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From September 17 to 20, IE Foundation will continue its support for the Hay Festival Segovia for the eleventh consecutive year.

In this occasion, the Aula Magna at IE University will host 18 events of this international festival, which this year received the Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities.

Due to the current context, the Aula Magna will apply strict health and safety measures, limiting capacity to one third, and the IE Foundation will produce and broadcast all the events in the Aula Magna via streaming to open the content of the festival to culture lovers who cannot attend events in person.

Day 1 - Friday, 18th September

  • 11:00 - 12:00

    A season at the Danube. Paul Celan in Vienna (1947-1948). A TRIBUTE TO THE POET ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY

    by José Anibal Campos

    A season at the Danube. Paul Celan in Vienna (1947-1948). A TRIBUTE TO THE POET ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY.
    “When Paul Celan arrived in Vienna in December 1947 it was a city in black and white, a focal point between East and West, amid the rising political tensions at the beginning Cold War. The city’s atmosphere at that time is best illustrated in a classic of the film noir: “The Third Man”, written by Graham Greene and performed by Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Although Celan stayed for a rather short time in the Austrian capital, this period was a turning point in his life and the subsequent work of the author of “The Death fugue”, the probably most translated and commented poem of German language in history.

    Vienna was the place where – for the first time – Celan was successful with his literary work; there he met Ingeborg Bachmann and some other friends who were vital to the dissemazination of his work. Furthermore, his complex and fascinating personality made him very soon a character in two novels written by Austrian authors. Vienna was the German-speaking city where he had his longest stay and where he was confronted with issues which would profoundly mark his poetry: the marks of antisemitism and national socialism on the face of a post-war society as well as conflicts within the literary world.

    The translator and writer José Aníbal Campos will present the book “Los meses vieneses de Paul Celan” (which will soon be published by the editorial La Moderna at the initiative of the Austrian Cultural Forum), where he collects important accounts on Celan´s stay in the Austrian capital and that way provides new perspectives on Celan’s creative work.

    José Anibal Campos will talk with Vera Reisner, director of Foro Cultural de Austria en Madrid. Mr Campos will participate from Vienna via video link, while Ms Reisner will be on stage.

  • 13:30 - 14:30

    FEMALE LEADERSHIP, THE SILENT CONQUEST

    by Carolina Barco, Sile Maguire and Karima Benyaich (video in Spanish)

    Although feminism is experiencing moments of great vitality, and female leadership is perhaps more visible than ever, the conquest of certain relevant positions both in the world of politics and in the world of economy or culture is a slow road not without difficulties for women. However, more and more women are occupying relevant positions, as is the case of the three ambassadors who share the stage in this event that addresses the adversities that women still have to overcome to reach positions of responsibility, and the way in which they exercise the diplomatic representation of their respective countries.

    They are Carolina Barco, Colombian ambassador to Spain. Prior to joining the diplomatic corps, she worked on urban planning projects. Between 2002 and 2006 she was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia and between 2006 and 2010, ambassador to the United States.

    Sile Maguire, Ireland’s ambassador to Spain, presented her credentials to the Head of State in 2017. She has also been head of Protocol at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    Karima Benyaich is the first woman to hold the top role at the Moroccan Embassy in Spain. She was previously her country’s ambassador to Portugal and has also held relevant positions in the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • 16:15 - 17:00

    NATURE, NEW GENERATIONS AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY

    by Jocelyn Blériot and Juan López de Uralde in conversation with Isabela del Alcázar

    One of the current great debates in Sustainability is how it goes beyond borders, needing global answers and collective collaboration from citizens, cities and countries. Jocelyn Blériot, Executive Officer and Head of International Institutions & Governments at Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Juan López de Uralde, Activist, former Director of Greenpeace Spain, Congressman of Unidas Podemos for Álava and Chairman of the Commission of Ecological Transition of the Congress, will discuss with Isabela del Alcázar, Doctor in Biology and Head of Sustainability at IE University, the opportunities generated by circular economy and the commitment of new generations with a more sustainable society.

    Jocelyn Blériot will participate via video link, while Juan López de Uralde and Isabela del Alcázar will be on stage.

