2014

A year to remember

We look back on a 12-month period of events that could change the country for ever.

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Sarrià de Ter's American football team

The Wolves

Set up six years ago, the Wolves American football club was co-founded by two former players: Enric Sucarrats, who played for the Manresa Bagmonts, and Manel Iribarne, who played for the Barcelona Howlers....

Lluís Llach at home in Porrera, in Priorat, where the interview took place and where his winery is located./  Photo:JUDIT FERNÀNDEZ
Lluís Llach
Singer, writer and wine producer

The exercise of creativity

The iconic singer-songwriter turned novelist on his latest book, working in Africa and the process towards sovereignty

In The Class, Andreu shows the children growing through learning.
marta andreu
Producer of The Class and Storytime

'We witness the kids grow as they learn'

With The Class and Storytime, Marta Andreu is at the helm of two new projects bringing the experience of learning English to El Punt Avui TV three evenings a week

Toni Garrn and Andrés Velencos on Mango's runway.  Photo:EFE

Let there be light

Catalan chic this month takes a look at how fashion evolved from the time of the dictatorship until the present

Josep pictured with the Marrecs practising in the background.  Photo:JOAN SABATER
President of the Marrecs de Salt Castellers

Josep Masdevall

Josep joined the Marrecs de Salt in 1998, just two years after the casteller group was founded. As the president of the Marrecs, he is in charge of representing the group and ensuring its good functioning....

Marcela Topor
from the editor
marcela topor

A year of politics and corruption

Martin Kirby
HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY

The edifying truths of independence

Matthew Tree
Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Warming up

Barney Griffiths
THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Barça and the beautiful game

Marcela Topor
opinion
marcela topor. mtopor@cataloniatoday.cat

The project to turn English into Catalonia's third language continues

Tribune. brett hetherington

The best of times

Our own economic model

There is some encouraging data published this week in regards to the Catalan economy. It seems there are prospects for growth and that this positive trend will continue into the coming year. It would be...

Barcelona's Cardenal Archbishop, Lluis Martinez Sistach being interviewed for El Punt Avuí TV Photo:ORIO DURAN

“The church needs to open its doors”

s0ciety

Catalans keep their fingers crossed for the big day

Today will be someone's lucky day and Catalans are hoping (around €433 million worth of hope), that Lady Luck will smile down on the country. As always, many punters try to seduce Lady Luck with long...

General Secretary of Podem, Pablo Iglesias speaking at the Vall d'Hebron yesterday Photo:ORIOL DURAN

Podem: building bridges

culture

A good year for books with a number of surprises

2014 has been a great year for books, not only in the number but also for the quality. A number of books related to the events of 1714 have attracted readers, but also themes of politics and social questions...

World News

Race revenge attacks in the US

Two police offices have been assassinated in New York while another has been shot dead in Florida. In both cases, the perpetrators of the crimes had said in the Internet that they were acting in vengeance...

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Sarrià de Ter's American football team

The Wolves

Josep pictured with the Marrecs practising in the background.  Photo:JOAN SABATER
President of the Marrecs de Salt Castellers

Josep Masdevall

Jordi Fontanet Photo:Francina Ribas
Luthier

Jordi Fontanet

Carles Vendrell

Victoria: cold but beautiful

Warsaw-Poland
GABRIEL MIRABET

Warsaw: a major European capital

Perth (Australia) Photo:.

