Sant Jordi unites Barcelona and its citizens more than any other celebration.
The Feast of Sant Jordi (Saint George) is a unique expression of Catalan culture. It’s a day of flowers, books, love and participation. It’s also a day that unites Barcelona and its citizens like no other popular celebration and is full of activities that are open to everyone. It’s a day for giving roses and all of the money raised by the sale of flowers in the patio of the Town Council building will go to non-profit organisations. Visitors to the town hall will also have the opportunity to visit some of its historically significant spaces such as the Saló de Cent. The opening speech of the festivities will be given by the writer Claudio Magris, who will be conversing with Josep Ramoneda about the value of books and readers. At the same time, the network of city libraries will be offering a complete schedule of cultural activities for young and old, beginning at the Biblioteca de Catalunya, which, like every year, will be opening its doors to the general public from 10am to 7.30pm.
Sant Jordi is also a time for popular Catalan culture such as Aplecat (22nd to 24th April), a gathering that is set to kick off with the singing of habaneras at Centre Cultural Els Propis before moving to Plaça Major de Nou Barris on the 23rd and 24th of April. The Sant Jordi fair, with displays of gastronomy and crafts, together with expressions of popular culture, will be held on Saturday. And don’t forget to give a rose and a book to the people you love, as is traditional on one of the most beautiful days of the year. Further information on activities is available here.
Sant Jordi 2016
When: 23 April.
Where: Diverse venues in the city.
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