World Poetry Day 2018

World Poetry Day 2018


To mark this year’s World Poetry Day, Barcelona City of Literature and our colleagues across the globe are linking up to hold simultaneous literary events in 13 UNESCO Cities of Literature.

In Barcelona, ​​at least, there will be three activities around poetry, at Horta-Guinardó Library, specializing in poetry, and at Horiginal, an epicenter of the city’s live poetry for more than fifteen years.


Horta-Guinardó Library:

“Create your visual poetry”.

Discovery Workshop, from 7 years.

Pre.registration required.

At 6 p.m.


“A living legacy: the Francesc Garriga prize”

With Maria Isern and Guillem Gavaldà, winners of the prize.

At 7 p.m.



Bar La Rubia-Horiginal

Ferlandina, 29

Recital with music and drawings by Noemí Morral and his book “Tornar” (Voliana Edicions)

At 8.30 p.m.



Celebrated yearly on March 21st, World Poetry Day is the occasion to honour poets and celebrate one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression. Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry speaks to our common humanity and our shared values, transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful catalyst for intercultural dialogue and peace. It is an art form that, more than any other, demonstrates the transformative power of words.

World Poetry Day is on 21 March, and was first declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.