In 1988, at a time when poetry was the most neglected of the literary arts in Spain, the Loewe Foundation set up an international prize to promote artistic creation in poetry in Spanish. Backed by an exceptional jury, the award has since become the most important non-institutional prize of its kind. Every year, the Foundation awards a prize to an unpublished work of at least 300 verses and another to a writer aged under 33. Both winning entries are published by Visor Libros.
This year the International Poetry Prize was awarded to Aurora Luque, a poet and translator from Málaga, for her book Gavieras; and the International Poetry Prize for young authors to Raquel Vázquez – a Hispanic Philology graduate with a degree in Computer Engineering – for Aunque los Mapas. The two winners will recite their poetry in an event moderated by the poet and journalist Antonio Lucas who was bestowed the same award in 2013 for his collection of poems Los desengaños. . The event will be presented by Sheila Loewe, President of the Loewe Foundation.
In case of rain, the event will take place at the same time inside the Torreón de Lozoya
Photography of Aurora Luque: © Álvaro Tomé / FUNDACIÓN LOEWE
Photography of Raquel Vázquez: © Álvaro Tomé / FUNDACIÓN LOEWE
Fotography of Antonio Lucas / FUNDACIÓN LOEWE
Since its launch 16 years ago, the publishing house Caballo de Troya has focussed on young authors who have entered public debate on social change through their work, in matters of gender, class, sustainability… Since its first director Constantino Bértolo handed over the baton, the house has invited young writers and publishers to fill the post temporarily, acting as curators who provide a new look and, with their contributions, shape the world of publishing. At present, this role falls on the poet and publisher Luna Miguel (La tumba del marinero, Los estómagos, El arrecife de las sirenas) and the cultural journalist and writer Antonio J. Rodríguez (Fresy Cool, Vidas perfectas, Candidato). At Hay Festival, they will speak with four authors who have had work recently published by them:
Aixa de la Cruz, writer and playwright and already a consolidated figure who has published novels -- Cuando fuimos los mejores, En la línea del frente, De música ligera and Cambiar de idea -- and a book of short stories Modelos animales which was adapted for the stage.
Víctor Parkas, cultural journalist and narrator. Through his novel Game boy, he delves into the feminist debate providing a vision of new masculinity.
Margarita Yakovenko, journalist and editor. She published the story No queda tanto in the antology Cuadernos de Medusa, from Amor de Madre publishing. Desencajada, edited by Caballo de Troya is her first novel.
José Ignacio Carnero, lawyer and writer. Author of Ama, a novel in which he revisits his youth in Portugalete (Bilbao) in what is known as the Margen Izquierda, he pays homage to the figure of his mother and so many working class women of her generation.
Luna Miguel, Antonio J. Rodríguez and Aixa de la Cruz will participate live by videoconferencia while Víctor Recort, José Ignacio Carnero and Margartia Yakovenko will be on stage.
The role of artisan crafts in the development and support of sustainability programmes has entered the debate on global warming and the future of the planet with force. Institutions such as the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship are leading the new trends around crafts and their economic and cultural role in a more sustainable world. Every two years, this Foundation, which represents numerous business associations from all over the world, brings together international experts at Homo Faber, its flagship event in Venice.
To talk about all this, the Hay Festival has invited Alberto Cavalli, who, after a long career in the field of international relations and communication linked to the world of fashion and excellence (he was director of communication for the firm Dolce & Gabbana), was elected co-executive director of the Foundation. He has also curated numerous initiatives related to the promotion of craftsmanship and young artists. He is a member of institutions such as the Centre du Luxe et de la Création (Paris) and vice-president of the Association Noema for the promotion of musical culture based in Milan.
He will be joined on stage by the architect and designer Tomás Alía, creator of important projects in the field of urban development and industrial and interior design, as well as the holder of numerous awards in his field of expertise. Alía is ambassador to Spain for the Michelangelo Foundation.
