New York hosts Sant Jordi until april 25th

New York hosts Sant Jordi until april 25th

When Covid-19 closed New York City, the American nonprofit organization Farragut Fund for Catalan Culture in the U.S. was finishing up a New York version of Sant Jordi, the Sant Jordi NYC, with literary tours and book and rose stalls in Madison Square. As it has happened here, all this was cut short by the pandemic, but it has become a virtual appointment, and you can follow it on this link.

It runs until April 25, in 8-hour blocks each day. Readings and conversations share the space with concerts and wedges of original music. Each segment will study a book in English, with a link to the publisher, both in English and in the original language, where the book can be purchased. You will be able to find authors who write in German, Arabic, Catalan, Spanish, Danish, French, Galician, Italian, Icelandic, Portuguese, Tamil, Tibetan, Uighur, Urdu …

The website, designed by artists Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger, is innovative and interactive, incorporating live streaming of literary events, web-based augmented reality experiences (no need for special glasses), a virtual mapping of the Flatiron, various imaginary routes of Sant Jordi …

The purpose of the Sant Jordi NYC is, in the words of the Farragut Fund, to let the world know how World Book Day is celebrated in Barcelona to those that haven’t had the chance to experience it in person, and to help on the sale and circulation of books in these delicate moments for the sector.

Click here to access the website.

Illustration by Isabelle Duverger – Laia Cabrera & Co.