Hay Festival Segovia works in collaboration with several partner organisations to widen the scope and reach of the programme.

Hay Festival and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

Accion Cultural Espanola

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is a public body that aims to promote Spanish culture and heritage, both inside and outside the frontiers of Spain, through an extensive programme including exhibitions, seminars, talks, movies, theatre plays, concerts, audiovisual productions and all kind of initiatives to foster the mobility of professionals and artists. One of these initiatives promoting the international reach and mobility of Spanish writers is the cooperation programme between AC/E and Hay Festivals carried out in different parts of the world, that includes several activities devised to promote and disseminate the figure of Spanish writers in third countries.

British Council

British Council

This year the British Council, global partner of the Hay festival, proposes a reflection that goes beyond borders and time, a timeless vision on the creation and challenges at the beginning of this century. Shakespeare and the fourth centenary of his death will occupy part of the programme with the screening of the acclaimed version of Hamlet with the actress Maxine Peake in the title role and the presentation of the anthology Lunatics, Lovers and Poets, 12 Stories inspired by Shakespeare and Cervantes by the authors Deborah Levy, Kamila Shamsie, Marcos Giralt Torrente together with its editors Daniel Hahn and Joan Tarrida.

The programme will also address the turmoil of the twentieth century as an embryo of a twenty-first century which is more globalised than ever with the acclaimed writers Owen Sheers and Adam Foulds. A detailed description of our societies will be closely examined through the black genre with journalist Duncan Campbell and Lorenzo Silva. The iconic British actress Julie Christie (Doctor Zhivago, Darling) will build bridges between Castilian and English through poetry, showing that only the homeland of the word exists.

Finally, as it does every year, the Hay Festival will host the screening of the best British films of the year with the BAFTA shorts 2016.

José Manuel Lara Foundation

Fundacion Lara

Among the key objectives of the José Manuel Lara Foundation is the promotion of books and reading. The organization does this through a range of programs and activities such as meetings with writers, literary workshops in libraries and by attending and sponsoring book shows, particularly the Seville Book Fair. Similarly, to commemorate Spain’s Book Day, each April 23 the Foundation donates books to towns and villages throughout Andalusia with less than 5,000 inhabitants.

The Foundation also promotes courses and seminars in Spanish universities to increase awareness of the Latin American publishing and literary worlds.

Education is another of the pillars of the Foundation, with scholarships and aid given to disadvantaged groups.

Another important activity of the José Manuel Lara Foundation is the journal Mercury, which promotes new books and encourages reading. With ten issues a year and a print run of more than 40,000 copies, this free publication is appreciated by readers, writers, editors and critics. Mercury is distributed in bookstores throughout Spain’s bookshops, as well as by subscription.

Readings and discussions

Reflecting this philosopy, the José Manuel Lara Foundation is collaborating with the Hay Festival Segovia 2016 by sponsoring several events.

Besides Santiago Posteguillo, with whom we will be reading and discussing his latest novel, La legión perdida (The lost legion), there will be talks by Nativel Preciado, Vicente Molina Foix, Lorenzo Silva and Fernando Grande-Marlaska, among others.

At the same time, the Foundation will sponsoring conversations between Antonio Muñoz Molina and Andrew Trapiello about Don Quixote, Hélène Carrère d'Encausse and Guillermo Altares, and Juan Jose Millas with Juan Cruz.

RENFE takes you to Hay Festival at high speed


Renfe once again joins in the celebrations for this important cultural festival, which fills Segovia with a wide variety of interesting artistic and literary events.

Thanks to the numerous high speed connections provided by AVANT trains, getting to Segovia from Madrid or Valladolid is quick and easy – approximately a 30-minute journey. Other railway services in the northwest region also make for an easy visit to Segovia during the festival. Our modern Renfe trains offer all the commodities needed for a pleasant journey, including accessibility to people with reduced mobility, with adapted areas and toilets.

Travelling to Segovia by train has become a comfortable, quick and ecological means of transport to enjoy Hay Festival.

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