Alberto Cavalli and Tomás Alía talk with Belén Ferrier, founder of an artisan studio specialized in restoring antique frames.
Photography of Belén Ferrier: © Javier Salas
Light, geometry and the relationship between garden and architecture are the keys to the work of international landscape artist Fernando Caruncho. To understand the reason behind the fame of his minimalist gardens, we need to take a look at his study in philosophy and his interest in ancient Greek. The distinguished American landscape artist Dan Kiley, who considered him his successor, pointed out the relationship between Caruncho’s work with religion as the search for man’s position in the world, linking the most human with the natural. The lighting project for the gardens of the Palais Royal in Paris sums up the philosophy of his oeuvre and the role geometry as a language is not destined to overpower nature but rather to provide a connection between humans and their environment. His studio, established in 1979, has realised projects all over the world from Italy to Japan, from New Zealand to Switzerland. One of his most recent projects has been the remodelling of the Pereda Gardens in Santander for the Fundación Botín. His two sons, Fernando and Pedro, have recently joined the studio. Pedro trained as a gardener and architect in Madrid and Paris and now works alongside his father on projects all over the world. His work is rooted in the union of man with the natural world through beauty. The renowned landscape artist and his son Pedro talk with Sofía Barroso, manager of cultural projects and specialised in art and gardens.
Cristina Castel-Branco, landscape architect .She founded ACB Arquitectura paisagista and she has been a lecturer at the Higher Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon. Cristina is also a voting member of the International Scientific Committee of Cultural Landscapes for the International Council on Monuments and Sites of the Unesco’s World Heritage.
Fernando and Pedro Caruncho will participate live by videoconference, while Ms Castel-Branco and Ms Barroso will be on stage.
Fernando and Pedro Caruncho’s photography: courtesy of the studio Caruncho Garden & Architecture
Sofía Barroso’s photography: courtesy of Around Art
‘Hay Diálogos con Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos’ (Spanish American Notebooks) fosters understanding and exchange between writers of different nationalities and diverse origins, who are brought together by a language in common and a shared literary tradition. On this occasion, two authors – the Spanish Gabriela Ybarra and the Peruvian Renato Cisneros – share a native tongue and also the weight of family life in their respective works. Gabriela Ybarra is the author of El comensal, an autobiographical novel with which she obtained public and critical acclaim for her unaffected account of the murder of her grandfather Javier de Ybarra, former mayor of Bilbao, at the hands of ETA and the subsequent death of her mother from cancer.
Renato Cisneros, journalist, poet and writer, son of former Peruvian minister Luis Cisneros Vizquerra, first published poetry books and a book of stories, but it was two autobiographical novels -- La distancia que nos separa y Dejarás la tierra -- that would ultimately establish him as a celebrated author. He recently published Algún día te mostraré el desierto, a 'nonfiction' journal, as he himself defines it, about the experience of fatherhood.
It may appear counter-intuitive that a brief essay on silence would become a publishing phenomenon. However, that is what happened with Biography of Silence: An Essay on Meditation (Biografía del silencio) the most widely circulated work by the theologian, priest and Spanish publisher Pablo D’Ors. Since it first came to light in 2012, it has sold more than 100,000 copies and has inspired a tide of followers to meditate. In this convulsive world, D’Ors invites us to get to know ourselves better and to find ourselves through daily meditation. Prior to its publication, D’Ors had already made a name for himself as a novelist. His fictional work such as Andanzas del impresor Zollinger, El estupor y la maravilla or Lecciones de ilusión placed him along the line of authors such as Kafka, Hermann Hesse or Milan Kundera. Biography of Silence is part of a trilogy, which includes The friend of the Desert (El amigo del desierto) and El olvido de sí which is dedicated to his spiritual mentor Charles de Foucauld. His latest novel, Entusiasmo, is an exercise in self-fiction that tackles how we make vital decisions and our hope in destiny. D’Ors, a founding member of the network of meditators Amigos del silencio, will talk with the writer and journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, author of Contar la música, Preludio, Gordo or Yo, Farinelli, el capón.
