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Event 75

Jan Novák, Jana Juráňová, Benjamín Rosado and Michał Sowiński

SOCIETY’S IMAGE IN JOURNALISM AND LITERATURE

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

Three participants from Central Europe, Jan Novák, writer, screenplay writer and journalist from the Czech Republic, Jana Juráňová, a writer from Slovakia, and Michał Sowińskii, a journalist from Poland, discuss the ways in which literature and journalism can play a role in helping society face new challenges and change. Moderated by Benjamin Rosado of Spanish daily El Mundo.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish. 

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Jan Novák, Jana Juráňová, Benjamín Rosado and Michał Sowiński

Event 76

Marta Rivera de la Cruz, César Antonio Molina, Luis Alberto de Cuenca and Javier Gomá

ABC DEBATE. WHY SPAIN NEEDS A CULTURE MINISTRY

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

Over the last four years in Spain, the arts and culture have not been represented at cabinet level. What opportunities have been lost as a result, what level of representation does culture require in a country like Spain, and do we need a new political strategy and a minister to improve the way in which the culture industry impacts on society (and GDP)? Bieito Rubio, editor of Spanish daily ABC, moderates a debate between experts on cultural management.

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Marta Rivera de la Cruz, César Antonio Molina, Luis Alberto de Cuenca and Javier Gomá

Event 77

An open-air reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Life in Algiers

CONVERSATIONS - CULTURE AND COEXISTENCE SAN SEBASTIÁN 2016

– Venue: Jardín Romeral de San Marcos

San Sebastián is European Cultural Capital this year. As part of the many events being held in the Basque resort is a series of adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cervantes’ Life in Algiers. The director of San Sebastián 2016, Pablo Berástegui, the stage directors Fernando Bernués and Ernesto Caballero, the British Ambassador in Spain Simon Manley and the actress Haydn Gwynne will read extracts of works by both writers, accompanied by the writer José Félix Valdievieso and Christina Ward of the British Council, in different parts of the garden.

In the event of rain, the event will be transferred to the church of San Nicolás and take place at the same time.

Event in English and Spanish.

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An open-air reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Life in Algiers

Event 78

Andrés Neuman and Santiago Roncagliolo, with Luis Alemany

CONVERSATIONS

– Venue: Palacio Quintanar

Two multiple prize-winning writers, Argentinian Andrés Neuman, and Peruvian Santiago Roncagliolo, talk to Spanish arts journalist Luis Alemany of leading daily El Mundo. Neuman, and whose novel  El viajero del siglo (The traveler of the century) won the Alfaguara prize in 2009, and author of an extensive collection of poetry, novels and essays. Roncaglio, whose novel Pudor (Modesty) was adapted for the cinema, are both columnists, and aside from discussing their work, also talk about the themes about Spain today they explore in their journalism.

Event in Spanish.

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Event 79

The Workshop of dreams. Building the dreams of …

GUIDED VISIT

– Venue: Capilla Museo Esteban Vicente

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.

 www.eltallerdelossuenos.info  @ahec_europe #workshopofdreams

Event in Spanish.

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Event 80

Juan Luis Arsuaga with Jesús García Calero

CONVERSATIONS

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real–IE University, Aula Magna

When palaeontologist Juan Luis Arsuaga and his team discovered a hominid dating back some 350,000 years at the Atapuerca cave complex in northern Spain in 1992, they dubbed him Miguelón, after the Spanish cyclist who won the Tour de France that year. Further discoveries have followed that have helped establish the origins of humans. Arsuaga, Professor of the Geological Sciences Faculty at Madrid’s Complutense University, is also director of the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos. He is taking part in the Taller de Sueños initiative at this edition of the Hay Festival. He talks to journalist Jesús García Calero.

Simultaneous translation from Spanish into English.
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Juan Luis Arsuaga with Jesús García Calero

Event 83

Deborah Levy, Marcos Giralt Torrente and Kamila Shamsie, with Daniel Hahn

LUNATICS, LOVERS AND POETS: SHAKESPEARE/CERVANTES 1

– Venue: Palacio Quintanar

We explore the power of Shakespeare and Cervantes, two universal authors whose literary legacy is more relevant than ever 400 years after their deaths. The British Council, Acción Cultural Española, Hay festival, Galaxia Gutenberg and And Other Stories have invited 12 contemporary international writers to write an unpublished short story as a tribute to these giants of world literature. Deborah Levy, Kamila Shamsie and Marcos Giralt Torrente,  three of the authors of this anthology, will talk about their experience and their relationship with Cervantes and Shakespeare.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish
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Deborah Levy, Marcos Giralt Torrente and Kamila Shamsie, with Daniel Hahn

Event 82

Oliva Arauna and Margareta Hauschild

ART AND LIFE

– Venue: San Nicolás

The art of living, or the life of art. In 2015, Oliva Arauna closed her two art galleries in Madrid, ending a 30-year career in the art world. Since then she has spent her time collecting. Director General of the Goethe Institute in Madrid since 2010, Margareta Hauschild is a leading expert on the arts in Europe. Pioneers and innovators, the pair discuss the art scene in Europe today.

