The sixteenth edition of the Hay Festival Segovia will be held from September 17 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.
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.
A long time has passed since, aged just 21, the naturalist and writer Joaquín Araújo decided to live in harmony with nature, and dedicate his life not only to education, farming and defending these values, but to examining the intimate relationship between people and their natural surroundings and how this is reflected in poetry and art. Since then, he has published many scholarly works as well as artistic approaches to these areas. A close collaborator with the unforgettable Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, his career has been greatly involved in television, radio and writing. He has also received many awards for his work, including the Global 500 Roll of Honour recognition, granted by the UN.
The biologist and environmental consultant Raúl Tapia is a project manager at the Tormes Foundation and a member of the International Writers for the Earth Network. He has overseen the creation of ten environmental interpretation centres in protected natural spaces and his career has been recognised with several awards related to environmental conservation.
These two environmentalists, with their great commitment to the Earth, will talk about caring for nature, and its relationship to language, art and culture.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, named after its philanthropist and art collector founder, is one of Portugal’s most important cultural institutions. Dedicated to the promotion of art, science, education and cooperation, it runs two museums and an orchestra, and its centre in Lisbon is a brilliant example of Portuguese modernism. The institution’s director will visit the Hay Festival to talk about its projects. Antonio Filipe Pimentel, a Doctor of Art History, has a long CV linked to his country’s most prestigious art institutions, being the former director of the National Art Museum as well as former Assistant Director of Cultural Heritage. A central part of this conversation will be about the garden that surrounds the foundation building, a true oasis in the city. It was designed in the 1960s by Antonio Viana Barreto and Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, major figures in the modern movement and landscape architecture in Portugal.
Pimentel will talk to Sofía Barroso, a cultural manager who specializes in art and gardens.
Aligning the promotion and enjoyment of contemporary art with education, nature and sustainable and local production is an approach that galleries and museums from around the world are gradually taking up, and it is a philosophy that is being put into practice by the prestigious international art gallery Hauser & Wirth, which has outlets in Zurich, New York, London and Hong Kong. Its latest project is located in Spain, specifically on the Isla del Rey island in the Port of Mahon (Menorca). Here, a respectful restoration of historical buildings is united with the goal of bringing them back into use. The project has involved the famous landscape designer Piet Oudolf and the well-known Spanish garden designer Álvaro de la Rosa. De la Rosa was trained at the Academia de San Fernando, but soon turned his attention to plants. He has worked in Madrid, the Costa del Sol and the Balearic Islands.
At this event he will be accompanied by Josechu Carreras, the manager in Spain of Hauser & Wirth, and the conversation will be moderated by Sofía Barroso, a cultural manager who specializes in art and gardens.
The poet Ana Blandiana and the artist Luis Moro will build a bridge between the literary and artistic cultures of Spain and Romania at this event, on the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Blandiana is currently one of Romania’s most important writers. This essayist and poet writes works of great humanistic commitment, unafraid to criticise political power. She was persecuted during the Ceausescu dictatorship. Her poetry books Cosecha de ángeles, Mi patria A4 and El sol del más allá y el reflujo de los sentidos have been published in Spain, as have her short story collections Las cuatro estaciones and Proyectos del pasado.
Moro, a Spanish artist who is based in Mexico, has exhibited work at major art centres in Spain and Latin America, and has taken part in the main European art fairs. He has worked with poets such as Antonio Gamoneda and Elena Poniatowska and is currently working on the Yo Creo en Las Nubes project, based on the work of the Romanian poet.
The two will talk to the poet, novelist and Philosophy lecturer Marifé Santiago, author of books such as Teoría de los matices and Las constelaciones del Capitán.