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Barcelonas and Beyond #001 - Monday 5th to Sunday 11th September
September 03, 2016

Welcome to the first issue of Barcelonas and Beyond, which covers the week Monday 5th to Sunday 11th September. This week we feature La Diada 2016 and much much more.

I plan to send the newsletter every Saturday with information for the coming week starting the following Monday mixture of what to do information, including festivals, concerts and of course football so please feel free to pass this email on to your friends and contacts.

La Diada - Catalan National Day

There's lots going on this week but the truth is everything is dominated by La Diada, the National Day of Catalonia, on Sunday September 11th. The day commemorates the fall of Barcelona after a fifteen-month siege to the Franco-Castilian troops of Felipe V on September 11th 1714 and the subsequent loss of all of Catalonia's rights. The laws were abolished, the government institutions were closed down and even the Catalan language was made non grata.

La Diada began to be celebrated at the end of the 19th century and, whilst the official events are fairly typical national pomp and ceremony, it has generally been accompanied by a demonstration that has called, if not for outright independence, at least for more autonomy for Catalonia.
Click Here to read about the history of La Diada.

Since 2012, La Diada demonstrations have been been organised by the the pro-independence groups the Assemblea Nacional Catalana and Omnium Cultural and have rallied upwards of 1.5 million people, normally in Barcelona.

This year La Diada demonstration is going to be celebrated not only in Barcelona, but also in the provincial capitals of Tarragona and Lleida and the northern towns of Salt and Berga. Whatever your opinion on Catalan independence, the demonstrations are always a lot of fun and in many respects an excuse for a big party. It's no coincidence that the Catalan independence movement is known as "the revolution of smiles" so if you're in Catalonia, it's an experience that shouldn't be missed.
Click here to read about this year's Diada and find out how to register.

You can find out much more about the historical background to Catalonia's claims for independence in my 2014 book Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective
Find out more about the book here

This Week's Football

This week FC Barcelona are playing Alavés at home in Camp Nou on Saturday 10th September at 8.30 pm and Espanyol are playing Real Sociedad away from home at Anoeta on Friday 9th September at 8.45 pm.

Click Here for FC Barcelona Tickets

Click Here for RCD Espanyol Tickets

This Week's Historical and Cultural Highlights

Monday September 5th

On September 5th 1229, the Catalan fleet led by King Jaume I set sail from Salou on the voyage that would lead to the conquest of Mallorca. On September 5th 1976, Joaquim Maria Puyal made the first radio broadcast of a football match in Catalan since the Civil War in 1936.
Read More About September 5th

Tuesday September 6th

On September 6th 1885, Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol, the inventor of the first manned submarine powered by a combustion engine died in Barcelona and on the same day six years later in 1891, Lluís Millet and Amadeu Vives founded the Orfeó Català, the choir that would later find its home in the Palau de la Música Catalana.
Read More About September 6th

Wednesday September 7th

On September 7th 1640, in Ceret in el Vallespir in what was then Northern Catalonia and is now France, representatives of France and Catalonia signed an alliance against King Felipe IV and the Guerra dels Segadors or Reapers' War began.

For wine buffs, the two-day Festa de la Fil.loxera begins in the capital of cava, Sant Sadurni d'Anoia.
Read More About September 7th

Thursday September 8th

September 8th is the Saints Day of Les Mares de Déu Trobades and there are town festivals in Piera, Corbera de Llobregat, Palafolls and Les Masies de Voltregà in Barcelona Province alone so click on the clink below to find out about the festes in the rest of Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries.
Read More About September 8th

Friday September 9th

On September 9th 1932, the Spanish Parliament passed the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia, which was known as the Estatut de Núria and gave power to the Catalan Generalitat for the first time since 1714.
Read More About September 9th

Saturday September 10th

On September 10th 1229, the Catalan troops under King Jaume I landed at Santa Ponça and the Conquest of Mallorca began.
Read More About September 10th

Sunday September 11th

As you will have read above, September 11th 1714 was when Barcelona fell to the Franco-Castilian army of Felipe V and Catalonia effectively lost its independence.
Read more about September 11th

Anyway, that's about it for now, if you want to keep up to date with all the new information I'm creating, make sure you visit regularly.

All the best

Simon Harris

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