Manresa celebrates upcoming year as Capital of Catalan Culture
The town in central Catalonia will offer more than 130 proposals in 2018
In Catalonia, a different place is chosen each year as the Capital of Catalan Culture. This spot will then host performances, exhibits, gastronomy, and as many cultural proposals as possible. Earlier this month, the town of Reus celebrated the end of this twelve-month position as last year’s cultural metropolis. 2018 now welcomes a new culture capital: the central Catalan town of Manresa.
To the west of Barcelona, it already kicked off its stint as the Catalan culture capital this weekend – and what a show it was. Locals followed a parade with fireworks, music, and drums all the way to the local theater, Teatre Kursaal. Here, those interested could see the rendition of a piece specially written for the occasion, ‘Pas,’ by Sergi Ots.
“As regards access to culture, there shouldn’t be first class and second class citizens”
Valentí Junyent · mayor of Manresa
Much of the event revolved around bridges, which is already a symbol of the town, which will also host permanent installations in reference to these structures, decorated by various artists. Bridges also acted as representations of cultural goals, a connection between disciplines, generations, and diversity.
In fact, according to officials, the culture that Manresa offers belongs to everybody. “As regards access to culture, there shouldn’t be first class and second class citizens,” expressed the mayor of Manresa, Valentí Junyent. This should also not be the case in other areas of life, but since we’re speaking of culture, it should not be like this,” he concluded.
The town will be filled with music, dance, theater, tradition, gastronomy and even circus for the year to come – more than 130 proposals.