• A stand promoting gastronomic tourism in B-travel (by J. Morros)

    B-Travel in Barcelona takes over Catalonia's International Tourism Fair after 23 years

    B-Travel is a Barcelona-based tourism show bringing together some 215 exhibitors from across the industry and more than 50 different destinations. The event, one of the most important of its kind in Europe, kicked off on Friday at Fira de Barcelona's Montjuïc venue, taking over Catalonia's International Tourism Fair after 23 years. Conceived as a new meeting point for travellers and tourism companies seeking enriched customer experiences, it aims at tailoring the tourist offering to each visitor's needs. This year, attendees can sign up to the B- Travel Internet Community upon their arrival and receive customised information on the vast array of tourism offers on display, focusing on specific types of tourism such as cultural, gastronomic, shopping, rural, and adventure sports, among others.

Josep Lluís Trapero (right), next to the Catalan Minister for Home Affairs (middle) and the Director of the Catalan Police (left) (by ACN)

Catalan Police Chief accuses Spanish Government of not sharing information affecting Catalonia's security

The highest-ranked officer of the Catalan Government's Police Force Mossos d'Esquadra, Chief Josep Lluís Trapero, has accused the Spanish Police Force of not sharing important information that affects Catalonia's security. Despite the Mossos d'Esquadra force being in charge of the main police tasks for Catalonia, it does not have access to relevant intelligence that the Spanish Police receives from international organisations and foreign police corps. Trapero emphasised that the Catalan Police has international level powers since 2006 and therefore is legally entitled to receive such information. However, the Spanish Police always keeps it for itself, which "makes our work more difficult", complained Trapero, and thus diminishes Catalonia's overall security.

The members of Spain's Constitutional Court meeting a few months ago (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

Spanish authorities temporarily ban Catalonia's External Action Law

As was expected, the Constitutional Court has accepted the Spanish Government's appeal against the Catalan Law on External Action and Relations with the EU, which was approved last November and was already foreseen in the 2006 Catalan Statute of Autonomy. The Court's acceptance of a Spanish Government appeal automatically represents a temporary suspension of the legal measure for an initial 5-month period. The temporary suspension does not mean that the law will ultimately be suspended, but that there are enough reasons to study whether the Catalan law fits within the Constitution or not. According to the Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy, the law goes beyond the Catalan Government's attributions and invades the Spanish Executive's exclusive powers regarding international relations and the direction of Spain's external policy.

Carlus Padrissa, Co-Director of La Fura dels Baus (by La Fura dels Baus)

Co-director of La Fura dels Baus: "Dramatising our own death could be the next move for us"

Carlus Padrissa is the most active of the current artistic directors of the La Fura dels Baus, one of the most well-known Catalan theatre performing arts companies, internationally known for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Barcelona Olympics. Always looking to break the barrier between the audience and the artists, La Fura puts their focus on interaction mixed with traditional cultural elements of Catalan street celebrations. Pieces such as ‘Actions’, ‘Suz/O/Suz’ and ‘Tier Mon’ established them as innovative creators for both critics and spectators alike in the 1980s. Carlus Padrissa cannot escape from his vocation: the ambition of breaking conventions and renewing cultural contexts while redefining concepts. Now in his 50s, he is working more than ever without limitations. As long as he keeps creating, retirement isn’t part of his future plans.

Luís Suárez and Neymar scored Barça's two goals against Paris Saint-Germain (by FC Barcelona)

Paris Saint-Germain vs FC Barcelona: Barça's and Luís Suárez's"magnifique" performance (1-3)

Neymar Jr gets the first and Luís Suárez adds two absolute blinders to put Barça on fine course for the Champions League semi-finals. Barça unleashed all their class in the French capital on Tuesday evening to inflict a more than convincing 3-1 defeat on Paris Saint-Germain. In a wonderful performance all round for Luis Enrique’s team it was hard for any single player to stand out, but with two brilliant solo goals, Luis Suárez managed to do just that. Barça will start next week’s second leg at the Camp Nou with a two-goal head start. Things could not be better for a side that will have set legs trembling all around Europe after tonight’s exquisite display n Paris.

