Hay Festival Segovia opens with a tour of the visual arts exhibitions curated for the Festival (which will occupy the most iconic locations in the town during September), in a popular admission-free celebration throughout the whole day. The meeting point is the Tourist Office (Santa Columba), next to Segovia’s aqueduct, for a live performance by Ricardo Cárdenas involving the installation of his aluminium structure called ‘Cloud’ in a public space.
The Palacio Quintanar then opens its doors to show a selection of video art curated by Kate Cox about fashion and sustainability, brought by the British Council (more information here), and a photography exhibition, ‘The Faces of Time’, by Ricardo Martín, curated by Elvira Lindo.
At 5pm the Casa de la Moneda launches the exhibition ‘Trafalgar: The Journey’ by Daniel Parra, which provides a new perspective on one of the most important events in history.
At 7.45pm, ‘Pictorial Expanding Intervention’ will launch at Plaza San Martín; an exhibition by Alberto Reguera, a well-known international artist from Segovia whose works are included in collections around the world. He will carry out a live, pictorial performance of one of his three-dimensional abstract landscape paintings. While the performance is taking place, audiences will witness a dialogue between music and art, accompanied on the piano by Jorge Nava, star of the 2019 Maria Canals International Piano Competition. Once the performance has concluded, Alberto Reguera will talk to journalist and writer Aurelio Martín about influences on his art, especially the landscape of Castile. For more information visit hayfestival.com/segovia/visual-arts.
The event finale takes place at 9.15pm, with ‘Poets in the Square’. National Poetry Award winner Ángela Segovia and Antonio Lucas, LOEWE Poetry Award winner, talk to journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla. For more information visit hayfestival.com/segovia/education.
In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Alhóndiga. The start time will remain the same.
Annie Leibovitz Photo ©: Ricardo Martín
Alberto Reguera Photo ©: Nerea Serrano
Jorge Nava Photo ©: Michal
6pm, Sala 1: El País Workshop
Practical workshop run by cultural journalist and literary critic of El País Juan Carlos Galindo, and writer of Malaherba and journalist Manuel Jabois, who will teach how to use material, sources and facts in journalism. They discuss reporting, interviewing and commentary with accuracy and a touch of humour.
6.15pm, Sala 2: British Council Workshop
This workshop brings poetry to families with children from 6 to 12 years old. You will have fun exploring and creating poetry in English.
7.15pm, Auditorio: Marta Williams and Charlotte Fraser-Prynne in conversation with Marian Hens
Leadership in uncertain times… what is the base of modern leadership? Why has authoritarian leadership become so popular in recent years? Charlotte Fraser-Prynne leads iPg and has addressed the European and British Parliaments and the Spanish Parliament. Marta Williams has been teaching leaders how to lead for 25 years. They talk to the writer Marian Hens. For more information visit hayfestival.com/segovia/education.
6pm: Presentation of issue num. 111 of Telos magazine, dedicated to The Voice The voice, which has been decisive in human evolution, it is today in the development of artificial intelligence as well, in the relationship human-machine, and a key element in the future of literature and creativity. Participants will be Juliana Rueda (music teacher and sound engineer, front page and main interview in the current issue of Telos) and Juan Zafra (journalist and director of Telos magazine) among other speaker to be confirmed. The issue of the magazine can be downloaded here.
7.05pm: Juan Fernández Miranda and Jesús García Calero in conversation with Carlos Aganzo
Don Juan contra Franco comes from the research carried out by ABC journalists Juan Fernández Miranda and Jesús García Calero, who had exclusive access to spying reports from 1948, with handwritten annotations by the dictator himself, shedding new light upon a key moment in our recent history.
8.05pm: 10-minute break
8.15pm: Lara Siscar and Pedro Zuazua. "Aquí hay gato encerrado”
Journalist and novelist Lara Siscar talks about living with cats and her shared feline weaknesses with Pedro Zuazua, author of En mi casa no entra un gato. The author of La vigilante del Louvre and Flores negras shares the session with the journalist and communication manager of PRISA News, whose book based on his daily life with his cat, Mia, has been a publishing success.