Sant Jordi 2023 in Barcelona
Sunday, 23 April has seen Barcelona vibrantly celebrating Sant Jordi / St George’s Day once again. This year’s festival (2023) has revived the literary superblock between Av Diagonal, Gran Via, C/ Balmes and C/ Pau Claris and has presented two new features: a reclaimed La Rambla and an incorporated Gran de Gràcia, from Jardins de Salvador Espriu to Travessera de Gràcia. This This has been the big central hub, though there have also been book and rose spaces throughout the city’s districts, with shops have been able to put up their own stalls as of 21 April.
See you next Sant Jordi / St George’s Day
This website will be updated again for Sant Jordi / St George’s Day 2024. In the meantime, we leave you a collection of the main images for this Sant Jordi 2023 in Barcelona.
The legend of Sant Jordi
The dragon, the princess, the knight and the rose are at the centre of the legend of Sant Jordi, which dates back to the Middle Ages and is set in the town of Montblanc. The story was strongly revived during the Renaissance.
Sant Jordi / St George’s Day is culture, flowers and love. And by the same token Barcelona is Sant Jordi. Few popular celebrations unite so many Barcelonians with their city as this day does. Discover its tradition!
St George’s Day poster
Download the Sant Jordi / St George’s Day poster, a work created by hand on paper by the artist Maria Laura Benavente and composed by Arauna131, or collect it from the City Hall’s Sala Ciutat or from the Palau de la Virreina. One per person will be given out, until there are no more posters in stock.
Barcelona has once again celebrates Sant Jordi with a literary superblock in the city centre. Booksellers and florists have also have their own spaces at different in different districts of Barcelona.
Dialogues for Sant Jordi
As a prelude to Sant Jordi’s Day, the city’s library network has offered three days of dialogues between authors from around the world.
- Where: Esquerra de l'Eixample - Agustí Centelles, Francesca Bonnemaison and Jaume Fuster libraries
- When: 19 to 21 April
2023 Reading Festival: Opening Speech
This year's Opening Speech for the Sant Jordi Reading Festival, which heralds the arrival of the Diada de Sant Jordi’s Day, has been given by journalist and writer Gemma Ruiz Palà.
- Where: Saló de Cent, Barcelona City Hall
- When: 22 April, at 6 pm
Open day at City Hall
To mark Sant Jordi's Day, Barcelona City Hall has opened to the public on Sunday 23 April from 10 am to 8 pm. Open to the public, free of charge.
Recommendations from Barcelona’s librariesMés informacio
Gemma Ruiz Palà is a journalist and writer, born in Sabadell in 1975. She has been working at Televisió de Catalunya's news services since she was 21 years old, mainly as a culture reporter. Nowadays, she is editor in chief. She has published in Proa the novels Argelagues (Proa, 2016), Ca la Wenling (Proa, 2020) and Les nostres mares (Proa, 2022). Her work has been translated into English, Spanish, French and Italian. In 2022, she was awarded the 63rd Sant Jordi prize for novels.
Gemma Ruiz Palà
Year after year, Rita regrets having agreed to organise the Christmas dinner. While most people set themselves ambitious New Year resolutions, with goals that will change their lives, she has to make do with her attempt to say no, which she always puts off.
New on Barcelona LlibresMés informacio
Here are the latest recommendations and news about books published and jointly published by Barcelona City Council, which you can find on Sant Jordi's Day at our book stall on Passeig de Gràcia (stall 22, between carrer Provença and carrer Rosselló, side Besòs) and the Sala Ciutat bookshop, from 10 am to 8 pm.
Rebel·lió: La vaga de lloguers del 1931
Anapurna (illustration), Francisco Sánchez (script)
At the end of the Universal Exhibition of 1929, unemployment skyrocketed, and the working-class neighbourhoods rebelled because they could not pay the abusive price of rent.
Històries de la Model
Jordi de Miguel (script), Susanna Martín (illustration)
Through the testimony of the prisoners and their families, the comic takes an in-depth look at the evolution of Barcelona's correctional centre.
Les escoles de Barcelona dibuixen la ciutat
The hundred best drawings of 10 and 11-year-old students from various Barcelona schools in a book in the “Travel Card” collection.
Nico Alonso Crozet
Exhaustive collection of the tradition of figures of giants in our city, from the first giants to the living and iconic images of each of Barcelona’s neighbourhoods.