The Barcelona UNESCO City of Literature Office of Barcelona City Council is where all the projects that link the city with literature are designed, planned, and executed. These include grants for literary creations, activities to promote reading, and literary mapping across the city. The Office also acts as an intermediary between all the different agents involved with literature and culture in the city, and it is from here that Barcelona is connected with the other UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature around the world, opening the door to partnerships and common projects.

Jaume Muñoz Jofre, focal point in Barcelona


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La Rambla, 99
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In 2015, the department of Culture of the Barcelona City Hall prepared the bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature. With the help of Promoting Board integrated by the literary sector of the city, and with the close collaboration of 3 partners , a bid dossier was elaborated and prsented to UNESCO.

On december the 11th 2015, UNESCO anounced Barcelona among the new cities of Literature.


Here you will find the materials that were presented to get the seal of UNESCO's City of Literature:

Download the bid Dossier EN

Check the video


The collaboration partners were:

The Promoting Board was composed of these members:

  • Barcelona Institute of Culture, Barcelona City Council
  • Barcelona Libraries Consortium
  • Institute of Catalan Letters (Catalan government)
  • Ramon Llull Institute (Catalan government)
  • Directorate of International Solidarity and Co-operation Services, Barcelona City Council
  • Directorate of Publishing Services, Barcelona City Council
  • PEN Catalan Centre
  • Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona
  • University of Barcelona
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Pompeu Fabra University
  • Open University of Catalonia
  • UNESCO Center of Catalonia
  • Catalan Guild of Publishers
  • Catalan Guild of Booksellers
  • Espais Escrits. Network of Catalan Literary Heritage
  • Institute of Catalan Studies
  • Barcelona History Museum
  • El Born Centre Cultural
  • Public Libraries of Catalonia
  • National Library of Catalonia
  • Association of Catalan Language Writers
  • Catalan Authors Association
  • Catalan Publishers Association
  • Librarians Association of Catalonia
  • Catalan Council for Children’s and Young Adults’ Books (CLIJCAT)
  • Barcelona Athenaeum Writing School
  • Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters of Catalonia
  • Association of Professional Illustrators of Catalonia
  • Cambra del Llibre de Catalunya
  • UNESCO Barcelona Friends
  • Planeta Group
  • Edicions 62
  • Penguin Random House
  • RBA
  • Zeta Group
  • Roca
  • Acantilado /Quaderns Crema
  • Salamandra
  • Galaxia Gutemberg
  • Enciclopèdia Catalana
  • Combel
  • Llegir en català
  • L’Altra Editorial
  • Libros del Asteroide
  • Malpaso
  • Comanegra
  • Laie
  • La Central
  • Llibreters de Gràcia
  • Llibreria Calders
  • MB Literary Agency
  • BCNegra
  • Barcelona Poesia
  • Món Llibre
  • Barcelona Novel·la Històrica
  • Catalan Book Week
  • Kosmopolis
  • Hipnotik Faktory
  • Tantàgora
  • Manuel Vázquez Montalbán Studies Association
  • Paco Candel Foundation
  • Joan Brossa Foundation


Here you will find the monitoring report:

Barcelona UNESCO's City of Literature 2016-2019