Kosmopolis 2013: Less Than One Month To Go

February 18th, 2013 1 Comment

There is less than one month to go before the start of the seventh edition of Kosmopolis. The Amplified Literature Fest and we now have everything ready to make the CCCB the meeting place for lovers of literature during 14, 15 and 16 March.

As always, the festival programme presents many new features. For this reason we have designed a series of itineraries which will be very useful for you when arranging your visit to the festival, as they structure the activities of the different sections (workshops, lectures, films, musical performances, etc.) according to this edition’s themes: third culture, graphic novels in the United Kingdom, the tribute to Roberto Bolaño, humour and the futures of reading.

Kosmopolis will be inaugurated with Jaume Cabré and will close with David Carabén: the first a writer who will talk about the literary process and the second a musician who will offer an exclusive recital with songs specifically designed for the occasion. The end of the Barcelona slam competition will serve as a counterpoint between oral poetry and music. Three examples of live literature for the evenings that are added to the following itineraries:

  • First itinerary: If you want to know more about the interaction between sciences and literature, you need to follow the Third Culture itinerary: you can travel to Mars, discover the secrets of the Higgs boson, take a look beyond reality through experiments in quantum physics, learn the language of the genome and younger visitors will be able to create songs based on photonics. And you will also be able to attend a battle between science-fiction series.

  • Second itinerary: For fans of comics, we have prepared a series of activities based on the graphic novel in the United Kingdom: two workshops led by two young illustrators and two lectures, the first to be given by Dave McKean, one of the cult authors of comics today, and the second by Paul Gravett, one of the gurus in this area. Now is a good time to make sure you have tickets.
  • Third itinerary: Roberto Bolaño will be one of the stars not only of Kosmopolis, but also of the CCCB for the whole of 2013. In the year that the tenth anniversary of his death is being commemorated, the centre has prepared an exhibition,  Bolaño Archive. 1977-2003, which will be inaugurated on 5 March. During the festival, four events will pay tribute to Bolaño: a debate with writers, friends and publishers; a poetic performance given by Olvido García Valdés, a talk about the adaptation for theatre of 2666 and two firsts: the premiere in Spain of the film El futuro, based on Una novelita lumpen (presented recently at Sundance and with Rutger Hauer as protagonist) and a poetic reading of El policía de las ratas, a text dramatized by Alex Rigola, and performed by Joan Carreras and Andreu Benito, two actors who are regulars at the Teatre Lliure.
  • Fourth itinerary: Humour and Other Medicines is a title that covers two activities: Café Europa and the chat between Juan José Millás and Andreu Buenafuente, called Sustainable Humour. Furthermore, on Alpha Channel there will be a series of films with a humorous theme, as well as films related with comics, third culture and live literature. Don’t forget to check out the programme: there are up to 13 premieres of documentaries and short films.
  • Fifth itinerary: Kosmopolis always offers in its programme a series of activities aimed at professionals from the world of libraries: readings with writers, reading clubs and talks about literature. These are events that we have grouped under the title The Futures of Reading. And we will also have two important parallel activities open to the general public: the return of the BookCamp (with workshops and information sessions on reading and writing, which this year will include a meeting of digital magazines organised by Revista de Letras) and a new itinerary: Reading Barcelona, developed by CCCB Education and Libraries of Barcelona, which will take place at different places outside the CCCB

New Pricing System

There are two reasons for our having designed these itineraries: firstly, in order to better structure all the activities of Kosmopolis (there are over 30, if we include the BookCamp sessions and workshops); and secondly, the new entry tickets system that we are setting up this year. On this occasion there will not be a single entry ticket to the festival; rather, each of the activities will be paid for separately. The events will be divided into two price levels: €3 for talks, lectures and debates, and €7 for the recital by David Carabén. As an exception, Bookworm Barcelona and the exhibition dedicated to Bolaño will have a price of €6. Meanwhile the BookCamp, Alpha Channel, activities for professionals and comic workshops will be free of charge (although in the last case, it will be necessary to sign up in advance by sending an email to [email protected]).

If you follow the itineraries and acquire three or more tickets, you will enjoy a discount, and you will also enjoy a discount if you are a libraries card user. For the unemployed, children aged under 16, Friends of the CCCB and holders of teaching permits and the pink card for senior citizens, entry will be free of charge.

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