The third edition of Barbitania is celebrated from May 23 to 26 and reaffirms Barbastro as a city of books, readers and writers

The third edition of Barbitania is celebrated from May 23 to 26 and reaffirms Barbastro as a city of books, readers and writers
The third edition of Barbitania is celebrated from May 23 to 26 and reaffirms Barbastro as a city of books, readers and writers

Barbastro, May 9, 2024. The third edition of the literary festival, Barbitania, begins within the framework of the celebration of the Ciudad de Barbastro 2024 Literary Contest, organized by the Barbastro City Council in its different modalities. Among them are the Ciudad de Barbastro award and the Hermanos Argensola Award, which have a consolidated track record and are among the best financially endowed, are supported by top-level publishers such as Visor and Galaxia Gutenberg, and are judged by juries made up of top-notch writers. The city of Barbastro will once again be the capital of literature and culture with the awarding of the awards and the celebration of the festival. The CLB/Barbitania project consolidates Barbastro as a city that promotes and encourages literary creation, reading, the configuration of top-level intellectual publishing catalogs and in general the entire book chain.

The Councilor for Culture of the Barbastro City Council, Pilar Abad, explains the motivations behind the Festival “Barbitania reaches its third edition and, once again, reaffirms Barbastro as a city of books, culture, readers and writers. For us, culture “It is a fundamental piece in our city model. Investing in culture makes us all better, because culture makes us more free, capable and independent. A world without books may be possible, but it would undoubtedly be worse.”

From Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26, Barbastro will receive the visit of great writers from the current scene, with more than 40 participants who will talk about: landscape, territory and homeland.


In Barbitania we will talk about landscape, territory and homeland; of the feeling of belonging to a space, of the invention of dystopian landscapes; from sea; of the provinces; of sentimental territories. Journalists Ana Segura and Antón Castro will explore the vast domains of narrative Andrés Trapiello in a conversation about all his work.

Carlos Marzal and Manuel Vilaswho will talk with the writer and journalist Berna González Harbor on Protagonists the provinces,Valencia, Serra, Aragón and Ordesa cease to be literary periphery in his works. The trip, the round trip, sometimes just the one way, the trip of pleasure, the trip of exile. The second homelands. Writers will speak about these questions, latent in his works. Gabi Martínez, Juan Vicente Piqueras and Monika Zgustovawho reflect with Ana Segura in the conversation Nature and landscape in travelers and cosmopolitans. You can also move between earthly landscapes and fantastic, or dystopian, landscapes that arise in the face of uncertainty, in the face of the unknown and increasingly apocalyptic future. talk about this infinite path that is science fiction Elvira Navarro, Vicente Luis Mora and Sara Barquinero driven by Anton Castro. Admitting genuine belonging to the asphalt, to the metropolis, has been a feature of modernity, but the more or less remote past of city workers is housed in the towns, in the villages, in Mondoñedo or in the Vaján corridor (Pakistan ). and they will be Berna González Harbour, Miqui Otero and Monika Zgustovawho suggest original ways of approaching urban belonging and rural nostalgia by chatting with Ines Plana about Flora and fauna of cities in crisis.

Nothing has been as inspiring as the sea for writers. Luis Alberto de Cuenca, Aurora Luque and Gabi Martínez they talk with Sergio Vila-Sanjuán about love of the sea without losing sight of the melting of glaciers and the rise in water levels in the Mediterranean.

takeoff platform It is a new section of the festival that focuses on current texts for which Barbitania predicts a successful future. The take-off platform books are highlights of the festival and one of the highlights of this year. They will be on the platform Sara Barquinerowith his novel Scorpions; Paula Melchor with her collection of poemsLove and bread. Notes on hunger and Miqui Otero with SimonOjo Crítico Award and his new novel Orchestra. They will talk to the journalist Sergio Vila-SanjuánNational Cultural Journalism Award, 2020, about what authors and books need to take off.

Having at the festival Andrés Trapiello, Luis Alberto de Cuenca and Sergio Vila-Sanjuán,Barbitania opens a window to the landscape of old books and their spaces in cities. The books live different lives that they will find in: the Plaza de San Bruno in Zaragoza, the Cuesta de Moyano in Madrid or the San Antonio Market in Barcelona. Surely these bibliophile writers remember characters like Melchor de Palau, or the Aragonese Inocencio Ruiz Lasala or the Sevillian Abelardo Linares in a conversation that Vicente Luis Mora will moderate.

