Welcome to our Early Bird programme. The full programme will be released at the end of March.
Colombian writer Azriel Bibliowitz has researched the Jewish diaspora in Latin America. He talks to Carlos Aganzo, poet and the editor of El Norte de Castilla about his latest book, Las migas de pan, as well as reflecting on the importance of literature in his life.
Once again, the poetry whisperers will be out and about in Segovia, this time in three central locations: the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza San Martín and the Quintanar Palace. Between 5.30 pm and 8.30 pm, some thirty actors will invite a passer-by to a poem, whispering it in their ear. Some poems will be by writers that have taken part in Hay Festival Segovia before, like Antonio Lucas, Antonio Colinas, Javier Rodríguez Marcos, Clara Janés, José María Muñoz Quirós, Carlos Aganzo, Luis Alberto de Cuenca and Pablo Jiménez Burillo. Among the classics will be work from Santa Teresa de Jesús, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, María Zambrano, Dante, Federico García Lorca or Juan Ramón Jiménez. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Quintanar Palace at the same time.
Peruvian entrepreneur and major international collector Eduardo Hochschild, talks to Carlos Mas, Vice President of the IE Foundation and an expert in family businesses, about the relationship between artists and patrons in promoting and protecting the arts. The event is introduced by José Antonio García Belaunde, the Peruvian ambassador to Spain.
Jordi Évole, one of Spain’s most popular television journalists and the presenter of interview and documentary program Salvados, discusses reporting on current affairs in Spain with veteran reporter Javier del Pino, presenter of one of Spain’s most popular radio programs, A Vivir, que son dos días. Moderated by Aurelio Martín.
The Same Sky is an electifying look at the tactics used by the East German secret police to get intel from the west. A ‘Romeo’ agent from East Germany in the 1970s is sent to the West, first to seduce and then to spy on Western women who worked in government or defence institutions.
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel. 2017
In 2012, Human rights lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy QC became the first female co-chair of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute. She talks to Spanish writer and journalist Laura Freixas about her four decades in law, and the changes that she and her colleagues have wrought in that time, and what still remains to be done, not just in the way the law treats women but throughout our society. Laura Freixas, who aside from her own novels and essays works to promote Spanish female writers, provides insight into how Spanish society has slowly changed in its attitudes toward women.
Focused specifically on Renaissance art from Florence, and in particular, works from the Medici collection, this workshop teaches framers how to identify the age of a picture frame and whether it is the original made for a specific painting.
The production team from Storytel, the main platform for audiobooks in Europe, explain the making of the audiobook version of Between Them, by Richard Ford, one of the best US novelists of his generation and a recipient of the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award.
Mexican-born poet and translator Juana Adcock works in English and Spanish. In her first book, Manca (2014) she explores the violence of her native country. Manuel Astur is a Spanish writer, journalist and music producer. Both are among the New Voices from Europe annual selection of emerging talent by Literature Across Frontiers. She talks to writer and poet Marife Santiago.
Music, art and chaos in the wild West-Berlin of the 1980s. The walled-in city became the creative melting pot for sub- and pop-culture. Before the iron curtain fell, everything and anything went.
Length: 92 minutes
Director: Jorge A. Hoppe
Original version in German with subtitles in Spanish. 2015
Author of Fat is a Feminist Issue and Bodies, Susie Orbach talks to Spanish journalist Charo Izquierdo, who has edited some of Spain’s best-known fashion magazines and is now the director of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Madrid, about reconstructive surgery, eating disorder, identity crises and the lengths women around the world go to in order to conform to the Western media’s notions of beauty.
Javier Marías,one of Spain’s most celebrated writers, member of the Real Academia Española (RAE) and the author of more than a dozen novels, Javier Marías publishes his latest novel, Berta Isla, on September 5, a work that tells the immersive and passionate story of a wait, and describes the fragility and the tenacity of an amorous relationship condemned to secrecy and hiding. He talks to Proffesor Alexis Grohmann, Chair of Contemporary Spanish Literature, Edinburgh University and Member of (RAE)
The British Council School is a bicultural institution with students aged from two up to 18 years. The secondary school’s orchestra and choir is made up of students from 11 years plus. They interpret a varied repertoire including Renaissance, baroque and classical pieces, as well as contemporary works. The College is committed to musical development, not only for the artistic results obtained through learning, but also for the values that are acquired by overcoming the challenges of working together, including loyalty, flexibility, resilience and care for others. The British Council School contributes to the British Council's global mission of spreading British culture and the English language and building closer ties with cultures around the world.
Matthew Levin, the Canadian ambassador to Spain, introduces fellow Canadian Elan Mastai, who will discuss his latest book, All Our Wrong Todays and talk to Spanish writer Ray Loriga, who has just published Rendición, about what motivates them to write. Moderated by Spanish journalist Berna González Harbour of El País.
The Reformations project is the programming spine of the Hay Festival’s 30th anniversary year. Great writers and thinkers have been invited to reform authorities and institutions in the spirit of Martin Luther, whose 95 Theses were published 500 years ago in 1517.
In this powerful polemic, the leading civil rights lawyer proposes radical progress in international Human Rights law. The session is chaired by her fellow international lawyer and author of East West Street, Philippe Sands.
One of the world’s first public parks, Városliget (City Park) is in Budapest. For over 150 years the park and its institutions of culture have been a green oasis for relaxation, entertainment and recreation. After a couple of decades of decline, the Liget Budapest Project is renovating it. As part of the cultural development, Sou Fujimoto’s piece of art, the House of Hungarian Music will be housed there. How will this development renew the area and the cultural life of the capital?
co-organised with Ie university, and in collaboration with the hungarian embassy in spain, house of music and the liget project
Elvira Sastre is a poet, writer, philologist and translator. But, above all, while still in her twenties, she is a literary phenomenon who has established herself as an important voice in Spanish culture. La soledad de un cuerpo acostumbrado a la herida (The Loneliness of a Body Accustomed to the Wound) is her latest book, joining translations of Gordon E. McNeer’s The Children of Bob Dylan (Los hijos de Bob Dylan) or her lyrical contribution to Vetusta Morla’s latest album. She talks to journalist Aurelio Martín of Promecal and El Día de Segovia.
Jay Bernard explores the concepts of gender and identity through their work as artist, poet and performer, and reflects this by using gender-neutral pronouns when referring to their work.
Considered to be one of the most outstanding voices among emerging British contemporary artists, Bernard visits Spain for the first time with a spoken word performance of their poetry. Having presented their works in such emblematic venues as Buckingham Palace, the British Library or the Royal Shakespeare Company on this occasion Bernard will take the stage at Segovia’s former jail to present their vision on gender, sexuality and diversity from multi-disciplinary, critical and queer perspective.