The National Day of Catalonia (known as La Diada) is a day-long festival in this region of Spain. It commemorates the defeat of Catalonia during the War of the Spanish Succession (1714).
The holiday was first celebrated in 11 September 1886, but suppressed by the Franco dictatorship and reinstated in 1980.
This is the day when there are independentist demonstrations and cultural events in most of Catalan villages and in Barcelona as well.
Recently, the Government of Catalunia announced that the referendum on independence will be set for Sunday 9 November 2014, and that it will contain a question with two sections:
“Do you want Catalonia to become a State?”
“In case of an affirmative response, do you want this State to be independent?”
For this reason, the Diada this year is a special political opportunity for Catalan Natoionalists to show their political strength.
In this day of celebrations, Catalan nationalists will organize a huge demonstration with millions of enthusiasts for the independence drawing a giant human V (Victory) in the streets of Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain. Primavera Sound 2014. Show of DJ. Laurent Garnier.
It’s always a pleasure shooting for The New York Times, this time it was in Barcelona covering The Primavera Sound, one of the biggest summer music festivals in Europe. Take a look to the slideshow at the link above:
Finnish artist Hetta Kuchka in front of the video «The Sky’s A Falling And We Better Hurry Up Or The Both Of Us Are Dead»
Madrid hosted the ARCO Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair between 19 and 23 February. This event has become a firm fixture on the calendar, and in 2014 around 150 curators and directors from special guest museums celebrate its 33rd edition. The over 200 participating galleries from all over the world exhibit paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, video, new media, drawing and prints. Finland being the guest of honour at the ARCO Madrid Contemporary Art Fair and the Helsinki Sanomat gave me an assignment to cover the event. In the picture my favorite work: a video installation by Hetta Kutchka.
The phrase Ora et Labora, “pray and work” refers to the monastic practice of working and praying, its use in the Rule of St. Benedict. Benedict viewed prayer and work as partners, and believed in combining contemplation with action. So, Sister Teresa Forcades, a Spanish medical doctor and a Benedictine nun, sees her mission.
In 2013, she coauthored “Manifesto for the convening of a constituent process in Catalonia”, with economist Arcadi Oliveres. In it they propose achieving independence for Catalonia through new political and social model based on self-organization and social mobilization.
Teresa has emerged as one of the most outspoken – and atypical – leaders in Europe also giving her help in the campaign against the H1N1 vaccine.