  • Experts of Endesa undertaking a study on trouts in the Western Catalan Pyrenees (by Endesa)

    Trout fishing in Western Catalan Pyrenees, an activity to be promoted at European level

    The river Noguera Pallaresa, in the Catalan county of Pallars Sobirà, used to be known for its trout fishing until the species decreased, accompanied by a decrease in fishermen. Now it is only known for its adventure sports. Located in the Western Catalan Pyrenees, near the border with Aragon, the County Council is now working on building new canals in Llavorsí and Escaló where the fish will be able to grow and swim upriver more easily. Work is expected to be completed this spring and the facilities could already be used this fishing season, which will end in September. The aim is to rediscover the environmental balance in the rivers of the Pallars area and to generate further economic activity by attracting anglers from throughout Europe.

  • The dance show 'Wonderland' opened last year's Grec Festival (by P. Cortina)

    Barcelona's performing arts summer festival Grec to be opened by Catalan dance company La Veronal

    Barcelona's summer Festival Grec is the city’s main yearly event for theatre, dance, music, circus and other stage arts, taking place from the 1st to the 31st of July. On Wednesday, the Festival's Director, Ramon Simó, announced that the dance show 'Vorònia' by Catalan company La Veronal will open the event, also disclosing some of the shows in the 2015 programme. This year, the Grec will celebrate its 39th edition and by now it has become a milestone on the European festival calendar. The event’s title is taken from its main venue: the Greek Theatre, on Montjuïc, an open-air theatre built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition. In total, last year's edition attracted 127,471 people, of which 79,254 went to see shows which required payment (79 in total).

  • Barcelona's Comic Book Fair (by P. Francesch)

    Barcelona International Comic Fair kicks off: organisers hope to attract 100,000 visitors

    The 33rd edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair opened its doors on Thursday. The event is an initiative organised by FICOMIC, a non-profit entity aimed at spreading comic and Japanese manga culture. This year it is taking place from the 16th to the 19th of April at the Fira de Barcelona’s Montjuïc venue. The fair has increased its exhibition surface from 32,000 square metres in 2014 to 36,000 this year, and the number of exhibitors has grown from 161 to 165. The Joker and Captain America will be among the main characters at the event and different genres of comics will be on display: from science fiction to heroic fantasy comics, through to humorous comics. In total, the event will host 19 exhibitions by national and international authors. Patrici Tixis, FICOMIC President, has declared that he hopes that the fair will attract 100.000 visitors in its 2015 edition.

Highlights

  • Neymar Jr and David Luiz, both playing in Brazil's national team (by FC Barcelona)

    15.04.15 - 18:57

    PSG vs FC Barcelona: First leg of Champions League quarter-finals

    The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals brought the blaugranes face to face once again with the current French League champions. The two teams were in the same group earlier in the competition with Barça pipping Laurent Blanc’s team to top spot in Group F. With the Catalans having overcome Manchester City in the last 16 and Paris Saint-Germain having eliminated Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, the two clubs are now set...

  • The Catalan Minister for the Presidency and Government Spokesperson, Francesc Homs, on Tuesday (by P. Mateos)

    14.04.15 - 21:55

    Catalan Government strongly criticises Spanish Minister for linking jihadism with immigration and independence

    The Spanish Home Affairs Minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, linked Islamic terrorism with immigration and organisations working for Catalonia's independence. Fernández Díaz made this controversial statement last week, after the Catalan Government's Police Force arrested 11 alleged jihadists in Greater Barcelona. His words were reacted to by Catalan politicians and opinion makers. However, Fernández...

