Leaders of PP, Ciutadans, PSC, Vox and UPyD attend introduction of "Societat Civil Catalana"

Leaders of PP, Ciutadans, PSC, Vox and UPyD attend introduction of "Societat Civil Catalana"

The group announced fifteen anti-independence mobilizations

The Victoria Theater filled up yesterday for the introduction of "Societat Civil Catalana", a group born with the intention of mobilizing Catalans who are against sovereignty, the referendum, and the independence process. 

Mas: "No matter what happens, Catalonia WILL vote."

Mas: "No matter what happens, Catalonia WILL vote."

The Catalan President made the comments yesterday in an interview that inaugurated the broadcast of Punt Avui TV

"I will call the referendum in such a way that the Spanish Government will find it very difficult to bring a suit against it or block it. Don't ask me to explain how, but it will be very difficult for them."

In other media

Mas: "If we halt this process and there is no alternative, the frustation here will be absolute"

Mas: "If we halt this process and there is no alternative, the frustation here will be absolute"

The president says that he is 100% committed to holding a referendum

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, took advantage of the Sant Jordi festivities to make it clear to correspondents of foreign media that he is determined to go forward with the referendum.

Market Cities: Barcelona Offers a Hopeful Glimpse of the Future

Market Cities: Barcelona Offers a Hopeful Glimpse of the Future

Project for Public Spaces says Barcelona is "perhaps the best example of a modern Market City"

Ever since freezers and preservatives freed us from the need to shop at food markets on a daily basis, the focus has shifted almost entirely to convenience, resulting in the proliferation of supermarkets and box stores. 

The London School of Castells

The London School of Castells

With a huge increase of Catalan population due to the Spanish Crisis, it was already time that somebody engaged a Castells-related activity

Catalan Rumba, the soundtrack of Barcelona

Traces of flamenco, Cuban music, rock, pop and all sorts of traditional Mediterranean music can be found in Catalan Rumba songs.

Culture

Barcelona, and the whole country, land of books

We point out some of the literary activities that are being offered in Barcelona as well as by booksellers in Valencia, Palma, Perpinyà and la Franja

Barcelona, and the whole country, land of books

Each year on Sant Jordi (April 23), the center of Barcelona is filled with bookstands and the crowds of people who go to buy them. It's like a river of two arms (Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla de Catalunya, two of Barcelona's principle boulevards) that meet at Plaça Catalunya and head toward the sea. We hope you will stop in a few special spots, that make the day even more literary. And, since the festival of Sant Jordi is celebrated throughout the Catalan speaking territory, we will uncover what they've got going in Valencia, Perpinyà, Palma and La Franja, as well.

Suso de Toro: Spain is Madrid, and Madrid is Spain

Suso de Toro: Spain is Madrid, and Madrid is Spain

Interview with the Galician novelist and columnist who is to receive the Sant Jordi Cross for his outspoken defense of Catalonia

Sports

Rafa Nadal competes for his 9th Godó Trophy against a strong lineup in Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer face off in a mini-match at the Barcelona Liceu Opera House.

Rafa Nadal competes for his 9th Godó Trophy against a strong lineup in Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

David Ferrer beat Rafael Nadal last week in Monte Carlo.

This week the ATP World Tour 500 series is in Barcelona for the 62nd edition of the Conde de Godó Trophy, officially named Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2014. 

#CatalanTalk

Sant Jordi in New York City

Sant Jordi in New York City

Adina Levin, the Catalan Institue of America's new Executive Director, joins us for a #CatalanTalk

Adina Levin is the new Executive Director of the Catalan Institute of America, tasked with managing communication, events, and outreach for the New York City-based organization. The Institute's mission is to strengthen bonds between Catalonia and the United States by celebrating Catalan language, culture, and heritage in the Catalan-American community. Adina has a background in advertising and marketing. 

