Every year in May, the festival opens with the most outstanding event on the programme, Poetry Night at the Palau, and continues for a seven-day period at venues around the city. The Palau de la Música Catalana is one of the most representative buildings of Catalan Modernist style.
Barcelona Poesia has an international outlook and goes beyond merely showcasing the work of different poets to include activities devoted to poetry theory and research activities. Moreover, this is a city-wide event, one that involves many of the groups, institutions and organisations that form part of its permanent poetic fabric. All in all, then, the event demonstrates that Barcelona occupies an outstanding position on the world poetry scene and that Barcelona Poesia is, as it builds on a history spanning more than 25 years, a leading event in the city’s festive calendar.