  • Oil prices are one of the main reasons behind the negative inflation rate in annual terms (by ACN)

    14.04.15 - 21:18

    Prices in Catalonia accumulate 5 consecutive months of annual negative inflation, but rise by 0.7% in March

    In Catalonia, prices rose in March by 0.7% compared to February, due to price increases registered in clothing and fuel, according to the Spanish Institute of Statistics (INE). However, the annual inflation rate remained negative for the 5th consecutive month, standing at -0.3%. Despite this bad news, March's annual inflation rate was higher than February's -0.8%. The Catalan trend reflects partly that registered in Spain as a...

  • The press conference on the conclusions of the informal ministerial meeting held in Barcelona (by J. Pérez)

    13.04.15 - 21:25

    EU and Mediterranean countries agree on fostering education and information exchange to face jihadism

    The Euromed ministerial conference held in Barcelona on Monday 13 April has ended with agreement on a number of initiatives to fight jihadist terrorism. The informal meeting gathered together the foreign affairs ministers of 22 European Union Member States and 10 southern Mediterranean countries and is the most important Euromed conference since 2008. They discussed irregular immigration, trade and Islamic terrorism. In regard to the...

  • The Volkswagen E-Up, which was presented at the last Barcelona car show (by G. Sánchez)

    13.04.15 - 21:03

    Barcelona International Motor Show 2015 to host at least 38 international brands, 17 more than in 2013

    The 38th edition of the Barcelona International Motor Show (SIAB) will be held between 9 and 17 May at the Montjuïc venue of the Catalan capital's trade fair. This year, the event will host at least 38 brands and others could be added in the following weeks. This is the biggest number since the economic crisis started. According to Mario Armero, ANFAC Executive Vice President, "the show coincides with a clear recovery of the...

  • The Spanish PM, Mariano Rajoy (left), and the Catalan President, Artur Mas (right), before the Euromed meeting's kick off (by R. Garrido)

    13.04.15 - 18:00

    Catalonia's future "always Mediterranean and European", states Catalan President at Euromed summit

    In front of the foreign affairs ministers of 22 European Union Member States, those of the southern Mediterranean countries and the Spanish PM, Mariano Rajoy, gathered in Barcelona for a summit on trade and the fight against jihadism, the Catalan Government President, Artur Mas, said in his opening speech that "Catalonia and Barcelona were born as Mediterranean and have developed as both Mediterranean and European". The Catalan President,...

  • Ivan Rakitic returned to Seville's stadium (by FC Barcelona)

    12.04.15 - 18:24

    Sevilla FC vs FC Barcelona: Catalans falter late, draw in Andalusia (2-2)

    Barça’s two-goal first-half lead evaporates and Sevilla stay unbeaten at home. Tie takes a pair of points from Barça, now up just two in La Liga. FC Barcelona came into the Sánchez Pizjuán in Sevilla on Saturday night with the honourable distinction as the last team to have won there, and they’ll head back home with no change to that status. The Catalans left the field on a sour note after failing to...

  • A PP Member of the Valencian Parliament protesting against a banner supporting the unity of Catalan language (by J. Soler)

    10.04.15 - 21:42

    PP splits Valencian society with its Identity Signs Law against Catalan language and scientific criteria

    The People's Party (PP), which runs the Spanish Government and holds an absolute majority in the regional parliament of the Valencian Community (also called Valencian Country), has approved the Law on Identity Signs with votes from party members only. The Law entered into force this Friday. The new regional rule sets what are Valencia's identity symbols and traditions, and also insists on defining Valencian as a totally different language...

  • The Catalan Government presenting the results of the tourist fee (by M. Castillo)

    10.04.15 - 20:59

    Tourist tax brings in €41 million in 2014 for Catalan Government, a 6.56% increase on 2013

    The Catalan Government earned €41 million last year thanks to the tourist tax, which represents a 6.56% increase over the figures from 2013. Since this tax was created in November 2012 with the aim of increasing revenue for reducing public deficit and having greater resources for tourism promotion, €82.3 million has been collected. Catalonia has been increasing its number of foreign visitors over the last two years, posting record...