  • 17:45 -18:45

    VERTICAL GARDENS: URBAN INNOVATION AND ECOSYSTEMS

    by Stephanie Chaltiel in conversation with Martha Thorne

    The integration of nature in today’s urban environments brings new challenges to architects and landscapers. French architect Stephanie Chaltiel works with innovative techniques and natural materials that meet sustainability criteria. She began her career in Mexico and French Guyana building houses by hand with local inhabitants. After working for Bernard Tschumi in New York, OMA and Zaha Hadid, she founded her own studio MuDD Architects. Her award-winning projects combine cutting-edge technology and raw materials and have been presented and exhibited worldwide. She will speak with Martha Thorne, Dean of IE School of Architecture and Director of the Pritzker Prize, about her vision of architecture and one of her latest projects on vertical gardens (in collaboration with Svenja Keune and gardeners of “un jardin sur le toit”) which integrate fabrics in three dimensions.

  • 19:15 - 20:00

    MAKING SUISTAINABLE CITIES

    by Kathryn Gustafson in conversation with Martha Thorne

    “Landscape is everything around you” with this phrase one can begin to understand the work of Kathryn Gustafson, a renowned North American landscape architect. With more than 35 years of experience, Kathryn is renowned for creating distinctive sculptural landscapes which engage all the human senses. Her work includes the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain (London), the recently completed Parque Central in Valencia, the Site Tour Eiffel in Paris, the Old Market Square in Nottingham, UK, the Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam and the landscape design of the National Museum of African American History of Washington DC, among others. Kathryn is a founding partner of Gustafson Porter + Bowman, based in London and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in Seattle US.

    Kathryn Guftason shares her vision of sustainable landscape architecture and design and its transformative power with Martha Thorne, Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design and Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize of Architecture.

  • 20:45 - 21:45

    THE RISE OF CRAFTSMANSHIP AND ITS ROLE IN A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY

    by Alberto Cavalli and Tomás Alía in conversation with Belén Ferrie (video in Italian)

    “The role of artisan crafts in the development and support of sustainability programmes has entered the debate on global warming and the future of the planet with force. Institutions such as the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship are leading the new trends around crafts and their economic and cultural role in a more sustainable world. Every two years, this Foundation, which represents numerous business associations from all over the world, brings together international experts at Homo Faber, its flagship event in Venice.

    To talk about all this, the Hay Festival has invited Alberto Cavalli, who, after a long career in the field of international relations and communication linked to the world of fashion and excellence (he was director of communication for the firm Dolce & Gabbana), was elected co-executive director of the Foundation. He has also curated numerous initiatives related to the promotion of craftsmanship and young artists. He is a member of institutions such as the Centre du Luxe et de la Création (Paris) and vice-president of the Association Noema for the promotion of musical culture based in Milan.

    He will be joined on stage by the architect and designer Tomás Alía, creator of important projects in the field of urban development and industrial and interior design, as well as the holder of numerous awards in his field of expertise. Alía is ambassador to Spain for the Michelangelo Foundation.

Day 2 - Saturday, 19th September

  • 10:30 - 11:30

    SPIRITUAL NATURE BIRTHDAY

    by Fernando and Pedro Caruncho in conversation with Sofía Barroso

    Light, geometry and the relationship between garden and architecture are the keys to the work of international landscape artist Fernando Caruncho. To understand the reason behind the fame of his minimalist gardens, we need to take a look at his study in philosophy and his interest in ancient Greek. The distinguished American landscape artist Dan Kiley, who considered him his successor, pointed out the relationship between Caruncho’s work with religion as the search for man’s position in the world, linking the most human with the natural. The lighting project for the gardens of the Palais Royal in Paris sums up the philosophy of his oeuvre and the role geometry as a language is not destined to overpower nature but rather to provide a connection between humans and their environment. His studio, established in 1979, has realised projects all over the world from Italy to Japan, from New Zealand to Switzerland. One of his most recent projects has been the remodelling of the Pereda Gardens in Santander for the Fundación Botín. His two sons, Fernando and Pedro, have recently joined the studio. Pedro trained as a gardener and architect in Madrid and Paris and now works alongside his father on projects all over the world. His work is rooted in the union of man with the natural world through beauty. The renowned landscape artist and his son Pedro talk with Sofía Barroso, manager of cultural projects and specialised in art and gardens.

  • 12:00 - 13:00

    HISTORICAL GARDENS AND CONTEMPORARY DESIGN

    by Cristina Castel Branco in conversation with Sofía Barroso

    “The history of tiles and the aesthetic of water have no mysteries for Cristina Castel-Branco. The historical gardens of Portugal are one of the specializations of this landscape architect, who graduated from the Higher Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon, obtained a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts after studying at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University. She has written numerous papers in her field of expertise and was elected as a voting member of the International Scientific Committee of Cultural Landscapes for the International Council on Monuments and Sites of the Unesco’s World Heritage. In 1989, she established the ACB Arquitectura Paisagista practice with Teresa Andresen, to promote contemporary gardens and parks integrating solutions learned in historical garden restoration projects. She’s been a lecturer at the Higher Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon since 1989 and her papers are published in specialised journals in Europe, the United States and Japan. The French government has bestowed her with the Officier des Arts et des Letres. She speaks with Sofía Barroso, culture manager, specialist in art and gardens.

