International journalists experience firsthand a festive and massive Day of Books and Roses in Barcelona

Invited by DIPLOCAT, the group included reporters from Germany, Colombia, Croatia, Great Britain, Italy, Morocco and Portugal

To make Catalonia's Day of Books and Roses on 23 April better known around the world and in parallel with the internationalization campaign labelled #BooksAndRoses, DIPLOCAT has been inviting foreign journalists for several years now so they can see and experience firsthand the atmosphere of the day. After two editions in which this programme of international visitors could not be carried out due to covid-19, it resumed last year. This year the delegation included eight journalists from Germany, Colombia, Croatia, Great Britain, Italy, Morocco and Portugal.

During their stay, the journalists met with writers such as Ada Castells and Arià Paco; with the Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Union, Meritxell Serret; with the director of the cultural Ramon Llull Institute, Pere Almeda, accompanied by part of his team; and with the secretary general of DIPLOCAT, Laura Foraster i Lloret. They also visited the bookshop Ona Llibres, where they were able to speak with the director Iolanda Batallé, the Ateneu Barcelonès, where they were received by the president Isona Passola, and the Cau Ferrat museum in Sitges. The programme also included a jazz concert at the Palau de la Música Catalana, a human towers exhibition and the commemorative concert of the 50th anniversary of the Catalan band Companyia Elèctrica Dharma.

On Sunday, at the conclusion of the four-day programme and after walking around Barcelona surrounded by books and roses, the journalists were impressed by the dimensions of this tradition and by the number of people of all ages who were on the street, and they agreed that they had never had a similar experience related to literature.