Kosmopolis, a festival of amplified literature


Ready to immerse in the world of words? Kosmopolis is a festival of amplified literature held every year at the Center for Contemporary Culture (CCCB Barcelona), located in the Raval neighborhood, with a continuous programming. We recommend you to mark all your activities with an X in your calendars!

CCCB presents Kosmopolis

Kosmopolis is a literary festival that bets on an amplified concept of literature. Through the continuous evolution of the word, it contemplates and exposes a series of literary works in their multiple forms of expression such as oral, printed or electronic.

Writers, poets, philosophers, scientists, musicians, filmmakers, playwrights, storytellers, comic book artists, screenwriters, journalists, actors, librarians and publishers meet year after year at this festival, some of them with international recognition, such as John Irving or the Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich. All these professionals of the word come together to discuss the key issues of current literature.

Kosmopolis was born in 2012 with the aim of promoting an encounter with art and freedom based on the old conscience, that is, on the idea that we are citizens of the cosmos. In particular, the general principles of this edition are:

Preserve oral literature as part of the cultural heritage.

The transformation of literary support: from the papyrus to the ebook.

Stimulate readings of unknown western canon.

Promote undervalued and unknown genera.

Serve as a nexus for contamination between literary disciplines and writers.

Encourage the visionary and playful tradition of the written word.

What can we see in this edition of Kosmopolis?

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the talk “Frankenstein in the anthropocene” will be held on March 14. The researchers Dehlia Hannah and Fernando Vidal will delve into the links of the novel with their own reflections and the anthropocene concept.

On 3th April there will be a conversation with Orhan Pamuk, the writer of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006, where his latest works will be discussed.

Travel in vignettes will be held on 20th April and will be the presentation of a special issue of the well-known Altaïr travel magazine on illustrated journalism. In this workshop the topics of production, conceptualization, script and travel chronicles will be addressed by Pere Ortín, Jorge Carrión and Peter Kuper.

This festival is one of the multiple manifestations of the culture that sneaks the calendar of events in Barcelona, ​​and one of the most recommended, especially for lovers of letters. Its central location in one of the most important spaces of art and contemporary culture in the city reinforces the relevance of a festival that manages to surprise and excite in each of its editions. Very, very close to the CCCB, by the way, you will find two of our favorite restaurants: Bar Lobo and Luzia.

So, from our spa hotel in Barcelona we encourage you to enjoy literature in a different way and to discover it by the hand of great writers and professionals of this world.