Crime literature festivals in Spain

As Antonio Iturbe remarked in a recent column, crime literature festivals are booming in Spain. Those mentioned by him are listed here in chronological order. The reason for the frequent appearance of the word “black” in their titles is that in Spanish the genre is called “novela negra” (Catalan: “novel·la negra”), literally “black novel”, in Alicante they decided to translate it “dark novel”.

Aragonegro [Black Aragón], 2016: Jan. 14 – 31, website (Spanish only)

Pamplona Negra [Black Pamplona], Navarra, 2016: Jan. 19 – 23, facebook (Spanish only)

Tiana Negra [Black Tiana], Maresme, Catalonia, 2016: Jan. 22 – 23, blog (Catalan only)

BCNegra [Black Barcelona], crime novel week, 2016: Jan. 28 – Feb. 6, website (Catalan, Spanish)

Tenerife Noir [Black Tenerife], Canary Islands, 2016: March 2 – 18, website (Spanish only)

Festival Internacional de Novel·la Negra en Català [Int’l Catalan crime novel festival], L’Espluga de Francolí, 2016: April 8 – 10, blog (Catalan only)

Encuentro de Casas Ahorcadas de Cuenca [Cuenca hung houses meeting], Castilla La Mancha, 2016: April 29 – May 1, blog (Spanish only)

València Negra [Black Valencia], 2016: May 6 – 15, facebook (Spanish only)

Mayo Negro de Alicante [Alicante Dark May], 2016: May 21 – 24, program (English)

El Segre de Negre [The Segre river in black], Lleida, 2016: June 3 – 4, article (Catalan only)

Semana Negra de Gijón [Gijón crime novel week], Asturias, 2016: July 8 – 17, 29th edition, the “mother” of all these festivals in Spain, a big event with powerful sponsors, website (Spanish only)

Granada Noir [Black Granada], 2016: Oct. 3 -9, website (Spanish only)

Getafe Negro [Black Getafe],2016: Oct. 14 – 23, website (Spanish only)


SOURCE: A. Iturbe, ‘llibrescopi: Som negres,’ “Cultura/s,” La Vanguardia, June 18, 2016, p. 14 [printed edition]


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