• Bookstand on Sant Jordi, 23rd April / Sílvia Jardí

    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 in celebration of love and literature. Traditionally men used to give a red rose to women and women gave men books in return. But the tradition has evolved and nowadays men and women both give and receive books and roses to each other as well as to friends and even co-workers. This year’s Sant Jordi's Day was an especially sunny day in Catalonia. The streets of Barcelona and all around the country were flooded with books and flower stands, where people lined up to buy books and roses or just stroll around enjoying the magic moment. Like every year hundreds of authors from Catalonia but also from all around the world came to the Catalan capital to sign their books and to join the festive atmosphere. In addition, emblematic buildings such as Gaudi’s Casa Batlló on the famous Passeig de Gracia was decorated with red roses and encouraged visitors to learn about the legend of Sant Jordi.

Culture

'Castellers of London' performing at London Borough's Market, this April (by ACN)

17.06.16 - 10:45

First international castells exhibition to be held in London this weekend

The Castellers of London will receive the French group Castellers de París from the 17th to the 19th of June to celebrate the first international encounter for this traditional human towers. Both groups will offer...

Two girls at Primavera Sound festival, at Barcelona's Parc del Fòrum (by ACN)

02.06.16 - 18:54

Primavera Sound 2016 kicks off

The 15th edition of Barcelona’s music festival giant, Primavera Sound, has opened its doors, a long-awaited moment for indie and pop fans in the...

One of the Picasso engravings, dedicated to Degas (by Picasso Museum)

27.05.16 - 19:18

The Picasso Museum displays ‘The 156 engravings’

The exhibition can be visited from the 26th of May until the 4th of September. It displays artworks created by Picasso between the 24th of October 1968 and the 25th of March 1972, and first shown in Paris only a year after their completion in...
Image of the documentary 'Bakur' , to be shown at DocsBarcelona 2016 (by ACN)

25.05.16 - 20:22

19th edition of documentary film festival DocsBarcelona kicks off

The DocsBarcelona 2016 film festival opened this year’s edition with the documentary ‘Sonita’ by Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami on Wednesday. The film is about an eighteen-year-old Afghan girl after which the film is...

The 2016 Sonar team (by ACN)

10.06.16 - 15:30

Sonar 2015 added 72 million euros to the Catalan GDP

The economic contribution to Catalonia’s GDP from the 2015 Sonar music festival was 72 million euros. Along with Sonar+D, a series of conferences about the relationship between creativity and technology, the event brought in 111,000 visitors...
Projection of Chi-Wen Gallery at a hotel's room (by ACN)

01.06.16 - 19:45

LOOP Festival 2016: Where video art and cinema meet

Barcelona turns into a moving image hotspot again for over three weeks with the 14th edition of LOOP, a festival dedicated to video art. Since 2003, it has provided a platform for both emerging and well-known...

The Fundación MAPFRE in Barcelona hosts the ‘Bruce Davidson’ exhibition (by ACN)

27.05.16 - 16:17

Retrospective on photographer Bruce Davidson opens in Barcelona

The ‘Bruce Davidson’ exhibition, the very first retrospective dedicated to the American photographer to be held in Spain is to open at the non-profit institution Fundación MAPFRE in Barcelona. The exhibition will run from the 28th of May...
One of the key moment of 'Patum' festival in the town of Berga (by ACN)

25.05.16 - 10:23

‘Patum’: the beat of a local festival with international status

‘Patum’ is a popular festival celebrated every year during Corpus Christi in the Catalan city of Berga. In this town, the earliest reference to this festival dates from 1454 although the celebration has...

200,000 people attended the 15th edition of Primavera Sound Festival (by ACN)

06.06.16 - 14:26

Summer music festivals ready to kick off in Catalonia

Two days after the 15th edition of Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona closed its doors with a record 200,000 attendants, half of them international fans, Catalonia is getting ready for a vibrant summer of music...

Recreation of a mummification at 'Tarraco Viva' festival (by ACN)

30.05.16 - 19:56

18th edition of ‘Tarraco Viva’ includes ancient Egyptian culture for the first time

After 18 years of focusing exclusively on the Roman world, the ‘Tarraco Viva’ historical festival has included, for the first time, ancient Egyptian culture in its homage to the past. ‘Tarraco Viva’ is held every year in...

Image of the project 'Aftermath_Catalonia in Venice. Architecture beyond architects' at the Venice Architecture 'Biennale'  (by P. Francesch)

27.05.16 - 08:56

Architecture comes to life at the Catalan pavilion in the Venice Biennale

The Catalan pavilion at the Venice Architecture ‘Biennale’ brings architecture to life with the project ‘Aftermath_Catalonia in Venice. Architecture beyond architects’. This project, set to represent Catalonia, is curated by film director...
Visitors passing before Catalonia's booth at Warsaw Book Fair 2016 (by ACN)

24.05.16 - 19:11

Thousands participate in Catalan activities at the Warsaw Book Fair

At this year’s edition of the Warsaw Book Fair, where Barcelona along with Catalan culture and literature were guests of honour, 1,700 people attended activities meant to promote the culture of the region. The activities were organised by...

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