Kosmopolis literature festival in Barcelona

Kosmopolis – literature festival in Barcelona

Fellow readers, literature lovers and soon visitors of Barcelona, take a break and read this article especially made for you. Kosmopolis literature festival in Barcelona

Although the Catalan capital is not mainly famous for that, it has a long tradition of literature. The city has been mentioned in several novels and hosts various literary events every year. Public of every age and every taste can find their pleasure.

In 2015, Barcelona entered the UNESCO network of Creative Cities of literature. It is a reputed distinction awarded to an intensely literary city, where books, reading and literature are outstanding pillars of its heritage and imaginary and of its cultural sectors. The CCCB and the literature festival Kosmopolis have played a considerable role in acquiring this recognition. It has helped give international visibility to the cultural potential of Barcelona.


Kosmopolis literature festival in Barcelona?


Since 2002, Kosmopolis is a biennial literary event organised and held at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). For its tenth edition, held from 20th to 24th March 2019, Kosmopolis gathers renowned authors with on-the-rise ones to tackle a series of challenges culture and literature are facing.


Kosmopolis literature festival in Barcelona

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Under the slogan “Stories that Move the World”, the festival will focus on the stories of this century aiming to give sense to the world that we have designed.




Some of the themes will be about the influence of quantum physics on the conception of “reality”. The theme of feminism will be in the programme again this year and will be a reflection on female empowerment in all spheres.  There will be an analysis of the ethical dilemmas that will be posed by the transitions of capitalisms. Finally, Stories Lab will present a small-format exhibition and activities that explore the evolution of narrative and its supports.


Kosmopolis literature festival in Barcelona

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In the K Dialogues section, established authors will talk about key issues in literature and our time. The European Poetry Slam championship will bring the top international experts in the genre. Also, there will be the Alfa Nights, with cinema premieres related to literature. And, of course, fans could attend book presentations and signings.


Kosmopolis literature festival in Barcelona

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The festival will collaborate again with organisations such as Biblioteques de Barcelona proposing activities for library professionals. Literature Across Frontiers (LAF) will propose a chat about writers who are refugees in Europe. Additionally, the “Stories that Move Kubrick” will propose a series of activities in relation with the “Stanley Kubrick” exhibition that the CCCB is dedicating to the filmmaker.




If you want to download the whole programme, click here.

Find the activities per day here:




Kosmopolis literature festival in Barcelona

Najat El Hachmi – Photo by CCCB

The participation of the following guests has been confirmed: Julian Barnes, Lisa Randall, Richard Sennett, Dave Eggers, Jocelyn Pook, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Han Kang, Philip Ball, Mona Eltahawy, Enrique Vila-Matas, Susan Orlean, Blixa Bargeld, Éric Sadin, Laura Bates, Simon Roy, Paula Bonet, Agustín Fernández Mallo, Helen Hester, Nuccio Ordine, Eva Baltasar, Paul Mason, Natza Farré, Vicente Molina Foix, Libby Heaney, Pere Arquillué, Najat El Hachmi, Rodrigo Fresán, Marina Garcés, José Ignacio Latorre, Rakaya Fetuga, Nick Srnicek, Manuel Bartual and María José Llergo.


Kosmopolis literature festival in Barcelona

Gonçalo M. Tavares – Photo by CCCB

There will also be Sam Abrams, Ana Alonso, Marta Ballesta, Adriana Bertrán, Joan Burdeus, Juan Carlos Calvo, Idoia Cantolla, Jorge Carrión, Daniel Cassany, Javier Celaya, Jordi Costa, Coral Cruz, Olga Cuadrado, Laura Fernández, Sonia Fernández-Vidal, Julián Figueres, Margalida Followthelida, Albert Forns, Amelia Gamoneda, Mònica García, Núria Gómez, Anna Guitart, Laura Huerga, Anna María Iglesia, Marisol López, Lisette Ma Neza, Shaina Machlus, Lluís Marco, Luís Martínez, Comikk MG, Luna Miguel, Joana Moll, Bel Olid, Marta Orriols, Marc Pastor, Carles Pedragosa, Josep Pedrals, Laura Pinyol, Pol·len Edicions, Marina Porras, Lucas Ramada Prieto, Llucia Ramis, Rosa Renom, Revista Lectora, Conrad Roset, Bernat Ruiz Domènech, Ricard Ruiz-Garzón, Víctor Sala, Víctor Santos, Gustavo Schwartz, Ramon Simó, Taller Estampa, David Trueba, Jose Valenzuela,Tina Vallès, Vicenç Villatoro, Ian Watson.




CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona – Carrer de Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona




General admission: 3 to 7 €.

– Conferences and debates: € 3.

– Projections: € 4 / € 3 (reduced).

– Workshops and tours: € 6 / € 4 (reduced).

– Concerts and performances: € 7 / € 5 (reduced).


Concessions: Under-25, Youth Card, seniors, library card, driver Tr3sC, RACCMaster, driving license and Laie School Writing Barcelona Athenaeum.

Free: under 16, Friends of the CCCB, retired card pink card Teacher, unemployed, driving Disabilities (free offers only apply to the desk of the CCCB. You must collect your ticket in advance).


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