Sant Jordi –Festival of the Book and the Rose in Barcelona (Spain)

The Goethe-Institut Barcelona has already successfully launched its promotion of German as a foreign language under the European Commission's multilingualism policy.

Together with the British Council, the Institut Français, the Instituto Camões, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Catalonian language promotion institute Lingua Món, we have conducted events, workshops and publicity sessions relating to the learning of foreign languages.

Public-relations event is given prominence. Its intention is to arouse/promote the interest of a mainly young, student public in multilingualism. The event is co-ordinated by the Goethe-Institut Barcelona and conducted in collaboration with the partner organisations mentioned. Following Love, what language do you speak? (2005) and Longed-for landscapes (2006), in 2007 the event was entitled Bestiary. With poetry, satire, dance and song, the subject was presented in 6 languages in an event with multimedia support, and the audience was transported into a lyrical-metaphorical world of animals and fable.

In future the 6 participating cultural institutes intend to continue their jointly conceived and successful multilingualism projects, especially since the multilingual approach eases the contact with the Catalonian education authorities, and with joint publicity measures or events of this kind we can enhance the public impact.

Project partners: British Council, Institut Français, Instituto Camões, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Catalonian Language Promotion Institute Lingua Món

Sant Jordi
On 23 April, Saint George's Day, or the day of "St Jordi“, people in Catalonia traditionally give one another a rose or a book as a gift. This tradition combines a religious aspect with the rose as a symbol of love – and a cultural one, represented by the book. This practice is widely observed throughout Catalonia and is one of the most frequently celebrated popular events in many places.
"St. Jordi" is celebrated as a day of community, culture and mutual respect.

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