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Barcelona, Spain selected as the city of literature 2016 by Unesco


Each year Unesco, a United Nations organization that focuses on development of education, science and culture, nominates a number of cities for different fields of culture that constitute the Creative Cities Network. For instance, film, music, media arts, gastronomy, design, crafts and literature get their own global capitals. For 2016, the City of Literature is Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain.

barcelona la rambla on sant jordi, by nuria

La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain occupied by book lovers during Sant Jordi. Photo by Nuria.

Cities can apply Unesco for nomination. Barcelona focused its application on the city’s heritage in publishing literature in two official languages of Catalonia: Spanish and Catalan. The city also has a lively publishing scene and it is renowned as the place where the World Book Day was invented.

Barcelona already has plans for 2016 for a program that promote literature and literary trade in the city. Some already agreed activities are:

Villa Joana – Casa Verdaguer Literature (Verdaguer House of Literature) in Vallvidrera will open after renovation.
Additional subsidies to libraries.
Activities to promote the work of editors.
Sant Jordi day – The World Book Day started in Barcelona, and special celebration are planned.

La Vanguardia reported the news.

Where Are the Origins of the World Book Day? In Barcelona, Spain


The World Book Day is celebrated in many countries as a day when books and authors get the respect they deserve. How did it all start? In 1926, a Barcelona author realized that a medieval Sant Jordi day – when lovers gave each other roses – happened to be the same day as the death dates of Cervantes and Shakespeare. He decided to promote a day when both books and roses were given to loved ones.

Here is a photo gallery from Catalonia on the World Book Day, Sant Jordi in Catalan.

La Rambla in Barcelona during Sant Jordi. Photo by Núria.

Vilanova i la Geltrú, photo by Ajuntament de VIlanova.

Vilanova i la Geltrú, photo by Ajuntament de VIlanova.

Photo by Ajuntament d’Esplugues de Llobregat.

Photo by Ajuntament d’Esplugues de Llobregat.

Photo by Castellers d’Esplugues.