Pending the evolution of the pandemic and sanitary measures, institutions and organizers of major events prepare programs starting in the summer.
On the website of the International Festival 'Titirimuni' it is warned that they are going to "fill the autumn of 2020 with puppets and it is going to look like it is spring", although the final programming and the companies of the thirty-fourth edition are still on the air , pending what the health authorities mark for the week of its celebration, from September 22 to 27. This concern is shared by institutions and those responsible for major events, some that will start in early summer, if they have not been previously suspended.
Marian Palma, director of 'Titirimundi', will leave the program closed in July, with the idea of occupying spaces depending on what is required: 30%, 50% or 70%, prioritizing the outdoors, such as the San Juan de the Knights, also chosen for other cultural activities of the City Council and the Hay Festival.
Palma ensures that the headaches come to guarantee security, hygiene and a procedure to avoid crowds, also pending in other countries and if there is movement between borders, although there are international companies that postpone their visit to Segovia by 2021. Of a total of 34 , from 12 different countries, it is still unknown if the European will be able to participate or if they will only be Spanish. It is a Covid-19 festival, warns its manager, overwhelmed by uncertainty but willing to strictly abide by the sanitary conditions that are imposed. What falls off the bill are the exhibitions and one-man companies prevail.
The Hay Festival, in Segovia since 2006, has everything ready to start on September 7 with the presentation of the visual arts program, led by an exhibition in La Alhóndiga by César Lucas, a benchmark in Spanish photojournalism, and concentrate the most important events of the 18 to 20. Social distance, hydrogels and personal protection will prevail in the Literature and Arts Festival with the message of 'Segovia Segura', with the intention of opening a capacity to a third of the occupation and increasing the time between events to disinfect spaces, according to the director of this traditional cultural activity, Sheila Cremaschi.
Cremaschi maintains that the number of events has not been reduced, there are only changes in terms of capacity and hours, and ensures that no guest has canceled their presence, with only those who come from the United States or India being doubtful. Without revealing names, it guarantees a program similar to last year's, which will be presented on June 20 at 90%.
For his part, the deputy of Culture and vice president of the Deputation, José María Bravo, points out that they focus on how to fit cultural programs and make culture reach the citizens of the province and the Juan Bravo Theater, complying with the rules to which the pandemic forces.
After closing on March 6, the 'Juan Bravo' has blocked dates for the Hay Festival and 'Titirimundi', which is expected to reduce the capacity to 150 seats, out of a total of 450, continuing, between October and December, with deferred works such as 'Don Giovani', by the orchestra, soloists and choirs of the Ópera 2001 company; 'Lady in red on a gray background', with José Sacristán, and 'The colonel has no one to write to', with Imanol Arias, among others.
Work is being done with the groups to maintain, in November, the Provincial Theater Show, allowing companies that have not been able to rehearse a new play to repeat any of the previous ones. You can move to the theater 'Aperitives a banda', taking into account that some municipalities have dissociated themselves from the activity, which also requires a stage of good dimensions, given the number of musicians involved.
Bravo recalled that the project 'Confinactuamos' has been specially launched, which consists of broadcasting videos of a maximum of 25 minutes by 48 professional Segovian artists and groups, from music, storytelling theater or magic, to whom amounts are paid from 250 euros, which are disseminated on social networks and through La8 Segovia.
The 'Esteban Vicente' Museum reopens on June 30 after being able to extend the 'Featured, Telephone Collection' exhibition until September 6, inaugurated a few days before the state of alarm was declared, along with the permanent collection of the painter born in Turégano and 'The flat mountain. The enchanted region ', by José María Yagüe, explains Bravo.
After postponing planned projects, until next year, with international loans, between September 24 and January 10, an exhibition will be held with "closest artists", according to the director-curator, Ana Doldán. The sample scheduled for the end of the year is canceled 'sine die', although it is not lost. The museum's budget has been modified downwards, while a total of 130.000 euros has been transferred to the common fund of the Provincial Council, in support of the social and economic measures derived from the health crisis, from the budget for the unspent theater. .
The Department of Culture has also spent 300.000 euros for the same purposes that do not go to the fairs and parties in Segovia, which have been suspended, according to its manager Gina Aguiar, who plans to open an exhibition of Segovian artists in La Alhóndiga, on 15 September. June. With some activities distributed throughout the neighborhoods of the city and a program dispersed by areas to avoid crowds, as in other cases, the 'Insurrecta' project, by the artist Gonzalo Borondo, is underway, which intervenes in 32 billboards in the city, coinciding with the start of the Comunera revolt in Segovia, five hundred years ago, from June 29 to April 23.
With the idea of boosting talent and local creation, the summer program will star in music in outdoor spaces, an exhibition in La Cárcel and, at the end of June, a Photoespaña exhibition on balconies and windows of old town buildings historical, with images that have participated in the call # PHEdesdemibalcón. FolkSegovia and Various Music shows will be integrated, suspended as general events.
Aguiar trusts that the offer will attract tourism and, as for the International Festival of Segovia, promoted by the Don Juan de Borbón Foundation, the regular programming will be adapted to a joint program that can be controlled in all aspects that marks the new reality. , enhancing the outdoor stages. In addition there will be a program of creativity labs for children and adults.
Source: The Day of Segovia