#CatalanTalk is translated (mostly simulataneously) into the following languages:

English

Catalan

Spanish

French 

German

Dutch 

Italian

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Calendar of upcoming interviews

Earlier interviews on #CatalanTalk:

Josep Ma Reniu, Professor and CATN member

Roger Buch, University Professor

Carles Boix, Professor and CATN member

Clàudia Pujol: Magazine editor

Albert Villaró: Novelist, archivist, archaeologist

Albert Pont: Economist, Business Leader

Jaume Cabré: Novelist

Blanca Rosa Roca: Publisher

Franc Aleu: Visual Artist

Jordi Calvís: Graphic Designer

Carme Fenoll: Catalonia's Head of Library Services

Elisenda Paluzie: Spanish debt neutralizes Spanish threats

Quim Torra, director El Born Centre Cultural

Eduardo Reyes, founder of Sumate

Oriol Junqueras, president of ERC and Opposition Leader in Spanish Congress

Gemma Lienas, bestselling novelist, feminist, and chocolatier

Ferran Civit, ANC, and organizer of #CatalanWay

Money

Catalonia represents over 25% of Spanish exports

Catalonia represents over 25% of Spanish exports

70% of Spanish exports travel to Europe through Catalonia

In the first two months of 2014 exports of Catalan companies increased by 2.2% on the same period last year, according to figures released on Wednesday by the Spanish Ministry for the Economy and Competitiveness. 

HP to establish its worldwide 3D printing business headquarters in Catalonia

HP to establish its worldwide 3D printing business headquarters in Catalonia

Large format printing area already has global centre in Sant Cugat with a staff of 400 engineers.

In the words of the company, "Barcelona will have a significant role in the 3D business and will become HP's image in terms of investigation and development of a unique and state of the art 3D technology".

Grífols goes on record for independence: "President, do not falter"

The multinational company Grífols is one of the principal strategic elements in the world, according to the United States

Life

Òmnium announces "Catalans want to vote" campaign featuring human towers

Catalan human tower building involves every part of society, from huge burly weight lifters in the base to small children at the top, and has come to symbolize the enormously significant social cohesion that characterizes Catalan society.

Òmnium announces "Catalans want to vote" campaign featuring human towers

The plan is to build Catalan human towers in seven European capitals: Paris, Brussels, London, Lisbon, Geneva, Berlin, and Barcelona

Human towers are one of Catalonia's most striking and unusual cultural activities. Teams with hundreds of participants?sometimes as many as a thousand?construct carefully coordinated layers of people, eight, nine, even ten stories high, called "castells" or castles.

Wall Street Journal, BBC report on insults to Shakira for singing in Catalan

Wall Street Journal, BBC report on insults to Shakira for singing in Catalan

The New York Daily News was one of the first newspapers in the US to report on the reaction to the recording in Catalan

Opinions

Them's fighting words

Them's fighting words

For surely, not every change in government is a coup.

Carmen Forcadell in prison

Carmen Forcadell in prison

Montesquieu would have thrown himself off a bridge if he had seen where Spain is at.

Catalonia and Spain: End Game Scenarios

Catalonia and Spain: End Game Scenarios

"By closing the door to a legal referendum, Mr. Rajoy has opened other potentialities for the Catalans to explore."

Archive: Culture/Life

Objective: Catalan culture in all editions of Wikipedia

Objective: Catalan culture in all editions of Wikipedia

New contest hopes to encourage new editors to participate from all over the world

Joining hands to name Lleida's 13th century cathedral a UNESCO World Heritage site

Joining hands to name Lleida's 13th century cathedral a UNESCO World Heritage site

An official nomination bid was finally presented this January

'The songs were still there even though the day to day culture had died'

'The songs were still there even though the day to day culture had died'

Capercaillie, one of Scotland's most important Gaelic electric folk bands, celebrates its 30th anniversary

Bestselling author Jaume Cabré offers short story in English

Bestselling author Jaume Cabré offers short story in English

The author's 'Jo confesso' is being translated into 20 languages, including English in the fall

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