City of Literature

Over the course of its history, Barcelona has inspired writers the whole world over, who have immortalised the city in their works. Our literary heritage is rich and diverse and continues to grow every day.

We are a publishing capital in two languages, as Barcelona is both the largest centre of publishing in the Spanish language in the world and the capital of the Catalan language. The strength of our book industry is evident in its dynamism and breadth, from publishing houses to bookshops.

Literature has spread far and wide, taking countless avenues throughout the city and reaching the public in all kinds of venues and events, from libraries to the activities in festivals and community events in local cultural centres.

Barcelona is connected to the world. We are culturally linked with cities across the entire globe, sharing cultural projects and demonstrating our support for those whose human rights are under attack, especially in relation to freedom of expression. In addition, we co-operate with cities in developing countries in order to promote libraries and other educational projects.

The goal of UNESCO’s literary cities programme is to establish literature as a driving force for development and progress in urban areas. The sharing of innovative projects and best practices as well as collaboration between cities provide an opportunity to learn new ways of ensuring that literature spreads locally and of projecting Barcelona’s cultural image internationally.

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Ajuntament de Barcelona