annually. during its nine days, with an influx of more than 800,000 visitors “.
Peru’s participation will include a pavilion of 1,183 square meters, where most of the cultural and professional activities of its representatives will take place and will have a bookstore with more than 20,000 copies of Peruvian books, an auditorium dedicated to its literary program and a exhibition with the participation of five traditional artists, in addition to the literary exhibition “Life without deadlines: writers in the city of the 90s”.
The literary program will consist of 65 round tables, conferences, talks and recitals, with the participation of the members of the official delegation of Peru, in addition to nine live concerts, by the groups Novalima, Los Mirlos, Uchpa, Kanaku and El Tigre, as well as the singers Sylvia Falcón, Renata Flores, Amaranta, Manuelcha Prado and Tania Libertad.
In total, 98 cultural activities will be held, which will include theatrical presentations for children, exhibitions of visual arts, performing arts, a film show and a gastronomic program, as well as professional and protocol activities.
Peru will attend FIL Guadalajara after the controversy that broke out at the end of last September, when a group of writers, including the renowned Santiago Roncagliolo, Alonso Cueto, Mariana De Althaus and Victoria Guerrero, resigned from the delegation after the Mincul’s previous administration, led at that time by the politician Ciro Gálvez, decided to exclude several already confirmed authors and replace them with writers from inland regions of the country, on the grounds that they had recently represented their country in other international literary competitions. EFE

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