Séfer Barcelona: Jewish Book Festival
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The meeting point of Literature and Jewish Philosophy.
Séfer Barcelona wants to be a “place to think”, a place where prejudices are attenuated, understanding is stimulated and, in which decisively, entices thought and intellectual pursuit. A place in which the encounter of all forms of artistic expressions related to the Jewish culture in its diversity is propitiated.
The impact of “Sefer Barcelona: Jewish Book Festival”.
Séfer was born to silence the platitude into which, unintentionally, we see ourselves stranded. We bet for the printed letter and the reading in the unquestionable Empire of the fleeting thing. We want to regain the dialogue, the questioning and the encounter. Our main mission is to bring out the diversity and richness of contemporary Jewishness and Judaism, with the aim of fostering dialogue, mutual recognition and exchange.
Therefore, in the Sefer program, lectures will be held by local and foreign Jewish authors, but also by non-Jewish authors who have dealt with aspects related to Jewish history or culture, and even specialists, addressing different languages and cultures, with the willingness to discuss on issues of the past and the present in the light of all these subjectivities. Faced with such a broad content, the program has been built on different key aspects, such as identity, exile, memory or language. In this way, we not only present the cultural aspect under its concrete historical angle, but also give place to the debate from a current perspective, targeting all types of public.
Since 1917, Barcelona has had the first established Jewish community throughout the whole Spanish state since the expulsion in 1492. Therefore, as we approach the centenary of this renewed presence of Judaism in our city, we believe that making this culture known is not only a factor of normalization and integration of the Catalan Jews, but also an experience of collective enrichment.
Séfer Barcelona 2017
The second edition of Sefer Barcelona, after the unquestionable success of the first, will be held during four days – during the four Thursdays of November 2017: 8, 16, 23 and 29- and will take place in different venues of the city of Barcelona:
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