The word as a means of literary expression and as a basis for communication and interaction between people is one of the central themes of Azkuna Zentroa’s programme, which perceives literature as something that transcends books, letters and reading, to encompass the art of verbal expression and oral transmission, audio-visual narrative, drawing and comics. It also showcases local urban creation linked to the Basque language, together with representations that are more closely linked to family audiences, to new emerging voices or to non-hegemonic languages.