The history of tiles and the aesthetic of water have no mysteries for Cristina Castel-Branco. The historical gardens of Portugal are one of the specializations of this landscape architect, who graduated from the Higher Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon, obtained a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts after studying at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University. She has written numerous papers in her field of expertise and was elected as a voting member of the International Scientific Committee of Cultural Landscapes for the International Council on Monuments and Sites of the Unesco’s World Heritage. In 1989, she established the ACB Arquitectura Paisagista practice with Teresa Andresen, to promote contemporary gardens and parks integrating solutions learned in historical garden restoration projects. She’s been a lecturer at the Higher Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon since 1989 and her papers are published in specialised journals in Europe, the United States and Japan. The French government has bestowed her with the Officier des Arts et des Letres. She speaks with Sofía Barroso, culture manager, specialist in art and gardens.
Mónica Luengo is an historian and landscape architect. Honorary member of the International Scientific Committee of Cultural Landscapes ICOMOS-IFLA, of which she was president between 2009 and 2015. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Institut Européen de Jardins et Paysages, the European Network of Historic Gardens and the Institute of Madrilenian Studies (CSIC). Vice President of ICOMOS Spain. She has collaborated with several universities and international organizations, and directed and participated in numerous courses and conferences on cultural landscapes and historic gardens. Consultant on issues related to World Heritage. Coordinator of the candidacy file of El Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, landscape of arts and sciences, founding partner of Arquitectura, Territorio y Landscape, S.L., which focuses on the realization of landscaping projects and rehabilitation of historic gardens.
Photography: courtesy of Around Art
Ana Merino’s name has been at the forefront thanks to her prolific output in poetry until the release of her novel El Mapa de los Afectos which earned her the most recent Nadal award. The story delves into the daily mysteries of a small rural community. A member of the Generación Poética del 2000 she has garnered prestigious awards such as the Adonais (Preparativos para un viaje), the Fray Luis de Léon (Juegos de niños) and has been a runner up for the Gil de Biedma (Curación). She obtained a PhD in Latin American and Spanish Literature from the University of Pittsburgh with a thesis on comic books in Latin America. She established the Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing programme at the University of Iowa where she’s a professor.
The Colombian wordsmith Ángela Becerra has received critical acclaim for her creative output, whether in advertising, in which she worked until 2000, or as a writer to which she dedicates all of her time now, except for the occasional foray into drawing, painting or playwriting. Her literary work falls in the realm of magic idealism. As a novelist, she has just been awarded the Fernando Lara award for Algún día, hoy. She explores the life of Betsabé Espinal who at the age of 23 became the heroine of one of the first feminist strikes in history. Other celebrated works include Ella que todo lo tuvo (Planeta-Casa de América Award), El penúltimo sueño (Azorín prize) or Alma abierta.
Ana Merino and Ángela Becerra talk with the journalist Jesús Vigorra, director and presenter of Canal Sur Radio’s Las mañanas programme.
Ana Merino’s photography: © Xavier Torres Baccheta, courtesy of Grupo Planeta
Ángela Becerra’s photography: © Arduino Vannucchi, courtesy of Grupo Planeta
Jesús Vigorra’s photography: courtesy of Grupo Planeta
Coorganised with Grupo Planeta and Banco Sabadell Foundation. With the collaboration of José Manuel Lara Foundation, AC/E and Segovia City Council.
