• 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

Workshops on the first day at SonarKids 2010

15.06.10 - 17:25

SonarKids 2010 repeats last year's success

Second edition of the electronic music festival aimed at the youngest audience
An actress from "Prometeu", the theatre piece opening the festival

14.06.10 - 01:17

Barcelona's Summer Arts Festival begins

The Grec Festival has started. Barcelona main summer festival combines theatre, music, dance and circus. Its main spot is the openair Greek theatre, which hosts evening shows. However, spectacles cover the entire city from now on until early August.
The catalán singer, Sílvia Pérez Cruz, during the last edition of the PortalBlau Festival.

11.06.10 - 01:34

Music festival PortalBlau paves the way for Mediterranean musical exchanges

Cultural diversity and greater cooperation plan to unite Southern European musical scene. The PortalBlau music festival held in the Catalan Costa Brava has created a website to foster exchanges between music festivals across the Mediterranean sea.
The Minister listens to the explanations of archaeologist Pere Castanyer

05.06.10 - 05:01

Restoration work at the Empúries Roman Forum reveals more information about the ancient city centre

The revamped 10,000 square metre site allows visitors to understand what it was really like in Ancient Times. Empúries is one of the largest archaeological sites in Catalonia, with well-preserved ruins from Greek and Roman towns.
Some Joan Miró pieces at the Fundació Miró in Barcelona.

15.06.10 - 16:52

The Tate Modern takes the work of Catalan painter Joan Miró on the road

The travelling exhibition will start in London in April 2011 and will carry on in Barcelona and Washington D.C. It will discover the cultural origins of the famous artist, being the greatest exhibition on Miró in the UK.
Sant Pere el Vim church in Veciana

12.06.10 - 07:45

Catalonia rediscovers part of its medieval artistic heritage

The town of Veciana hosts some of the finest examples of Romanesque work
Visitors at the Teatre-Museu Dalí in Figueres

07.06.10 - 20:57

New drawings, manuscripts and photographs to reveal Dalí?s insights

New material portrays surrealist genius in a serious light. The acquisitions will be added to the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation's collection to better understand the personality of one of the most universal Catalan painters.
The exhibition 'Desplaçaments'

03.06.10 - 01:07

Exhibition in Barcelona reflects on space, time and memory

The Santa Monica Arts Centre shows material from 11 young artists, selected by a top level international jury. Sculpture, video and photography are used to express the links between space, time and memory.
Photo of The first wine produced from 100 year old vines has been released onto the market

14.06.10 - 17:57

The first wine produced from 100 year old vines has been released onto the market

The Slow Food association has released a red and a white wine produced from ancient vinyeards. The wines are produced with autochthonous varieties of grapes, which existed in the Lleida territories before the phylloxera plague in the late 19th...
One of the images from the street exhibition, "Repression and Resistance"

11.06.10 - 19:34

Photos from Franco?s dictatorship return to Barcelona streets

A street exhibition shows large scale pictures representative of Franco?s times in the same places in which they were taken. The photos focus on the political dimension of the dictatorship: Franco?s repression and the resistance movements.
Marta Bausells. A couple watches the performance by Florence and the Machine

06.06.10 - 02:26

Primavera Sound Festival consolidates Barcelona on indie music circuit

Wilco, Pet Shop Boys and Orbital head a strong line up at the Parc del Fòrum
The exhibition brings together a total of 145 paintings by Picasso, Rusiñol and some by Greco, Ramon Casas or Isidre Nonell

29.05.10 - 00:50

Picasso versus Rusiñol, the latest exhibition at the Picasso Museum

Leading figure of Catalan Art Nouveau a key influence on the genius from Màlaga
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