Hunger in 1940s Barcelona
(Published January 2, 2018)
Josep Simo recalls the persistent scarceness of food, shortly after the civil war, in Barcelona.
The Caga Tió Christmas Tradition
(Published December 5, 2017)
Daniel Anglada discusses the meaning behind the traditional and idiosyncratic Catalan shitting log.
The Birth of Barcelona Transvestism
(Published November 29, 2017)
Sergio Satanassa talks about working the drag queen scene alone at a time in Barcelona when transvestism wasn’t accepted, even within the Gay community.
A Steep Toll
(Published November 25, 2017)
Financial lawyer Erika Rubio discusses the ongoing toll road controversy throughout Catalunya.
Dominical de Sant Antoni
(Published November 21, 2017)
Joan Mateu, President of L’Associaciò del Mercat Dominical de Sant Antoni, discusses the history of Barcelona’s most storied market.
(Published November 14, 2017)
Architect Olga Schmid discusses the neighborhoods that make up Barcelona, and how they came to be part of the city.
The Meaning of Flamenco
(Published November 8, 2017)
Founder of Barcelona’s Taller de Música Lluis Cabrera discusses the art form, and common misconceptions about it.
19th Century Labor
(Published October 25, 2017)
Archivist Ramón Alberch discusses the working conditions in 19th century Barcelona, and how they played a role in triggering the revolutionary activities that would foment in the early 20th century.
Perspectives on Independence
(Published October 12, 2017)
A selection of Catalans residing in Barcelona share their thoughts on the referendum, and their position on the issue of independence against the backdrop of the battle between Madrid and Catalonia.
Neymar’s Transfer, Barça’s Black Eye
(Published October 8, 2017)
Alexis Plaza discusses the controversial transfer of Neymar from Barça to Paris Saint Germain.
Barcelona Protests: September 2017
(Published September 26, 2017)
Against the backdrop of a regional referendum on separation from Spain, residents of Barcelona protest the central government’s efforts to prevent the vote from taking place.
Barcelona Marches After Madrid Oversteps
(Published September 21, 2017)
On September 20, 2017, the citizens of Barcelona march in protest of the central government’s attempts to prevent the vote for Catalan independence that is planned for October 1, 2017.
Lawsuits (Spain vs. US)
(Published September 17, 2017)
Attorney Meritxell Campmany discusses Spanish law, and how it differs from American law, particularly where settlements are concerned.
(Published September 13, 2017)
Archivist Ramon Alberch explores the reasons behind the unique street names throughout the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona.
Fighting the Dictator’s Repression
(Published September 9, 2017)
Legendary writer and activist Robert Surroca discusses the clandestine measures taken by members of the Front Nacional de Catalunya (FNC) and himself to ensure nobody in Catalunya forgot about Catalan leaders Francesc Maciá and Lluís Companys.
Catalunya’s Sporting Tradition
(Published August 31, 2017)
Enric Cobo, Cap del Servei de Coordinació General d’Arxius, discusses the historical role of sports in Catalan culture, and how the region’s archives are integral to preserving that history.
Gay Barcelona: Violence in the ’80s
(Published August 13, 2017)
Seminal Barcelona drag queen Sergio Satanassa discusses the danger of being OUT on public in the years shortly after the death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.
The Anti-Hitler Olympics of 1936
(Published August 9, 2017)
Activist, author and leader of the Catalan National Front, Robert Surroca discusses the Olimpiada Popular, an antifascist sporting event.
Barcelona: Spain’s First Capital of Industry
(Published August 3, 2017)
Legendary publisher of Ajoblanco, and counterculture hero, Pepe Ribas explains why Barcelona was Spain’s first industrialized city.
The Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War
(Published July 26, 2017)
Author Jordi Cantavella discusses the courageous Americans who voluntarily joined the Spanish Civil War fight against fascism, and the price many paid for that courage.
A Flag in Every Window: What Does it All Mean?
(Published July 22, 2017)
Poet Jaume Muñoz tells the Catalunya Barcelona film team how to decode the meaning behind all those flags hanging out apartment windows in Barcelona.
Barcelona: Europe’s Graffiti Capital
(Published July 21, 2017)
Local graffiti artist Mugraff shares his thoughts on Barcelona’s relationship with street art, and the city’s role as a globally-recognized graffiti capital.
Drafted Under Duress: The Spanish Constitution
(Published July 18, 2017)
Journalist, author and activist Dolores Muntané Coca discusses the drafting of the Spanish Constitution, made more precarious by the military threat that overshadowed everything at the time.
Tragedy in a Barcelona Bomb Shelter
(Published July 13, 2017)
Author Jordi Cantavella relates a Spanish Civil War story that occurred in the Sagrera neighborhood of Barcelona, involving his grandmother, mother, and an incomplete bomb shelter.
(Published July 8, 2017)
Reflecting on events that took place more than 150 years ago, artist Carme Solé Vendrell shares bittersweet anecdotes about her family’s history.
My Great-Grandfather: An FC Barcelona Founder
(Published June 28, 2017)
Alexis Plaza discusses great-grandfather Pere Marcet’s role in forming FC Barcelona, and the important role FCB plays in Catalan society.
Firing Squads, and the Horror of War
(Published June 22, 2017)
Carme Solé Vendrell discusses her father’s death sentence during the Spanish Civil War, and the woman responsible for saving his life.
Meet the New Boss (Same as the Old Boss)
(Published June 11, 2017)
In this segment from her longer interview, photographer Helena Ruiz explains why she does not support Catalan independence.
Birds, Hippies, Bohemians & Really Weird People
(Published June 7, 2017)
Stella Lane discusses her youthful fascination in the ’90s with Barcelona’s most famous street: La Rambla.
The Italian Bombing of Barcelona
(Published June 6, 2017)
Artist Xefo Guasch discusses the devastating aerial bombardment of Barcelona by Mussolini’s forces during the Spanish Civil War.
Barcelona Posa’t Guapa and the Old City Facelift
(Published May 27, 2017)
Stella Lane discusses changes to Barcelona’s El Raval neighborhood after the 1992 Summer Olympics.
The Economics of Catalan Independence
(Published May 23, 2017)
Businessman Alexis Plaza discusses the Mediterranean Corridor and other reasons he supports Catalan autonomy.
A Generation’s Disillusionment with Politics
(Published May 21, 2017)
The Names They Are A-Changing
(Published May 12, 2017)
Theater owner Arnau Marin Diaz explains why, at age three, his name officially changed from Arnaldo to Arnau.
To France or Concentration Camps
(Published May 10, 2017)
Jordi Roselló Alda speaks about his father’s experience after Spain falls to Franco’s forces at the end of the Spanish Civil War.