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Catalonia's National Day abroad: 15 countries, 18 cities, including Artic Circle

Over 20 activities to commemorate 'La Diada' in France, UK, Germany, US, and many other sites

Ginestà music group performs in Zagreb's Spunk club during Catalonia's National Day celebrations on September 9, 2023
Ginestà music group performs in Zagreb's Spunk club during Catalonia's National Day celebrations on September 9, 2023 / Catalan delegation in Southeastern Europe
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September 11, 2023 01:32 PM

September 11, 2023 01:32 PM

Catalan delegations celebrated 2023 Catalonia's National Day by organizing over 20 activities in 15 different countries and 18 cities, including, for the first time, one on the Arctic Circle.

Most of the events are musical or gastronomical, but also dances, exhibitions, debates, and a performance by Paris' Castellers human towers. The goal of 'La Diada,' as it is known in Catalan, is to "have a joyful day, allowing to share the Catalan language and culture across the globe," the foreign ministry shared in a statement.

Catalonia's National Day "let Catalans make our voices heard in the world, as a society, as culture, and as a territory," Meritxell Serret, the foreign minister, said in a video statement addressed to all Catalans residing abroad.

In Mexico, the celebration of 'La Diada' saw a large dinner with music and institutions and the diplomatic delegation as guests. Similar to Zagreb's event, where the Catalan music group Ginestà performed for attendees.

For the first time ever, 'La Diada' also took place in the Arctic Circle as the delegation in the Nordic Countries and the Baltic States organized an event in the Norwegian city of Tromsø.

The Catalan delegation in the North of Africa also had scheduled some events in Morocco, but the Catalan and Moroccan poesy reading in Rabat was canceled following the earthquake in the country, which has left over 2,400 victims and more than 2,000 injured.


  • Catalan delegation to the EU: Sign up here to attend the celebrations of the National Day of Catalonia with an institutional reception. Laura Vilagrà, Minister of the Presidency of the Government of Catalonia, and Ignasi Centelles, Representative of the Government of Catalonia to the EU will be in attendance. There will also be a piano performance by Laura Nunes, a musician at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles.
    Where: Espai Catalunya Europa. Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat, 227, Brussels
    When: September 13, 6:30 pm
  • Catalan delegation to the UK and Ireland: Institutional reception on the occasion of Catalonia's National Day with the attendance of MPs and government representatives strategic partners of the delegation and the Catalonia House and members of the Catalan community living in London
    Where: London's Law Society, 113 Chancery Ln, London WC2A 1PL, United Kingdom
    When: September 11, 6 pm
  • Catalan delegation to US and Canada: Following Slovenia's display of the Plataforma per la Llengua exhibition ‘The Catalan Language: 10 Million European Voices’ in 2021, the exhibit will now be seen in New York at the Hispanic House of Columbia University
    Where: 612 W 116th St, New York, NY 10027, United States
    When: September 11, 6.30 pm
  • Catalan delegation to France: A reception will be held at 6.30 pm at the Paris Coin Museum, with representatives of the political, diplomatic, cultural, and economic world of France. The day before, on Sunday, September 10, at 12.00 pm there will be a meeting with the Catalan community and a human tower performance in Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris.
    Where: Paris Coin Museum; Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris
    When: September 11, 6.30 pm; September 10, 12 pm
  • Catalan delegation to Germany: The German delegation invites the Catalan community to a gastronomic evening of Catalan DO products with musical offerings from the Kebyart Quartet and DJ Llupe.
    Where: GLS Campus in Berlin
    When: September 11, 6.30 pm
  • Catalan delegation to Italy: The church of San Lorenzo in Miranda in Rome will be filled with music inspired by the traditional sounds of the Catalan-speaking territories at a reception organized by the delegation. Music will also be the guiding thread of an event the previous day in Alguer, the Catalan-speaking city of Sardinia.
    Where: San Lorenzo church, Miranda, Rome; Villa Mosca, Alguer, Sardinia
    When: September 11, 7.30 pm; September 10, 7 pm
  • Catalan delegation to Central Europe: Different events organized in Slovenia, Austria, and Poland. A solidarity concert in the Slovenian capital on September 8 will raise funds for those affected by the August floods in the country. In Vienna, there will be an institutional reception and a guitar-duo concert. In addition, Catalan products will be served to those in attendance. The weekend following the 'Diada', the delegation will meet with the Catalan community in Poland.
    Where: Ljubljana, Slovenia; Vienna, Austria; Poland
    When: September 11; weekend of September 16-17
  • Catalan delegation to Portugal: A performance by pianist Isolda Crespí will mark the National Day celebrations in Portugal. The event will include a speech by the government delegate to Portugal, Rui Reis.
    Where: National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon, Portugal
    When: September 11, 6.30 pm
  • Catalan delegation to Switzerland: An institutional event and a round table will aim to explain the government's commitment to women's sport, as well as FC Barcelona women's sports model, based on the values of comprehensive training, gender equality, inclusion, and social commitment. An exchange of knowledge and experiences between Catalonia and Switzerland, the promotion of women's sports, and the dissemination of Catalan culture in Switzerland will be encouraged.
    When: Wednesday, September 13, 6.30 pm
    Where: Museum of Art and History, Geneva, Switzerland