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BCNegra 2012 was presented in Barcelona two weeks ago (by M. Amengual)

02 February 2012 08:33 PM

BCNegra 2012 gathers more than 60 thriller writers specialised in the ‘black novel’

From the 2nd to the 11th of February, Barcelona is at the centre of the thriller novel. The Carvalho Prize will be given to Greek writer Petros Màrkaris and tribute paid to the recently-deceased head of the Antifraud Office of Catalonia, David...
The Castellers de Vilafranca during their performance at Barcelona's Mercè festival (by N. Pérez)

31 January 2012 10:38 PM

‘Castells’ or Catalan human towers break their all time record in 2011

During last year 8,217 human towers built. According to latest data, just 3.5% of the total number of human towers collapsed.
A caption from last year show 'Operetta', a mix of humour and opera, organised by Girona's Municipal Theatre (by T. Tàpia)

30 January 2012 08:14 PM

Opera and operetta headline Girona theatre programme for 2012’s first half

The city theatre offers 26 very different shows in its winter-spring season, which will focus on opera and Spanish-style operetta (zarzuela). Puccini’s ‘La Bohème’, Verdi’s ‘Aida’ and two zarzuelas respond to public demand for more...
Chico y Rita's three directors. From left to right: Tono Errando, Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal (by V. Gumà)

24 January 2012 09:59 PM

Hollywood nominates two films produced by Catalan companies for the Oscars

Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ produced by the Catalan company Mediapro and the Catalan Public Television Broadcaster, has been nominated for Best Movie, Best Director, Best Art Direction and Best Adapted Script and has already won a...
Núria Espert and Josep Maria Flotats reading on stage letters of exiled Catalan intellectuals (by P. Francesch)

24 January 2012 06:13 PM

Theatre masters Flotats and Espert relive drama of exiled Catalan intellectuals through their letters

‘L’exili’ (The Exile) is part of Barcelona-based Teatre Lliure’s series “Cartes lliures” (Free Letters) directed by Pau Carrió. The series focuses on the correspondence of Catalan intellectuals, and each “chapter” has a theme. The...
The MNAC's new President, Miquel Roca (left) and the new Director, Pepe Serra (right) (by M. Amengual)

19 January 2012 10:04 PM

The National Art Museum of Catalonia wants to consolidate its top position in the Catalan art system

MNAC’s new Director and its new President presented their plan to foster the identity and singularity of a museum known for hosting, among others, the most important collections of Romanesque art in the world. More space, more contemporary...

10 January 2012 09:48 PM

Celebrities give their full support to ‘Black Bread’ in its quest for an Oscar nomination

‘Black Bread’ (‘Pa Negre’), which was shot in Catalan, will represent Spain at the Oscars. Literature Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, chef Ferran Adrià, soccer player Gerard Piqué, tenor Josep Carreras, artist Miquel Barceló,...
Montserrat Caballé while she was performing the habanera from Bizet's Carmen (by Liceu / ACN)

04 January 2012 07:04 PM

Soprano Montserrat Caballé celebrates the 50th anniversary of her debut at Barcelona’s Liceu

The Catalan opera diva, acclaimed worldwide, gave a concert at the Gran Teatre del Liceu surrounded by her friends, colleagues, pupils and a grateful audience. Only three days away from reaching half a century of performances at Barcelona’s...
The porch, from the XII century, is usually described as a “bible on stone” (by ACN)

29 December 2011 11:33 AM

The entrance to Santa Maria de Ripoll monastery should be recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the local council says

The porch, from the XII century, is usually described as a “bible on stone” and it is one of the main examples of European Romanesque sculpture. The town of Ripoll, in northern Catalonia, hopes to be included in the UNESCO list of World...
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