2015

Poets at the Jardín de los Mártires

The Albaicín Agency, in partnership with the Granada UNESCO City of Literature Programme, created a new “walk of words” titled Poets at the Jardín de los Mártires. This poetry route runs through some of the most special parts of the garden at the romantic Carmen de los Mártires at the top of the Alhambra hill. The property is laden with history. The mystic poet St John of the Cross lived there between 1582 and 1588, when he was the prior of the former Carmelite monastery of Los Mártires. José Zorrilla, the creator of the original Don Juan, also stayed there while he was in Granada to be appointed as the Spanish poet laureate in 1889.

Today, these now-public gardens also house the very best in contemporary poetry: the winners of the City of Granada–Federico García Lorca International Poetry Prize, which each year honours the achievements of a poets who has made an outstanding contribution to Spanish literature. Fourteen relaxing corners for reading and contemplation.

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Granada UNESCO City of Literature documentary

Made hot on the heels of Granada’s appointment as a City of Literature, this documentary celebrates the honour, while aiming to serve as a letter of introduction for the city, via some of its best-known voices A total of 63 participants — including writers, translators, publishers, booksellers, printers, lecturers, cultural managers, members of literature foundations and associations and artists from many different disciplines — were invited to assess the current status of the arts in the city and expound new proposals for the future.

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Book Fair: Granada UNESCO City of Literature stand

Beginning with the 2015 edition, the Granada UNESCO City of Literature Programme became a member of the Granada Book Fair’s organising committee. The theme chosen by the committee for the 2015 was precisely “Granada: UNESCO City of Literature”, to celebrate the city’s recently confirmed UCCN membership.

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Local public libraries

Two hundred books were purchased from the Book Fair Booksellers Association, mostly of works related to the ten UNESCO Cities of Literature, as well as works by Lorca and the guest authors for the season of Literary Conversations. The books were on display on the programme’s stand during the fair and later donated to the network of municipal libraries.

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First season of literary conversations

The UNESCO Granada City of Literature Programme, in partnership with the Centro Federico García Lorca Consortium and sponsored by EEA Grants, organised its first season of readings and literary conversations under the umbrella of the Granada Book Fair, on 17–26 April 2015. The events were held at the Huerta de San Vicente (Federico García Lorca House and Museum) and around the Book Fair site in the city centre.

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UNESCO Creative Cities meeting in Kanazawa

Every year UNESCO organises a key event: the meeting of all the world’s Creative Cities in all seven fields into which the network is organised. In 2015 this meeting was held in Kanazawa (Japan), a City of Craft and Traditional Arts, on 25–28 May. Granada was present at this meeting, its first UCCN event, represented by the programme coordinator.

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Krakow Multipoetry

In late 2015 and early 2016, the Krakow Multipoetry project, under the auspices of Krakow UNESCO City of Literature, gave a number of Granada poets the opportunity to have their poems projects onto one of the best-known buildings in the old quarter of this Polish city, the Potocki building, on Bracka street.

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