The Rambla de Girona rose this Thursday with a sepulchral silence which has already become commonplace since the beginning of confinement. Usually, this walk is filled with books and roses, while thousands of people walk up and down. This year, however, there is no trace of the books, nor of the roses, much less of the people. On the other hand, the Diada has moved to the networks, where most Girona city councils and also cultural facilities and entities have proposed telematic activities. Workshops to make paper roses, virtual visits or storytelling on the networks are some of the proposals.
The day has risen partly cloudy in the city of Girona. A bad omen that would have brought the concern of florists and booksellers if this 2020 had been one Saint George normal. A start to the day that would have taken everyone by surprise if the rain would stop and if people would go out to buy the book and the rose anyway. But that feeling has been quite different this year, due to the state of alarm caused by the coronavirus.
The Rambla de Girona has risen calm, humid and silent. Without the usual hustle and bustle of a Sant Jordi in which florists and booksellers set up their stalls against the clock to get everything ready and start selling. Without the comings and goings of boxes full of books and buckets stuffed with roses. This year, the only activity there was the four drops of rain that were still left that night that were slowly draining down the drains.
Meanwhile, the shutters of bookstores, florists, bars, restaurants and other shops were still down. And is that this 2020, the Day has moved in the virtual world to survive the coronavirus pandemic.
Literary proposals and rose workshops
In Girona, the municipal libraries have posted some forty reading proposals which have been made by several well-known people of the city. These are videos that can be viewed on the town hall’s Youtube channel. At 11 in the morning, the libraries have also organized the activity Word box where they try to recover sayings, words, sayings and riddles. In the afternoon, a reading of stories has been scheduled in which Meritxell Yanes has explained ‘Cecilia is looking for the dragon!’.
For its part, the Girona Art Museum has proposed a paper roses workshop and he has also hung some of his paintings where dragons appear so that children can paint them. Everyone who sends them photos of their creations will win a children’s story. In addition, they propose that children look for all the dragons, roses, Saint George and princesses in the museum’s works from a virtual gallery.
In Salt, the Iu Bohigas library proposes the writing of micro-stories and for participants to post it with the hashtag # quinahistòria_salt. They also ask the little ones to upload photos by handing a rose to their favorite story characters and tag them in the library profile.
A Roses, 24 artists from the municipality have recorded a video with different artistic creations. Each of them performs a piece of music, reads a fragment of a play or reads a poem. The video will be available from 6 p.m. At noon, the Library of Roses has organized a reading of a story through the networks.
One of the most active municipalities for this Day is that of la Bisbal d’Empordà. Throughout this week he has asked his neighbors to participate in a bookface contest and today will announce the winners. There will also be several concerts (Miquel Abras from noon and Mazoni from seven in the evening), as well as a virtual musical vermouth. In the afternoon, those who wish can visit the Castle of the municipality through a virtual guided tour.
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