“Skin is degree zero of our understanding of people” says Spanish writer Sergio del Molino with regards to his most recent book La piel (Skin), which has just been released. Del Molino reflects on illness and its influence on our relations with the world. And he does so from a personal perspective: he suffers from psoriasis, like Stalin or Che Guevara to whom he alludes in the book, crossing literary genres between essay, reported speech and journal. A technique he employed in La España vacía, the book that vaulted him onto the ranks of authors in the “most read” lists. His perspective brought to the fore the topic of rural abandon and large urban concentrations facing growing deserts and the consequences that derive for the life of all human beings and the future of a sustainable planet. It was not the first time the author tackles health issues, whether one’s own or others’. He did so in La hora violeta, in which he narrated with firmness and tenderness the illness and death of his son Pablo, a book for which he was awarded the Tigre Juan and El Ojo Crítico. Del Molino has also written short stories (Malas influencias), novels (No habrá más enemigo, La mirada de los peces, Lo que a nadie le importa) and essays (Lugares fuera de sitio). He’s a regular contributor in newspapers and audiovisual media. A selection of his features and articles are collected in El restaurante favorito de Nina Hagen.
Sergio del Molino talks with the Venezuelan writer and journalist Karina Sainz Borgo, author of books on journalism such as Caracas hip-hop, Tráfico y Guaire and El país y sus intelectuales. Last year, she published La hija de la española, her first work of fiction which Time magazine included in its 100 must-read books for 2019. She has worked for various media outlets among them Vozpopuli, Zenda and Onda Cero.
In case of rain, the event will take place at the same time inside the Torreón de Lozoya
Sergio del Molino’s photography: © Patricia J. Garcinuño, courtesy of Penguin Random House
Karina Sainz Borgo’s photography: © Jeosm, courtesy of Penguin Random House
Éric Vuillard looks at the world through history. “What has led us to where we are today?” That is the question that the French writer from Lyon asks himself when he focuses on one of those great historical events whose threads he pulls to weave a story, be it the fall of the Inca Empire (Conquistadors), World War I (The Battle of the West) or the colonial conquest of Africa (Congo). The responsibility of elite society, the concerns of the people, his critical look at the past constantly questions the reader about current problems.
This was also the case for the novel that catapulted him to literary stardom thanks to the Prix Goncourt in 2017. The Order of the Day (L’Ordre du jour) revisits Hitler's rise to power and the support of large German companies for the Nazi war machine, the leaders of which were convinced to be at the gates of a period of economic prosperity. Among the businessmen were the owners of firms such as Opel, Krupp, Siemens or Bayer. History features in his work such as July 14 about the taking of La Bastille or Sorrow of the Earth about the conquest of the West through the eyes of Buffalo Bill. In September the Spanish translation of his latest novel La guerre des pauvres will be published under the title La guerra de los pobres. Éric Vuillard talks about this look at the present through the past with Diego del Alcázar, businessman, philanthropist, founder and president of IE Business School, IE University and IE Foundation.
Photography of Éric Vuillard: © Joel Saget
Joaquín Araújo argues that the most beautiful, essential, generous and welcoming creation of nature is a wood and that our future does not make sense without trees and yet this civilization has affected its most reckless clumsiness by devastating the great home of life. He says so in his latest book, Los árboles te enseñarán a ver el bosque (Trees Will Show us How to See the Wood), in which he once again calls to attention all that we are wagering if we continue to turn our backs on Nature. Now that climate change seems to have made it onto the agenda of institutions, it is more pressing than ever to address the questions regarding the urgency of sustainability policies and how the lessons from a pandemic that is devastating the world should be the cornerstone to change course in our relationship with the natural world. Araújo is an icon in Spain for his defence and promotion of Nature from his early days when he worked alongside internationally acclaimed Spanish naturalist and broadcaster Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. Araujo can lay claim to almost 100 books, over 2,000 speeches, hundreds of educational programmes in audiovisual media, but perhaps the figure he’s most proud of is the 22,000 trees he’s planted throughout his life. An entire forest.
Araújo will talk to the journalist and author Miquel Molina, Associate Editor of La Vanguardia, the newspaper in which he has a weekly op-ed. Molina has authored essays and novels such as Una flor del mal, La sonámbula, L’Everest al´hora punta or Alerta Barcelona. His most recent work is Naturaleza muerta, an essay on the story of the stuffed man known as the Negro of Banyoles, and in his view an example of 19th century fake news and a chapter in ethnological showbusiness.
