Hay Festival Segovia 2022

Browse the programme of the seventeenth edition of Hay Festival Segovia. From September 15 to 18, 2022, we will have lots of events, including English-speaking authors. For the second year in a row there will be a series of previous events in various venues in the region, to celebrate the heritage of Castilla y León. All events will be in-person, respecting the security protocols. More information here.

Nature & Environment

Event 18

Unification theory: The sheeps of Mr. Montes

Venue: Acueducto de Segovia
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The 268 Sheep of Señor Rafael Montes Illustrate the Existence of the Unification Theory by Living Peacefully Together Despite Holding Radically Different Opinions.

A herd of 268 merino sheep belonging to Mr. Rafael Montes will be shepherded to the area beneath the beautiful Roman aquaduct. This is part of Daudy and Novoselov’s art + science hugely successful worldwide project 'Everything is Connected'. The sheep, each inscribed with YES or NO, will form random groups and arrangements. Not only does this beautifully illustrate Einstein’s Unification Theory, but it also proves perfectly to us the possibility of individuals living peacefully together, however disparate their point of view. The spray paint used to write the words on the sheep's wool is ecological and completely harmless to the animal.

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Unification theory: The sheeps of Mr. Montes

Event 20

Josef H. Reichholf in conversation with Isabela del Alcázar

Dialogues with the Earth. Butterflies in danger of extinction

Venue: IE University
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Butterflies are disappearing. The deterioration of their habitats due to the use of pesticides, industrial fertilizers and monoculture farming has meant that the numbers of these insects have dropped by 80% in the last fifty years, and the threat of their disappearance is becoming ever more real. The problem goes far beyond the sad loss of some wonderful insects: this is an ecological catastrophe. The renowned evolutionary biologist and ecologist Josef H. Reichholf, winner of the Sigmund Freud Award for Scientific Literature, has been studying lepidopterans for years, and is the author of The Disappearance of Butterflies, a fascinating work of non-fiction about these insects and a cry for help in the face of the disaster of their decline. In the book, Reichholf, who lectures in Ecology and Nature Conservation at the Technical University of Munich, calls for greater responsibility when it comes to preserving biodiversity, something that we owe to the planet and to future generations. As one example projects under her office: The Nurture Hub, a project founded by two students of the School of Architecture and Design and their mentor to create a space for relax for the students, enhance the biodiversity, raise awareness and attract indigenous pollinators, such as butterflies.

He will talk to Isabela del Alcázar, Global Head of Sustainability at the IE University.

Once the event has finished, the authors will sign books in the booth outside IE University.

Simultaneous translation from German to Spanish and vice versa

Price: €8.00 (EUR)

Event 57

Clemens Schlettwein and Gemma Knowles in conversation with William Mut

Ecology and animal Welfare

Venue: Torreón de Lozoya
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Twenty years ago, Clemens Schlettwein, an investor and philanthropist specialising in environmental conservation projects, and Gemma Knowles, a holistic animal therapist and dog nutritionist, author of several books on animal welfare, started their life project together, running a shelter for dogs and cats in El Garraf (Barcelona). Project and life partners, they have launched various enterprises related, for instance, to permaculture with horses or the development of a solar car. They will talk about all this with William Mut, an expert consultant in policies and promotion of productive investment, who has worked with numerous multilateral institutions including the World Bank, the United Nations, COMESA and the EU.

Price: €8.00 (EUR)

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