Here is the early bird programme for Hay Festival Segovia. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Not a day goes by without politics and the economy filling the front pages or being discussed by the experts. Philosopher Fernando Savater, a man committed to his times and to political regeneration, talks to Guillermo de la Dehesa, economist, entrepreneur and President of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, about today’s society. The vision of a philosopher and an economist will help us to think about the current situation, both in Spain and internationally.
General Coordinator of Madrid City Hall’s Mayoral Office, Luis Cueto describes himself as conversant with every aspect of government. He talks about the implications of the so-called new politics on Spain and the rest of Europe with political scientist and lawyer Álvaro Gil-Robles, the first Commissioner for Human Rights in the Council of Europe.
Event in Spanish.
Passerby in Segovia’s main square will have the opportunity to take part in this project to bring the classics alive by listening to poetry read out loud in the intimate setting of the street. Twenty actors will be reciting poems, some of them by writers taking part in this year’s Hay Festival Segovia, among them, Antonio Lucas, Antonio Colinas, Javier Rodríguez Marcos, Clara Janés, José María Muñoz Quirós, Carlos Aganzo, Luis Alberto de Cuenca, Pablo Jiménez Burillo, Owen Sheers and Andres Neuman, along with works by such universally acclaimed poets such as Santa Teresa de Jesús, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, María Zambrano, Dante, Federico Garcia Lorca and Juan Ramón Jimenez.
Outdoor event in Spanish.
Jaap Scholten, José María Beneyto y Concha Barrigós discuss the current situation in Europe. Dutch writer and journalist Jaap Scholten, who moved to Hungary in 2003, has written extensively about the impact of the collapse of Communism on Europe, talks to Spanish acadmic and jurist José María Beneyto, an expert on the European Union. The pair will also discuss their literary output with Spanish journalist Concha Barrigós of the EFE news agency.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish.
Deborah Levy and Adam Foulds, two multi-faceted and exceptional British writers, share their creations with writers José Felix Valdivieso and Cristina Ward, who read their own and others’ texts during a stroll through the Jardín del Romeral de San Marcos.
In the event of rain, the event will take place in La Cárcel cinema.
This exhibition is the final result of the ambitious El taller de los sueños (The workshop of dreams), an initiative celebrating the creativity and design of Spaniards using wood.
A global project bringing together four renowned designers who have accepted the challenge of interpreting the dream of a creator or inspirer, each from a different cultural camp, with the aim of giving form as they see fit. The result are four beautiful and innovative objects made out of American hardwoods.
Juan Mari and Elena Arzak, well-known Spanish chefs, along with designer and architect Izaskun Chinchilla have created the first tandem, in the second, RCT Architects have interpreted the desire of writer Javier Cercas; Juan Luis Arsuaga, a paleontologist, has worked with designed Jacob Benbunan; and architect Benedetta Tagliabue, has given form to the desires of another architect, Martha Thorne, director of the Pritzker Prizes.
The guided visit includes the presence of some of the participants in the project.
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Spanish writer and journalist Rosa Montero talks about her long-awaited new novel, La carne (Flesh), her most audacious and personal work with Argentinean writer Claudia Piñeiro, winner of numerous literary prizes, among them the German LiBeraturpreis for Elena Sabe and the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize for Las grietas de Jara. Montero’s emotional intrigue explores the passage of time, fear of death, failure, hope, and the need to love, as well as the glorious tyranny of sex. Montero has won the Grinzane Cavour prize, the Madrid Critics’ Prize, and the Primavera Prize, among others.
We live in an increasingly globalised society, where multiculturalism, different ways of life and life visions are intermingled. Baroness Usha Prashar -a Cross Bench member of the House of the Lords and Honorary President of UK Community Foundations, among other responsibilities- discusses the possibility to make diversity a great asset to our society in a coversation with Celia de Anca -a professor and author of the book "Beyond Tribalism: Managing Identities in a Diverse World"-, in an encounter moderated by Santiago Íñiguez, President of IE University.
