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.

Gardens

Event 4

Elena Goded in conversation with Sofía Barroso

Weaving together the conservation of natural species and craft tradition

Venue: Ábbatte tejeduría. Collado Hermoso (Segovia)
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Set in the 13th century ruins of the Cistercian monastery of Santa María de la Sierra in the Segovia town of Collado Hermoso, there is a botanical garden that specialises in the cultivation of plants for dyeing, some of which have almost disappeared elsewhere. However, this idyllic spot has more to offer: thanks to the initiative of Elena Goded and her company Ábbatte, the traditional form of artisan weaving with shuttle and loom have a present and a future here. One of the plants that has been recovered is rubia tinctorum (dyer’s madder), which had disappeared from central Spain. The beautiful fabrics woven here are now sold internationally. This initiative, which won a National Craft Award in 2015, was an unexpected turn in the career of Elena Goded, a former biologist and university lecturer.

This event is about the conjunction of nature conservation and the revitalisation of time-honoured craft methods, and is hosted by the cultural manager Sofía Barroso, a specialist in art and gardens.

10-minute break

Experiences of the japanese garden. Sofía Barroso introduces Monty Don

Sofía Barroso introduces a documentary about the Japanese garden that takes us on a journey guided by one of the great specialists on the subject, the writer and journalist Monty Don, who for two decades has presented some of the BBC’s most important programmes on gardens and gardening. In the documentary, Don talks to the photographer Derry Moore about these gardens, which combine ethics and aesthetics, beauty and philosophy, in a celebration of the natural world. The documentary features the great garden of Kenroku-en, the Zen gardens of Tokyo, the historical wonders of Kyoto, and also covers the seasonal celebrations of hanami (visits to the spring cherry blossom) and momijigari, the custom of enjoying the magnificent autumn spectacle of the turning leaves.

This event will be live streamed too.

Event in Spanish, screening in English
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Event 35

Readings in the garden: one’s own and others’

Diego Doncel, Carlos Aganzo, Angélica Tanarro, Mario Obrero, María Gómez Lara, Hiramatsu Kenji, Patricia Hiramatsu, Caroline Michel, Bärbell Geijsen, Sanjaay Verma, Sangeeta Matta Verma, Jan Versteeg y José Félix Valdivieso

Venue: Jardín Romeral de San Marcos
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At this year’s Propios y Ajenos —a cycle of readings that has taken place twelve times at the Hay Festival Segovia— the poets Diego Doncel, Carlos Aganzo, Angélica Tanarro, Mario Obrero and María Gómez Lara will read poems from their own books,and Hiramatsu Kenji, Patricia Hiramatsu, the Dutch ambassador, Jan Versteeg; the Dutch poet Bärbell Geijsen, the Indian ambassador Sanjay Verma and his wife Sangeeta Matta Verma and Caroline Michel by their favourite poets, in a trail around the most beautiful spots of the garden of San Marcos. Once again, the writer José Félix Valdivieso will be the master of ceremonies.

In case of rain, the event will take place in the Alhóndiga at the same time.

Readings in English, Spanish, Dutch and Japanese
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Event 40

Antonio Filipe Pimentel in conversation with Sofía Barroso

The Gulbenkian Foundation, an oasis in Lisbon

Venue: IE University
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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.

Event with simultaneous translation from Portuguese into Spanish and from Spanish into Portuguese.
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Event 46

Jean Paul Brigand and Lorenzo de' Medici in conversation

Stimulating the senses

Venue: Torreón de Lozoya
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Until 2001, Jean Paul Brigand, a biologist and economist then based in Paris, combined his work as a financier with his passion for gardens. That was the year his passion won out, and together with his wife, Anne Kenny, he started out on a dream in the Alentejo region of Portugal. At his home, the Lugar do Olhar Feliz, all the senses come to life: from the sight of the beautiful David Austin roses to the scent of orange blossom. Here he cares for 350 kinds of citrus plant, one of the finest collections in southern Europe. Many of these citruses come from Japan, and the collection includes the famous Sorrento lemon, the variety used to make limoncello. Brigand has managed to create a botanist’s dream, overcoming all the difficulties involved in maintaining a collection of this size.

Lorenzo de’ Medici, a direct descendent of the famous family of patrons, is able to tell us about a Medici family secret, one that links him to Brigand: collecting citrus plants. He has also had a long career as a writer of novels (La conjura de la reina, Las cartas robadas, La palabra perdida), historical essays (Los Médici, nuestra historia) and travel guides. He has made documentaries about his family for major European television channels, such as Arte TV.

Both will be presented by Julia Casaravilla, museologist, conservator and owner of the Romeral de San Marcos, a garden designed by her husband, Leandro Silva.

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Event 58

Readings in the garden: one’s own and others’

Prince Lorenzo de' Medici, Prince Hussain Aga Khan, Princess Fareen Aga Khan, Hugh Elliott, Toñi Elliott, Caroline Michel, Riccardo Guariglia and Elena Persichetti

Venue: Jardín Romeral de San Marcos
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The second Propios y Ajenos event of the 2021 Hay Festival Segovia presents the princes Lorenzo de’ Medici and Hussain Aga Khan and his wife Princess Fareen Aga Khan; the British ambassador, Hugh Elliott and his wife, Toñi Elliott, the Italian ambassador Riccardo Guariglia and his wife, Elena Persichetti and Caroline Michel, chair of the Hay Festival, who will read from their favourite poets on a trail that includes some of the most beautiful spots in the Romeral de San Marcos Garden.

Readings in Spanish, Italian, French and English.

In case of rain, the event will take place in the Alhóndiga at the same time.

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Event 63

Vicente Todolí in conversation with Lorenzo de’ Medici

Collecting citrus trees for nature

Venue: IE University
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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.

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