2016

Exhibition Osip Mandelstam: Word and Fate

Granada and Heidelberg, UNESCO Cities of Literature, in partnership with the Moscow State Literature Museum, jointly organised the exhibition Osip Mandelstam: Word and Fate, at the Centro Federico García Lorca between 9 September and 6 November 2016. A total of 138 original pieces from various Rissian institutions — manuscripts, books, photographs, documents, paintings, drawings, posters, graphics, personal items and audiovisual material — in what was the first exhibition in Spain to be devoted to one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century.

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Granada’s Bookshop Network

A complete catalogue of the city’s 56 bookshops, arranged both alphabetically and by category: general, secondhand, specialist and institutional. Objectives: highlight the quantity, quality and diversity of Granada’s bookshops; generate self-esteem and added value; foster their potential for visibility and promotion; link the specific field of bookselling to the general development of the arts and tourism in the city. The project is presented in both in hard-copy format — with a 64-page full-colour brochure — and on the programme’s website.

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Book Fair – Granada UNESCO City of Literature stand

For the second year running, the Granada UNESCO City of Literature Programme has designed a special stand on the site of the Book Fair at Puerta Real, conceived as an open reading space for visitors to the fair and an information point on the programme’s activities.

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Season of literary conversations

In 2016 the second edition of our season of Literary Conversations (“Conversations in Granada”) was again held to coincide with the Book Fair. The venue for these events was the Centro Federico García Lorca. The season has established a link with the theme for these year’s fair — “Informing People About Science”— by inviting Jorge Wagensberg and, on the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes, by inviting Jean Canavaggio and Patricia Marín Cepeda.

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Partnerships. OCG concerts

The City of Granada Orchestra (OCG) organised two concert programmes under the “Granada City of Literature” umbrella, in February and April. Not only did the programme’s logo appear on all the orchestra’s publicity material, but special leaflets were printed containing information on Granada City of Literature and left on all the seats in the auditorium. A talk on Goethe was also held in tandem with one of the concerts.

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Partnerships. 3 Festival, Voices of the Mediterranean

On 28–30 April 2016, at the Centro Federico García Lorca in Granada, the Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo Foundation and the Ministry for Foreign-Resident Moroccans and Migration organised the first edition of a new international literature festival: 3 Festival: Voices of the Mediterranean, attracting leading writers attending from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Spain, France, Italy, Serbia, Romania, Greece, Israel and Egypt.

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Partnerships. Poetry Slam Granada

“Poetry slam” is a striking way of presenting poetry that was devised in the 1908s by the US poet Marc Smith. It consists of staging a kind of poetry competition in which the poets are subject to a system of points awarded by a jury chosen at random from the audience.