The Culture Department Representative at Junta de Andalucía (Regional Governement of Andalucía), Rosa Torres, has presided the institutional act of the II MAPFRE Hay Festival Alhambra that, until next Sunday, 10 May, will get important intellectual people together in the city of Granada.
This cultural meeting, was born in a small Welsh village. It has started with a debate about sustainable architecture, and it has given way to some activities that this weekend are going to fill the spaces of the city. In these activities will take part some distinguished art and literary personalities like Orhan Pamuk, Javier Cercas, Andrés Trapiello, Maruja Torres, Andrés Neuman, Atiq Rahimi, Julián Ríos, Vikram Seth, Elif Shafak, or David Trueba.
After the official opening, the director of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Mike Snow; the director of ‘Hay’, Peter Florence, and the director of the Patronato de la Alhambra y el Generalife, María del Mar Villafranca, they have spoken with the architect Juan Miguel Hernández de León and the historian William J.R. Curtis.
The fall of the Berlin Wall and its consequences has focus the debate celebrated in the Isidoro Máiquez of CajaGranada theatre, with the attendance of journalists like José María Ridao, Miguel Ángel Aguilar or Antonio Cambril, among other people.
The opening ceremony has continued in the Library of Andalucía with the reflection of different experts in communication about the cultural supplements and with a course dedicated to the scriptnwriter Rafael Azcona. It consisted on the showing of his most representative movies.
The show of Eva Yerbabuena’s Flamenco Ballet Company has been the perfect finale to the inaugural session in the Palace of Charles V.