Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi Barcelona 2020

This year’s Sant Jordi will be different for all of us. For everybody’s safety, we’ll be spending 23 April at home, with all sorts of activities, while supporting trusted booksellers who need our loyalty more than ever right now.

Our neighbourhood bookshops are places where we can find dreams, fantastic stories, and made-up lives. And once they re-open, we must ensure that they continue to provide us with books.

Here at the City Council we can help you to list your next reads, with different author suggestions and activities you can do at home to enjoy Sant Jordi.


Sant Jordi from home

I miss you, neighbourhood bookshop...

For Sant Jordi, we want to support neighbourhood bookshops, as well as local authors and publishers. These are days for reading at home, for discovering books, and more.

Barcelona City of Literature has brought together renowned authors who, from home and in video format, recommend their essential books, which we can buy once confinement is lifted and we are able to visit our local bookshops again. In addition to these authors, library managers also offer their book recommendations.

This year in the city, Sant Jordi will highlight the wonderful relationship between booksellers, neighbourhood libraries, and local residents. We’ll read books and share real and virtual roses, so we won't forget that 23 April is Sant Jordi and that we need to stay at home. Sant Jordi is waiting for you

My Sant Jordi awaits you Open video Recommendations for your reading list

Recommendations for your reading list

These are days for reading at home. Ada Castells, Carlos Zanón, Javier Cercas, and Jenn Díaz are some of the writers who have sent us recommendations in video format, so that you can enjoy Sant Jordi with the books and authors that have fascinated them.

You’ll want to add them all to your list!

Check out all the recommendations

Empar Moliner and Julià Guillamon Open video Relive the Sant Jordi conversation with Empar Moliner

Relive the Sant Jordi conversation with Empar Moliner

Empar Moliner spoke to the critic Julià Guillamon about the content of her work, about reading and about the role that libraries have played in her literary development.

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Barcelona Llibres from home

Free downloadable books in PDF format that Barcelona Llibres is offering city residents, so we can keep on reading, even though we have to stay at home.

Alícia en el país de les meravillas from Lewis Carroll cover, drawn by a kid

For Sant Jordi, draw the cover of your favourite book

Families, what book are you finding the most helpful during the lockdown? Would you draw it for us? Are you doing arts and crafts so you can have some roses? At we will experience the day from home, with other children in the city.

Balcony with Sant Jordi roses Open video Decorate your balcony with roses

Decorate your balcony with roses

We’re joining in with the numerous citizen initiatives encouraging everyone to fill their balconies with homemade roses and emblems for Sant Jordi.

Let’s decorate the city from home for Sant Jordi #totsfemsantjordi #santjordialsbalcons

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