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Some say Catalans are cold and distant and far too serious…

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Catalans, who banned in disgust bullfighting in 2012 and whose sedate national dance, the sardana, is unruffled by passion, are serious, hardworking people. Some associate them with northern Europeans rather than with...

Homage to a Catalan Christmas

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This is a video showing and explaining some of the Christmas traditions in Catalonia as seen by an American from Iowa. Yes, I know what you're thinking: "Those crazy Catalans!", lol!, we're indeed a bit... eschatologi...

Ball de bastons

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Ball de Bastons (Sticks dance) is the name of a ritual weapon dance spread throughout Europe and the rest of the Iberian area (cossiers in Majorca, Portuguese pauliteiros, Aragonese palotiau, Basque ezpatadantza and S...

A cappella anthem at FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium

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Listen to the fans singing the club anthem at the Camp Nou on May 17, 2014 before the title decider between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid. More information: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/ http://en.wikipedia.or...

La Diada, 11 sept 2014: Catalan National Day

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Sept. 11th marks a far older tragedy for Catalans -- the day in 1714, amid the War of Spanish Succession, when Catalan forces holding out in Barcelona succumbed to the Franco-Spanish (Castilian) forces of the Bourbon ...

What Catalan National Day means?

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On September 11th, 1714, after a thirteen-month siege, the city of Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, fell into the hands of French and Spanish (Castilian) troops in what would be the final episode in the Spanish War of...

Catalonia: The future is another country

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Matthew Tree conference celebrated in 2010, intended to explain Catalonia to a group of American students: how he discovered Catalonia and the experiences he had while living with Catalans. He also reviews the main fa...

Why does Catalonia want to become independent?

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Have you heard of a place called Catalonia?... maybe Barcelona does ring a bell. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a small nation over 1000 years old located in the north east of Spain. In 711, the Muslim army...

Training to become a ‘casteller’

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We're in Barcelona to learn about the art of human castles. In this video, we meet the Castellers de Barcelona who explain the culture and tradition behind the sport and why it has become a passion for so many in the ...

The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia

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The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia (MAC) features a permanent exhibition of archaeological relics which illustrate the evolution of Catalonia and its surrounding area from prehistoric times to the early Middle Ages. ...

23th April: Sant Jordi’s Day

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Hard to understand for those who have never experienced it, Saint George's Day is a popular festive day when book and rose stalls, and, above all, floods of people, take over the streets of all Catalan towns and villa...

El Palau de la Generalitat

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El Palau de la Generalitat is the residence of the President and the Government of Catalonia. Inside this building the most important decisions affecting the lives of the Catalans are taken. It is also home to the mos...

Museum of the History of Catalonia: the memory of a country

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The aim of the Museu d’Història de Catalunya (Museum of the History of Catalonia) is to showcase the history of Catalonia as a shared heritage, to preserve key objects from the history of Catalonia, and to help the co...

Catalans and food

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Sure, Barcelona has become a cauldron of culinary kookiness, with the foams and froths of master chef Ferran Adrià and his disciples. But you can still get a taste of yesteryear and traditional Catalan cooking. Tradit...

Catalan-English: language lesson one!

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Catalan is a Romance language spoken by about 12 million people. It is the official language of Andorra and an official language, along with Spanish, in Catalonia (Catalunya), Valencia (Comunitat Valenciana) and the B...

A professional exhibition of sardana at the Auditorium

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From the Barcelona Auditorium, closure of a New Year's concert in the late 90s broadcasted by TV3, the Catalan National Television. The sardana named the Santa Espina ('Holy Thorn') composed by Angel Lieder and Enric ...

Sardanes in front of the Cathedral

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A very typical tradition in Barcelona is to gather in front of the Catedral to dance sardanes on Sunday morning. The sardana is a type of circle dance typical of Catalonia. The dance was originally from the Empordà...

Catalonia rises on a wave of independence

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"I am part of Catalan culture, and it is very important to me." "We have a very open way of seeing the world. For many years the Catalan culture was undermined, I feel that if we do not fight for it, that will happen...

The Stream – Farewell Spain?

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Will Catalonia become Europe's newest state? We examine the increasingly popular Catalan separatist movement. Video: © Al Jazeera Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVlQXXk_cZc

Teresa Forcades, the radical Catalan nun on a mission

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Sister Teresa Forcades is one of Catalonia's foremost political figures, but uniquely for a faith-led figure in Spain, her ideology is feminist and left-wing. Against a backdrop of continued economic contraction and a...

