Sant Jordi in BarcelonaBarcelona displays its most literary and festive side for Sant Jordi. Besides taking a stroll around streets brimming with books and roses, there are also activities to enjoy in all the city’s districts, neighbourhoods and libraries.
Open day at the City Hall
On Tuesday 23 April the City Hall will be offering a route around some of the most iconic parts of the building, with a festive programme for the occasion from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is free but capacity is limited. Access to the building will be via the Gothic façade in Carrer de la Ciutat.
The visit includes spaces such as the Saló de Cent, the despatx de l’alcaldessa, the Escala d’Honor, the Saló de Cròniques and the Galeria Gòtica. Historical characters will also be present around the building, such as the chronicler Ramon Muntaner and the minister Rafael Casanova, explaining the history of the building and the ornaments to be seen.
Naturally, Sant Jordi and the princess will also be present. Young children will be able to enjoy a very special performance of La llegenda de sant Jordi with Chinese shadows, offered by the Taller Escola Sant Camil. The show will be performed every 30 minutes from 11 am to 5 pm.
Opening Speech on Reading
The Mozambican author Mia Couto will be giving this year’s Opening Speech on Reading. Couto will be talking about his work and the role of literature with the journalist Anna Guitart in the Saló de Cent on Tuesday at 7 pm.
The city’s library network is making the most of the occasion to recommend a literary journey to Africa with a selection of books by African authors.
Solidarity roses will be on sale again this year in the entrance courtyard at City Hall, from 10 am to 8 pm. The money raised this time around will go to the entities making up the city’s labour inclusion network: the Fundació Catalana Síndrome de Down, the Fundació Aura, the Fundació Tres Turons, the Associació Catalana d’Integració i Desenvolupament Humà and the Fundació Ecom.
Plaça de Sant Jaume will be hosting the 70th edition of the traditional sardana dance gathering by the Colla Sardanista Sant Jordi at 7 pm, with music courtesy of the ensemble La Principal de La Bisbal.
The libraries of Manuel Arranz (Poblenou) and Josep M. Ainaud de Lasarte (Sagrada Família) will both be open for people to give blood for Sant Jordi. The facilities will be operating from 10 am to 1.30 pm and from 4.30 pm to 8 pm. Donors will receive a rose and a bookmark as gifts.
And on such a literary day, the Sala Ciutat will be paying homage to the book Barcelones, by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, in its exhibition space, with a mural by the designer Carles Murillo and the illustrator Pau Gasol.
As ever, the traditional campaign to decorate the streets for Sant Jordi is being organised, inviting people to celebrate the occasion. The image used is the work of the Barcelona illustrator Joan Negrescolor (1978), who trained at the Escola Massana and is the author of posters, editorial and press illustrations and, to a lesser extent, publicity. Negrescolor’s work is characterised by disproportions and the predominance of warm colours, tools he employs to explore the expression and the poetry of the image. Negrescolor was tasked with producing a simple image, transmitting the values of the festivity of Sant Jordi, as well as the values of love and the promotion of reading and culture.
The whole city joins in to celebrate Sant Jordi, with all sorts of activities for people of all ages. The full programme can be found on the Sant Jordi website. Happy Sant Jordi to everyone!
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