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.
Maysun Abu-Khdeir, born in Zaragoza to a father of Palestinian origin, started work in photojournalism almost by chance, as a way of examining her identity and the world around her. After over fifteen years in the profession, this independent Palestinian photographic journalist has become an outstanding and highly experienced documentary photographer covering areas in conflict. A perceptive critic of injustice, she was nominated for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize by the European Pressphoto Agency for her coverage of the Syrian civil war. She has also covered social and political conflicts and natural disasters in Europe, the Balkans, Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Maysun combines her work as a journalist with public speaking, education, painting and design. Her exhibition, To Exist is to Resist, on show at the Hay Festival, is about the lives of Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and in the countries where they have taken refuge.
Maysun will talk to the journalist Aurelio Martín.
Inauguration of the exhibition for the press: 12:00.
Public opening of the exhibition: 18:00.
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.