Hay Festival Segovia 2020 Tickets

We are thrilled to announce the 2020 programme for Hay Festival Segovia. This year, our events taking place in the IE University will be streamed live. Please see individual events for more details on how to tune in.

For booking enquiries please email boxoffice@hayfestival.org

We can't wait to welcome you, in whatever form you choose to join us. For information on how the events will run in keeping with distancing practices please visit our FAQ page.

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Event 1

Visual Arts Programme

Venue: Alhóndiga, Capilla del Museo Esteban Vicente, San Juan de los Caballeros y Huerta de Félix Ortiz
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Once again, the Hay Festival officially kicks off with the inauguration of the exhibitions that are part of its visual arts programme. The tour will begin in La Alhóndiga which hosts a retrospective of one of the most famous Spanish reporters, the photographer César Lucas. The exhibition Snapshots Imprinted on the National Retina shows some of the best-known images of a photojournalist who forged his career at dailies such as Pueblo and El País, of which he was a founding member. He later worked for magazines of Grupo Z. Che Guevara’s visit to Madrid from 1959 or the mythical cover of Interviú that marked the passage of the girl Marisol to the actress Pepa Flores are some of the photographs that remain on the national consciousness of several generations of Spaniards.

The tour then moves on to Esteban Vicente Museum to open the exhibition Hágase en mi, según tu palabra by the Spanish multimedia artist Ana de Alvear, who specialized in large-format works. It is an installation that occupies the presbytery and the nave of the chapel inspired by the biblical passage of the Annunciation. A Virgin who shelters herself at the announcement of the Archangel Saint Gabriel and a choir of contemporary angels make up the installation. Ana de Alvear is also an exhibition curator and founder of the VIVA video art project that brings together artists of various nationalities and who has travelled the world from Madrid to Shanghai.

The third stop is at the church of San Juan de los Caballeros where the exhibition The Living Sea presents the images of committed conservationist Hussain Aga Khan. Underwater photographs inspire dialogue about the fragility and beauty of life in the oceans and the danger that climate change poses to species. Specializing in photographing nature, from the Amazon rain forest of Brazil to the oceans of the entire planet, Hussain Aga Khan has exhibited in the US, France, Switzerland, Kenya and his images have appeared on National Geographic blogs. An important part of his activity is channelled through projects and foundations whose mission is to improve the management of natural resources. In 2004, he founded Focused on Nature, which channels funds for the protection of endangered species.

The tour concludes at the Huerta de Félix Ortiz where the Colombian artist Alberto Baraya shows his greenhouse of flowers and plants made of cloth and plastic: Tropical “Mutisian” Greenhouse. Baraya’s exhibition explores natural conservation and a reflection on the relationship between fiction and reality. His participation in the 2006 Sao Paulo Biennial brought him international recognition. There he exhibited a two-metre-high rubber tree made with latex as a metaphor for the product obtained from said tree.

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Photography of Venice: © César Lucas, courtesy of the author

Arcangel Gabriel Altarpriece – Color pencil drawing – Size 70 x 100 cm © Ana de Alvear 2019, courtesy of the artist

Prince Hussain Aga Khan © Shari Plant Plummer

Artificial plant greenhouse – Artistic installation © Alberto Baraya, 2020, courtesy of Fernando Pradilla Gallery

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Event 2

Miguel Pita in conversation with Jesús Calero

From DNA to pandemic

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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The latest book by Miguel Pita, doctor in Genetics and Cell Biology, could not be more attuned to the present: A day in the life of a virus. This expert on how DNA influences our lives (his previous book was titled The DNA dictator. What genetics decides for you) brings to light certain aspects of the pandemic we are experiencing and how a small fragment of genetic material can put a whole civilization on edge in the XXI century. He talks with the journalist Jesús Calero, head of Culture at ABC newspaper.

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Photography of Miguel Pita: © Carlos Givaja

Photography of Jesús Calero: © Jeosm

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Event 3

Ángel Ortíz in conversation with Enrique Cabero

Responsible journalism vs. fake news

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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It is time to highlight the importance of journalism again. At a time when fake news travels at the speed of light through social networks, it is essential to refocus on professional and responsible journalism as the basis of democracy. Ángel Ortiz Dávila, director of El Norte de Castilla – which, thanks to its editions in Valladolid, Segovia, Palencia and Salamanca, is the leading daily press outlet in Castilla y León – will talk about this topic with Enrique Cabero president of the Consejo Económico y Social (CES: Economic and Social Council) of the region.

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Event 4

Carlos Rod in conversation with Pablo Martín Sánchez

The editor: between author and reader

Venue: La Alhóndiga: Sede de Gales | Wales Stage
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Carlos Rod is an independent publisher, member of the management team of the La Uña Rota, and a writer who burst onto the literary scene with El anarquista que se llamaba como yo, which was chosen as the best first novel of the year by a selection of critics. He will talk about that magical and at the same time complicated process a manuscript goes through to reach the bookstores. La Uña Rota is a publishing house that is characterized by the high cultural content of its projects and Pablo M. Sánchez can proudly say that it is the only Spanish member of the exclusive Oulipo literary club to which authors such as George Perec or Italo Calvino belonged.

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Photography of Carlos Rod: © Arcadio Mardomingo

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Event 5

Ángel González Pieras and Elena Pita

Eco-economy, a challenge for the present

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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The United Nations Environment Programme makes a precise description of the characteristics of the ecoeconomy or green economy, establishing as its main objective to harmonize economic development and efficient consumption of resources. We are, therefore, fully entrenched in the transition towards this new economic model. Ángel González Pieras, Managing Director of El Adelantado de Segovia, and Elena Pita, Director of the Foundation for Biodiversity that is attached to the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, will take part in this debate on how to merge the economic vision with the environmental factor, two elements that still, and despite the limitation of natural resources and the impact of some activities on the climate, seem to be at odds among some great world powers.

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Event 6

Irene Vallejo in conversation with Montserrat Domínguez

A best seller essay

Venue: Jardín del Torreón de Lozoya
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It is uncommon for an essay to enter the list of the best-selling books, but such was the case with El infinito en un junco, the most recent work published by the Zaragoza-born philologist and writer Irene Vallejo. The narrative is a scholarly and at the same time enjoyable journey through thirty centuries of the history of books, something that continues to survive despite all the doomsayers who announce its extinction. The work earned the author the 2019 Ojo Crítico de Narrativa Award and in 2020 the Las Librerías Recomiendan prize for essays. She talks about the world of books with journalist Montserrat Domínguez, current director of the Sunday supplement of El País.

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In case of rain, the event will take place at the same time inside the Jardín del Torreón de Lozoya

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Event 7

César Lucas in conversation with Aurelio Martín

Images imprinted on our retina

Venue: La Alhóndiga: Sede de Gales | Wales Stage
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César Lucas is an undeniably a benchmark of photojournalism in Spain, with images that are authentic icons of historical moments that date back to the dictatorship and mark the most representative scenes of the transition and the beginnings of democracy. In addition, during his long career he has ventured into other realms of photography, from portraiture to current news reporting or travel. He talks with journalist Aurelio Martín about his career and those photographs that we have been imprinted on the retina of the nation.

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