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21 de nov. 2011

Barcelona Women’s Network

Barcelona Women’s Network

  • Are you about to move to Barcelona and want to learn more about the city?
  • Have you just arrived and would like to make friends or establish professional contacts?
  • Are you settling in and looking for support to help you get over the first hurdles?
  • Or, have you been here a while and want to share experiences with multicultural women?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, than you're in the right place!

Forming a group of culturally curious women, we come from over 30 countries, have all kinds of backgrounds, and enjoy the most diverse set of interests you can imagine. But in spite (or because?) of all our differences, we all come together to have fun and do good. 

And above all, we all share a common love for the city and the world alike.
Find out about us on this website or at one of our events. http://www.bcnwomensnetwork.com/

11 de jul. 2011

"What Catalans Want"

"What Catalans Want" is a book that takes a concerned look at Catalonia at a time when ... the country's political future as a Spanish autonomous region is for the first time being questioned since it came into being in 1980..."

16 de maig 2011

The Catalan News Agency (ANC)

"The Catalan News Agency (CNA) is the English site of the Agència Catalana de Notícies (ACN), the publicly owned news agency of Catalonia. It functions as a digital newspaper, reporting on the top news happening each day affecting Catalonia. It is organised in regular news sections and has an associated independent opinion blog, Catalan Views, where main opinion-leaders and young talents of Catalonia will express their views. In addition, CNA delivers a newsletter, Catalunya Info, which is sent to subscribers via email every 2 weeks. CNA is thus a tool and platform to explain Catalonia abroad."

Its headquarters are located in Barcelona and it has branches in Madrid, the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community, as well as in Brussels, London, Paris, Berlin and New York.

It classifies news in six sections: Politics, Business, Society & Science, Life & Style, Culture, and Sports. It includes video reports as well.

6 de maig 2011

De politieke heropstanding van Catalonië

Op 2011-05-23 om 19u30
Gespreksavond over de groeiende Catalaanse beweging voor zelfstandigheid
De voorbije jaren maakte de Catalaanse onafhankelijkheidsbeweging een sterke groei en werden heel wat initiatieven genomen om de onafhankelijkheid te promoten..... [+]

5 de maig 2011

Language Exchange/Time Bank, by Lauren Mannion (Barcelona Metropolitan)

"... If your willpower is waning, you could try signing up for an official language exchange through Voluntariat per la Llengua...."

(full text)

2 de maig 2011


Art, Dance, Music and Theatre.
14/4 - 11/9: At the Modern Tate. Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape.

25 d’abr. 2011

Matthew Tree on St. George's Day (Sant Jordi) in Catalonia (The Guardian)

The patron saint of the country in which I live is Sant Jordi, his name adapted here to Catalan just as it has been to the respective tongues of the 11 other countries that have adopted this apparent dragon-slayer as their national mascot. In Catalonia, however, far from being an occasion for patriotic breast-beating - as still seems to be the case in England - April 23, at least since the 15th century, has been revered as the dia dels enamorats or lovers' day, on which the enamoured are supposed to give a blood-red rose to their beloveds (more)

22 de març 2011

Barcelona: Innovative and Creative Business (Financial Times)


If you want to download the full report in PDF format, click here.

Art and industry make for a gaudy mix. Victor Mallet examines how creative and design businesses are coping in the wake of the financial crisis
Automotive: From car door panels to hybrid batteries. Globalisation has forced traditional manufacturers to explore new avenues, says Miles Johnson
Biotechnology: Hub faces intense competition. Lack of local leader and funding raise questions, writes Miles Johnson
Sport: The goal is success without the debt. Miles Johnson looks at the financial challenges of running the city’s football team
La Caixa: Lender weathers storm. Bank remains a dominant financial power in the city, says Victor Mallet
Graffiti: Vandalism or oppressed street art?. Stubborn street artists now find they have little choice, given the hostile reception in the streets, writes Pascale Davies
Entrepreneurs talk: City vibrant despite economic stagnation. Victor Mallet meets some of the region’s movers and shakers
Alcohol: Spanish taste for premium gin gives duo a profit tonic. High-quality mixers go down well with consumers of tasty tipples, as market grows, says Victor Mallet
Trade fairs: Conferences provide €2.5bn boost to city. Private management helps city-owned Fira cope with tough economic times, says Miles Johnson
Publishing: A literary hub built on rich history and skills. Ángel Gurria-Quintana examines the city’s role as a publishing centre
Fashion retailing: Local textile tradition has gone global
Ferran Adrià: Reinventing the gourmet
Architecture: A well constructed city by design
Uncontained passion and sensible wisdom

8 de març 2011

Barcelona, Catalonia. A view from the inside. A book by Matthew Tree

Soon to be published by Cookwood Press in digital and print editions, Barcelona, Catalonia is a collection of Matthew Tree's incisive essays and live video presentations about life, language, and politics in Catalonia, as told through the eyes of a Catalan-speaking Englishman, or an English-speaking Catalan, depending on your vantage point, and his.