There will be discussions and presentations.Marta Armingol and Laureano Debatthey will talk about their book Colonization. Stories of people without historywith Ignacio Martínez de Pisón.Manuel Vilas will have a discussion about his novel Us (2023) directed by Chusa Garcés and Borja Garcíaand presented by NanínArcarazowith the reading clubs of the Barbastro Municipal Library.Monika Zgustovawill present his book I am Milena from Praguewith Carmen Valcárcel. AND Elvira Navarro will talk with the writer Vicente Luis Mora from his latest book, Qubit


The cultural project CLB/Barbitania (Barbastro Literary Contest/Barbitania Festival) started in February with the call for the Literary Contest awards (poetry, novel, school narrative, hyper-short humor and novel in Aragonese).

On Thursday, May 23, the decision of the Joaquín Coll-La Mueca del Pícaro 2024 International Hiperbrive Humor Story Contest will be announced, and the XXV School Narrative Prize.

On Friday, May 24, the LVI Hermanos Argensola International Poetry Prize will be awarded, and the LV Ciudad de Barbastro International Novel Prize and the XIII Nobel Curta Prize in Aragonés Ziudá de Balbastro.

The jury for the Ciudad de Barbastro International Novel Award will be composed of Manuel Vilas as president and as members: Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, Lara Moreno, Elvira Navarro, Inés Plana, Carmen Valcárcel and Carlos Zanón. The jury of the Hermanos Argensola International Poetry Prize will be made up of Aurora Luque as president and as members: Antonio Lucas, Carlos Marzal, María Ángeles Naval, Juan Vicente Piqueras, Benjamín Prado and Jesús García Sánchez.


The fusion of music with verse will sharpen the senses. Rebeca Jiménez and Benjamín Prado They propose a poetry show concert under the title, Stirred and mixed.

For its part, Antón Castro, Antonio Lucas, Aurora Luque, Carlos Marzal, Paula Melchor, Vicente Luis Mora, Juan Vicente Piqueras and Manuel Vilas, They will offer a reading of poems, accompanied by the music of Badian Duck in an event led by Alvaro Alcainewithin the framework of the festival called Di-vinos y di-versos dedicated to poetry that will close with a Somontano wine tasting.

The writer Daniel Nesquenswill teach the text creation and reflection workshop titled Under the words. Processes, skills and your own voice.

Barbitania, with a diverse program open to different disciplines, will offer the photographic exhibitionAlong the same path. Round-trip narratives: photography and storywhich is curated by the Photography Classroom of the University of Alcalá and the “La Posada de Hojalata” School of Creative Writing.


Barbitania is a festival for all audiences, which in its three editions has been strengthening the programming for the little ones, who will be the future readers.

Through songs and poems, Barbastro Secondary and Baccalaureate students share the experience of exploring unknown intimate territories, with Rebeca Jiménez, Paula Melchor and Benjamín Pradoin the forum With a lot of class conducted by Alvaro Alcaine.

A writing workshop will also be held. The labyrinth of smiledirected by Daniel Nesquensand aimed at boys and girls from 8 to 12 years old.

And if it is about promoting writing and reading, let’s start with the little ones who already write and read, for example, from 6 to 8 years old, through a story and spell creation workshop led by PAI (Promoter of Children’s Action): It smells like a dragon here


For audiences ages 6 and up, there will be a juggling and word show for family audiences directed by Oswaldo Felipe (Children’s Action Promoter).

And if poetry and music come together for adults, they will also do so for the little ones in the poetic-musical show by Titiriteros de Binéfar Chorpatélicos, for all audiences, starting with 2-year-old boys and girls.


Throughout the four days of programming, the Barbitania Festival will take place in different facilities in the city such as the Barbastro Congress Center; the UNED; the Barbastro Municipal Library; the Barbastros bookstores such as Castillón, Ibor and Moisés, as well as the Plenary Hall of the Barbastro City Council, with the aim of showing its open nature, and bringing literature closer to everyone.


The conceptualization of the image that this year represents this literary meeting with national projection and of maximum relevance for Aragon suggests that behind a book there is something appetizing and nutritious to extract. Literature and reading are seen in the poster as a culinary, everyday, profitable and extractive activity. The Barbitania Festival announces itself as the mediator to access the use of books. Isidro Ferrer explains that “for this edition I wanted to leave the ‘poetic’ context of the two previous editions and give a touch of ‘acid’ humor to the poster.” And that is why he has resorted to this brilliant “gastronomic metaphor, turning the book into a sweet and juicy fruit.” The range of colors deliberately suggests orange peel.

The expressiveness of Isidro Ferrer’s designs is one of the most outstanding characteristics of his work. Which has earned him the National Design Award 2002, the National Illustration Award 2006, in addition to being a member of the AGI (Alliance Graphique International). He defines himself as an illustrator and designer by “devotion”, covering a vast physical and emotional geography with his work and his words.

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