In Spanish.

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Oliva Arauna and Margareta Hauschild

Event 81

Madame Hélène Carrère d’Encausse

SIX YEARS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: 1985 – 1991. THE FALL OF THE SOVIET EMPIRE

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

A member of the French Academy, historian Hélene Carrère d’Encausse is considered one of the leading experts on Russia. She talks to journalist Guillermo Altares about the superpower and her new book, Six Years that Changed the World: 1985-1991. The fall of the Soviet Empire. Introduced by the Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in Spain and Director of the Institut Français in Spain, Nicolas Kassianidès.

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish.

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Madame Hélène Carrère d’Encausse

Event 84

Lorenzo Silva and Duncan Campbell

PARTNERS IN CRIME IN FACT AND FICTION

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real–IE University, Aula Magna

Lorenzo Silva and journalist Duncan Campbell, author, among other titles, of We’ll All Be Murdered In Our Beds: The Shocking History of Crime Reporting in Britain,  with discuss their respective works. From the worst of British crime to the classic series Bevilacqua and Chamorro, both authors will exchange about realities that often surpass fiction.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish
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Lorenzo Silva and Duncan Campbell

Event 87

Daniel Hahn with Joan Tarrida

LÚNÁTICOS, AMANTES Y POETAS: SHAKESPEARE/CERVANTES 2

– Venue: Palacio Quintanar

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, The British Council, Acción Cultural Española, Hay festival, And Other Stories and Galaxia Gutenberg have selected twelve contemporary international authors to each write an original and previously unpublished story as their tribute to these giants of world literature. In order to celebrate the international influence of both writers and offer us new and intriguing perspectives on them, six English-speaking authors have taken inspiration from Cervantes and his work, while six Spanish-language authors have written stories inspired by Shakespeare.

Daniel Hahn y Joan Tarrida will offer us their vision as curator and editor of this unique anthology sealing together two of the most spoken languages in the world.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish
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Daniel Hahn with Joan Tarrida

Event 85

Hannah Rothschild in conversation with Lara Siscar

A TENDER AND SAVAGE SATIRE ON THE ART WORLD

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

Rothschild is an award-winning documentary film-maker, and is the chair of the Board of Trustees of London’s National Gallery. She has just published her first novel, The Improbability of Love, winner of the 2016 Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction, and described by one critic as “a dazzling, witty and tenderly savage satire of London life and the art world”.  In conversation with the writer and journalist Lara Siscar.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

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Hannah Rothschild in conversation with Lara Siscar

Event 86

Marlaska

NEITHER PITY NOR FEAR

– Venue: San Nicolás

Ni pena ni miedo (Neither pity or fear) is the title of the book written by judge Fernando Grande-Marlaska, reflecting his motto in life. He will be discussing it with Rosa Montero and Nativel Preciado. A state of principles and intentions, it discusses the past and the future, as well as telling the story of his personal and professional life.

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Marlaska

Event 88

Documentary screening: Papierové hlavy (Paper Heads)

– Venue: La Cárcel Cinemateca

This documentary tells the story of the abuses carried out by the communist regimes that ran Czechoslovakia between 1945 and 1989. In the words of Slovak journalist and writer Jana Juráňova: “Despite the illusion of equality, on the other side there was a reality of violence against those who did not agree with the majority. Today, many people believe things were better up until 1989. Thanks to this documentary, they will see how people really lived.”

Directed by Dušan Hanák (1995).

Length: 96 minutes.

In Slovak, with Spanish and English subtitles.

