Virtuality at the service of tradition

Virtual meetings with the authors; activities for young and old to fill the house with roses and dragons; literary recommendations or shared readings are some of the proposals offered these days by town halls, entities, libraries or museums to celebrate this unpublished Sant Jordi in quarantine.

The libraries of the Diputació de Girona, for example, have launched the Retrats de Tinta project, which will allow twenty readers to converse individually this afternoon with the writer Jordi Lara, who will improvise a handwritten portrait of each of the people he has just met. The chosen ones are readers from all over the Girona region and respond to very varied age profiles.

The libraries of the city of Girona also offer online proposals, such as a list of reading recommendations on Youtube or activities related to the language.

Town councils such as Banyoles encourage residents to fill the windows and balconies with natural roses, cardboard, clothes or graffiti (also proposed by La Bisbal) and to share their readings online; while in Roses they will celebrate Sant Jordi Confinat, a proposal with music, poetry, theater and singing based on the recordings of 24 artists that can be enjoyed from six on the social networks of the Teatre de Roses and on Youtube.

Figueres, Olot, Calonge and Sant Antoni or Blanes are other Girona municipalities that will now offer activity on the web, as well as La Bisbal d’Empordà, which has included in the virtual celebration of the concert day of Mazoni and Miquel Abras through the Nets.

And if it’s Sant Jordi, Josep Pla’s readers have an appointment in Palafrugell. This time, however, the traditional continuous reading dedicated to the writer will be in virtual format.

For its part, the Dalí Foundation proposes four activities, such as a collective reading of texts written by Salvador Dalí and Gala or the possibility of downloading a “love postcard” to share with your loved one.

The Girona Art Museum also makes available to users of its website a “virtual kit of St. George” with activities such as manuals to make roses, paint some of the dragons that appear in the works in its collection or a storyteller.

Actions are also organized through CaixaForum, such as meetings with writers such as Najat El Hachmi, Lorenzo Silva, Luna Miguel, Raül Garrigassait, Antoni Clapés, Bel Olid and Julià Guillamón. Online meetings between readers and authors will also be possible at the hands of publishers such as Grup62 or Penguin Random House.

And to break so much virtuality, the option of Ripoll. This afternoon the dragon of Sant Jordi will walk through the streets of the town to encourage children to see it from home, because there are things that even confinement can not avoid.

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