Event 22

Voices in the Square

Venue: Plaza San Martín

Plaza San Martín will be the epicentre of this celebration as it once again plays host to a popular evening party. The celebrations will surprise visitors with their energy and happiness. Master of ceremony Jan Box.

7.30pm: First readings alternating with music from across the world, in collaboration with the Music Club of IE University and representatives from IE Foundation Humanities Prizes. Participating artists include Nnamdi Ehirim (Nigeria), Bubelo Mlilo (Zimbabwe), Giedre Pavalkyte (Lithuania). 

7:45pm: The Spanish Center for Reprographic Rights (CEDRO) organizes a session of three readings to recognize the work of writers, in which the poet Rosana Acquaroni, the novelist Amelia Pérez de Villar, and the dramatist Pedro Víllora, will read a fragment of his work to value the author's creative work.

8:00pm: Basilio Sánchez, 2019 International Poetry Prize Winner of LOEWE Foundation will read a fragment from He heredado un nogal sobre la tumba de los reyes.

8:15pm: The event continues with readings and music from different parts of the world, in collaboration with the Music Club of IE University and representatives of the IE Foundation Humanities Awards. Artists like Daniel Bloch (Australia), Lucía Naveiro (Spain), Jack Straker (United Kingdom), Malak El Halabi (Lebanon), Jacob Axel Peter (Sweden), Gede Witsen (Bali), Gabrielle Isa (Nigeria), Ellie Sande (Ethiopia) and Sarah Rachel Westvik (Norway), Clare Chambers (United Kingdom), Guillermo Rodríguez (Spain), Benjamín Rosado (Spain) and Félix Losada (Spain).

9.30pm: Dutch creations take up the natural stage of the square with a captivated Crown by Aleia Roses, the church and its balconies for the closing ceremony, shaping a unique event dedicated to show the music and creators from the Netherlands. Readings in Dutch and Spanish by Jan William Box, that will read poems from Cees Nooteboom, Leonard Pfeijffer, Martius Nijhoff, Hugo Claus, among others, will establish a dialogue with the singer SAS joining into an alternative and original pop experience in an incomparable atmosphere among emblematic Castilian buildings and the intense red colour from the flowers. Own songs and covers in Spanish, English and Dutch, where Eurovision 2019 winning song by Duncan Lawrence will not be missed. SAS is a singer and songwriter born in Holland who provides acoustic performances. In 2008, thanks to a grant from AIE, she came to Spain to study flamenco singing in Fundación Cristina Heeren. There, she discovered her own voice and started to develop her music, composing, performing and recording her album Home.

Members of the audience and participants in the readings are invited to record themselves in a professional recording cabin located on Plaza Mayor. See event 29. Please register in advance at entradas@hayfestival.com.

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​In the event of rain, the event will be moved to La Alhóndiga, at the same scheduled time
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