Barcelona, city of poetry

Barcelona Poetry, the most important poetry event of the year in the city, reaches its nineteenth edition with an extensive array of scheduled activities and with the Verger courtyard of the Museu Frederic Marès as its most notable setting.

From next Wednesday onwards, the city will become the epicentre of poetry with a new edition of Barcelona Poetry. The most important poetry event of the year will be held between 4 and 10 May, and the courtyard of the Museu Frederic Marès will become the festival's nerve centre.

Barcelona Poetry starts on Wednesday 4th with the presentation of the Jocs Florals de Barcelona prize at the Saló de Cent hall of the City Council, and on the same day, the Verger courtyard of the Museu Frederic Marès opens its programme in a new space where part of the week's poetry activity will be focused and where the Poetry Book Fair will be held.

The first date in the diary at the Verger will be Wednesday afternoon with Cos a Cos, a recital revolving around the Llibre d’Amic i Amat by Ramon Llull. Also on Wednesday, the Casa Elizalde Cultural Centre is host to the dramatised reading of Volver antes que ir with Flavia Company, which will combine piano improvisation and screenings of images. The recital can also be seen on Friday 6th at the Casa Orlandai Civic Centre.

The festival will steadily roll out its programme. So, among the many scheduled events, the La Pedrera Auditorium will be hosting a recital on Thursday 5 May, which will be an exceptional opportunity to hear poets Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Joan Margarit reciting their own work. Friday 6 May sees the Tribute to Anna Dodas at the Verger, and Nacho Vegas, founding member of Manta Ray, will be reciting poetry accompanied by three more voices at the Institute of Catalan Studies with Herois aquesta nit.

Until 15 May, the Rambla de Guipúscoa in Sant Martí will host the Versos a peu de carrer exhibition. On Saturday 7th, the three voices of Aragonese poet Manuel Vilas and Catalan poets Núria Martínez-Vernis and David Castillo will be bringing their verses to the Sant Martí Civic Centre. On the same day, the Sant Pau Catalan Modernist Complex plays host to the 25 Years Without Montserrat Roig tribute, while the Institute of Catalan Studies will be hosting El nus la flor, where young pianist and composer Daniel Ariño will be putting the poems of Enric Casasses to music.

The very youngest also have their place at Barcelona Poetry. On Saturday 7th, the Sagrada Família Library will be home to the family show Escudella de poemes.

On Sunday 8th, the Verger will host a tribute to poet Carles Hac Mor, while on Monday 9th, the Casa Golferichs Civic Centre has programmed Maleïts poetes, with recitals of work by Baudelaire, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Sylvia Plath, among others, to the accompaniment of piano and song. On Monday 9th, audiences can hear Las rosas de papel at the TNC, a selection of the poetic and narrative texts that best represent the essence of Gil de Biedma on the 25th anniversary of his death.

Barcelona Poetry ends with the 22nd International Poetry Festival, which will be held once again at the Palau de la Música. This year, the festival aims to reflect a situation that is sadly current, that of many refugees who have been forced to flee their countries, and will highlight the figure of the displaced poet.

You can check out the full programme on the Barcelona Poetry website.

Barcelona Poetry

From 4 to 10 May

Various venues in the City

Free admission (except for the International Poetry Festival on the 10th, which costs € 6).

More information at the Barcelona Poetry website

Publication date: Thursday, 28 April 2016
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