    The history of tiles and the aesthetic of water have no mysteries for Cristina Castel-Branco. The historical gardens of Portugal are one of the specializations of this landscape architect, who graduated from the Higher Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon, obtained a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts after studying at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University. She has written numerous papers in her field of expertise and was elected as a voting member of the International Scientific Committee of Cultural Landscapes for the International Council on Monuments and Sites of the Unesco’s World Heritage. In 1989, she established the ACB Arquitectura Paisagista practice with Teresa Andresen, to promote contemporary gardens and parks integrating solutions learned in historical garden restoration projects. She’s been a lecturer at the Higher Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon since 1989 and her papers are published in specialised journals in Europe, the United States and Japan. The French government has bestowed her with the Officier des Arts et des Letres. She speaks with Sofía Barroso, culture manager, specialist in art and gardens.

  • 13:30 - 14:30

    A CRITICAL LOOK AT HISTORY

    by Éric Vuillard in conversation with Diego del Alcázar  (video in French)

    Éric Vuillard looks at the world through history. “What has led us to where we are today?” That is the question that the French writer from Lyon asks himself when he focuses on one of those great historical events whose threads he pulls to weave a story, be it the fall of the Inca Empire (Conquistadors), World War I (The Battle of the West) or the colonial conquest of Africa (Congo). The responsibility of elite society, the concerns of the people, his critical look at the past constantly questions the reader about current problems.

    This was also the case for the novel that catapulted him to literary stardom thanks to the Prix Goncourt in 2017. The Order of the Day (L’Ordre du jour) revisits Hitler’s rise to power and the support of large German companies for the Nazi war machine, the leaders of which were convinced to be at the gates of a period of economic prosperity. Among the businessmen were the owners of firms such as Opel, Krupp, Siemens or Bayer. History features in his work such as July 14 about the taking of La Bastille or Sorrow of the Earth about the conquest of the West through the eyes of Buffalo Bill. In September the Spanish translation of his latest novel La guerre des pauvres will be published under the title La guerra de los pobres. Éric Vuillard talks about this look at the present through the past with Diego del Alcázar, businessman, philanthropist, founder and president of IE Business School, IE University and IE Foundation.

  • 16:00 - 17:00

    TREES WILL SHOW US HOW TO SEE THE WOOD

    by Joaquín Araújo in conversation with Miquel Molina

    Joaquín Araújo argues that the most beautiful, essential, generous and welcoming creation of nature is a wood and that our future does not make sense without trees and yet this civilization has affected its most reckless clumsiness by devastating the great home of life. He says so in his latest book, Los árboles te enseñarán a ver el bosque (Trees Will Show us How to See the Wood), in which he once again calls to attention all that we are wagering if we continue to turn our backs on Nature. Now that climate change seems to have made it onto the agenda of institutions, it is more pressing than ever to address the questions regarding the urgency of sustainability policies and how the lessons from a pandemic that is devastating the world should be the cornerstone to change course in our relationship with the natural world. Araújo is an icon in Spain for his defence and promotion of Nature from his early days when he worked alongside internationally acclaimed Spanish naturalist and broadcaster Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. Araujo can lay claim to almost 100 books, over 2,000 speeches, hundreds of educational programmes in audiovisual media, but perhaps the figure he’s most proud of is the 22,000 trees he’s planted throughout his life. An entire forest.

    Araújo will talk to the journalist and author Miquel Molina, Associate Editor of La Vanguardia, the newspaper in which he has a weekly op-ed. Molina has authored essays and novels such as Una flor del mal, La sonámbula, L’Everest al´hora punta or Alerta Barcelona. His most recent work is Naturaleza muerta, an essay on the story of the stuffed man known as the Negro of Banyoles, and in his view an example of 19th century fake news and a chapter in ethnological showbusiness.

