Writers, actors and musicians defend October 1 vote
Some 3,000 personalities urge people to take part in referendum "so that culture will be the flesh and blood of the Republic"
Around 3,000 personalities from Catalonia’s cultural sector have signed a manifesto in support of the October 1 referendum on independence. In an event on Monday in Barcelona, writers, actors and musicians urged citizens to turn out and vote "so that culture will be the flesh and blood of the Republic."
"We invite everyone who loves and respects culture to vote with us. For democracy. For our condition as subjects of political sovereignty. For freedom. For responsibility and confidence in our future. For a decisive and strong vote to and for culture," reads the manifesto.
Up to 800 artists took part in the manifesto’s presentation, during which the text was read in Catalan and Spanish, and also foreign languages, such as English, French and German. The writers, musicians and actors said that every culture is "unique and irreplaceable," as is Catalan culture. "The extraordinary complexity and diversity of Catalan culture today, the flexibility and desire for inclusiveness which characterizes it, inspire its adaptation to the challenges of globalization," they said.
"We invite everyone who loves and respects culture to vote with us. For a decisive and strong vote to and for culture"
The artists said that culture should be reclaimed as "a starting point for re-thinking the society we share." "Culture is the capital that can influence political actions and humanize economic objectives," they said.
In that sense, they added that culture "is the space that makes taking a critical view possible, to have an informed opinion and to ensure responsible and committed participation in public debate." The artists that signed the manifesto argued that Catalonia needs "all the tools available for all other cultures."
Among those supporting the manifesto were famous Catalan actors and actresses, such as Sergi López, Pere Arquillué, Rosa Boladeras and Clara Segura, as well as musicians, such as Jordi Savall, and writers, such as Jaume Cabré.