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.
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 with the poet and journalist Carlos Aganzo.
Rethinking the role of investment as one of the main foundations for achieving sustainable development goals, and moving away from a model of industrial location based only on cost reduction, with its resulting damage to equality and the environment, are two of the main goals of impact investment. Heba Salama is an expert on productive investment and brings her knowledge to the management of the Regional Investment Agency of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). She has been working on African projects for 20 years, and in 2017 was selected as one of Egypt’s 50 Most Influential Women for her role in developing the country’s human and economic resources.
Heba Salama will talk to William Mut Tracy, a consultant who specializes in the politics and promotion of productive investment, who has worked with numerous international institutions including the World Bank, the United Nations, COMESA, the EU and others. This event will be introduced by Borja Santos, the Executive Director of the IE School of Global and Public Affairs.
With only a few days to the Climate Summit co-organized by the United Kingdom and Italy this year, the Hay Festival Segovia is hosting a round table to address the issues of the climate emergency, with a special focus on the role of civil society as the engine of the green revolution. How to increase citizen participation in these debates and how to accompany the changes promoted by the Paris agreement will be among the topics discussed by Nick Bridge, Special Representative of the British Government for Climate Change, Eva Saldaña, Executive Director of Greenpeace Spain, Eduardo Brunet, Founder and CEO at Greenward Partners, and Rubeena Singh, Master in International Development young graduate and former President of the IE Net Impact Club.
An insightful debate moderated by Daniel Dombey, Madrid Correspondent at Financial Times, and introduced by Isabela del Alcazar, Head of Sustainability at IE University.
Nick Bridge will contribute digitally.
For years, the political scientist and human rights defender Ingrid Betancourt was constantly in the international news. In February 2002, as a candidate for the presidency of her country, Colombia, she was abducted by FARC and was not subsequently freed until 2008. The former Colombian president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Juan Manuel Santos, was one of the main figures behind the peace agreement with this guerrilla group. Both have a long career working in favour of human rights and have also worked in ecology and sustainable development. During her time as a representative in the Colombian parliament, Betancourt, who was later a senator, created the country’s first ecological party. During his time in government, Santos, the author of a number of books, promoted sustainable development goals, and through the Compaz Foundation has worked to empower victims, consolidate peace and defend the environment.
They will talk about the events in which they have been centrally involved, and whose importance goes beyond the borders of Colombia. A figure who has become a global spokesperson against abduction and the man who was key to the peace agreement have spoken through the pages of the book Una conversación pendiente, and at this festival event will talk live about matters of urgency that affect our globalized world.
Betancourt and Santos will talk to the journalist Jesús Vigorra, the producer and presenter of Canal Sur Radio’s La mañana de Andalucia
The event will be introduced by Diego del Alcázar Benjumea, the Executive Vice-president of IE University.
For Santiago Beruete, looking at a garden is looking at life and learning to read it differently. He also considers that goodness is an attribute of the intelligence. Starting from these bases, this anthropologist and Doctor of Philosophy, who combines his educational and research activity with gardening and writing, will teach us to reflect on the importance of our relationship with nature. He has published the essays Aprendívoros, Jardinosofía and Verdolatría. The subtitles of these books, respectively “Cultivating Curiosity”, “A Philosophical History of Gardens” and “Nature Teaches Us To Be Human” give us an idea of his goal, which is none other than to talk about the Earth on terms of equality, and not from an anthropocentric viewpoint.
He will talk to Fernanda Febres-Cordero, Publishing Coordinator at Turner.
When it comes to changing the world, designers are more important than scientists. This, at least, is the opinion of Babette Porcelijn, a designer and environmental expert. In her view, designers are better equipped than other professionals to offer solutions to crucial matters such as pollution, climate change and resource depletion. She specializes in what she calls “hidden impact”, in how our everyday actions affect the environment, not only locally, through the consumption of fuels, but globally, through, for example, the transportation of goods. Her book De verborgen impact, aimed at a non-specialist readership and in which she proposes simple solutions for the future, has been very successful in the Netherlands, the author’s native country, and other European countries. It will shortly be published in Spain.
Porcelijn will talk to the Germany-based Asturian journalist, Begoña Quesada, author of books such as Alemania, el país imprescindible and Nacidos después de muertos.
“The biggest change in 50 million years.” This is how the environmental writer and activist Andri Snaer Magnason replied when asked about the future effects of climate change. It is something of such massive dimensions that we lack words to express it, although for many the climate conversation has been nothing more than hot air. But this is changing, and books such as On Time and Water are looking at the crisis through science, poetry, history and mythology. Magnason is an environmental activist who looks at the dangers of not caring for our planet and nature from his different facets as an artist: he is a writer, actor and director, both of feature and documentary film. As a writer, he has published novels, short stories, narrative essay and plays. His titles include Dreamland, The Story of the Blue Planet for which he won the Iceland Literary Prize, and Eternal Happiness. In 2016 he ran for the presidency of his country, Iceland.
Magnason will talk to Irene Hernández Velasco, journalist at El Mundo, with which she was a correspondent in Rome.
The name of Vicente Todolí will live in the collective memory thanks to his extensive experience as an art expert. His CV features important positions including Artistic Director at the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, and Director of London’s Tate Modern. In recent years, Todolí’s focus has turned from art to citrus plants, and as the US thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson advised, he has been cultivating his own garden in Palmera (Valencia), where he has assembled the world’s largest private collection of citrus plants: around 400 varieties, some of them in danger of extinction. His conservation project, managed by the Fundació Todolí Citrus, has also acted as a bulwark against development plans that have threatened the landscape in the area.
Todolí will talk to Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici who, at this event, will reconnect with an old family tradition: the Medici family once practiced bringing art and nature together, and in Renaissance Florence they not only patronized artists and collected art, but also put together a magnificent collection of citrus plants.