  • 17:30 - 18:30

    FT WEEKEND’S DEBATES ON EUROPE

    by Luis Garicano, Esteban González Pons, Meritxell Batet, Dita Charanzová, Joaquín Almunia and Rebecca Grynspan in conversation with Daniel Dombey

    Europe is living through a crisis that has gone beyond its borders. A global pandemic whose consequences have yet to be determined and which raises searching questions as much about the past as for the future. We can ask ourselves whether the Europe of institutions has lived up to the circumstances and whether the solidarity among its members has worked. As for the future, the doubts are no less important. There are some regarding economic prospects and its geopolitical position. Will Europe be weakened or strengthened following Covid-19? Daniel Dombey, bureau chief of the Financial Times in Spain, will moderate this discussion with two sets of panellists from opposing political voices to find common ground.
    5:30pm to 6.10 pm
    Luis Garicano was elected MEP by the Ciudadanos party and is also a member of the Renew Europe group of which he is Vice-President. Before making it to the European Parliament he was a professor of Economic Strategy at the Instituto Empresa and at the London School of Economics.
    Esteban González Pons has been a MEP since 2014. He is a member of Spain’s Partido Popular, and a representative in the Senate for various legislatures. He is the author of books such as Camisa blanca, Tarde de paseo and has just published the novel Ellas.
    Meritxell Batet was appointed President of Congress in May 2109. A Spanish jurist and politician member of the Socialists’ Party of Catalonia, she has also served as Minister for Territorial Policy and Civil Service of the Government of Spain between June 2018 and May 2019.

    6.10pm to 6.50pm
    Dita Charanzová has been Vice-president of the European Parliament since 2018. She first arrived in 2014 as an MEP for the ANO movement from the Czech Republic, part of Renew Europe, which evolved from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).
    Joaquín Almunia was Commissioner of Economy of the European Union between 2004 and 2009, and later during the presidency of Durâo Barroso he was Vice-President of the Commission at the helm of the Competition portfolio. He represents the Partido Socialista Obrero Español.
    Rebecca Grynspan was appointed Secretary-General of the Ibero-American General Secretariat in 2014, after working in the United Nations Development Programme by appointment of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She was Second Vice President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998.

    The event will conclude with a round of conclusions from this FTWeekends Debate.

  • 19:30 - 18:30

    THE LIVING SEA

    by Prince Hussain Aga Khan in conversation with Prince Lorenzo de Medici (video in French)

    Committed conservationist Prince Hussain Aga Khan presents his photographic exploration of the world underwater in his exhibition The Living Sea, which is part of the visual arts programme during the festival and can be visited at San Juan de los Caballeros. The extraordinary collection acts as a point of departure to raise social awareness of the sublime beauty, complexity and fragility of life in the oceans. The eloquent narrative of the images inspires dialogue on the global impact oceans have on science, the overarching environment and contemporary society. He will speak with Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici – author of historical novels and thrillers who has taken part in several television programmes about his distinguished family – about the motivation behind the exhibition, how it came about and his association, Focused on Nature.

Day 3 - Sunday, 20th September

  • 10:30 - 11:30

    THE LIFE OF WILDFLOWERS AND THEIR IMAGES

    by Fernando and Pedro Caruncho in conversation with Sofía Barroso

    By the time the name of Rohuna (a remote Moroccan location some 60 kilometres south of Tangiers) crossed paths with Umberto Pasti, he was already an established garden designer of international fame. He was born in Milan and studied philosophy. He is also a writer, art and literature critic, collector and aesthete. Books such as Jardines. Los verdaderos y los otros, La felicidad del sapo or, the most recent, Perdido en el paraíso provide an eloquent account of how his understanding of life is linked to the very nature which man seems intent to destroy. “When a plant disappears, a form of life disappears”, he is used to saying. In his particular paradise in Rohuna, he has dedicated two decades to bring together 1,200 indigenous species, about a hundred of which were on the verge of extinction. He divides his time between Milan, Tangiers – where he met Paul Bowles and Juan Goytisolo – and his particular paradise in Rohuna, proving that dreams can come true.

    Ngoc Minh Ngo is a Vietnamese-born American self-taught photographer whose work explores the intrinsic beauty of plants and nature. Her sense of aesthetic is informed by the landscape and light – the changing moods of the coastal village in Vietnam where she was born. Years later, she discovered the photography of such masters as André Kertész, Jacques Henri Lartigue, and Robert Frank, and realised that, as she had learned from reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “The essential is invisible to the eyes”, a truism that steers her work. She’s a regular contributor to top line magazines such as T Magazine, AD, Cabana o House & Garden and her books In Bloom and Bringing Nature Home have been published by the prestigious Rizzoli publishers.

    Umberto Pasti and Ngoc Minh Ngo talk with Sofía Barroso manager of cultural events, specialised in art and gardens.

