Interview

Sílvia Ferrando
NEW DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE OF THEATRE

“The institute is a meeting place”

A new era dawns for Barcelona’s Institute of Theatre: Sílvia Ferrando becomes the institution’s new director following the resignation of former head Magda Puyo after the emergence of abuse allegations against some teachers

Judith Colell
NEW DIRECTOR OF THE CATALAN FILM ACADEMY

“TV3 has to be the hub of our productions again”

Amid times of austerity in the culture sector, the Catalan Film Academy has voted in a new management team headed by film director Judith Colell, who aims to bring a new approach to strengthen the local filmmaking industry

Vicenç Fajardo
President of La cuina de l'Empordanet

“We have a loyal clientele, and that’s our Michelin star”

Vicenç Fajardo is the president of La Cuina de l’Empordanet gastronomic collective, which brings together a group of 17 cuisine and catering professionals in Baix Empordà. They recently published a...

Joan Martí
DIRECTOR OF THE BARCELONA INSTITUTE OF GEOSCIENCES (CSIC)

“We still know very little about natural hazards”

Expert volcanologist Joan Martí explains why Cumbre Vieja erupted and the differences with our own volcanic zone of La Garrotxa

JOANDOMÈNEC ROS
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“Climate change can no longer be stopped”

The University of Barcelona professor is one of the country’s main environmental experts. In his latest book, he says that in the past a decade the efforts to protect of the natural environment has slowed in Catalonia

Gemma Geis
Catalan Secretary for Research and Universities

“Research should be at the heart of an independent Catalonia”

Gemma Geis (Girona, 1979) is the new Secretary for Research and Universities, having herself been involved in research for years and vice-principal of a university. Such experience has not always been...

Àlex García Amat
PODCAST PRODUCER

“I like to say we make movies without pictures”

Podcasting is on the rise, and La Coctelera Music is a ’boutique’ production company in Barcelona that provides made-to-measure sound design for the online format that today reaches 40% of internet users in Spain

Oriol Bota
DIR. OF SANT JOAN DE DÉU WELFARE ORGANISATION

“No one walks alone on The Magic Line”

The Magic Line is the annual fundraising walk of the Sant Joan de Déu welfare organisation, the Catalan wing of the Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God. This year’s walk takes place on June 13...

VICTÒRIA CARDONA. IRENE CASELLAS. icasellas@lrp.cat

“Our current lifestyle favours allergies”

Dr Victòria Cardona, Head of Allergology at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, explains the mysterious world of allergies

Manuel Quinto

Sharing life with Jimmy Jump

Manuel Quinto, a Catalan writer of original, humorous crime novels and a passionate film expert, told me some years ago of his friendship with the International Brigader Jimmy Jump. When James Jump’s memoirs were published, I remembered and rang Manuel. He was happy to do an interview: “anything for Jimmy Jump”