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First Festival of Catalan Culture April 16-18

16 April, 12:19

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, APRIL 16 - The first edition of the Festival of Catalan Culture opens Tuesday evening in Rome and runs through Thursday, April 18.

    Catalan writer Josep Pla called Catalonia "the westernmost region of Italy", and this affinity will be explored through the festival.

    The inauguration takes place Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Casa delle Letterature, with the presentation of Marius Serra's "The Novel of Sant Jordi" (published in Italian by Marcos y Marcos), a satiric take on the literary world.

    Film will be featured at the Cinema Farnese, including a screening of Carla Simon's "Summer 1993", a delicate tale of childhood, mourning, and resilience, which won the Best First Feature award at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

    Director Pau Durà will present his film Formentera Lady, a story of the rediscovery of fatherhood.

    Catalan author Joan Sales' novel "Uncertain Glory", considered one of the best Catalan novels of the 20th century, will also be featured at the festival in a presentation alongside a screening of the eponymous film by Agustì Villaronga.

    The festival's final day will host a seminar with writer Coia Valls (El Mercader, Amor Prohibit) and an evening concert by the Eva Fernàndez Trio, a jazz group led by a promising young Catalan saxophonist and singer.

    The festival takes place just days before the Feast of Sant Jordi (St. George's Day), the patron saint of Catalonia who slayed the dragon and then took a rose from the bush that sprouted from the dragon's blood to give to the freed princess, Sabra.

    The feast is celebrated by Catalans on April 23, when the streets of the region's cities and towns fill with stands bearing books and roses for people to buy and gift to their loved ones.(ANSAmed).

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