Hay Festival Segovia 2021

The sixteenth edition of the Hay Festival Segovia will be held from September 16 to 19, 2021. For the first time, to celebrate the heritage of Castilla y León there will be a series of previous events in various venues in the region. All events will be in-person — some will be streamed too — respecting the security protocols. More information here.

Event 6

Maysun in conversation with Aurelio Martín

On the exhibition To Exist is to Resist

Venue: La Alhóndiga. Sede de Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Maysun Abu-Khdeir, born in Zaragoza to a father of Palestinian origin, started work in photojournalism almost by chance, as a way of examining her identity and the world around her. After over fifteen years in the profession, this independent Palestinian photographic journalist has become an outstanding and highly experienced documentary photographer covering areas in conflict. A perceptive critic of injustice, she was nominated for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize by the European Pressphoto Agency​ for her coverage of the Syrian civil war. She has also covered social and political conflicts and natural disasters in Europe, the Balkans, Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Maysun combines her work as a journalist with public speaking, education, painting and design. Her exhibition, To Exist is to Resist, on show at the Hay Festival, is about the lives of Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and in the countries where they have taken refuge.

Maysun will talk to the journalist Aurelio Martín.

Inauguration of the exhibition for the press: 12:00.

Public opening of the exhibition: 18:00.

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Event 7

Juan Delgado and Sheila Blanco in conversation

Music, culture and traditions in Empty Spain

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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Rural life has always been linked to music, through rituals and chants of propitiation. This is the area studied by the composer, sound designer, music producer and ethnomusicologist Juan Delgado, who specialises in Segovia province, where practices for the supplication of rain and other conditions that favour the annual cycle of farming labours were widespread until the 1970s. Delgado, whose study will soon be published in book form, has also recently received the Young Composers prize from the SGAE-CNDM Foundation for his composition Ad Pretedam Pluviam.

In a conversation about music and its cultural context, Delgado will talk to the pianist, singer and composer Sheila Blanco, an artist who has given a voice to the women authors of the Generation of 27.

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Event 8

Enrique Laborde, Leyre Bozal and Ángel Gonzalez Pieras in conversation

Ignacio Zuloaga and El Adelantado de Segovia

Venue: Centro Santo Domingo (Antigua Sinagoga) de Pedraza de la Sierra
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In this session we will analyze the relationship Ignacio Zuloaga had with Segovia, a city he got to know at the end of the 19th century and where his uncle Daniel -a renowned potter- lived, and with the local newspaper El Adelantado de Segovia, on the paper’s 120th anniversary. Zuloaga lived for some periods of time in the city of the Aqueduct, and he had his studio, among other places, in Ayala Berganza Palace, commonly known as the House of Crime, located in the San Millán neighborhood -which left its mark in works such as Las brujas de san Millán. His great grandson Enrique Laborde is a member of the Trust of the Villa de Pedraza Foundation, which manages the legacy of Zuloaga from the castle that the painter bought, and in which a museum dedicated to the artist can be found. Laborde will talk about his relationship with the painter and with the Segovian poet José Rodao. The director of El Adelantado, Ángel González Pieras will talk about the coverage that the paper did of his work, which he renovated thanks to his time in Castille, and because of the reviews published in the paper’s pages; many of them signed by Rodao and by Leyre Bozal, a curator of the exhibition Zuloaga en el París de la Belle Époque, alongside Pablo Jiménez Burillo. Bozal will talk about the painter and the black Segovia of the beginning of the 20th century.

The conversation will take place in the old Synagogue, run by the Villa Pedraza Foundation, built in 1992, whose mission is to preserve and enrich the monumental patrimony of the Villa.

After the talk, the attendees will enjoy a visit to the Pedraza Castle where part of the artist’s collection is preserved.

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Event 9

New beginnings

Writing workshop

Venue: Sala pequeña de la Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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Do you accept the challenge of writing a story in English… in one hour? We will give you the characters, the situation and the setting… just bring your imagination! We await you at this literary competition for young people aged 12 to 17.

Ages 12 to 17
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Event 10

Ray Loriga and Enrique López Lavigne in conversation with Elsa Fernández-Santos

Where literature and film meet

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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Literature and film, and audio-visual creation in general, have always had their points in common. This has become even more so in recent years, and with the rise of new platforms literature is overflowing to other media and finding new publics along the way. While talent scouts and agents specialize in the sale of rights, publishing houses create new departments for television adaptations. At the Hay Festival to talk about adapting books for film and television will be the writer Ray Loriga, author of novels (Rendición; El bebedor de lágrimas; Sábado, domingo), short stories (El hombre que inventó Manhattan) and screenplays for films such as Live Flesh; Theresa, The Body of Christ and Picasso y El Guernica; and the film producer Enrique López Lavigne, who has worked on films including Lo imposible, Un monstruo viene a verme and Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure

They will talk to the El País cultural journalist Elsa Fernández-Santos.

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