  • Catalan band Mishima playing in last year's SummerStage Festival (by Institut Ramon Llull)

    10.04.15 - 20:59

    New York's SummerStage festival to showcase Catalan musicians for 2nd year in a row

    This year, bands Oques Grasses and La iaia, singer-songwriter Sílvia Pérez Cruz and DJ Guillamino will perform in Central Park. The New York SummerStage Festival will present the 2nd edition of 'Catalan Sounds on Tour' on 28 June, a Sunday afternoon of Catalan music at this internationally-renown festival. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend, with the event being free and running from 2.00 p.m. to 7.00...

  • David Verdaguer (by Georgina Garriga)

    10.04.15 - 20:56

    David Verdaguer, award-winning star of ‘10,000km’: “Theatre is my wife, and cinema is my lover”

    The Catalan actor David Verdaguer, known for his comic roles in Catalan TV programmes such as ‘APM’ and ‘Crackòvia’, has recently received the Gaudí Award in the best actor category for his leading role in ‘10,000km’, directed by Carlos Marqués-Marcet. After the success of the film, Carlos Marqués is planning a new project to be filmed in London with a supporting role for...

  • Presentation of the 2015 Sónar+D in Barcelona (by P. Cortina)

    09.04.15 - 22:53

    Sónar+D to host 4,000 experts and 2,000 companies from global creative and digital tech industries

    Sónar+D is an international professional conference for creativity and technological innovation, which coincides with Barcelona's Sónar Festival of electronic and advanced music. The 3rd edition of the professional event will take place in Barcelona on the 18th, 19th and 20th of June 2015, at the same time as the popular and prestigious music festival. Its main aim is to bring...

  • The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, holding his conference at Columbia University in New York (by M. Belmez)

    09.04.15 - 22:24

    Catalan President hopes EU countries will convince Spanish PM to negotiate split, says Bloomberg

    The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, is on a visit to the United States to talk with think tanks, investors and media. Mas held a conference at Columbia University on Wednesday evening in which he stressed the democratic principle as the driving force of the independence movement. He praised the American Constitution's "We, the people" to emphasise that "we will vote in September", in elections transformed into a 'de facto'...

  • An aircraft from Air Canada (by Air Canada)

    09.04.15 - 21:59

    Air Canada to maintain year-round Barcelona-Toronto route, with at least 3 direct flights per week

    Air Canada announced on Thursday that it will be linking Barcelona El Prat and Toronto Pearson airports all year round, expanding its activities in the winter season. The Canadian airline currently offers seasonal flights connecting the two cities on a daily basis, only available in summer. As from 1 November 2015, it will also offer 3 non-stop flights per week in each direction - on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays – served by a...

  • A virtual image of Viladecans' macro outlet (by Neinver)

    09.04.15 - 21:42

    Construction of Neinver outlet near Barcelona to start in May; opening in late 2016

    Construction of the Viladecans The Style Outlets, the Neinver-managed outlet in Greater Barcelona, will begin in May. The official opening is planned for late 2016. The project represents an investment of €80 million on a 75,000 m2 plot located in Viladecans, near Barcelona El Prat Airport. It will house 130 stores and it is expected to generate a total of 1,000 direct and indirect jobs. The first phase of construction will...

  • Leo Messi, Dani Alves and Luís Suárez celebrate the latter's goal against Almería (by FC Barcelona)

    09.04.15 - 13:42

    FC Barcelona vs Almeria: Getting the job done (4–0)

    Suárez nets a brace, Messi and Bartra chip in as Barça roll past Andalusians. 

Offensive balance once again as strikers score and a defender delivers. To the casual observer Wednesday night’s La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Almería at Camp Nou was what one might expect as the Catalans thoroughly dominated their opponents in virtually every statistical category on their way winning by a score of...