Event in English with simultaneous trasnlation
We pay homage to San Juan de la Cruz, who lived in Segovia. Three poets: José María Muñoz Quirós, Carlos Aganzo and Luis Alberto de Cuenca evoke the mystic’s words by reading a selection of his poems at different points in the garden created by landscape artist Leandro Silva.
In the event of rain, the event will be transferred to La Cárcel cinema.
Silvia Clemente, President of the regional parliament of Castilla & León, and a former head of the region’s agriculture and culture departments, talks to Giles Tremlett, former Guardian correspondent to Spain and Madrid correspondent for The Economist about the challenges facing Spain’s parliamentary system.
Event in Spanish.
Peruvian writer Santiago Roncagliolo and Spanish writer and journalist Vicente Molina Foix discuss two of the geniuses whose fourth centenaries are being celebrated this year, Inca Garcilaso and Miguel de Cervantes: two literary expressions that complement each other and give us a vision of the world of the 17th century.
Spanish fencing champion Jesús Esperanza is justly famous for his behind-the-scenes work with many of Spain’s leading actors and his work on innumerable Spanish television series and movies. Here he presents a two-part spectacle. The first is a 30-minute class for members of the public in the use of weapons during the times of Shakespeare and Cervantes, demonstrated by his team. There then follow recreations of the duels between don Quijote and the Knight of the Mirrors and Hamlet and Laertes.
With the participation of local school children, who may access from 12:30 pm to the bibliobus at Palacio Turégano’s door.
Anybody interested in participating in this event to learn about sword fighting in the times of Shakespeare should contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free entry tickets had to be collected at bibliobus. Places are free, but on a first come first serve basis.
Outdoor event in Spanish.
Europe faces multiple challenges in the light of the mounting threat of terrorism and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. How did the continent reach this point and what are the likely outcomes? Anne McElvoy, editor of The Economist, José Ignacio Torreblanca, editor of the Opinion section of El País, will discuss these and other issues with José María Areilza, Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair Madrid’s ESADE school.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish.
Andy Mackay, Director of the British Council in Spain and an expert in the society and politics both of the UK and Europe, examines in depth the causes, consequences and perspectives of the Brexit referendum. His counterpart in this dialogue is journalist Vicente Vallés, director and anchor of the Antena 3 15.00 news since 2011 and former director of news programmes in TVE, Tele 5 and Telemadrid.
What fragments of the poet are to be found in his or her poetry? Three poets and a journalist discuss the intimate biography in poetry: Antonio Colinas, the winner of the 2016 Queen Sofía Ibero-American Poetry Prize, the most important award in Spanish and Portuguese; Antonio Lucas, poet and journalist, and winner of the Loewe Poetry Prize in 2014, and who has been writing for El Mundo’s arts section since 1996; and Javier Rodríguez Marcos, a journalist at El País, and author of 2015’s Vida secreta (Secret Life), a work in praise of simplicity. Moderated by journalist and novelist Marta del Riego, author of Sólo los tontos creen en el amor (Only fools believe in love), published in 2010.
Antonio Muñoz Molina and Andrés Trapiello discuss one of their great literary passions: Don Quixote. Their aim is to bring the language, mythology and characters of Cervantes’ universally acclaimed work to the greatest possible number of readers, in the same way that Trapiello’s version in modern Spanish does. Ignacio Garmendía moderates.
One of the UK’s best-loved film actresses, Julie Christie, visits the Hay Festival Segovia to pay homage to Latin American poets Nicolás Guillén and Pablo Neruda. She will read from a selection she has made of their work translated into English.
Known above all for her roles in classics such as Doctor Zhivago, Darling (for which she won an Oscar), and more recently, Away from Her and Afterglow, Julie Christie is a multitalented artist committed to human rights and environmental protection.