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Documentary screening: Papierové hlavy (Paper Heads)

Event 89

Gervasio Posadas with Isabel Fuentes and Leila Nachawati Rego

FIRST NOVELS

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

Gervasio Posadas presents his latest novella, El mentalista de Hitler (Hitler’s mentalist), about the fictional character of Erik Jan Hanussen, a famous mentalist and at the same time, one of the least-known men who surrounded Hitler. Gervasio, author of novels such as El secreto del gazpacho (The Secret of gazpacho) and La venganza es dulce y además no engorda (Revenge is sweet and is non-fattening, is also the creator and co-director of online writing workshop Yoquieroescribir.com. He will talk with Isabel Fuentes, director of CaixaForum in Madrid and author of Un gen fuera de la ley (An outlaw  gene), and Leila Nachawati, a lecturer at the School of Information Sciences at the Carlos III University and author of Cuando la revolución termine (When the revolution is over).

Event in Spanish.

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Gervasio Posadas with Isabel Fuentes and Leila Nachawati Rego

Event 90

Haydn Gwynne in conversation with Anne McElvoy

WOMEN, EUROPE, THEATRE

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

Over the last 25 years, British actress Haydn Gwynne has earned a reputation for playing a wide range of roles, from Women on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown, to West End musical Billy Elliot, and most recently in the National Theatre production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera. She talks to Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor of The Economist and presenter of BBC Radio’s arts and ideas Night Waves programme, about women’s growing presence in European theatre.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish.

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Haydn Gwynne in conversation with Anne McElvoy

Event 91

Kiran Nagarkar in conversation with Xohana Bastida

INDIA AND SPAIN, CULTURAL TIES

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

Kiran Nagarkar, winner of the Sahitya Akademi Prize, one of India’s leading literary awards, discusses hir work with editor and translator Xohana Bastida.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

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Kiran Nagarkar in conversation with Xohana Bastida

Event 92

Documentary screening: Wisława Szymborska

SOMETIMES LIFE IS BEARABLE

– Venue: La Cárcel Cinemateca

This documentary, timed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wisława Szymborska’s Nobel Prize for Literature, looks at the life of the Polish poet, revealing a sympathetic, humble, and charismatic person. The film, first screened in 2009, includes comments and insight from people who knew Szymborska, who died in 2012, including Woody Allen, Václav Havel, Umberto Eco, and Jane Goodall

Directed by Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska

Length 74 minutes.

Subtitles in Spanish.

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Documentary screening: Wisława Szymborska

Event 93

María Pagés and Marifé Santiago

THE ORGANIC CREATIVITY OF FLAMENCO

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

Winner of Spain’s Fine Arts Gold Medal for Merit in 2014, dancer and choreographer María Pagés has taken flamenco beyond the limits of a style toward an organic creativity. Aesthetics and art theory teacher, as well as poet, Marifé Santiago Bolaños is head of the Culture Department at Segovia City Hall. This conversation will convert flamenco into a source of ideas and exchange, an evolving language and articulator of concepts.

 

In Spanish.

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María Pagés and Marifé Santiago

Event 94

Andrea Wulf in conversation with Guillermo Altares

THE INVENTION OF NATURE

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

The New York Times, The Independent and Publishers’ Weekly have all praised The Invention of Nature as one of the best books of the year. Andrea Wulf’s long-awaited biography of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) has already won the Costa Biography Aware, the James Wright Award for Nature Writing, the Royal Geographical Society’s Ness Award, and the LA Times Book Prize. The historian will talk to Guillermo Altares, an overseas correspondent for El País, about this fascinating figure, one of the most admired of his times.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish.

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Andrea Wulf in conversation with Guillermo Altares

Event 95

Visegrad Cinema: Citizen Havel Is Rolling Barrels

AN ACTION FILM ABOUT LOVE AND BEER

– Venue: La Cárcel Cinemateca

Director and writer Jan Novák tells of an early chapter in the life of dissident playwright and former president of the Czech Republic Václev Havel in this documentary. In 1974 Havel needed a job, not for money, but so that the political police could not charge him with vagrancy. His plays had not been performed since the Soviet invasion of 1968, and an individual without a demonstrable source of income risked spending time behind bars. Havel finally found the solution with a job at the Trutnov brewery. He was 38 and spent nearly a whole year pushing barrels of beer. The film shows the atmosphere of the brewery among workers who inspired the play "Audience".

Length 72 minutes.

Directed by Jan Novák and Adam Novák.

With subtitles in English.

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Visegrad Cinema: Citizen Havel Is Rolling Barrels

Event 96

Juan José Millás with Juan Cruz

FESTIVAL CLOSING EVENT

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real–IE University, Aula Magna

Desde la sombra (From the shadow) is the latest novel by Juan José Millás, a reflection on daily life, family, the strangeness of what one sees, the unbelievable: Millás at his best. He talks to Juan Cruz. 

    

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Juan José Millás with Juan Cruz

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