Sant Jordi in London at Borough Market on Sunday 23 April
Sant Jordi / St George is celebrated both in England and Catalonia. In recognition of this, the Catalan Government and organisations join up once again with London Borough Market to present a festive day of arts, roses and books on Sunday 23 April 2017 from 12pm to 4pm. Newham Bookshop will join us once again with a book stall with translations of Catalan literature. Free event, all welcome!
The romantic Catalan custom of exchanging roses and books with their loved ones will be one of the attractions of the Catalan stand at Borough Market. The idea could not be simpler: traditionally men offered roses to women and in exchange for the flowers the women gave books as gifts. Nowadays, both men and women exchange books and roses.
So books could not be missed at this festivity! Once again, Newham Bookshop and Institut Ramon Llull will bring a book stall to the market, which will sell some of the most important English translations of Catalan literature. In parallel, the catalan writer Teresa Solana ( Roc Boronat Award 2017) will do book signing and Jocs Florals prize awarding will take place at the Government of Catalonia Delegation stand.
There will be a rich cultural programme, with the support of the Catalan community in the United Kingdom: performances by the London Catalan Choir, Castellers of London, who will show you the art of making Catalan human towers, and performances with some storytelling of the legend of St George and the dragon. Moreover, Escola Catalana (Catalan School, in English) will offer a dragons workshop .
St George’s Day: the Catalan day of love and culture
Sunday 23 April // 12pm to 4pm