A thousand years of Barcelona history around the Rec Comtal

27 December, 2016 | Barcelona People, News, Unknown City
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Water channels have shaped the history of many towns and cities. Many of them have grown around a river. There is a thousand-year-old infrastructure in Barcelona which has shaped part of the history of urban development in the city. The Rec Comtal is an irrigation channel which collects water from the Besòs river basin in the municipality of Montcada i Reixac and passes through various neighbourhoods in the current districts … Read more…

The garden at the Fundació Julio Muñoz Ramonet, an oasis in C/ Muntaner

6 July, 2016 | Barcelona People, News, Unknown City
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On the way down C/ Muntaner, on the left hand side between C/ Marià Cubí and C/ Avenir, an ornate iron gate offers a view of a garden surrounding a building in the noucentista style. Between the trees, part of the facade and can be seen, along with a large square tower jutting out. The building is the Casa del Marquès d’Alella, which nowadays houses the Fundació Julio Muñoz Ramonet, … Read more…

The Sant Medir groups, 186 years making Barcelona sweeter

2 March, 2016 | Barcelona People, News, Unknown City
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The origins of the Sant Medir festivities are well-known. It all started with Josep Vidal Granés, a baker from C/ Gran de Gràcia who went on a pilgrimage to the saint’s hermitage in the Collserola mountain range with a set of bagpipes and handing out sweets to fulfil a promise he had made. That first pilgrimage in 1830 was repeated the following years every 3 March for Sant Medir. Every … Read more…

Fashion photos which become works of art

19 January, 2016 | News, Unknown City, Your City Council
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The exhibition ‘Distinction. A century of fashion photography’ is on at Barcelona’s Museu del Disseny until 27 March. It includes 160 images by the most relevant 38 fashion photographers in the Spanish state from the last 100 years, who immortalised garments conceived to be ephemeral. What common features has fashion photography had over time? How has it evolved? Why is it so fascinating? The answers to these questions are to … Read more…

A book looks back at 50 years of Candel’s Els altres catalans

19 February, 2014 | Barcelona People, News, Your City Council
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A book came out in 1964 that would become a basic reference for understanding the concept of social integration. Francesc Candel’s Els altres catalans had a decisive effect on the country’s political and social culture. Now, fifty years on, the Paco Candel Foundation and Barcelona City Council wish to commemorate this landmark, while paying tribute to the author, in another book, entitled Candel i Barcelona. La ciutat dels altres catalans … Read more…