Sant Jordi 2017 is all about culture, love, flowers and public participation

Of all the festivals on the calendar, Sant Jordi (St George’s Day) is one of the most extraordinary: it is a festival that focuses on culture, love, flowers and public participation. And if there’s one place in the whole of Catalonia where Sant Jordi’s at its liveliest, it’s Barcelona. That’s why, as in previous years, Barcelona City Council has created a webpage which brings together full information on all the activities taking place in the city on 23 April and the days leading up to that date. You will find a calendar there organised according to district, library recommendation, legend etc.

One of the main novelties of the year is La Nit del Drac, an event that pays homage to several writers from Catalan literature commemorating a few anniversaries this year, including those of Josep Palau i Fabre, J. V. Foix, Prudenci and Aurora Bertrana, Màrius Torres, Carles Soldevila and Joan Fuster. It will be held at Plaça Comercial on Saturday, 22 April, at 9 pm, with artists and celebrities from the world of culture taking part and establishing a literary connection, sometimes musical, between past and present.

As in previous years, Sant Jordi will also signal the City Hall’s opening to the public and sale of solidarity roses at the entrance courtyard. And Thursday, 20 April will see the French writer and playwright Yasmina Reza delivering the Sant Jordi’s opening speech on Reading at the City Hall’s Saló de Cant. She will be talking to Xavier Albertí, the director of the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, about all her works, about reading and about the role that libraries have played in her literary development.