21
May
  • Hay Festival Segovia organizers announced today that they are now selling tickets for a third of the program of the 2014 edition, set to take place on September 20-28, on their website at www.hayfestival.com/segovia 
  • The Segovia-based Festival will bring together authors, artists, journalists and thought leaders from Spain and from around the world to take part in a conversation  that will address issues like the challenges facing Europe, remembering the First World War, or the future of our cities. 
  • Chris Patten, Le Clézio, Clara Sánchez, Vargas Llosa, Pierre Lemaitre, Lord Desai, Elvira Lindo, Jorge de Habsburgo, Ángeles González-Sinde  and Miguel Ríos are just some of the top names that will take part this year.  

Vargas llosaToday the organizers of Hay Festival Segovia announced that they would be placing tickets for sale for a third of the program of the upcoming edition of the Festival, set to take place this year on September 20-28. Top guests who have already confirmed their presence include winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa and J.M.G. Le Clézio; Clara Sánchez, a recent winner of the Planeta Prize; Goncourt Prizewinner Pierre Lemaitre; Chris Patten, Rector of Oxford University and UK politician;  US landscape architect and artist, Martha Schwartz; Prince George Habsburg; and writer and aristocrat Péter Esterházy.

Other participants in Hay Festival Segovia include Lord Desai, Santiago Gamboa, Javier Moreno, Elvira Lindo, Juan Bonilla, Ángeles González-Sinde, J.J. Armas Marcelo, Jorge Edwards, Santiago Íñiguez, Martha Thorne, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, Luis García Montero and Miguel Ríos.

“We are happy to announce that early bird tickets for this year’s edition of the Festival are now on sale”, said María Sheila Cremaschi, Director of Hay Festival Segovia. “This way everyone who loves ideas and culture in Spain and worldwide can start planning their trip to Segovia for the end of September.”

This year Hay Festival Segovia will be holding activities in Romanic churches, palaces, gardens and other symbolic places, including the Alhóndiga (Corn Exchange) or the historic convent of Santa Cruz la Real, all in the world heritage city of Segovia.

As usual, the Festival will kick off with a reading, which this year will be taken from “El cielo ha vuelto (Heaven has returned)”, the latest book by 2013 Planeta prizewinner Clara Sánchez.

One of the key subjects of debate in the upcoming edition of the Festival will be the challenges facing Europe. On Saturday, September 27, Lord Patten of Barnes, UK politician, Rector of Oxford University,  former EU Commissioner for External Relations and former Governor of Hong Kong, will  be talking with the President of IE University,  Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño, and journalist Javier Moreno about  “Innovation, Education and Europe.” The conversation will be presented by Revel Guest, President of Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, and film producer. Moreover, economist and emeritus professor of LSE and member of the UK labour party, Lord Desai, will be talking about young Spaniards and Europeans in the 21st century.

hayfestival2014The year 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, which ravaged Europe and transformed the world. Hay Festival has organized a discussion between Hungarian writer Peter Esterhazy, grandson of the last prime minister of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Prince George Hapsburg, grandson of the last emperor of said empire. The discussion will be moderated by international relations expert, Arpad Von Lazar.

Another major theme that will be a focus of discussion at this year’s edition of Hay Festival Segovia is what the future holds for cities, at a time when construction methods and the problem of pollution are a hot topic. In the conversation on “Beyond bricks and mortar: landscaping, art and architecture at the service of habitable cities”, Martha Thorne, director of the Pritzker Prize and Vice Dean of External Relations at IE School of Architecture & Design, will be discussing this reality with international landscape architect and artist Martha Schwartz, professor at Harvard GSD and adviser on urban design issues to the London Mayor’s Office.

France will be one of the countries on which there will be a special focus this year, and will be represented by writer and Nobel Literature Prizewinner J.M.G. Le Clézio, who will be talking to Mario Vargas Llosa, who was awarded the same prestigious accolade.  Pierre Lemaitre, another French literary heavyweight who received the Goncourt Prize in 2013, will also be taking part in this year’s Festival.

This year Hay Festival will be renewing its agreement with the city councils of Segovia and Cordoba, thanks to which Le Clézio will also be appearing in the eleventh edition of Cosmopoética in the famous Andalusian city, after taking part in Hay Segovia.

About Hay Festival Segovia

Hay Festival Segovia is an international event dedicated to the arts, literature and thought, which has been bringing together authors and artists from around the world for the last nine years. More information at www.hayfestival.com/segovia.

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