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Hay Festival Segovia, 19–22 September 2019, has now ended. Thanks for joining us! You can watch and listen again on Hay Player.

Event 9

Trinity College

Workshop: telling musical stories

– Venue: La Alhóndiga

Directed not just at music teachers, this workshop consisting of two, two-hour courses, shows first how to analyse a piece of music (in this case Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye), breaking it down so that pupils can better understand and then learn to play it. In the second session, we teach how to tell a story through music. Both sessions will be accompanied by pianists.

Event in Spanish
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Trinity College

Event 16

Screening: Dancing Beethoven


– Venue: La Cárcel Cinemateca
This fascinating documentary is about the choreographing of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in 1964. Over the course of the film, viewers will be immersed in the demanding rehearsals and the complex collaboration between the Swiss company, the Tokyo Ballet and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a fascinating work that managed to create one of the most successful and impactful choreographic events of the 21st Century.

Length: 80 minutes.
Director: Arantxa Aguirre. 2016.
O.V. in English and French with Spanish subtitles.
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Screening: Dancing Beethoven

Event 10

Writers in English

British Council Workshop

– Venue: Biblioteca Pública- Procuradores de la Tierra

Ahead of Hay Festival Segovia, this event with British Council teachers involves creative tasks and activities to explore the works of English writing authors attending the festival this year. 

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Event 34

Leïla Slimani in conversation with Isabel Navarro

Goncourt Prize winner 2016

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Sala Capitular

Moroccan journalist and writer Leïla Slimani has lived in France since her university days. After several years in journalism, she decided to focus on writing fiction Her first novel, Dans le jardin de l’ogre, published in 2014, explores female sexual addiction and was acclaimed by the critics. Her second novel, Chanson Douce, won France’s most prestigious literary prize. She talks to Isabel Navarro, Chief Editor of Mujer Hoy, and poet about her work, literary inspiration and influences. It is presented by Nicolas Kassianides, director of the Institut Français in Spain.

7pm. Exhibition opening of "Miradas que hablan"

"Regards qui parlent" aims to raise awareness about homeless children by allowing them to express themselves in different ways by providing them with educational material and games to boost their artistic skills and self-esteem. A joint initiative between Spanish artista DAUD and communication Company Griot.

There will be wine tasting offered by Pernod Ricard.



Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish
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Leïla Slimani in conversation with Isabel Navarro

Event 11

Screening: BAFTA Short Film 2017 nominees

– Venue: La Cárcel Cinemateca

The British Council, in partnership with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), presents this programme dedicated to the promotion of the best British short films.

Original version in English with Spanish subtitles
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