  • 12:00 - 13:00

    THE CHALLENGES OF EUROPE AFTER THE PANDEMIC

    by Enric Juliana, Manuel Carvalho, Francesco Olivo and René Moerland in conversation with Miguel Molina

    The Covid-19 crisis has cast doubts on the strength of the European project once again. The pandemic has exposed the lack of a common policy for the challenge posed by the health emergency and, on the other hand, has led to widening the gap between the countries of the South and those of the North.

    A parallel phenomenon has been the media maelstrom: the global spread of fake news has reached undue proportions. In light of this, the mainstream media has not only seen their audience numbers skyrocket, but also how, after a long time, society has acknowledged their role as guarantors of verified and diverse information.

    Enric Juliana, deputy director and columnist of the newspaper La Vanguardia; Manuel Carvalho, editor of the Portuguese newspaper Público; Francesco Olivo, expert in political information for the Italian newspaper La Stampa, and René Moerland editor-in-chief of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad will address these concerns. The debate will be moderated by Miquel Molina, Associate Editor of La Vanguardia.

  • 13:30 - 14:30

    THE BATTLE FOR EUROPE

    by Fernando Savater and Adam Michnik (video in Polish)

    Spanish philosopher and essayist Fernando Savater, renowned for his extensive work on Basque terrorism and winner of the Octavio Paz Prize, is joined by Polish historian Adam Michnik, director of Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, a political activist who has been granted numerous civic and professional recognitions including being named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. They agree that the time has come to join forces, to rekindle the spirit of the European ideal and face the threat of radical nationalism. These two icons of liberal thought and defenders of Europe share their views on stage.

  • 16:15 - 17:15

    HAY FESTIVAL EUROPA28

    by Edurne Portela, Janne Teller and Karolina Ramqvist in conversation with Giles Tremlett

    Three of the most engaging writers in Europe: Edurne Portela (Spain) author of Mejor la Ausencia, awarded the 2018 Prize for Best Fiction Book of the Year by the Madrid Bookshops Guild and Formas de estar lejos; Janne Teller (Denmark) author of the modern Nordic saga Odin’s Island, where she discusses political and religious fanaticism, or the existential Nothing, initially censored and considered today a classic by many critics; Karolina Ramqvist (Sweden) one of the most influential writers and feminists of her generation, who tackles issues such as sexuality, commercialisation and isolation, author of The White City. All three take part in the Hay Festival Europa28 project and anthology, which brings together 28 women writers, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs, one from each EU country, to convey their visions of the future of Europe through fiction or essay capturing a multidisciplinary snapshot of several of today’s most interesting minds. They speak with the writer and journalist Giles Tremlett. Furthermore, the city of Rijeka in Croatia, European Capital of Culture 2020, will host an edition of the Hay Festival in Rijeka from October 5 to 9, 2020 with these 28 outstanding authors.

    “The scale of vision (of the anthology) is ambitious, looking far back in history and across vast territories. Compassion and a plea for peaceful co-existence are the common themes in a bright celebration of unity in difference.” THE GUARDIAN

  • 17:45 - 18:45

    LOOKING BACK ON LIFE FROM A CELL

    by Jean Paul Dubois and Carmen Posadas in conversation with Fernando Paz (video in French)

    The loss of happiness in a world in decline. This is the central theme of the latest novel by French writer Jean Paul Dubois which last year snatched the most prestigious literary award in the French language. His novel, Tous les hommes n’habitent pas le monde de la même façon, which one could say foreshadowed the uncertainty that would come later, won the Prix Goncourt with the story of Paul Hansen, who looks back at his life and reflects on injustice and fraternity from his prison cell in Quebec. Among his other 21 books are Kennedy et moi (France Télévisions award), Le cas Sneijder and Si ce livre pouvait me rapprocher de toi, all three of which have been made into films, as well as A French Life (Vie Francçaise) ( Femina and Fnac awards) and Vous plaisantez, monsieur Tanner. He has also worked as a journalist and published articles in Le Nouvel Observateur.

    Carmen Posadas is a celebrated author of novels and a writer of children’s stories and essays. Among her most notable works which have been translated into more than 25 languages are Five Blue Flies (Cinco moscas azules), Little Indiscretions (Pequeñas infamias) which earned the Premio Planeta and La hija de Cayetana. Her work as a journalist has earned her the Premio Iberoamericano de Periodismo Rey Felipe. She’s currently a columnist in the weekly magazine XLSemanal. Alongside her brother Gervasio, she runs an online writing course.

    Jean Paul Dubois and Carmen Posadas will talk with Fernando Paz, director of AdN Alianza de Novelas Publishing.

    Mr Dubois will participate via video link, while Ms Posadas and Mr Paz will be on stage.

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