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Barcelonas and Beyond #11 - Monday 14th to Sunday 20th November
November 12, 2016
Welcome to Issue Eleven of Barcelonas and Beyond for Monday 14th to Sunday 20th November. This week we are featuring the Smart City Expo World Congress which is at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via.
I 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.
Smart City Expo World CongressThe main event of international importance taking place in Barcelona this week is the Smart City Expo World Congress, which is on at Fira de Barcelona Gran Via between Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th.
I'm actually using Smart City Expo World Congress as an umbrella term for the four urban planning fairs that are on this week because at the same venue, you can also visit or participate in the Circular Economy European Summit, Iwater and European Utility Week Barcelona.
This means that Barcelona is going to be the world hub for city-friendly technology and sustainability with over 600 cities and more than 500 exhibitors taking part.
Obviously, there will also be talks from experts, workshops and seminars so if this is the kind of thing that interests you, this week is a perfect time to visit Barcelona and combine a cutting edge conference with a visit to one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
This Week in Catalonia Radio Show
Every Wednesday at 12 0'clock midday, I host a radio show on Barcelona City FM 107.3 with my colleague Jordi Vilanova.
This week our guest is German author, journalist, translator and activist Krystina Schreiber. This is her second time on the show and as she's one of the most interesting and intelligent guests we've so far, it should be a great programme.
If you miss the show, I generally post the podcast of the show to our website late on Wednesday. Click here to vist the This Week in Catalonia website
This Week's Football
We're having a break from La Liga this week due to international games.
Next week FC Barcelona take on Malaga away from home at 4.15 pm on Saturday 19th November and RCD Espanyol are also away to Alavés on Sunday 20th at 12 o'clock mid-day.
This Week's Historical and Cultural Highlights
Monday November 14th
On November 14th 1963, Le Monde published statements by the Abbot of Montserrat, Aureli Maria Escarré, in which he defended the Catalan national identity. This would lead the Francoist authorities to expel him from Spain on March 12th 1965.
Catalan politician and current leader of the Ciudadanos party, Albert Rivera was born on November 15th 1979.
On November 16th 2003, in elections to the Parlament of Catalonia, CiU won with 46 seats, followed by PSC (42), ERC (23), PP (15) and ICV (9). However, the CiU candidate, Artur Mas, was unable to form a government, which led to the first Tripartit.
On November 17th 1974, Catalanist activists led by Jordi Pujol founded Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya political party at the Monastery of Montserrat.
November 17th is the Saints Day of Sant Iscle and Santa Victòria, which despite the cold weather, is an excuse for Festa Majors in Catalonia and the Catalan countries.
The Cathedral of Barcelona was consecrated on November 18th 1058.
Catalan flamenco dancer and singer, Carmen Amaya, died in Begur, Baix Empordà on November 19th 1963.
The first edition of the early Catalan novel Tirant lo blanc was published on November 20th 1490.
Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical PerspectiveYou 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
The big show in Barcelona Jazz Festival this week is the flamenco-jazz fusion Michel Camilo & Tomatito on Fri November 18th at the gorgeous Palau de la Música Catalana. This should be an absolutely amazing gig. Both musicians are virtuosos of the respective instruments - guitar and piano - and having played together for sometime, have a really deep level of communication.
I also fancy the Avishai Cohen (Trumpet) Quartet gig at the Conservatori del Liceu on Saturday November 19th. Very cool!
Featured Hotel in BarcelonaAs I write quite a lot of articles about trade fairs at the Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc, this week's featured hotel is B Hotel, which is a great choice for anyone attending the Fira.
It's a moderately-priced 3 Star hotel located on Gran Via reasonably close to Plaça d'Espanya so B Hotel is also ideally located for Barcelona City Centre.
The rooms are large and bright with a balcony, there's free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and one of the best features is the wonderful swimming pool and solarium on the eighth floor and a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the Mountain of Montjuïc and Barcelona City Centre.
Obviously if you are in Barcelona for business, the proximity of the Fira de Barcelona is key and what's more the B is equipped with 3 meeting rooms with capacity for 120 people.
Anyway, that's about it for this week, if you want to keep up to date with all the new information I'm creating, make sure you visit Barcelonas.com regularly.
All the best
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