It’s time for our traditional review of the year, which picks out some of the key moments that featured in the news in the past 12 months, both at home in Catalonia and around the world


After a thrilling performance, Xavi’s Barcelona side defeated Real Madrid to win the first trophy of the season and his first as Barça head coach. The 3-1 scoreline was the least the blaugrana deserved as they completely outplayed their eternal rivals in Riyadh.

simÓn CONTINUES her risE

Almost a year after winning the Golden Bear at the Berlinale film festival with Alcarràs, Catalan filmmaker Carla Simón continued her meteoric journey, collecting various awards – including four Gaudís – and travelling to countries all over the world to present the film.


In scenes reminiscent of the January 6 Capitol riot when Donald Trump lost the election in the US, thousands of supporters of Brazil’s ex-president Jair Bolsonaro stormed government buildings in Brasilia demanding a military intervention to end the mandate of re-elected president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.


Following several years of restraint because of Covid health restrictions, all the excitement and nervousness of a typical Dia de Reis – or Kings’ Day – returned to the streets of cities and towns around Catalonia as children lined the routes of different parades to welcome the gift-bearing Kings of the Orient.

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