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.

  • Dracs de ceràmica
    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.

  • The tradition: roses and books
    The tradition

    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!

  • 2023 St George’s Day poster
    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.

  • Superilla2023
    Literary Superblock

    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.

  • Diàlegs 2023
    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
  • Gemma Ruiz Palà
    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

    Deayed broadcast

  • Actors in period costume greeting public visitors to the City Hall’s Saló de Cent
    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.

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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.

Les nostres mares
Les nostres mares (Our mothers)

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.

Sant Pau - Santa Creu Library

Literary Superblock and other spaces with stalls

  • Literary superblock
  • Associations
  • Professionals
  • Pedestrian-only streets
  • Other spaces with stalls

Literary superblock and other spaces with stalls

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New on Barcelona Llibres

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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

    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

    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

    Les escoles de Barcelona dibuixen la ciutat

    Various authors

    The hundred best drawings of 10 and 11-year-old students from various Barcelona schools in a book in the “Travel Card” collection.

  • Barcelona gegantera

    Barcelona gegantera

    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.