Imagine the world

The eleventh edition of Hay Festival Segovia takes place between 22–25 September 2016, following the opening on Saturday 17 September.

In Segovia, the Spain of three cultures coexisted among the mosques, the Jewish quarter and the cathedral. After more than a decade, the festival proposes to create again a refuge of civilisation, to celebrate new ideas and inspiring stories, the Four centuries of Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Inca Garcilaso, debates on Europe or on design and dreams. Our way of confronting the eventful reality is through the transformative power of the word.

The full programme will be available at the end of July.

Hay Festival Segovia


Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban, the eminent Japanese architect who has pioneered the use of unorthodox materials, was awarded the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession's highest honour.

The jury said in their citation: ‘His buildings provide shelter, community centers and spiritual places for those who have suffered tremendous loss and destruction. When tragedy strikes, he is often there from the beginning.’ Read more in the New York Times.

Listen to Shigeru Ban’s talk at Hay Festival Segovia here.

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    Hay Festival Writers’ Blog

    Read our Hay Festival Writers’ blog for their impressions of Hay Festival Segovia 2014.

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    2013 Photos

    Hay Festival Segovia 2013 in pictures.

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2015 highlights

  • Antonio Muñoz Molina
  • Alaa Al Aswany
  • A.C. Grayling
  • Francine Houben
  • María Dueñas
  • Emmanuel Carrère
  • Nick Clegg
  • Iñaki Gabilondo
  • Jessie Burton
  • Sadie Jones