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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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Education and Leadership

Biblioteca Pública de Segovia joins in with the Festival’s celebration day, with a programme of workshops and events

– Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia

6pm, Sala 1: El País Workshop
Practical workshop run by cultural journalist and literary critic of El País Juan Carlos Galindo, and writer of Malaherba and journalist Manuel Jabois, who will teach how to use material, sources and facts in journalism. They discuss reporting, interviewing and commentary with accuracy and a touch of humour.

6.15pm, Sala 2: British Council Workshop
This workshop brings poetry to families with children from 6 to 12 years old. You will have fun exploring and creating poetry in English.

7.15pm, Auditorio: Marta Williams and Charlotte Fraser-Prynne in conversation with Marian Hens
Leadership in uncertain times… what is the base of modern leadership? Why has authoritarian leadership become so popular in recent years? Charlotte Fraser-Prynne leads iPg and has addressed the European and British Parliaments and the Spanish Parliament. Marta Williams has been teaching leaders how to lead for 25 years. They talk to the writer Marian Hens. For more information visit

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Event 3

History and Current Affairs

– Venue: Biblioteca Municipal, Casa de la Lectura, Sala segunda

6pm: Presentation of issue num. 111 of Telos magazine, dedicated to The Voice The voice, which has been decisive in human evolution, it is today in the development of artificial intelligence as well, in the relationship human-machine, and a key element in the future of literature and creativity. Participants will be Juliana Rueda (music teacher and sound engineer, front page and main interview in the current issue of Telos) and Juan Zafra (journalist and director of Telos magazine) among other speaker to be confirmed. The issue of the magazine can be downloaded here.

7.05pm: Juan Fernández Miranda and Jesús García Calero in conversation with Carlos Aganzo

Don Juan contra Franco comes from the research carried out by ABC journalists Juan Fernández Miranda and Jesús García Calero, who had exclusive access to spying reports from 1948, with handwritten annotations by the dictator himself, shedding new light upon a key moment in our recent history.

8.05pm: 10-minute break

8.15pm: Lara Siscar and Pedro Zuazua. "Aquí hay gato encerrado”

Journalist and novelist Lara Siscar talks about living with cats and her shared feline weaknesses with Pedro Zuazua, author of En mi casa no entra un gato. The author of La vigilante del Louvre and Flores negras shares the session with the journalist and communication manager of PRISA News, whose book based on his daily life with his cat, Mia, has been a publishing success.

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Event 4

Baroque Concert: LOOKING BACK


A concert of Spanish Baroque music, with a trio of Spanish guitar/lute, baroque guitar/archlute and brass and with a varied programme ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century, directed by German musician Andreas Prittwitz. Prittwitz explores the relationship between ancient music (Renaissance and Baroque) and Romantic music (Chopin) and jazz.

Andreas Prittwitz: saxophones, clarinet and pan flutes. Antonio Toledo: Spanish guitar. Ramiro Morales: archilaúd and baroque guitar.

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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.

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Event 6

Suzy Amis Cameron in conversation with Juan López de Uralde

Take Care of the Planet

– Venue: Espacio Fundación Telefónica Madrid, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, C/ Fuencarral, 3, Madrid

Environmentalist Suzy Amis Cameron defines herself as a former actress and model, and mother of five children, who is dedicated to promoting all kinds of initiatives to combat climate change, among them Red Carpet Green Dress, which champions high-end sustainable fashion. She works with her husband, Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron (director of Titanic), on many philanthropic initiatives. Together they founded the Plant Power Task Force, which promotes plant-based food solutions for climate change, and Cameron Family Farms and Food Forest Organics. A vegan philanthropist, Amis Cameron turned to her sister Rebecca Amis to establish MUSE School Amis, the first school in the USA that offers only plant-based foods. She talks with Juan López de Uralde, congressman for Álava, founder of the Green Equo party and director of Greenpeace in Spain for a decade, who provides the perspective of a political activist. In 2010, López de Uralde published El planeta de los estúpidos: Propuestas para salir del estercolero (‘The Planet for Morons: Ways to get out of the dungpile’).

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Juan Diego Botto Photo ©: Blanca Rosa Roca

Suzy Amis Cameron Photo ©: Harry A’Court

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Event 7

Marta Williams

Leadership in Uncertain Times

– Venue: Centro José Rodao, Cantalejo County of Segovia

Business schools and universities are diligently looking for better ways of teaching leaders how to lead at this time of profound uncertainty. But what is actually the basis of modern leadership? Maybe we should actually teach ‘the art of guiding’ to future leaders from an early age? Marta Williams, with 25 years’ experience in leadership, is an expert in working with young people to realise their potential.

