Seven days of poetry in 21 spaces around the city. Writers, translators, editors, poets, actors, journalists… More than 80 renowned artists from the literary world participate in numerous events where the figure of the poet Salvador Espriu tinges many of the acts.
Barcelona Poetry Week comprises more than 30 activities including the Jocs Florals poetry competition and award ceremony, poetry readings, debates and concerts.
The Jocs Florals award ceremony, the culmination of the oldest Catalan poetry competition, is taking place on Wednesday 8th, 7 pm, at Saló de Cent de l'Ajuntament. This year, the first prize is awarded to poetess Àngels Gregori.
On Friday May 10th in the Plaça Raspall de Gràcia, a performance of ‘50 years without Camen Amaya’ will be offered to the public, joining poetry and flamenco dancing to remember the Catalan bailaora. On Saturday, an homage to poetess Joana Raspall takes place in Turó Park. And on Friday and Monday there is the opportunity to commemorate Joan Teixidor’s poems through the music of Joan Josep Mayans.
Also, the voices of 16 poets from four generations will be heard on Sunday May 12th at the readings Generation 4x4, at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. Andorran poets also vindicate themselves, offering readings of their work.
The 29th International Poetry Festival will close Barcelona Poesia on May 14th, where six poets—Catalans Francesc Parcerisas and Carles Miralles, Mexican Fabio Morábito, German Hans Magnus Enzensberger, American Jorie Graham and Bei Dao from China—will recite verses from the stage at the Palau de la Música Catalana.
Read Metropolitan’s article about Setmana de la Poesia here.
Check these and more events in Barcelona Poesia’s webpage.