Visual arts and architecture programme

Too Good to Waste

A new approach to sustainable design.

Too Good to Waste is an interactive installation designed by Benedetta Tagliabue - EMBT, initiated by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and made by craftsmen at Benchmark in American cherry, maple, red oak and tulipwood.

Originally created for the exhibition organized by the Italian publication Interni during Milan Design Week, Too Good to Waste takes on a new form and is exhibited for the first time in Spain during the Hay Festival at the Plaza Mayor of Segovia from 22 nd to 25 th of September.

Too Good to Waste is an invitation to reflect on the responsible use of these forests and to discover new species and qualities of hardwoods that are rarely found in homes or furniture stores in Europe, but should be taken into account if we want to contribute to a balanced and sustainable use of the forests.

On Friday 22 September at 18:00 there will be an event dedicated to Too Good to Waste, in which architect Benedetta Tagliabue, British craftsman Sean Suttcliffe and AHEC European director, David Venables, will discuss, chaired by Michelangelo Giombini, architect of Interni projects, the implications of this project as well as new approaches on sustainability, relevant to the world of architecture and design.

Also, on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24, there will be guided tours of the installation, led by some of its protagonists.

Venue and date: Plaza Mayor, from 22 to 25 September
Opening: 22 September at 11am
Timetable: Open during all days of Festival

Storytel Interactive Exhibition

Listening to audio books is also reading.

We all like to be told a good story. Attendees at this interactive exhibition will be able to discover the new world of audiobooks in the central Al hóndiga Art Space. Storytel, Europe's premier audiobook platform, will transform the interior of this historic building into four different settings in which audiences will immersively approach the new world of audiobooks by listening to passages of books by writers such as Dolores Redondo, Richard Ford, Ray Loriga and Manuel Vilas.

Venue and date: La Alhóndiga, from 16 September to 23 September
Opening: September 16 at 8.30pm
Timetable: Thursday 21, from 5pm to 8pm; Friday 22, from 12pm to 2pm and from 5pm to 8pm; Saturday 23, from 12pm to 2pm and from 5am to 7pm
Coorganised with: Storytel
In collaboration with: Segovia City Hall, RENFE, Protos Wineyard, BMW

Sculptures in the wild

Once again, the Hay Festival wants to dedicate a special space to sculpture in the Huerta de Félix Ortiz.

Inspired by Samuel Beckett and Italo Calvino, sculptor Roberto Barni works on the idea of the human condition and presents mankind anonymously in enigmatic situations. His pieces, featuring figures seemingly lost or captured off-balance, will be displayed in the gardens of the Huerto de Félix Ortiz, an exception environment where works blend in with nature.

His work is part of important international public collections, among them: Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Bologna), Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Rome), Galleria degli Uffizi - Gabinetto dei Disegni (Florence), Musée des Beaux-Arts (Budapest), Queens Museum (New York), Tate Gallery – Print Collection (London).

The opening will take place on Friday September 22 with a concert of a lyrical music by the Prosegur Foundation in collaboration with the Albéniz Foundation, played by students of the Reina Sofía Music School.

In the event of rain, the concert will be transferred to Casa de la Moneda at the same time.

Venue and date: Huerta de Félix Ortiz (Marqués de Villena Street), from 22 September to 1 October
Opening: 22 September at 6pm
Timetable: Open from 23 September, from 12pm to 2pm and from 5.30pm to 8.00pm
Coorganised with: Marlborough Galery, Félix Ortiz and Segovia City Hall
In collaboration with: Prosegur Foundation, Albériz Foundation

Exhibition Regards qui parlent / Eyes that speak

Regards qui parlent is the result of collaboration between Spanish artist DAUD, resident in Senegal, and communication company GRIOT. The project came out of Daud’s work with street children in the West African country and his determination to raise awareness, in a less judgmental way, about their lives by empowering them to tell their own stories through games, as well as providing teaching materials to further develop their artistic skills and sense of self-esteem.

This project has been proposed by Rossy de Palma, temporary cultural godmother at the Institut Français in Spain, TIFE17

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Venue and date: IE University, from 20 September to 25 September
Opening: 20 September at 7pm
Timetable: Open during all days of Festival

Organised with Institut Français and in collaboration between artist DAUD and communication company GRIOT