A UNIQUE CELEBRATION OF LOVE AND LITERATURE
Books&Roses has been filling Shanghai with books and roses every April since 2005, recreating the “love for books, books for love” magic of that day. The 11th edition of Books&Roses in Shanghai will take place in different spots in the city from April 16th to the 23rd.
It is a festive, emotional celebration in which the whole community takes part. Dozens of Shanghai libraries, bookstores, schools and universities gather to promote literature in a festive and welcoming atmosphere. People celebrate Books&Roses by giving books and roses to their friends and beloved ones. Book markets, free roses at libraries, conferences, concerts and workshops will be part of the celebration.
This event has its origins in the international renowned “Sant Jordi” festival, the Day of Books and Roses in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, celebrated on 23rd April. Catalonia exported this centennial tradition of the book and the rose to the rest of the world when in 1995, UNESCO adopted this day as World Book Day. Nowadays, Books&Roses is celebrated in over 100 cities all over the world such as New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, Berlin, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Paris, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg. This year, on 23rd April we will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare, Miquel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.