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.
Poet, playwright, performer and designer Inua Ellams is one of the most celebrated contemporary creators in the United Kingdom for the wide-ranging nature of his work. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Literature and an ambassador of the Ministry of Stories, an organisation that fosters the potential of 8- to 18-year-olds as writers. After publishing four poetry books and receiving the Fringe First prize at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival for his first play The 14th Tale, Ellams sold out his run at the National Theatre with Barber Shop Chronicles. His most recent play The Half God of Rainfall, a work in verse that mixes Greek, Nigerian and basketball mythology, opened in March 2019 in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre to great critical acclaim. In addition to his intense graphic and literary output, Ellams has founded the Midnight Run, an urban tour from dusk to dawn, and the RAP parties that combine poetry slam with urban music. He talks to Peter Florence about how his work crosses disciplines and themes, such as identity, migration and coexistence.
In her book Debut, singer-songwriter Christina Rosenvinge collects more than twenty-five years of songs. She journeys through the places, the stories and the reflections that underlie her lyrics. They are testimonies of the commitment to, as well as the uncertainty that precedes, each project; reflections on love, freedom and feminine power; in short, a portrait of the moments that intersect life and which would be destined to oblivion if it were not for the electric spark of a song that keeps them alive. In this book, she reveals the literary, musical and artistic references that have influenced her work. She will be in conversation with writer and critic Bob Pop.
César Brandon burst onto the literary stage thanks to his gift for telling of complicated things with tenderness, with an understandable and intimate language laden with great doses of humour and sincerity. He thrilled both the jury and the public of Got Talent España, which he won in 2018. His new book, Toda la felicidad del universo (‘All the happiness in the universe’), makes readers dream about love, loneliness, forgetfulness, joy, happiness, life and death. Presented by Ana Gavín, Director of Editorial Relations for Grupo Planeta.Photo by Esif Fotografia