• Public attending Diplocat's conference 'The Bombings of Barcelona and London' in London (by ACN)

    Catalonia and the UK share their common history under the fascist bombs

    Barcelona and London, the capital cities of Catalonia and the United Kingdom, suffered sustained bombardments by fascist air forces during the first half of the 20th century. Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the aerial bombing of Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat) together with the European Observatory on Memories (Eurom) and in collaboration with the University of Brighton organized a conference at London’s Imperial War Museum to share Catalonia and United Kingdom’s history under the fascist bombs. The commemorative event gathered together representatives from the Catalan Government, mayors of some of the cities who suffered the most under the fascist aviation attacks, British politicians, such as Chris Bambery, former spokesman for the APPG on Catalonia, and researchers and historians from both the UK and Catalonia specialized in the Great World Wars.

Culture

Catalan representatives of culture and politics at the SGAE headquarters in Barcelona (by Sara Miñana)

18.05.17 - 14:27

Reduce VAT on cinema tickets, urge Catalan parties and movie sector

Global support in Catalonia to reduce VAT on cinema tickets from the current 21% to 10%. Compared to other EU countries, in which cultural activities including the movie sector benefit from reduced VAT, Spanish citizens have to live with high...
RCR Arquitectes Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta (by ACN)

12.05.17 - 18:29

The Pritzker Architecture Prize winner in charge of the Catalan pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018

The winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered the Nobel Prize of Architecture, will represent Catalonia at the Venice Biennale 2018. The Catalan Minister of Culture, Santi Vila, and the manager of the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL), Manuel...
Close-up of Solsona's baptismal book, which ates back to 1565 (by ACN)

08.05.17 - 13:36

Solsona restores its first baptismal book, that dates back to 1565

In 1545 the Catholic Church in Catalonia ordered the keeping of register of all the baptisms and deaths in local parishes. This way, the Church was the pioneer in the register of persons, since the current civil registry was not established...

Roses are one of Sant Jordi's key elements (by ACN)

23.04.17 - 19:55

Catalan culture fills London’s Borough Market on Sant Jordi

London’s Borough Market hosted the celebration of Sant Jordi’s Day in the British capital. Like all over Catalonia, stalls selling books and roses colored one of the most iconic spots in the city, complete with Catalan food tasting,...

The human tower built in front of the Sagrada Família, at the same time than those in the rest of Europe (by M. Martí)

17.05.17 - 19:58

Last works on the human towers museum of Catalonia

“Strength, balance, courage, and sanity” are the four key elements that guide the new Human Tower Museum of Catalonia in Valls, 100 km south of Barcelona. This ambitious project, aims to become a reference for the human tower...

The coastal village of Arenys de Mar, which inspired the myth of Sinera (by ACN)

11.05.17 - 11:13

Sinera: Arenys de Mar and the literary myth of Salvador Espriu

Salvador Espriu was one of Catalonia’s most significant writers of the 20th century. He was proposed as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in 1971 and 1983, and won the highest award of Catalan Literature in 1972. His works,...

Jordi Savall in a recent concert (by R. Segura)

04.05.17 - 12:35

The Auditori Concert Hall embraces new music season with offers for everyone

A new season of music is ready at the Auditori Concert Hall, in Barcelona for the 2017-18 season. Worldwide artists will perform at the Catalan home of classical music in a mix of multicultural performances from beloved soundtracks to concerts...

Book stall at Barcelona's Rambla de Catalunya (by ACN)

23.04.17 - 10:13

Thousands flock to the streets to celebrate love and literature on Sant Jordi’s Day

Catalonia’s Patron Saint Day, on the 23rd of April, gathers together love and literature in one of the Catalans’ most beloved traditions. It is the Catalan equivalent to Sant Valentin’s Day and, originally, lovers exchanged...

Loop festival organizers with Carolina Ciuti at the Royal Medical Academy of Catalonia (by Pere Francesc)

16.05.17 - 10:11

Barcelona Loop Festival pays tribute to the pioneers of video art

The 15th edition of the Barcelona LOOP festival opens its doors from May 18–27, presenting a retro-perspective of international video art production. The festival will show the works of video artists from the 60s, 70s, and 80s in different...
Björk has cancelled her concert at Barcelona's Primaver Sound (by Björk / Primavera Sound)

10.05.17 - 23:51

Björk to open Barcelona’s ‘Sónar’ music festival

Björk, the famous Icelandic singer, will perform an exclusive four-hour DJ session for Sónar festival’s opening night on June 14. The same day, an ‘immersive’ exhibition dedicated to the artist (‘Digital Björk’) will open its doors at...
Bookstand on Sant Jordi, 23rd April / Sílvia Jardí

24.04.17 - 19:39

Catalonia celebrates St Jordi's Day with books, roses and signatures for the referendum

Every year on 23rd April, the UNESCO World Book Day, Catalans celebrate their patron saint, Sant Jordi's Day (Saint George). It is one of the Catalans’ most cherished national days, when people give books and red roses to friends and loved ones...
Roses and books to celebrate Sant Jordi's Day at London's Borough Market (by ACN)

21.04.17 - 10:48

Sant Jordi to be celebrated in 50 countries worldwide

One of Catalonia’s most beloved festivals, Sant Jordi, will be celebrated in a record 50 countries worldwide this year. Although Catalonia’s Patron Saint Day is on the 23rd of April, there are activities related to...

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