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Hay Festival Segovia, 19–22 September 2019, has now ended. Thanks for joining us! You can watch and listen again on Hay Player.


Event 1

Visual Arts and Performance in the Square

– Venue: Tourist Office (Santa Columba), Acueducto de Segovia

Hay Festival Segovia opens with a tour of the visual arts exhibitions curated for the Festival (which will occupy the most iconic locations in the town during September), in a popular admission-free celebration throughout the whole day. The meeting point is the Tourist Office (Santa Columba), next to Segovia’s aqueduct, for a live performance by Ricardo Cárdenas involving the installation of his aluminium structure called ‘Cloud’ in a public space.

The Palacio Quintanar then opens its doors to show a selection of video art curated by Kate Cox about fashion and sustainability, brought by the British Council (more information here), and a photography exhibition, ‘The Faces of Time’, by Ricardo Martín, curated by Elvira Lindo.

At 5pm the Casa de la Moneda launches the exhibition ‘Trafalgar: The Journey’ by Daniel Parra, which provides a new perspective on one of the most important events in history.

At 7.45pm, ‘Pictorial Expanding Intervention’ will launch at Plaza San Martín; an exhibition by Alberto Reguera, a well-known international artist from Segovia whose works are included in collections around the world. He will carry out a live, pictorial performance of one of his three-dimensional abstract landscape paintings. While the performance is taking place, audiences will witness a dialogue between music and art, accompanied on the piano by Jorge Nava, star of the 2019 Maria Canals International Piano Competition. Once the performance has concluded, Alberto Reguera will talk to journalist and writer Aurelio Martín about influences on his art, especially the landscape of Castile. For more information visit

The event finale takes place at 9.15pm, with ‘Poets in the Square’. National Poetry Award winner Ángela Segovia and Antonio Lucas, LOEWE Poetry Award winner, talk to journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla. For more information visit

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Alhóndiga. The start time will remain the same.

Annie Leibovitz Photo ©: Ricardo Martín

Alberto Reguera Photo ©: Nerea Serrano

Jorge Nava Photo ©: Michal

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Event 5

Sculpture Workshop with Ricardo Cárdenas

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Aula 5

The sculptor demonstrates his process of creation and construction in a two-hour sculpture workshop at the IE University; a small-scale recreation of his exhibited work for the Festival.

Event in Spanish
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Event 19

Ricardo Cárdenas

Exhibition Opening and Concert: Esculturas en libertad

– Venue: Huerta de Félix Ortiz

The sculptor has designed a series of sculptures for Huerta de Félix Ortiz, which have been placed around the garden, creating a path which represents the footprint of the Colombian Amazonian jungle deforestation. He uses techniques of his own with metals, plastics and woods, and his structures are covered with paint. Through the geometry in his works, he wants to raise awareness about how we can reverse the harmful effects caused to nature by deforestation. His sculptures are composed by complex manufacturing processes from the first phase of the pieces to the last finishing touch of the materials.

At the launch of this exhibition, a lyrical concert will be presented by Fundación Prosegur, in collaboration with Fundación Albéniz, in which students from Escuela de Música Reina Sofía will perform.

On Saturday 21st at 5pm, there is a guided visit with the artist for the Caro y Cuervo Institute.

Event in Spanish.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved, at the same start time, to La Alhóndiga
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Event 23

Marc Quinn in conversation with Dylan Jones

Our Blood: A social sculpture

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Refectorio

Through some of his most high-profile works, British artist Marc Quinn has been a trailblazer in artistic activism for more than 20 years. Alison Lapper Pregnant, shown in London’s Trafalgar Square from 2005 to 2007, was widely acclaimed for challenging perceptions of disability in society. In his latest piece is a not for profit artwork. With Our Blood, Quinn confronts the refugee crisis at a time when notions of ‘self’ and ‘other’ are increasingly – and tragically – at odds. Quinn talks to Dylan Jones author, journalist, editor-in-chief of British GQ, and Chair of the Hay Festival Foundation, about his work, inspiration and aspirations for using art to spark social change.The sculpture itself consists of two substantial, identical cubes of frozen human blood. One is made from donations by 2,500 resettled refugee volunteers and the other by 2,500 non-refugee volunteers. The two anonymous cubes will be displayed in bespoke refrigeration units and housed in a pavilion. The pavilion is designed by the renowned architect Norman Foster and the Norman Foster Foundation. They will be joined on stage by siblings Fatoumata Marie and Salou Samassa. Fatoumata talks on behalf of her brother and tells his personal experience having left Marruecos and his brother’s, Yayah Samassa, who was a victim in 2015 in the biggest tragedy in the history of immigration within the Mediterranean Sea. The Our Blood project is about giving a voice to refugees, raising funds for refugee causes and raising awareness of the global refugee crisis. 

Marc Quinn Photo ©: Sarah Lee
With simultaneous translation from English to Spanish
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Event 46

Ben Evans in conversation with Dylan Jones

Good style? Good design?

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Aula Magna

Ben Evans CBE is the Director of London Design Festival, which he co-founded with Sir John Sorrell CBE in 2003. The festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world and has inspired similar events in many international cities. It is an annual event involving 400 partner organisations and attracts almost one million individual visits. 

In 2016 he added a new project, the London Design Biennale, where countries, cities and territories present design installations to a theme taking over the entirety of Somerset House for three weeks. He is the Executive Director of the Biennale.

He has been a Governor of the University of the Arts London, a Board Member of the Roundhouse, and a Trustee of Artangel. Since 2017 Ben has been Chairman of the Mayor’s Cultural Leaders Board – a statutory advisory group to the London Mayor.
Ben will discuss the essence of good design and good style with Dylan Jones OBE, Editor-in-Chief, British GQ. The event will be presented by Caroline Michel, Chair of Hay Festivals.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish
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