• David Alegret during the opera performance in prison (by ACN)

    Pioneer project puts opera in prison

    The prestigious Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house and the Catalan government began a new joint opera project with Barcelona’s Quatre Camins prison this month. Two opera singers performed such well-known pieces as ‘The Barber of Seville’ and 'Romeo and Juliet” in front of 300 inmates on Thursday. Several workshops in the lead-up to the concert helped to create an open atmosphere of integration among the prisoners, forging connections between the prison workers and the inmates. The aim of this pioneer project is to bring culture to all social sectors and groups, especially those with difficult access to it, while providing inmates with positive life experiences.

Society & Science

Laura Urquiu of Red Points at the conference (by ACN)

23.06.17 - 13:08

European conference in Barcelona underscores importance of women in tech

“Diversity in companies is very important because women bring an essential vision to the sector.” With this message, Laura Urquizu, CEO of Red Points summarized the aim of the “Europe Female Founders” conference which took place on...
Mossos d'Esquadra officers arresting a suspected terrorist in Sabadell (by J. Pujolar)

21.06.17 - 10:36

Catalan police exclusion from Europol 'can compromise' European security, warns Eurocop

Politicizing security puts citizens at risk. The Catalan police force, the Mossos d'Esquadra, should have access to Europol databases and forums just like any other competent security authority in Europe, said the president of Eurocop, Àngels...
A Catalan Police car (by ACN)

19.06.17 - 13:51

Spain excludes Catalan police from Europol while granting access to Basques

The Catalan government expressed outcry after the Spanish executive granted the Basque police, Ertzaintza, access to the Europol database while excluding the Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra. Spanish and Basque officials came to an...
Albert Figueras, a Catalan architect living and working in New York

14.06.17 - 21:37

Catalan architect makes it big in the Big Apple

This is a sweet moment for Catalan architecture. A Catalan studio, RCR Arquitectes, won this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered the Nobel Prize in the field. Their success is a prime example of the amazing international recognition...
David Alegret during the opera performance in prison (by ACN)

22.06.17 - 21:19

Pioneer project puts opera in prison

The prestigious Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house and the Catalan government began a new joint opera project with Barcelona’s Quatre Camins prison this month. Two opera singers performed such well-known pieces as ‘The Barber of Seville’ and...
Thousand marched along Barcelona in aid of refugees (by ACN)

20.06.17 - 20:33

Ministers urge Spanish government to help Catalonia host refugees

Two members of the Catalan government urged the Spanish government to help Catalonia accept refugees earlier today. Minister of Foreign Affairs Raül Romeva and Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, and Families Dolors Bassa sent a letter each to...
Edu playing with his toys (by Laura Busquets)

15.06.17 - 17:13

Hospital in Barcelona avoids liver transplants in four children with innovative operation

Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron Hospital successfully avoided liver transplants for four children, who suffer from the Abernethy deformity—a congenital malformation that affect one out 30,000 children—by using a brand new technology for the...
The Spanish Minister for Culture, Education and Sports, Inigo Mendez Vigo, Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont with Ainhoa Grandes

13.06.17 - 10:27

Spanish investment in Catalan cultural institutions unbalanced, says Government

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, and the Spanish Minister for Culture, Iñigo Méndez Vigo, coincided at the Museum for Contemporary Art Barcelona's 30th anniversary celebration on Monday. During his speech, Puigdemont...

Raül Romeva in the mass grave of Figuerola d’Orcau, in the Catalan Pyrenees (by ACN)

21.06.17 - 17:26

First Civil War mass grave exhumed in Catalan government initiative

Catalan foreign minister, Raül Romeva, visited the first Spanish Civil War common burial site to be exhumed in Catalonia as part of the Catalan government’s 2017-2018 mass grave plan, on Wednesday. The exhumation in the north-western town of...
Memorial for the Hipercor attack victims (by Barcelona city hall)

20.06.17 - 15:36

Barcelona pays tribute to the victims of the Hipercor attack

On June 19, 1987, a car bomb exploded in an Hipercor discount department store in Barcelona leaving 21 dead and 45 injured. It was the most severe terrorist attack perpetrated in Catalonia’s recent history. On Monday, June 19, citizens, city and...
Audience at the conference on refugees in Barcelona (by CNA)

15.06.17 - 14:09

International experts urge political leaders to help solve refugee crisis

Experts from Canada, Sweden, Portugal, and Catalonia agreed that a common political strategy is crucial for the successful reception and integration of refugees. Only with courage and leadership can civil society be positively involved, which,...
The CIE in Barcelona, Zona Franca (by Pol Solà)

09.06.17 - 19:09

EU Commission urged to collect evidence of human rights violations at Spanish immigrant detention centers

Catalan MEPs Jordi Solé and Josep-Maria Terricabras urge in a letter to the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs and Migration, Dimitris Avramopolous, that he launch an investigation into the situation at Spanish CEIs, because “the...

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