Minister Ciro Gálvez on writers excluded from FIL Guadalajara: “They don’t need support from the State, they have their resources”

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The Ministry of Culture modified the relationship of the official delegation that will represent Peru as Guest Country of Honor at the 35 Guadalajara International Book Fair, the most important event in the field in the Spanish-speaking world.

The new list does not include authors who had already been summoned to participate in the Peruvian delegation, such as Renato Cisneros, Katya Adaui Sicheri, Jorge Eslava Calvo, Cronwell Jara, Nelly Luna Amancio, Carmen Mc Evoy, Karina Pacheco Medrano, Marcel Velásquez and Gabriela Wiener.

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After this new list, there were many criticisms and some authors have even resigned from the delegation. Given this, the Minister of Culture, Ciro Gálvez, spoke to explain the reasons that led to the decision to withdraw nine writers from the group that would travel to Guadalajara.

The official indicated that this decision was made because some writers “have their resources and are quite powerful characters” who “no longer need support from the State.” For this reason, it was decided to include a writer from each region in the delegation.

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In addition, he points out that those “corrective measures” that he applies in the Ministry of Culture to “change the old structures and customs” cause reactions.

“Surely, the corrective measures that I adopt in the Ministry of Culture will provoke a reaction, it is precisely about changing the old structures, the old customs of preferring only what is in Lima, for example, the National Theater, which was traditionally ceded to artistic groups in Lima, today has been open to all artists in Peru, ”said Gálvez after his participation in the 15 Executive GORE held in Loreto.

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He also adds that “in the case of writers who, for example, travel to international book fairs, there was a habit of repeatedly sending year after year the same writers from Lima who no longer need support from the State, they have their resources, they are well-known characters, there are some who are former ministers and persons of considerable power who do not need to travel with state money ”.

“We have decided to restructure that list of writers that make up the delegation that will attend the Guadalajara International Fair, putting in their place, at least one writer from each region and also giving space for writers in native languages,” he concluded .

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