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Vicenç Villatoro

Writer and journalist.

Director-General of the CCCB from november 2014 until September 2018.
As a writer, he has published mainly fictional works which have reaped some of the top Catalan literature awards. They prominently include Evangeli gris, La claror de juliol, Memòria del traïdor, Hotel Europa, La ciutat del fum and Un home que se’n va. Some of his books have been translated into Spanish, German, French and Italian. He has also published works of poetry, topical essays, memoirs, and fiction for children and young people. In addition he has written song lyrics and film scripts, and curated several exhibitions, including “Escolta, Espanya”, “Cataluña, tierra de acogida” and “Veus”.

As a journalist, he has worked on the editorial staff of Diario de Terrassa and El Correo Catalán, and at TV3 (Catalan television), especially focusing on the field of culture. He has directed the newspaper Avui, the Catalan Broadcasting Corporation (CCRT) and various culture programmes on TV3 and Canal 33 (Trossos, Crònica tres, Millenium, De llibres). He is a regular contributor to the printed and audiovisual press, such as the newspaper Ara, Catalunya Ràdio, TV3, Revista de Catalunya and El Temps, among others. He taught the subject “Genres of Journalistic Opinion” at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).

In the public sphere, he has been Director-General of Cultural Promotion for the Generalitat (Catalan Government), Director of the Institut Ramon Llull and the Fundació Ramon Llull, a member of the Board of Directors of BTV and a member of the Catalan Parliament for CiU.

Update: 8 March 2021



Has participated in

Vicenç Villatoro, Jordi Amat, and Mònica Terribas in Conversation

On the occasion of the launch of his book "La casa dels avis "

Kosmopolis 2019

10th Amplified Literature Fest

On betrayal

Lecture by Avishai Margalit

The battle for the present

Dialogue between David Fernandez and Xavier Antich

Against Digital Saturation

With Roberto Casati, Jordi Puntí and Sílvia Soler

Europe in My Mind

Lecture by Mircea Cărtărescu

Dante and Llull: Cultures, Languages and Worlds

Lecture by Joan Francesc Mira

Literature in the Age of the Internet

With Luciana Castellina, Sergi Pàmies and Imma Monsó

My Africa

Lecture by Mia Couto

The Clock

Lecture by Salvador Cardús

The Library. Imaginary and History of an Idea

Apocalipsi uuuuuuuaaaaaaa

Book presentation and screening of the film 'Història de la meva mort'


Opening Lecture by Axel Honneth

The novelist as citizen

Lecture by Abraham B. Yehoshua


Debate directed by Marta Marín-Dòmine