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  • 23-Sep-21: 'Security heightened ahead of Barcelona's La Mercè celebrations'

    ACN | Barcelona
    23 September 2021 08:38 PM
    23-Sep-21: 'Security heightened ahead of Barcelona's La Mercè celebrations'

    It was a calm atmosphere on the first night that nightclubs were allowed to open their outdoor areas until 3 am. But the big challenge comes tonight: Barcelona's local festival kicks off and security has been heightened...

HIGHLIGHTS


Human towers in Santa Tecla's festivity (by Núria Torres)

Human towers tradition returns to festivals across Catalonia, with restrictions

A maximum of 160 participants are allowed to take part in the ‘castellers’ tradition
A terrace in Tarragona, on the day bar and restaurant closures were announced, October 14, 2020 (Eloi Tost)

What are the latest Covid-19 measures in Catalonia?

From September 23, bars and restaurants can open until 1 am and outdoor areas in clubs until 3 am
Presidency minister Laura Vilagrà visits La Seu d'Urgell, September 2021 (photo from Ajuntament de la Seu d'Urgell)

Government ‘very seriously’ considering abandoning 2030 Winter Olympics project

Stop Olympic Games Platform calls for a citizens’ vote in the Pyrenean areas that would be affected

COVID-19


Graph showing the first week of the vaccine rollout in Catalonia

Covid-19 vaccine rollout progress in Catalonia: graph updated daily

Doses began on December 27, 2020, with authorities aiming to administer it to 70% of the...
Screenshot of a chart showing daily coronavirus cases reported in Catalonia

Coronavirus in Catalonia: daily figures explained in graphs

See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020
A nurse administering a Covid-19 vaccine dose to a teenager in Lleida, on August 11, 2021 (by Salvador Miret)

Over 69k vaccine doses have expired, health department admits

Authorities put error down to the difficulty of adjusting supply to no-appointment demand

Catalan News TV

POLITICS


Catalan president Pere Aragonès, with vice president Jordi Puigneró and presidency minister Laura Vilagrà, September 21, 2021 (Rubén Moreno/Government)

Primary health care, public energy company, public transport discounts for under 30s: Government plan out

5,000 more social flats a year, independence talks with Spain and promoting Catalan language...
Members of the Catalan government, with president Pere Aragonès at the center (by Rubén Moreno-Catalan government)

Talks with Spain aggravate cracks between Catalonia’s ruling parties

Bid to solve independence dispute through dialogue seen as a "step backward"
Members of the Catalan government (right) facing members of the Spanish government (by Jordi Bedmar-Catalan government)

Catalonia and Spain agree to favor ‘progress over deadlines’ in independence conflict talks

Governments met in Barcelona on Wednesday, kickstarting high-stakes negotiation

SOCIETY


Some nightclubs in Barcelona's seafront in the early hours of September 23, 2021 (by Blanca Blay)

Quiet atmosphere in first night of nightclubs outdoor areas allowed until 3 am

Party-goers mostly unaware of loosened restrictions as measures mostly, but not entirely, complied
Police Officers during a night shift (by Aleix Freixas)

30% extra police on streets for Barcelona's La Mercè festivities

1,005 officers, 467 at night, on duty to avoid large crowds gathering and drinking on the...

BUSINESS


Cargo containers at the port of Barcelona (by Aina Martí)

Catalan exports increase 14.8% on last year's figures to €7 bn in July

Foreign investment up 3.8% over first semester to €1.317 bn
A car modelled at the 2019 Barcelona International Motor Show (by Cristina Buisan)

Barcelona International Motor Show aims to be first large post-pandemic event

Automobile fair to feature car makers such as BMW, Mercedes, and SEAT
A boarded up hotel in Barcelona, February 2021 (by Ivette Lehmann and Joan Tomàs)

Barcelona hotels report €2.7 billion in Covid-related losses over past 18 months

Sector calls on authorities to greenlight infrastructure projects including airport expansion

MOST POPULAR


See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020

From September 23, bars and restaurants can open until 1 am and outdoor areas in clubs until 3 am

Doses began on December 27, 2020, with authorities aiming to administer it to 70% of the population by end of August 

CULTURE


The Virgin Mary tower on the Sagrada Família (by Sagrada Família)

Virgin Mary tower on Barcelona’s Sagrada Família to be completed on Dec 8

The tower will be crowned by a 12-pointed star rising 138 meters high
Shooting of Catalan TV series 'Merlí: Sapere Aude' (by Movistar+)

Spain’s ‘Netflix law’ criticized over lack of quotas for Catalan language

Bill regulating streaming platforms "fails to promote linguistic diversity," detractors say

LIFE & STYLE


Barcelona's new rapid bus, the X1 (Courtesy of TMB)

Barcelona launches rapid XPRESBus X1 line connecting opposite ends of city in 20 minutes

New high-frequency route with few stops between Francesc Macià and Glòries
Catalan language students in Andorra (by García Queralt F.)

What is it like to learn Catalan?

Catalan News takes this question to academics and foreign speakers of the language
Students in Brussels listen to a teacher during a Catalan class, January 2018 (by Blanca Blay)

Teaching the Catalan language abroad

Catalan is taught in over 100 universities around the world, including Harvard, UC Berkeley, and...

SPORTS


The Barcelona International Cricket Club in action in a training session (by Cillian Shields)

Imported sports: Catalonia goes cricket crazy

Barcelona residents vote to build new €1.6 million cricket ground in recent city-wide...
A Gaelic football on the pitch during a training session at Sitges GAA

PODCAST: A whole new ball game – cricket, Gaelic football and American football in Catalonia

The Sitges locals playing GAA, Barcelona’s new cricket ground and the return of the Barcelona...

TECH & SCIENCE


Anna N. Schlegel, vice president of Procore Technologies (by Lluís Sibils)

‘When I go into a room and it’s mainly men, I have to not care’

Anna N Schlegel, named one of the most influential women in tech, reflects on gender disparities...
Virtual recreation of a windmill installed in Barcelona's Collserola natural park (by Viure de l'Aire)

Windmills in Barcelona? Group hopes to collect €12m for cooperative eco-friendly project

Two turbines could be installed in Collserola within 5 years, but legal problems and social...

IN DEPTH


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PODCAST: Filling the Sink – all episodes

From sport and culture to news and current affairs, 20-minute podcasts on all things Catalan 
Gathering grapes at a vineyard in Torroja del Priorat, September 4, 2020 (by Eloi Tost)

PODCAST: Harvest time! A taste of the world of Catalan wine

Wine tourism and organic wine sales are booming but climate change is an unpredictable threat for...

CATALAN TRIAL


Jordi Sànchez is applauded at the National Day protest on September 11, 2021 (by Sílvia Jardí)

Pardoned independence leader Sànchez takes case to European Court of Human Rights

Activist-turned-politician wants an "unequivocal correction" of his sentence and criticizes...
The head of Spain's judiciary, Carlos Lesmes, standing next to king Felipe VI (by EFE)

Spain’s judiciary head criticizes pardon of Catalan leaders

Carlos Lesmes says sedition convictions had "nothing to do with revenge"