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Starting today, January 24th, and continuing through to February 3th, the Barcelona Negra Festival (BCNEGRA) returns for its 14th edition. Barcelona will be the scene of round tables and conversations about the genre with great literary figures, booksellers and collections managers.

This year’s theme is ‘The Port.” Carlos Zanón, writer and curator of the festival, said they realized that there were many novels of the black and criminal genre set in port cities. “We started playing with different ideas and saw that it was a good leitmotif to structure the festival since the port implies the horizon, the arrival, the exit. Ports are territories with their own laws,” he said.

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The port of Barcelona is a space in movement, crossed by those who come and go, raw materials and goods, drivers, stevedores, crews and passengers. About 2.5 million cruise passengers come to the city every year and stay for an average of 4.3 hours. What do they do and what images are generated during this time?

The exhibition “4,3 Hores” will track their steps through Instagram posts which leave proof of their short, but intense, visits. Where do they go? What are their stories? What is the profile of these anonymous visitors? Don’t miss this exhibition at the Pati del Palau de la Virreina (La Rambla, 99) authored by students from the Màster en Fotografia i Disseny Elisaval school.

Visiting hours: Monday to Friday, from 9.00 to 20.30h. Saturdays and Sundays, from 10.00 to 20.30h.

Free entry

DOCUMENTARY EXHIBITION: “Sherlock Holmes, el rei dels detectius?”

This exhibition brings together pamphlets or fascicles, published between 1900 and 1930, as well as a few examples of the trading cards of the time that were based on Sherlock Holmes or on detectives inspired by him.

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Poster by Josep Àngel Gan

You will see nearly 60 pieces that are part of the collection in a sample organized by the Public Library Arús.

Location: Biblioteca Pública Arús (Pg. de Sant Joan, 26)

When: January 22nd through March 1st

Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 to 15h. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 16 a 21h.

Free entry


This is a round table about powerful female characters such as Stieg Larson’s Lisbeth Salander, an icon of 21st century Black feminism.

When: Monday, January 28th at 18h30

Where: Biblioteca Jaume Fuster (Pl. de Lesseps, 20-22)

Free entry

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Check out @carrersbcn‘s photos on Instagram!

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