Photography of Joaquín Araujo: courtesy of Grupo Planeta
Manuel Vilas was a cult author from Aragón who became a literary sensation in 2018 with the publication of Ordesa, a cathartic autobiography crafted in novel format which sold over 100,000 copies in 14 print runs in a matter of a year. This work of self-fiction was named book of the year by newspapers such as La Vanguardia, El País, El Mundo or El Correo. He had previously published novels (España, Aire nuestro, Los inmortales, Lou Reed era español) short stories (Zeta, Magia, Setecientos millones de rinocerontes), poetry (Las arenas de Libia, Resurrección, Gran Vilas, El hundimiento) essays (La región intermedia), journals (Dos años felices, Listen to me) and travel books (América). His literary endeavours in the search for the self, the critique of culture and pop idols interweave with the limits of reality and fiction and have garnered awards such as the Femina Etranger, the Generación del 27, the Gil de Biedma or the Fray Luis de León. Vilas is also a regular contributor in media such as the Grupo Vocento dailies, Babelia, and Cadena Ser. In his latest novel, Alegría – finalist for the Premio Planeta –, he sets his exploration of the paths of memory within the history of his country and generation. He lives between Madrid and Iowa City. Vilas speaks with Fátima Uribarri, features writer of XL Semanal weekly magazine.
Photography of Manuel Vilas: © Arduino Vannucchi, courtesy of Grupo Planeta
Photography of Fátima Uribarri: courtesy of Grupo Planeta
Coorganised with Grupo Planeta and Banco Sabadell Foundation. With the collaboration of Segovia City Council and AC/E
Europe is living through a crisis that has gone beyond its borders. A global pandemic whose consequences have yet to be determined and which raises searching questions as much about the past as for the future. We can ask ourselves whether the Europe of institutions has lived up to the circumstances and whether the solidarity among its members has worked. As for the future, the doubts are no less important. There are some regarding economic prospects and its geopolitical position. Will Europe be weakened or strengthened following Covid-19? Daniel Dombey, bureau chief of the Financial Times in Spain, will moderate this discussion with two sets of panellists from opposing political voices to find common ground.
5:30pm to 6.10 pm
Luis Garicano was elected MEP by the Ciudadanos party and is also a member of the Renew Europe group of which he is Vice-President. Before making it to the European Parliament he was a professor of Economic Strategy at the Instituto Empresa and at the London School of Economics.
Esteban González Pons has been a MEP since 2014. He is a member of Spain’s Partido Popular, and a representative in the Senate for various legislatures. He is the author of books such as Camisa blanca, Tarde de paseo and has just published the novel Ellas.
Eduardo Madina was Secretary General of Grupo Socialista in the Congreso de los Diputados between 2009-2014. He has worked as a technician in the European Parliament and taugh classes at different universities on International Relations and European Construction.
Anna Bosh, RTVE journalist specialized in international information, has been correspondent in Moscow, Washington and London. She has covered some of the most far-reaching social and political events of the last decades.
6.10pm to 6.20pm Break
6.20pm to 7pm
Meritxell Batet was appointed President of Congress in May 2109. A Spanish jurist and politician member of the Socialists' Party of Catalonia, she has also served as Minister for Territorial Policy and Civil Service of the Government of Spain between June 2018 and May 2019.
Dita Charanzová has been Vice-president of the European Parliament since 2018. She first arrived in 2014 as an MEP for the ANO movement from the Czech Republic, part of Renew Europe, which evolved from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).
Rebecca Grynspan was appointed Secretary-General of the Ibero-American General Secretariat in 2014, after working in the United Nations Development Programme by appointment of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She was Second Vice President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998.
Mr Garicano and Ms Charanzová will participate live by videoconference.
