Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Catalan human towers embark on an educational trip to India

Thursday, 18 august 2011 | Catalan News Agency
(Published at the Catalan News Agency) Vilafranca del Penedès (ACN).- The Catalan group, Castells Vilafranca sees their trip to Mumbai as an opportunity not only to teach but also to learn, explained the group’s Vice President Francesc Bou, who pointed out that "the structures of Govinda (Indian human towers) are based more on balance than on force". The President of the group Miquel Farret characterised the exchange as a "window of opportunity" to explore new formations and techniques. [+]

Reply to Frommer's Travel

Monday, 15 august 2011 | Frommers
(El bon amic del Col·lectiu Emma, Miquel Strubell, ha escrit a Frommer's Travel referit a l'article que va publicar fa uns dies "World's 10 Best Cities for Outdoor Dining") Great to see Barcelona described as "One of best cities in the world: Barcelona". Just one thing. Given you write "Miami, Florida" not "Miami, USA", and "London, England" not "London, United Kingdom", I am a little surprised you don't write "Barcelona, Catalonia". [+]

World's 10 Best Cities for Outdoor Dining

Thursday, 11 august 2011 | Barcelona
(Recommended article: "World's 10 Best Cities for Outdoor Dining")   One of best cities in the world: Barcelona   Barcelona, Spain There's no shortage of sidewalk cafés in the lively waterfront city of Barcelona, where a warm, dry climate draws both locals and visitors outdoors. While many of these venues remain packed during summer months, it's still possible to find a quiet tucked-away garden or a rooftop terrace offering amazing city views. [+]

Ma cosa vogliono?

Thursday, 4 august 2011 | Spaghetti BCN
(Post de Marco Giralucci publicat a SpahettiBCN) Ma cosa vogliono? di Marco Giralucci il 30 luglio 2011 L’autore Toni Strubell ha chiesto a trentaquattro persone di esprimere la propria opinione sulla Catalogna. Non tutti vivono qui, provengono da molti settori della vita pubblica, ed hanno avuto l’occasione di parlare della situazione attuale e del futuro. Il libro “What Catalans want, could catalonia become Europe’s next state?” è stato presentato ufficialmente all’Institut d’Estudis Catalans il 22 luglio fra gli altri anche dall’ex presidente della Generalitat Jordi Pujol e i professori Joan Ramon Resina (Università di Stanford) ed Henry Ettinghausen (Southampton). [+]

Recommended article on The Telegraph: "Catalan culture in France and Spain: Homage to both Catalonias"

Wednesday, 3 august 2011 | Daily Telegraph
Castellers from human towers (castells), a peculiarly Catalan activity Photo: Alamy   Catalogne Nord   French Catalonia, or Catalogne Nord, climbs from a small patch of coastal Roussillon, that includes Perpignan, up into the eastern Pyrénées.   Though local signs identify the regional capital in the Catalan language – Perpinyà la Catalana – this is a recent innovation and somehow you just know their hearts aren’t in it. [+]

A highly recommended book: What Catalans Want

Friday, 22 july 2011 | Catalonia
Our good friend Toni Strubell has asked thirty-four people to speak their minds about Catalonia. Over the course of one year, twenty-nine Catalans from different walks of life -some of them living in other countries- and five non-Catalans living in Catalonia were given the chance to talk frankly, each from his or her own professional perspective, about the country's present situation and the options for its future. The result is "What Catalans Want", a beautifully-produced book with photographs by Lluís Brunet and a prologue by Irish author Cólm Tóibín. [+]

Recommended article on the BBC News webpage

Tuesday, 19 july 2011 | BBC
(Unlike other countries that suffered under totalitarian régimes, Spain still hasn´t officially condemned Franco´s 40-year dictatorship. Sarah Rainford´s article "Fate of Franco´s Valley of Fallen reopens old wounds" describes the country´s failure to come to terms with the legacy of a war that started 75 years ago) Vídeo: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14182143 Fate of Franco's Valley of Fallen reopens Spain wounds By Sarah Rainsford In the hills outside Madrid there is a striking symbol of four decades of dictatorship. [+]

Catalonia's President Aims to Lead in Taming Spain's Deficit

Monday, 18 july 2011 | Wall Street Journal
(Recommended article in the Wall Street Journal: "Catalonia's President Aims to Lead in Taming Spain's Deficit" - a Catalan view on the Spanish economic problems) By JONATHAN HOUSE BARCELONA — The powerful leader of Spain's Catalonia region is vowing to do his share to cut the country's towering budget deficit, no matter the political cost, but is also calling on the central government in Madrid to push ahead with major unfinished economic reforms. Cutting the budget deficits of Spain's regions is one part of the country's challenge, along with narrowing the central government's deficit and recapitalizing parts of its banking system, as it seeks to convince financial markets of its creditworthiness. [+]

Era caldo, era caldo…

Wednesday, 13 july 2011 | Spaghetti BCN
(Post de Marco Giralucci publicat a SpahettiBCN) Il 10 luglio del 2010, l’anno scorso, faceva un bel caldo umido. Un sabato in cui i barcellonesi che possono se ne vanno fuori città, come ogni fine settimana. Nessuno avrebbe immaginato che più di un milione di persone sarebbe sceso in piazza per rivendicare la libertà di decidere il proprio futuro: un milione, come due terzi degli abitanti di Barcellona si fossero riversati contemporaneamente lungo tutto il Passeig de Gràcia. [+]

National Day celebrations in other parts of Europe

Tuesday, 12 july 2011 | Daily Telegraph
(Recommended article by Fiona Govan published at the Daily Telegraph: "National Day celebrations in other parts of Europe") National Day celebrations in other parts of Europe By Fiona Govan 2:17PM BST 11 Jul 2011 The Catalans Catalan's have their own national day, la diada, on September 11, a date commemorating the 1714 siege of Barcelona by the Bourbon monarchy which led to the annexation of the region and the loss of Catalan self-rule. Banned during the Franco years the secular bank holiday sees Catalans out on the streets draped in the Senyera  the crimson and gold striped Catalan flag  singing the national anthem Els Segadors. [+]


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