Literary Festivals

Barcelona has an intense, permanent literary programme involving a large number of fairs and festivals. Every year, the streets, buildings and outdoor areas of the city are filled with literature in the broadest sense of the word. There is a wide variety of gatherings and events that foster and promote such different genres as historic novels, poetry, editions, children’s or juvenile literature, comics and manga, noir fiction or illustrated books. 

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Arts Libris

Arts Libris. April. Arts Libris is the International Fair of Contemporary Editions held in Barcelona since 2010. Art, design and editing are combined to form contemporary artists’ books, photographic books and bibliophilism. The fair is a meeting point for publishers, book shop owners, gallery owners, collectors and lovers of artists’ books in general.  

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BARCELONA HISTORICAL NOVEL

Barcelona Novel·la Històrica. November. The literary autumn is marked by one of the newest festivals in Barcelona, which looks to the past in order to explain the present. A programme of conferences, activities and book presentations on literature and history has been arranged since 2013.

Barcelona Novel·la Històrica

Barcelona Novel·la Històrica. November. The literary autumn is marked by one of the newest festivals in Barcelona, which looks to the past in order to explain the present. A programme of conferences, activities and book presentations on literature and history has been arranged since 2013.  

Barcelona Pensa

Barcelona Pensa. November. Who said that philosophy is not open to everyone? In a critical and participative society, the study of reality cannot only be a thing of a mere few. With this in mind, the Barcelona Pensa festival, promoted by the University of Barcelona’s Philosophy Faculty, seeks to encourage the general public as a whole to take a closer interest in the subject. Debates, talks or shows related to the art of thought are held in different places, such as restaurants, universities or cultural centres.

BARCELONA POESIA

Barcelona Poesia is the oldest poetry festival in the city, which has been held since 1985. It brings together the creative flow of a genre that has its own strong pulse in Barcelona. New voices in poetry or the very latest from already consolidated poets can be discovered in different parts of the city. Evening recitals in different corners of Barcelona are now a classic event, with great staging and the best poets. It’s also a good time to pay homage to those no longer with us. 

Barcelona Poesia

Barcelona Poesia May. Barcelona Poesia is the oldest poetry festival in the city, which has been held since 1985. It brings together the creative flow of a genre that has its own strong pulse in Barcelona. New voices in poetry or the very latest from already consolidated poets can be discovered in different parts of the city. Evening recitals in different corners of Barcelona are now a classic event, with great staging and the best poets. It’s also a good time to pay homage to those no longer with us.  

BCNegra

BCNegra. February. Since 2006, Barcelona becomes darker and more criminal than ever for one week in February. It is a fun meeting point for authors and readers of noir fiction, and the Pepe Carvalho award is also presented to well-known local and international authors (Award winners: here)

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Diàlegs de Sant Jordi

Diàlegs de Sant Jordi. April. Since 2017, this meeting begins with the Reading Prayer at the Saló de Cent and continues with different dialogues between writers, to bring the authors and readers closer, the two protagonists of the world of book. The aim of Biblioteques de Barcelona and Barcelona City of Literature is that this event turns the week before Sant Jordi into a regular appointment in the calendar and at a meeting point that is unavoidable for readers around the world.

 
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Festival Alcools

Festival Alcools. February. The Festival Alcools, which began in 2015, is a stage for poetry and gives special relevance to contemporary Catalan poetry. Poetry takes the stage to interact with scenic and musical arts.

Fira del Llibre d’Ocasió Antic i Modern

Fira del Llibre d'Ocasió Antic i Modern. September-October. Second-hand and out-of-print books, rarities and editorial gems… In short, the pieces of our library that we are all looking for but don’t know how to find are on show every year in Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona. Organised by the Gremi de Llibreters de Vell de Catalunya, the Old and Modern Second-Hand Book Fair has been offering old books since 1952.