Matthew's honesty and keen observations combined with his sharp wit and mastery of language (two languages!) give the reader a unique and compelling vision of Catalonia, rarely uncovered by the casual visitor, as he discusses what he promises is the next new state in Europe and its relationship with the state it currently belongs to. But Matthew does not limit himself to the purely political; he also gives us an insider's view of real life in Barcelona, from doctor's visits to shopping trips, through to finding one's own voice in another culture and language.

If you'd like a review copy or for us to notify you when Barcelona, Catalonia is available for purchase, just send a note to info@cookwood.com.

25 de febr. 2011

Col·lectiu Emma

Col·lectiu Emma is a network of Catalans and non-Catalans living in different countries who have made it their job to try and set the record straight on news items published in the international press relating to various aspects of Catalan society.

On their site you can subscribe to their updates.
email address: collectiuemma@gmail.com

21 de febr. 2011

VISAT, la revista digital de literatura i traducció del PEN Català - VISAT, PEN Català's digital magazine of literature and translation - VISAT, revue numérique de littérature et traduction du PEN Català


Catalogna Oggi

"...La visita all’esposizione di Barcellona puó essere completata con un fine settimana a Venezia per visitare il Museo Fortuny, a palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei..."

"...Dopo quindici anni di richieste da parte di diverse associazioni come la Xarxa d'entitat Civiques i Culturals pels Drets i Llibertat Nacionals e di promesse non mantenute da parte del Comune, sembrava che entro l’anno sarebbero cominciati i lavori di restituzione di un importante simbolo distrutto dai regimi fascisti succedutisi in Spagna. Parliamo della ricostruzione delle quattro colonne ioniche progettate dall’architetto Josep Puig i Cadafalch, costruite nel 1919 e demolite dal regime di Miguel Primo de Rivera nel 1928..."

"...'Credo in questo Paese e nella sua gente'. È la frase che si può leggere nella pagina del sito della Generalitat de Catalunya, dedicata al suo nuovo Presidente, Artur Mas i Gavarró: http://www10.gencat.cat/elpresident/AppJava/cat/index.jsp#

"...  Verdaguer letto da Andrea Sunyol. Grande Verdaguer, bravissima l'Andrea Sunyol. Non la conosciamo ma convince." (video, 2m. 25s.)

Barcelona Newcomers' Club

"The Barcelona Newcomer's Club is a group for newcomers, expats and residents of Barcelona who enjoy meeting other people and sharing experiences. Our goal is to present all that Catalunya has to offer, through the participation of those born and bred here, recently-arrived ex-pats and longtime residents.
"The group provides members the opportunity to meet other people in the community, participate in different activities, as well as to enjoy informative and entertaining monthly meetings."

Writer Matthew Tree explains Catalonia to students from top US Universities

This is a 59-minute video of his 2010 lecture.


culturcat: (EN) All you need to know about Catalan culture (website)
culturcat: (FR) Tout ce qu'il faut savoir sure la culture catalane (site web)
culturacat: (ES) Todo lo que necesitas saber sobre la cultura catalana (web)

Catalan! Arts

Área de Promoción Internacional del Institut Català d'Indústries Culturals

Ponemos a disposición de las empresas culturales catalanas las infraestructuras, los recursos y la experiencia necesaria para contribuir a conseguir el éxito en su internacionalización

Supporting the Catalan Cultural Industries Worldwide

Catalan! Arts – The site devoted to promote the Catalan creative industries by ICIC, the Catalan Institute for the Cultural Industries

Business Lunch: Barcelona Networking

"The Business Lunch is Barcelona's oldest and most established Business Networking Event. Our aim is to bring together members of the English-speaking Business community in Barcelona and to foster a network of mutual business relationships and interest."
"We organise a lunch, you attend and do what you do best - promote yourself and your business - in a pleasant and stimulating environment.""
Upon arrival, you will receive a complimentary drink and have approximately 30 minutes to mingle and network with other attendees. Afterwards, when the actual lunch commences, you are free to choose which table you would like to sit at and who you would like to sit next to."

The British Society of Catalunya

"The British Society of Catalunya welcomes new and existing residents of Barcelona, be they British, Spanish or of any other nationality, to enjoy and take part in a wide variety of social events, in a primarily English-speaking environment and occasionally with a British theme."
"The British Society of Catalunya - Emporda Branch - is based in l'Escala, and has subsequently been split again with the formation of the British Society of Catalunya - Roses Branch.
The Society "acts as a valuable focal point for both British and people of other nationalities to meet up in an English-speaking environment."