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.
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.
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.
This event, featuring Valerio Rocco and Sonia Mulero, who both lead institutions dedicated to creating cultural exchange and knowledge, will be about the transformational power of culture.
Valerio Rocco is a philosopher and writer and since November 2019 she has been at the head of the Círculo de Bellas Artes, the Madrid-based historical cultural institution, which now has the Casa Europa stamp. She also lectures on the History of Modern Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Madrid and has been the Vice-deacon of Research at that university’s Faculty of Philosophy and Literature. Her areas of research include European Philosophy and the Geopolitical Philosophy of History. She has participated in a 2020 Horizon European research project entitled Failure, about the concept of failure and its reversibility.
Sonia Mulero is an expert in the management of not-for-profit organizations, in training volunteers and in technological entrepreneurship. As well as running the Banco de Sabadell Foundation, she is a member of the committees and boards of various foundations and associations in her area, including Eina (the Barcelona art and design centre), the Hemav Foundation (which trains young people to manage non-profit ventures), the Photographic Foundation (which runs the World Press Photo prize), the FECyT foundation, the Ashoka Venture Board, the Celera committee, and the Catalunya Cultura Foundation’s PIC committee. In 2019 she was listed in the top 100 Spanish Women Leaders.
The vitality and energy of the world of books and literature in India come to the Hay Festival with one of its major figures: Sanjoy Roy runs the world’s largest literary event, the Jaipur Literature Festival, and has created the parallel event, Jaipur Book Mark, in support of the publishing sector in Asia. With his company, Teamwork Arts, he also runs more than 25 acclaimed theatre, visual arts and literary festivals. He is the founder of the Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT), which works to offer services supporting street children and workers in central Delhi. In 2011, the White House granted SBT a President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities award.
The Indian journalist and writer Pallavi Aiyar has a long career as a press correspondent and she has worked in Indonesia, China, Japan and other countries. Her first book, Smoke and Mirrors, deals with the political and social difference between the Chinese and Indian systems. Her subsequent work on the European crisis, Punjabi Parmesan, was chosen by Foreign Affairs magazine as one of the best books of 2016. She has published in many prestigious outlets, including The New York Times, Granta and Los Angeles Review of Books.
Roy and Aiyar will talk to Raphael Minder, Spain and Portugal correspondent for The New York Times. The event will be introduced by Catalina Tejero, the Head of the IE University’s Arts and Humanities Department.
Essay and poetry are César Antonio Molina’s preferred genres, for which he has obtained the highest awards and decorations both in Spain and abroad. However he has also written works of memoir and travel writing. A chronicler of his times, his facet as a journalist has always accompanied his literary career. Cultural management and political positions are also part of his background: he was Minister of Culture between 2007 and 2009 in one of Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s governments, and has also run the Cervantes Institute, the Círculo de Bellas Artes and the Casa del Lector. The last of his almost fifty books (including Olas en la noche, La caza de los intelectuales, Lugares donde se calma el dolor, La poesía es un error necesario...) has the provocative title of ¡Qué bello será vivir sin cultura! (“How lovely it would be to live without culture!”). In it, he asks about the role of art, literature and beauty in a world dominated by social networks, populism and fake news. He also proposes some hopeful responses to these questions.
He will talk to the journalist and writer Angélica Tanarro.
The Redes que crean riqueza project is the rendering, in a parallel project with the Hay Festival, of several connections that have been created in the field of the exchange of experience and knowledge throughout all of the festival’s editions. Inspired by the Book Market of the Jaipur Festival, the Hay Festival has gathered 25 professionals from the world of culture and books, whose seven minute participations will be broadcasted via streaming and via podcast. Apart from Sanjoy Roy, director of the Indian Festival that inspired the initiative, from Pallavi Aiyar and Raphael Minder who participated on Friday (and whose participations can be followed on the Hay Player), this event includes Ana Gavin, Director of International Relations of the Grupo Planeta; Miguel Aguilar, Publishing Director of Debate, Taurus and Literatura Random House publishing houses; Carlota del Amo, Director of Corporate Communication at Penguin Random House; Marta Williams, expert in the field of women's leadership; Carlos Hernández-Lahoz, international consultant of the Princess of Asturias Foundation; Fuencisla Valverde, who has been at the head of Diagonal, one of the leading socio-cultural centres of Segovia, for 35 years; Alberto Espinar, agricultural engineer and councillor of Innovation and Culture at the Council of Segovia; Jorge Fernández Leon, expert in cultural policies and trustee at the Spanish Academy in Rome; Emilio Gil, a designer, Gold Medal of Fine Arts; Manuel Mateo Pérez, writer, editor and director of the Publishers Weekly magazine in Spanish; Sonia Mulero, Director of the Banco de Sabadell Foundation and member of the Patronage of the Escola Eina Foundation; Geoffroy Gérard, general director of the IR Foundation; Daniel Fernández, president of the Edhasa and Castilia publishing houses, and current President of the Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO); Almudena Bermejo, expert entrepreneur in the field of cultural projects and sustainability; Carlos Rod, Co-director of the independent publishing house La Uña Rota; Beltrán Gambier, a jurist and Director of Intramuros magazine; Juan Zafra, Director of Telos magazine and General Secretary of Open Publishers Club (CLABE); Valerio Rocco, a philosopher and Director of the Círculo de Bellas Artes; Xavier Vidal, Director of the Nollegiu bookshop, an iconic cultural centre of the Poblenou neighbourhood of Barcelona; Jesús Prieto, xpert jurist in the field of Cultural Law; Javier Gila, President of the NGO Aida; Patrici Tixis, president of the Guild of Editors of Spain and Director of Communications of Grupo Planeta; and Raúl Fernández Sobrino, Culture Viceadvisor of the Board of Castilla y León.
Pedro Zuazua, Director of Communications of PRISA Noticias will moderate this event.
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.