Hay Festival Segovia 2019 launches

Hay Festival Segovia's visual arts programme opens today (Monday 9 September), transforming the city into an open-air gallery ahead of the full Festival weekend, 19-22 September 2019.

Exhibitions from Colombian artist Ricardo Cárdenas, photographer Ricardo Martín, filmaker Kate Cox, artist and illustrator Daniel Parra, and acclaimed Segovian artist Alberto Reguera will open before the day culminates with ‘Poets in the Square’, live performances from Ángela Segovia and Antonio Lucas.

Hay Festival Segovia then kicks off in full, 19-22 September, with conversations on the future of Europe and the power of fiction to change minds leading the programme. Speakers include writers James Ellroy, Valeria Luiselli, Inua Ellams, Soledad Puertolas, Elvira Lindo, Fernando Savater, Adam Michnik, Monika Zgustova, Alys Conran, Ahmed Saadawi, Jean-Christophe Rufin and Elia Barceló; environmentalist Suzy Amis Cameron; sociologist Sanaa El Aji; architects Raj Rewal, Jeanne Gang and Amanda Levete; and pianist and writer James Rhodes.

Explore the programme and book tickets at hayfestival.org/segovia.

Spain’s leading festival of literature and the arts, Hay Festival Segovia features a selection of the world’s greatest writers, global policy makers, pioneers and innovators debating the latest ideas in the arts, sciences and current affairs in events across the city.

Drawing inspiration from the agoras of ancient Greece, this year’s Festival will occupy open squares, gardens, palaces, convents and churches with free readings and performances, in addition to a series of talks in venues all over the city.

The Unesco World Heritage-listed city is located one-hour from Madrid amid the magnificent hills of Castilla and against the backdrop of the Sierra de Guadarrama. For visitors, the city offers lots to see beyond the Festival, from the soaring Roman aqueduct that oversees the city, to the fairytale-inspiring castle, Alcázar, the breathtaking cathedral, and the history-filled Jewish Quarter.

Maria Sheila Cremaschi, director of Hay Festival Segovia, said: “Hay Festival Seogiva 2019 brings writers and readers together to discuss the fragility of the world in which we live, and to present ideas that offer us reasons to be optimistic about our shared future. Performers, artists and thinkers will transform the city’s public libraries, squares and iconic theatres, into hubs of creativity, innovation and hope. Join us.”

For more information on Hay Festival Segovia 2019, including the full programme, visit here.