Football and politics?

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FC Barcelona: More than a club in Catalonia's road to independence As Catalonia votes in an election that could lead to a referendum on independence from Spain, Sid Lowe looks at one of the region's great cultural ...

Spain: Calls for Catalan Independence

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Most of Catalonia's citizens think the region would flourish if it could finally separate from the rest of Spain. The independence movement in the autonomous northeastern region is thriving in the midst of the countr...

What Catalan music sounds like?

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A sample of modern Catalan music videoclips This is a playlist, therefore to fast forward to the next videoclip simply press the forward icon or the playlist icon to jump to a specific song. Source: http://www.v...

El Born Centre for Culture and Memory

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More information: El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria (or El Born Centre for Culture and Memory in English) is a unique and exceptional place that brings together three centuries of our history. Below the cast-iron...

Castells and castellers

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A castell (Catalan pronunciation: [kas-tel]) is a human tower built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia. At these festivals, several "colles castelleres" or teams often succeed in building an...

Etiquette tips for Barcelona

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More information: Video: © geobeats Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8IaZRp8nt8

All you ever wanted to know about FCB – part 3

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DAY 3 In the last part of The Nike F.C. Barcelona Experience, Jakob finishes off his trip around Catalonia by visiting the Barcelona museum, the players changing rooms, the substitute bench and some of the other fu...

All you ever wanted to know about FCB – part 2

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DAY 2 Watch, as we head out for day 2 in Barcelona and visit the famous training grounds, check out a Barcelona training session, have a look at the youth academy La Masia and also explore the famous church, La Sag...

This is what’s like to be in a full stadium

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More information: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FC_Barcelona Other videos: All you ever wanted to know about FCB - part 1 FC Barcelona Confidential - TV doc FC Barcelona as seen ...

All you ever wanted to know about FCB – part 1

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DAY 1 We have been for a trip to Barcelona along with Nike, where we among plenty of other things visited Camp Nou, when the kings of Catalonia hosted AC Milan in the Champions League. Watch the first of three epis...

FCB Virtual Tour

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More information: http://fcbapps.fcbarcelona.com/detail/app/fcb-virtual-tour http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FC_Barcelona Other videos: All you ever wanted to know about FCB - part 1 FC Barcelona Confidential ...

Camp Nou Experience

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More information: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FC_Barcelona Camp Nou Experience, buy tickets here. Other videos: All you ever wanted to know about FCB - part 1 FC Barcelona Co...

Qatar Airways and FCB TV spot

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More information: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FC_Barcelona Other videos: All you ever wanted to know about FCB - part 1 FC Barcelona Confidential - TV doc FC Barcelona as seen ...

FC Barcelona: the 2013-2014 Team presentation

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More information: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FC_Barcelona Other videos: All you ever wanted to know about FCB - part 1 FC Barcelona Confidential - TV doc FC Barcelona as seen ...

FC Barcelona as seen by BBC – Our World

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Dan Walker is access all areas with Joan Laporta, in his last months as president of FC Barcelona. Our World explores the identity of the Catalan club football, visit Rwanda to witness their innovative work with UNICE...

FC Barcelona Confidential – TV doc

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On 15 June, 2003 a group of thirty-something professionals and dotcom millionaires, led by a young lawyer; Joan Laporta, took over one of the biggest football clubs in the world. Their starting point could not be wors...

Catalan Way 2013

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The Catalan Way (Catalan: Via Catalana), also known as the Catalan Way towards Independence, was a 480-kilometre (300 mi) human chain in support of Catalan independence from Spain. It was organized by the Assemblea Na...

Independence, step by step

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Over the last 20 years, 19 European regions have become full-fledged independent nations. Six of the 19 countries—Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia—are now member states of the Euro...

Hello Europe!

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"Hola, Europa!" (Hello, Europe!) is a documentary film on the current political situation in Catalonia. 31 personalities reflect on the right of the Catalan people to decide their own future and Catalonia's place in t...

Good Bye, Spain?

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This documentary directed by Dolors Genovès and broadcasted by TV3, Televisió de Catalunya in October 2010 compares the reality of Greenland, Scotland and Quebec with Catalonia, and reflects about the following questi...

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