This session will be streamed live at youtube.com/user/IEUniversity
Coorganised with FT Weekend. With the collaboration of the IE Foundation
Four experts with hands-on know-how in garden design discuss the importance of these pockets of nature and beauty in our lives. They are: Cristina Castel Branco, the Portuguese expert in the historical gardens of her country and their relationship with mosaics. The Uruguayan settled in Spain Julia Casaravilla, museologist and owner and curator of the Romeral de San Marcos, the garden designed by her late husband and landscape artist Leandro Silva. Álvaro de la Rosa, who trained as a sculptor, understands the garden as a work of art and as a transitional space between two opposites, the interior space, framed by architecture, and the infinite exterior space of the landscape. And Javier Mariátegui, a landscape architect by family tradition and personal passion, with 30 years of experience designing and building gardens in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria and France, whose designs are very versatiles with a range from the formal to the wildest, with landscape and water as the main subjects.
They will talk with Sofía Barroso, cultural manager and organizer of garden tours.
Event in Spanish
In case of rain, the event will take place at the same time inside the Torreón de Lozoya
Photographs: courtesy of Around Art
Good Luck (La buena suerte) is not always down to a matter of luck. Or at least that’s what it seems from Rosa Montero’s latest novel, which with its beguiling and yet mysterious title leads us into a mind-boggling tale of persecutions and lies about Good and Evil, how Good triumphs despite it all and how good luck is something one has to earn. Since her first novel, Chronicle of a heartbreak (Crónica del desamor) was released in 1979, the writer from Madrid has published close to fifty works spanning novels, essays, short stories and journalism.
She has garnered several awards, among them the Nacional de las Letras Españolas in 2017 for many of her works including La hija del caníbal, La loca de la casa (crafted in a genre that straddles between reality and fiction, one of her hallmarks), El rey Transparente, Instrucciones para salvar el mundo, La ridícula idea de no volver a verte or La carne. Her impertinently inquisitive detective Bruna Husky has to date generated three books: Lágrimas en la lluvia, El peso del corazón and Los tiempos del odio. Her long and intense work as a journalist has also brought in awards such as the Club Internacional de Prensa or the Manuel Alcántara de la Universidad de Málaga. She is known for her defence of human rights and the quest for equality for women.
Rosa Montero will speak with the writer and journalist Nuria Labari, who made a name for herself in the realm of literature with her short story book Los borrachos de mi vida for which she obtained Caja de Madrid narrative award. She also wrote the novels Cosas que brillan cuando están rotas and La mejor madre del mundo. She features in the Pequeñas resistencias anthology by Andrés Neuman.
Rosa Montero’s photography: © Alejandro Ruesga, courtesy of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
Nuria Labari’s photography: courtesy of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
Coorganised with Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial. With the collaboration of Segovia City Council and AC/E
Few authors can lay claim to having created a mythical realm and an intense and extensive volume of a work. Luis Mateo Díez belongs to this exclusive club. He transports us to the Kindgom of Celama, with its light and shade, as well as voices and echoes of the living and the dead. Mateo Díez’s literary landscape, however, is much broader and his inventiveness and creativity seem to have no boundaries, as demonstrated by an output of some fifty published works. La fuente de la edad, the novel that introduced him to a broad scope of readers, won the Crítica and the Nacional de Narrativa awards in 1986; two awards he would earn again in 2000 for La ruina del cielo. Some of his novels, such as those in the Celama cycle (El espíritu del páramo, the aforementioned La ruina del cielo and El oscurecer) have gained their place as must reads in the cannon of contemporary literature. Días del desván captures the experiences of his youth in the provincial setting of Laciana in León. Mateo Díez has the special ability to transmit emotions, and nothing humane is alien to him as shown in novels such as La gloria de los niños, La piedra en el corazón or the short stories in El fulgor de la pobreza. He has also ventured into types of narrative and written essays, poetry and stage plays. In his recent work such as La cabeza en llamas (Francisco Umbral prize for the Book of the Year), Vicisitudes, Juventud de cristal or Los ancianos siderales, which will be released shortly, he demonstrates once again his rich, fluid and precise command of language, a talent that likens him to Miguel Delibes, who will be remembered in this event commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth. Since 2001, Mateo Díez chairs the letter “I” of the Real Academia Española.