A Catalan in Perth, Australia

2014

A year to remember

Headquarters of El Punt Avui Televisió in Sant Just Desvern.  Photo:Arxiva

Catalonia Today spreads its wings

Thinking outside the box

Catalonia Today extends its operation to offer television and digital content

Miquel Berga had the original idea for The Class.  Photo:MANEL LLADÓ

Making linguistic history

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Ángel león
Chef

'I will never get tired of the sea'

Lluís Llach at home in Porrera, in Priorat, where the interview took place and where his winery is located./  Photo:JUDIT FERNÀNDEZ
Lluís Llach
Singer, writer and wine producer

The exercise of creativity

Reproduction of the sculpture of the Lady of Elche, at “El Huerto del Cura”.  Photo:Archive

A southern oasis

A family of Spanish migrants having lunch in their housein the suburbs of Barcelona.  Photo:RAFAEL USERO PRIVATE COLLECTION

The other Catalans

Port de Soller, 19th century. Photo:Archive

Back on terra firma

Chef Òscar Manresa poses for a photo in his Gavà restaurant./  Photo:QUIM PUIG

The chef with a finger in every pie

Chestnuts
basket. / CHESTNUTS. TEXT. CUINA. PHOTO. ANA GARCIA FRIGOLA

Chestnut celebration

Costers del Segre.
@food & wine. ANNA VICENS
avicens@cataloniatoday.cat

Wine route in Costers del Segre

Amazon hopes their Fire tablets will soon become household items.  Photo:Archive
NEW. FACTS AND SITES. MARTÍ CRESPO

Amazon's new Fire range

The new iPhone 6 Plus can be used horizontally as well as vertically, like the iPad and most Android phones.  Photo:AFP
NEW

The iPhone reinvented

Snowden uses the robot to interact with those at the TED event in Vancouver at the beginning of this year. Photo:BRET HARTMAN / TED
NEW

Edward Snowden's robot

Josefa Batalla is from Sabadell and she is 90 years old. Photo:Oriol Duran
Sabadell, Nov 9, 2014 /
Photo: Oriol Duran

The older the stronger

Tarragona
Tarragona, October 2014
Photo:E. Magre

All together now

Barcelona, September 2014
Barcelona, September 11, 2014 -. germà capdevila

Every year better than the last

Join our ECClub to enjoy English language and culture in Catalonia Whether you are a native English speaker who wants cultural activities in your mother tongue or a Catalan who wants to improve and practise your English, Catalonia Today has just the thing for you. For less than six euros a month, our English Culture Club offers a whole world of activities, resources and reading groups held in Abacus stores around the country. More information at ecclub@cataloniatoday.cat. Here are a few of our specials for this month:

  • ECclub Reading Groups

    It’s not too late to join the ECclub! ECclub Reading Groups have begun in earnest but if you want to join it, contact us: If you don't get to finish the book, that's no problem at all. You can still go to the meeting to listen and occasionally the conversation moves away from the storyline anyway.  Group members are the kindest, most empathetic people you are likely to ever find. Everyone is always happy to help anyone who has a little bit of difficulty with expressing themselves or translating a phrase from Catalan or Spanish. And, of course, with the help of the leaders. Join us: contact form      

  • Cinema Cinemes

    Every Thursday in Cinemes de Palamós. Every day in Girona’s Cinema Truffaut and Wednesday to Sundays at Cinemes Girona in Barcelona. Get a great price with your ECClub card.    

  • Theatre

    Marie’s Crisis Cafe is a new play. It’s set in a piano bar run by Marie with help from her friend Beauridge. On the surface the bar is just a regular place where people, like Grainger, drown their sorrows – and tourists sing to fit in. Drama, humour, despair and hope with a touch of the surreal in the modern age: Welcome to Marie’s Crisis Cafe. Marie’s Crisis Cafe is by Georgina Tremayne. Starring: Ellina Diachenko, Julia Fossi, Farzin Sebastian Ghandchi, Stephan Wiks. Directed by Hunter Tremayne. Fri 5 and Sat 6 December, 2014. 8:30pm.  Tinta Roja 17 Carrer de la Creu dels Molers - 08004 Barcelona . (Metro Poble Sec) Special Offer to ECclubbers: 10 euros ticket. For further information use our contact form. This show is proud to support women’s collective AADAS (www.aadas.org.es) – helping women and children who have been subjected to sexual abuse.  www.tremaynetheatre.com