Friday 28th – musical opening: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday 29th: 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday 30th: 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Café Amsterdam

Literary exchange between Dutch and Catalan writers

Café Amsterdam is a three-day event bringing together Dutch and Catalan writers at the CCCB. For the weekend, part of the CCCB will become a cosy bar in Amsterdam with the atmosphere of a literary café, where the authors J. Bernlef, Laia Fàbregas and Robert Haasnoot will read, together with other fellow writers.


Friday 28 May, 20-22hrs.

Festive opening event, with literature, art and live music – an ode to the cities of Barcelona and Amsterdam and to the city in general. With short readings by Dutch authors Bernlef, Laia Fabregas, Robert Haasnoot and Catalan author Jordi Puntí.

Saturday 29 May, 18.30-20 hrs.

Laia Fabregas meets Ms. Najat el Hachmi

Laia Fabregas (1979), a Dutch writer of Catalan origin, made a successful debut in the Netherlands with Het meisje met de negen vingers. It was published in Castilian (La niña des los nueve dedos, El Aleph 2008) as well as in Catalan (La nena dels nou dits, Columna 2008).

Moderator: Laura Fernández Domínguez


Saturday 29 May, 20.30-22 hrs.

Entre brumas - a meeting with Bernlef

Bernlef (1937) is one of the Netherlands’ foremost novelists, poets and essayists. His most famous novel without a doubt is Entre brumas (Hersenschimmen), published this spring by Plataforma Editorial. Entre brumas is a moving and subtle novel that describes the gradual and painful decline of a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.


Sunday 30 May, 18.30-20 hrs.

A meeting with Robert Haasnoot

Robert Haasnoot (1961) grew up in the Dutch fishing village of Katwijk. Waanzee (Mar de delirio, Lengua de Trapo 2008), his most successful novel, is a convincing reconstruction of the events that took place on 1915 on the fishing boat Noordster, whose crew were caught up in a frenzy of religious mania.

Moderator: Antonio Lozano


Café Amsterdam is an event jointly organized by the Dutch Foundation for Literature, Institut Ramon Llull, the CCCB and the Dutch consulate in Barcelona.