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Barcelonas and Beyond #8 - Monday 24th to Sunday 30th October
October 22, 2016
Welcome to Issue Eight of Barcelonas and Beyond for Monday 24th to Sunday 30th October. This week we feature the Fòrum Gastronòmic Barcelona, which is on 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.
Fòrum Gastronòmic BarcelonaThe big event in Barcelona this week is the Fòrum Gastronòmic, which is on at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via and actually starts on Sunday October 23rd and lasts until Wednesday 26th.
This is the main restaurant trade fair in Spain and this year has paired up with Hostelco, the restaurant suppliers trade fair, so it's a massive event for industry professionals.
As far as the general public are concerned, the main attractions are the food tastings, which given the food culture here are going to be pretty good, and the workshops and shows given by top chefs, many of which are free but make sure you click through to the article to find out which ones you have to pay for.
Some of the big names include Sergio and Xavier Torres, Nandu Jubany, Christian Escribà, Carme Ruscalleda and Jordi Cruz.
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.
At the time of writing, we don't have a guest yet but rest assured, even if it's just down to me and Jordi, you'll get the lowdown on all the major issues in Catalan politics.
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
After a slightly annoting break for international football, La Liga is back this weekend. Barça are playing Depor at home in Camp Nou at 4.15 on Saturday October 15th whilst Espanyol are away to Las Palmas at 8.45 the previous evening.
We then take on Man City at Camp Nou in the Champions League at 8.45 on Wednesday October 19th and then play Valencia in Mestalla at 4.15 again (I'm getting sick of these early kick offs) on Saturday October 22nd.
This Week's Historical and Cultural Highlights
Monday October 24th
On October 24th 1971 at the seat of the United Nations in New York, celebrated Catalan cellist Pau Casals took advantage of the UN medal he was receiving to make the situation in Catalonia known to the world with his celebrated "I am a Catalan" speech.
On October 24th 1843, the three-day bombing of Barcelona from the Castle of Montjuïc and la Ciutadella by the Spanish army reached its height with a 2830 granades and bombs being fired on that day alone.
On October 25th 1979, the referendum on the Catalan Statute of Autonomy, known as the Estatut de Sau, is held. The referendum has a participation of 60.5% of the Catalan electorate and is passed by 88.1% of the voters.
As far as I can tell, nothing of particular importance happened on October 26th.
The world-renowned Catalan doctor and surgeon, Josep Trueta, who pioneered the treatment of war injuries during the Spanish Civil War and World War II, was born in Poblenou in Barcelona on October 27th 1897.
On October 28th 1900, Àngel Rodríguez, Octavi Aballí and Lluís Roca founded Sociedad Española de Football, which became Club Deportivo Español in 1910 and is now RCD Espanyol.
1924 - Barcelona: the Avi del Barça cartoon figure, drawn by Valentí Castanys, appeared for the first time in the magazine "Xut!"
On October 30th 1046, Abat Oliba, Count of Berga and Ripoll, bishop of Vic, abbot of Santa Maria de Ripoll and Sant Miquel de Cuixà and founder of the Monastery of Montserrat died in Sant Miquel de Cuixà in the County of Conflent.
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
I featured the Barcelona Jazz Festival last week but this week it really gets underway with major concerts by Chucho Valdés-Joe Lovano Quintet, Jack DeJohnette-Ravi Coltrane-Matthew Garrison, Bill Frisell Quartet and many more.
It seems that BARTS is the main venue for the big shows this week but you should also check out the smaller gigs at Harlem Jazz Club.
Hotel El Palace is the former Barcelona Ritz and I've often said that if I didn't live just up the road, it's where I'd choose to stay in Barcelona myself.
Everything about it just oozes class and luxury and it's decorated in a style that wouldn't make Humphrey Bogart or Greta Garbo feel out of place.
The location on the corner of Gran Via and Roger de Llúria is great too and means you're well situated for both Passeig de Gràcia and El Barri Gòtic.
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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