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Event 8

Humboldt 250

Carlos Montúfar and Sabrina Guerra Moscoso

– Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia

​Between 1799 and 1804 the Prussian scientist, geographer and humanist Alexander Humboldt (1769–1859) conducted extensive research in the Americas into the complexity of nature, with the French botanist Aimé Bonpland. To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Humboldt's birth, the University of San Francisco de Quito-Ecuador is celebrating his contribution to our knowledge and to the science that he developed during his trip around America. The publication of his works generated great interest among academics of the natural sciences in Europe and served as inspiration to a new generation of scientific researchers – in particular, Charles Darwin.

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Event 9

James Rhodes in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Music Saved Me

– Venue: Teatro Juan Bravo

English pianist and writer James Rhodes captured international attention following the publication of his book Instrumental, a bestseller in which he recounts how he suffered abuse during his childhood. He explains how the psychological injuries dragged into adulthood and how music has saved him in his darkest moments. He moved to Spain four years ago and is happy here. Following the success of Instrumental he published How to Play the Piano. He travels the world putting on concerts in which he interweaves comments about his personal experiences with performing works of classical music. He will talk about his career and music with writer and journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.

Photo ©: Felipe Romero
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Event 10

Alys Conran in conversation with Teresa Sanz

Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship 2019–20

– Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia

Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship 2019–20 / Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival 2019–20

Alys Conran's book Dignity is a powerful novel about belonging, race, British India and Great Britain. The award-winning, bilingual novelist will talk about her work and creative writing for beginners. Conran has been awarded the Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship 2019–20 / Cymrawd Rhungwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival 2019–20, which takes her to all the Hay Festivals across the world for a year. She talks to Teresa Sanz, contributing features writer of El Mundo.

Photo ©: Anna Milner
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Event 11

Elia Barceló and Juan Carlos Laviana in conversation with Blanca Rosa Roca

The Carapace That Disfigures the Past: Hard truths, kind lies

– Venue: La Alhóndiga

The best-selling author of The Colour of Silence Elia Barceló once again captures critical acclaim and public imagination with The Echo of the Skin, a novel about a family saga tinged with mystery that showcases her gift for narrating the times in which we live. With her characteristic mastery of narrative construction, Barceló delves into the past and reveals secrets that at once disturb and enrich the profile of the heroine. Barceló has received numerous awards for her work, including the UPC International Science Fiction Award for The World of Yarek and the Ignotus Prize for the best science fiction story in Spanish for Humo y Espejos (‘Smoke and Mirrors’). She will talk with journalist Juan Carlos Laviana, chaired by Blanca Rosa Roca, director of Roca Editorial.

Photo ©: Pau Sanclemente
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Event 12

Vicente Molina Foix, José Ángel Mañas, Idoia Cantolla and Amarna Miller

A Day of Storytel Workshops

– Venue: Biblioteca Municipal, Casa de la Lectura, Sala Roja

11am–12.30pm: Now and then: The revival of the ‘80s and ‘90s

The eighties were years of literary explosion, in a country that opened itself to a new democracy, in an age termed ‘Possibilitism’. Forty years later technology has provoked a new literary ‘revolution’, in styles, authors and formats, with a whole raft of writers reinventing themselves to adapt to this new form of communication. With the great writer and director Vicente Molina Foix and neo-realistic novelist José Ángel Mañas, chaired by the Publishing Manager of Storytel Original Spain, Idoia Cantolla.

12.30pm: 15-minute break

12.45pm–2.15pm: Podcast stories in women’s voices

The serial audio format gives voice to ten women from the sphere of culture and communication to talk, from their own perspective, about some of the issues that interest women nowadays: curiosity, creativity, fame, family conciliation, visibility. An exclusive and novel project which brings a female voice to current issues, in a relaxed format. With Idoia Cantolla Publishing Manager of Storytel Original Spain, and the creator of content, author, activist and actress Amarna Miller.

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Vicente Molina Foix, José Ángel Mañas, Idoia Cantolla and Amarna Miller

Event 13

ABC Podcast: New languages for history

Diego Moreno Bermejo, Andrea Carrasco Mejuto, César Cervera, Jesús García Calero

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

ABC newspaper attracts listeners with its voice project, a pioneer among the mass, national media. New audiences and devices allow ABC to reach its listeners through podcasts and newsfeeds, revealing stories and in-depth reports on history, science, women and cinema. Newsfeeds include downloads of the latest news and exclusive features to the device of your choice. The panel includes Diego Moreno Bermejo, ABC Multimedia Coordinator (videos and podcast), Andrea Carrasco Mejuto, ABC Multimedia Editor and voice of Los Boletines for ABC, and César Cervera, ABC history journalist. Chaired by Jesús García Calero, Chief Editor of ABC Culture.

