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.
12:00 La Alhóndiga. Sede de Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
Opening of the Bernardo Pérez photography exhibition
Bernardo Pérez is one of Spain's most well-known photojournalists. With a career that began in the 1970s, in large part linked to the newspaper El País, he has witnessed the most important international events, and his camera has recorded wars, famines, climatic disasters, political changes, cultural and sporting events of the greatest significance. The exhibition is an anthological journey through a career that covers all genres of journalistic photography. His work is guided by his commitment to the right to have free and truthful information and his non-intervention in a situation. Including but not limited to portraits, travel reports and photographs of events, grouped in series such as Gente con luz, Los agujeros negros del Planeta or his work in progress: Bar.
With the support of Asociación Nacional de Informadores Gráficos de Prensa y TV and the City Council of Segovia.
12:30 Inauguration at Torreón de Lozoya
Map of a possible future
In the spirit of their art & science collaboration Daudy and Novoselov have created for Hay Festival this year a new work composed of refracted light.
The light emanates from a glass sculpture they have made with internationally recognized Segovian studio Vetraria Muñoz de Pablos, one of the great workshops in the creation and restoration of stained glass windows, and with scientists from the University of Manchester.
Novoselov and Daudy’s new conceptual work will be exhibited in the Renaissance courtyards of the Torreón de Lozoya, where the angles of natural light have been carefully calculated to create the maximum effect at certain times of the day.
The glass used in the structure has been fused with Rhenium Sulphide, Rhenium Telluride, Vanadium Telluride and Cobalt Chloride, elements that have never been used for this purpose before. Thus, this entirely innovative sculpture will pioneer the use of new elements of the periodic table to achieve a new method of obtaining color. This intervention is also a component of the general work Everything is Connected.
The result, therefore, is the product of the union between art, crafts and science: in its artistic component, it will reflect a contemporary game of shapes, light and colour; in its artisan component, it will unite traditional techniques with cutting edge technology from one of the best science departments in the world, which can revolutionize the treatment and artistic use of glass; and finally, in its scientific component, pioneering new techniques for creating colors and textures in the world of glass.
With the support of Aida, Ayuda, Intercambio y Desarrollo, City Council of Segovia and Fundación Caja Segovia
"You don’t take photos with a camera, but with your head and your heart.” So says Bernardo Pérez, whose viewfinder has been aimed at those black holes around the planet suffering from violence, extreme poverty and the abandonment of human rights. His camera was also a witness to some of the main events of the Spanish Transition to Democracy, after he joined the founding team of El País in 1976, as well sporting events such as the Olympic Games, heads of state, international conflicts… Pérez has accompanied writers such as Juan Goytisolo and journalists like Maruja Torres on projects for El País Semanal magazine, assignments that have taken him around the Americas and Europe. He will talk to the Hay Festival Segovia about his experience, putting words to the Compromiso con la realidad exhibition that will accompany the festival, putting a selection of his images on show.
Pérez will talk to the journalist Aurelio Martín.
Event in Spanish
War extends far beyond the front line. It affects millions of people; their way of life, their economy, culture and heritage. Three experienced journalists will talk about how to tell the story of a war, with all that this implies: María Sahuquillo, El País correspondent in Ukraine; Luis de Vega, El País's special envoy to Ukraine, who has also reported on other conflicts; and Ramón Lobo, who has been a war correspondent in Iraq, Palestine and Chechnya.
Event in Spanish
How do you write a news story? How do you choose a good photo? What is a headline? The El País journalism workshop for children offers two sessions on journalism through simple activities that require nothing more than the wish to tell a story. In this hands-on workshop, the students of CEIP El Peñascal will choose their own story, learn how to write it in the form of a news item, and create a front page that they will take home as a souvenir.
Can literature counteract the negative consequences for society of fake news? Nativel Preciado and Antonio Lucas, two writers who are both journalists and authors, will try to answer this question from the point of view of literary figures, and also talk about how those who work in the media can fight the impact of fake news and move towards quality journalism. Nativel Preciado has had a long career as a journalist, going back to her coverage of the Transition to Democracy. This columnist and public speaker has published around twenty books. Her latest novel, El santuario de los elefantes, won the Azorín Prize. Antonio Lucas is a well-known cultural journalist, Editor of the El Mundo supplement, La Esfera de Papel. He is also a distinguished poet, having been recognized with the Loewe Prize for his book Los desengaños.
They will talk to Daniel Fernández, editor and CEO of Cedro.
Event in Spanish
After the event, the writers will be signing books at the stand on Calle Real