Kosmopolis is a biennial literary event that has been held at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona since 2002, with two special editions (in 2005, Year of the Book and Reading, and in 2010, the Kosmopolis Special Day), and with a continuous programme that keeps the spirit of the festival alive all year round.
At Kosmopolis, literature is the star in all its roles: we promote a concept of amplified literature in manifestations of the spoken, printed and digital word that erode the division between genres, accept the evolution of reading and writing supports, and prevent successive deaths foretold.
Since day one, Kosmopolis has brought together writers, poets, scientists, musicians, filmmakers, playwrights, storytellers, comic-book artists, screenplay writers, journalists, actors, librarians and editors to debate key issues of our present-day reality and celebrate a universalist discourse, a festival to emancipate readers, stimulate the mutation of the canon, shake and stir genres, interact with the sciences, navigate languages, and revise myths, traditions and identities.
With each new outing, Kosmopolis explores the spirit that prompted its creation in 2002: to offer a meeting with art and freedom, inspired by an age-old awareness: we are citizens of the cosmos, citizens of the world.
Kosmopolis is inspired by these general principles:
Carl Safina is one of this year’s participants.
Location: Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona – Montalegre, 5 – 08001 Barcelona, Spain
More information: http://kosmopolis.cccb.org/en/que-es-kosmopolis/