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ABC Podcast: New languages for history

Event 14

Inua Ellams in conversation with Peter Florence

Identity, migration and coexistence

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

Poet, playwright, performer and designer Inua Ellams is one of the most celebrated contemporary creators in the United Kingdom for the wide-ranging nature of his work. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Literature and an ambassador of the Ministry of Stories, an organisation that fosters the potential of 8- to 18-year-olds as writers. After publishing four poetry books and receiving the Fringe First prize at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival for his first play The 14th Tale, Ellams sold out his run at the National Theatre with Barber Shop Chronicles. His most recent play The Half God of Rainfall, a work in verse that mixes Greek, Nigerian and basketball mythology, opened in March 2019 in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre to great critical acclaim. In addition to his intense graphic and literary output, Ellams has founded the Midnight Run, an urban tour from dusk to dawn, and the RAP parties that combine poetry slam with urban music. He talks to Peter Florence about how his work crosses disciplines and themes, such as identity, migration and coexistence.

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Event 15

Mukul Kesavan in conversation with Llàtzer Moix and Laura Ventura

Gandhi’s Legacy and the New Wave of Nationalism

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

The Indian historian Mukul Kesavan reviews the manner in which peaceful revolution, non-violent initiatives and the message of Mahatma Gandhi are reinterpreted in the 21st century in various contexts by separatist and/or nationalist movements. Kesavan is an essayist, political commentator, author and screenwriter, when his work as a professor at the national university Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi allows him. His work examines the constitution of a radical plural republic and the consequent erosion of majority policies. Kesavan shares the stage with the deputy director of La Vanguardia and cultural journalist and critic of design and architecture Llàtzer Moix, and with the Doctor in Hispanic Philology Laura Ventura, Professor of History of Journalism at Carlos III University and journalist for Argentine newspaper La Nación. Presented by the Honorable Ambassador for India in Spain, Sanjay Verma.

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Event 16

Raj Rewal in conversation with Llàtzer Moix

Alternative Modernity

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

Today’s architecture and cities cannot be conceived without taking into account climatic sensibility, human architecture, the connection with the past and a look towards the future. The concepts of space, structure and sustainability are fundamental in the work of Raj Rewal, the renowned Indian architect who has been awarded the gold medal by the Indian Institute of Architects, the Commonwealth Association of Architects Robert Matthew Award, and named Chevalier des Arts des Lettres by the French government. Among his most notable projects are the Nehru Memorial Pavilion, the Central Institute of Educational Technology, the World Bank Regional Mission, the National Institute of Immunology, and the Parliament Library building, all in New Delhi, India, as well as the Lisbon Ismaili Center, Portugal. Rewal has established global precedents with his urban design narratives and will talk about his work and his vision for today’s architecture with Llàtzer Moix, deputy editor of the newspaper La Vanguardia, culture columnist and critic of design and architecture. The conversation will be chaired by Martha Thorne, Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design.

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Event 17

Emilio Gil and Eugenio Recuenco

Artistic Forms That Complement One Another

– Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia

Designer Emilio Gil, winner of the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts 2015, and photographer Eugenio Recuenco started working together in 2018 with the 365º exhibition, a unique artistic endeavour, a joint effort rich in content and an enormously appealing mise en scène. The artists will talk about the relationship between photography and graphic design – artistic forms that complement each other. From illustrated magazines to photo books, Gil and Recuenco will talk about both disciplines and their historical journey.

Photo ©: TAU Design
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Event 18

Javier del Pino in conversation with Valeria Luiselli and Aurelio Martín

A vivir que son dos dias

– Venue: Teatro Juan Bravo

Journalist Javier del Pino, director of A vivir que son dos días, from la Cadena SER, the programme with the highest number of listeners during the weekend (over 2.2 million), talks about immigration and journalism, Mexico and its extraordinary culture with the Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli, who is visiting Segovia to launch her new book Lost Children Archive. They discuss writing in such a tumultuous period, where the media are focused on natural disaster, political change, polarisation and disillusionment, with journalist Aurelio Martín.

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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.

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In the event of rain, the concert will be moved, at the same start time, to La Alhóndiga
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Event 20

Jeanne Gang and Martha Thorne in conversation with Edwin Heathcote

Architecture: a catalyst for change

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

Architect Jeanne Gang is the founder of Studio Gang, which, in addition to being a renowned architectural firm, acts as a hothouse for testing ideas on varying scales, from cities and environments to building materials and their properties. Jeanne Gang has always been interested in pushing the boundaries of architecture and design to build better communities and better buildings: such as the Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre in Illinois which includes a retractable roof that opens to the sky; Aqua Tower in Chicago, an 82-storey tower that breaks from the traditional norms of skyscraper design, including balconies that vary in size and shape on each floor; the energy-saving high-rise apartments Solstice on the Park in Chicago, and the future US Embassy in Brazil.

She is a MacArthur Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, awarded 2016 Architect of the Year by The Architectural Review, and the only architect present on the 2019 list of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people. 

Jeanne will talk about architecture and innovation with Martha Thorne, Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design and Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and with Edwin Heathcote, Architecture and Design Critic for The Financial Times. The event is presented by Frederick Studemann.

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