He speaks with journalist and writer Angélica Tanarro in this event presented by Fernando Zamácola, Director of the Foundation Miguel Delibes.
In case of rain, the event will take place at the same time in Hotel Palacio San Facundo (Plaza San Facundo, 4)
Photography of Luis Mateo Díez: © Jeosm
Committed conservationist Prince Hussain Aga Khan presents his photographic exploration of the world underwater in his exhibition The Living Sea, which is part of the visual arts programme during the festival and can be visited at San Juan de los Caballeros. The extraordinary collection acts as a point of departure to raise social awareness of the sublime beauty, complexity and fragility of life in the oceans. The eloquent narrative of the images inspires dialogue on the global impact oceans have on science, the overarching environment and contemporary society. He will speak with Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici – author of historical novels and thrillers who has taken part in several television programmes about his distinguished family – about the motivation behind the exhibition, how it came about and his association, Focused on Nature.
Photography of Aga Khan: courtesy of Focused on Nature
The Mexican writer, film producer and director Guillermo Arriaga, known principally as the author of screenplays for films such as Amores perros, 21 Grams (21 gramos) or Babel in which he co-directed with Alejandro González Iñárritu is the winner of the Alfaguara novel award. The jury was chaired by Juan Villoro, who praised Arriaga’s capacity to “narrate with intensity and dynamism a violent story in present day Mexico in which love and redemption are still possible”. Critics have praised the ambition, originality and passion of the narrator who started his career in 1991 with the novel The Guillotine Squad (Escuadrón guillotina). He would then write A Sweet Scent of Death (Un dulce olor a muerte), The Night Buffalo (El búfalo de la noche) for which he also wrote the adapted screenplay. and El salvaje. He has also written a book of short stories Retorno 201. Aside from the aforementioned, he has written the screenplay for Three Burials (Los tres entierros de Melquíades Estrada), directed by Tommy Lee Jones. After making several short films, he made his debut as a director of a feature film with The Burning Plane (Lejos de la tierra quemada).
Arriaga talks with the journalist and poet Antonio Lucas, whose published work includes Los mundos contrarios (Ciudad de Melilla award), Los desengaños (Loewe Prize), Las máscaras y Los desnudos (Generación del 27 award). Lucas is the editor of La Esfera de Papel -- the cultural supplement of El Mundo newspaper.
Guillermo Arriaga will participate live by videoconference, while Antonio Lucas will be on stage.
Guillermo Arriaga’s photography: © Claudia Rubio, courtesy of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
Coorganised with Fundación Telefónica and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial. With the collaboration of Teatro Juan Bravo and Provincial Government of Segovia
One of the greatest compliments you can make Stephan Janson is that his creations are handed down from mothers to daughters, and even granddaughters. A bon mot that illustrates the philosophy with which this Frenco/Italian approaches his work. From the age of eight he knew he wanted to become a fashion designer. He spotted an Yves Saint Laurent dress on the cover of a magazine at his grandmother’s. At 14, he managed to be introduced to his idol, who directed him to the school Saint Roch, a very traditional training ground for haute couture. However, as Janson avows, his real university was attending his master’s four fashion shows a year.
He suddenly had the opportunity of working with Kenzo and Diane von Furstenberg in New York. He would later move to Milan following his partner and there set up his own business. Success did not take long and the catwalk shows in Milan were followed with great expectation by the international fashion media. The maelstrom of running a business was not for him. He decided to sell only to the clients who could appreciate his work. He closed down the shops and sought refuge in his Milanese atelier where he works with ten collaborators. The principle is to work on timeless pieces, paying close attention to the quality of the fabrics, the originality of the design and quality of the workmanship. His creations can only be found in 20 boutiques around the world, including his studio in Milan.