Rosa Bosch will read the poems in Spanish. Bosch, co-founder of production company Tequila Gang and Cubanstar, has worked with directors such as Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Fernando Trueba and Gus van Sant, and is a member of the jury in this year's Venice Film Festival.
Event in English and Spanish
Photo: Andrew Ogilvie
Gerhart Rudolf Baum, German politician and lawyer and Minister of Interior from 1978 till 1982, talks to José María Beneyto, writer, jurist, academic and a former vice president of the Council of Europe, discuss civil liberties in the context of Big Data. Moderated by Margareta Hauschild, director of the Goethe Institut in Madrid.
Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish.
Pablo Montoya is one of Latin America’s leading contemporary novelists. Following in the footsteps of two of Colombia’s other great writers, William Ospina and Gabriel García Márquez, he won the 2015 Rómulo Gallegos International Prize for his novel Tríptico de la infamia (Tryptich of infamy). He currently teaches literature at Antioquía University. He will be talking to his editor, Claudio López de Lamadrid, director of the literary division of Penguin Random House. Both will be analyzing new Hispanic American literature and the opening up of Spain’s editorial market to Latin America.
Emilio Gil and Borja Casani are both pioneers in their respective fields. Gil is director of Tau Design, a pioneer in corporate communication services. In 2015, Gil was awarded one of Spain’s most prestigious awards, the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts, which distinguishes individuals and entities who have excelled in the field of artistic and cultural creation. Borja Casani was founder and director of the magazines La Luna de Madrid, Sur Express, among others. In 1994 he founded the music label El Europeo-Música, specializing in flamenco, jazz and songwriting. He is also co-director of the Moriarty Gallery in Madrid. The two will discuss how innovation and design influence almost all aspects of modern life.
Event in Spanish.
The Malangosto pilgrimage is very special. For the last fifty years, on the first Sunday in August, hundreds of people from Madrid and Segovia walk, ride, or drive to the Malangosto pass, located at a height of some 2,000 meters in the Natural Park of the Sierra de Guadarrama. But the occasion isn’t to celebrate the appearance of the Virgin Mary, but the sexual encounter between Juan Ruíz, the Archpriest of Hita, and shepherdesss La chata, as told in The Book of Good Love. Directed by Gabriel Azorín (2014), with Elena Ballesteros and Nancho Novo.
Length: 25 minutes.
One Spain’s most brilliant contemporary writers, Javier Cercas established his name with the publishing phenomenon Soldiers of Salamis, which immediately became one of the most important novels about the Spanish Civil War. In others, such as Anatomy of a Moment about the failed coup of February 23, 1981, and The impostor, Cercas has continued to explore some of the darker episodes of the 20th century. He will be taking part in the Taller de Sueños initiative at this edition of the Hay Festival. He talks with journalist and writer Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.
Head of the arts section of Spanish daily La Razón, Manuel Calderón has just published his novel, El hombre inacabado (The unfinished man), a disturbing thriller set in the art world. Head of the Mapfre Foundation’s Cultural Area, Pablo Jiménez Burillo will read from his poetry collection Esto no es amor (2013).
Adam Foulds is often described in interviews as an intense individual. If intense seems something of a cliched adjective for the artist, it perhaps goes some way to explaining the kind of concentrated burst of activity that produced three highly acclaimed, and hugely different literary works between 2007 and 2009, catapulting the author from the literary wilderness into the Booker spotlight.
Intensity also helps illuminate certain qualities in Foulds’ fiction, which is characteristically based on painstaking research and the careful reconstruction of historical events and figures. (Dr James Procter).
The writer and author A. Sethumadhavan, winner of the Sahitya Akademi prize, and Anarudha Roy, editor, writer, historian and recipient of the Savitri Chandra Shobha Memorial Prize, talk with the Spanish poet and writer Mar Sancho, currently the General Director for Cultural Policies at the regional government of Castilla and León.
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.