At an early age, Sybilla found herself involved in the fashion world. Without prior training in the field, what was a ‘game’ for her became her passion. After a brief period of apprenticeship at the Yves Saint Laurent atelier, when she was just 20 years old, she organized what was her first fashion show at the Jacobo Siruela’s pavilion, in Madrid. Back then, she already evinced deep interest in the environment and the sustainability question in the use of cloth that came from the Madrilenian Rastro. The 1985 Gaudí Hall in Barcelona hosted her first prêt-à-porter collection. Soon after, her brand began to stand out at department stores all around the world, as well as at the most important fashion shows, not only betting for women clothing, but also for bed clothing and cosmetics, becoming our most international fashion designer. At the age of 25, she was awarded with the Golden Needle by Dafnis, and the Balenciaga award, created by the Spanish Ministry of Industry. After such outstanding international success, in 2005, she did split herself up from her brand and sought refuge in Mallorca, where she founded a study centre, specialized in sustainability and social transformation. In 2014, after her return to international exhibitions, she was awarded with the Gold Medal in Beaux Arts, and the National Fashion Award in 2015. At present, she does not only keeps designing by focusing on using responsible sourced fabrics, but she also gives much importance to handcrafted complements. In the same vein, she has played an active role in the creation of the Fabrics For Freedom Foundation, whose goal is to push textile and handcrafted projects that have a positive impact in its production, from the economic, social or environmental point of view.
Margarita Ruyra de Andrade (Madrid, 1963) is Director of the Zuloaga Foundation and co-founder of ES Fascinante, an online boutique for the promotion of Spanish fashion and emerging national designers. They represent the slow fashion movement: sustainable, quality and handmade fashion. Together with España Fascinante, they share the legacy of the Zuloaga family of artists and artisans, who, for several generations, promoted Spanish creation and culture.
Stephan Janson, Sybilla and Margarita Ruyra talk with the journalist and writer Joana Bonet.
Stephan Janson and Sybilla will participate live by videoconference, while Ms Ruyra and Joana Bonet will be on stage
Photography of Stephan Janson: © Guido Taroni, courtesy of Around Art
Photography of Sybilla: © Félix Valiente
Photography of Joana Bonet: © Carlos Cortés
Photography of Margarita Ruyra: courtesy of Around Art
Videos: Stephan Janson 2015 / Sybilla 1982-2015
Coorganised with Around Art and the Castilla y León Government
The miracle lasted but a few months. The pandemic devastated the planet. People withdrew into their homes. And nature recovered substantial ground. Now Earth shudders once more. It wants to talk. Talk with a firm voice. And also a poetic one. Three Spanish poets settled in Castilla y León gather in a setting defined by the footprint of its natural heritage to raise their voices with verve in a new song to nature. Belén Artuñedo (Cuadernos de China, Teselas, Orden de alejamiento) has accumulated a wealth of poetry full of force and expressive vigour, with a deep and penetrating look on the world and human beings. Fermín Herrero (Tierras altas, Sin ir más lejos, Alrededores) is one of the most relevant poets on the subject of the planet and nature of our time, through a poetry that turns the most basic, the insignificant, into a universal symbol of the passing of man on Earth. Lastly, the poetry of Carlos Aganzo (Las voces encendidas, Las flautas de los bárbaros, En la región de Nod) permanently delves into the truth and falsehood of human beings, their relationship with themselves, with others and above all with the natural environment that surrounds them. Poetic humanism and naturalism at a time of redemption and reencounter with Earth. The Earth that we are. The one that belongs to us and to which we belong. The Earth that remains at this critical and unique time.
In case of rain, the event will take place at the same time in Hotel Palacio San Facundo (Plaza San Facundo, 4)