Strengthening the bonds between Catalonia and the USA
The Catalan Institute of America works hard to foster a sense of community among
Catalan-Americans and Catalan expatriates, provides guidance for newly arrived Catalans in the United States,
and is proud to sponsor regular Catalan language courses.
Conversation with translator Peter Bush.
Spain, 1937. Posted to the Aragonese front, Lieutenant Lluís Ruscalleda eschews the drunken antics of his comrades and goes in search of intrigue. But the lady of Castel de Olivo—a beautiful widow with a shadowy past—puts a high price on her affections. In Barcelona, Trini Milmany struggles to raise Lluís’s son on her own, letters from the front her only solace. With bombs falling as fast as the city’s morale, she leaves to spend the winter with Lluís’s brigade on a quiet section of the line. But even on “dead” fronts the guns do not stay silent for long. Trini’s decision will put her family’s fate in the hands of Juli Soleràs, an old friend and a traitor of easy conscience, a philosopher-cynic locked in an eternal struggle with himself.
Joan Sales, a combatant in the Spanish Civil War, distilled his experiences into a timeless story of thwarted love, lost youth, and crushed illusions. A thrilling epic that has drawn comparison with the work of Dostoyevsky and Stendhal, Uncertain Glory is a homegrown counterpart to classics such as Homage to Catalonia and For Whom the Bell Tolls.
We cannot ignore what is happening right now in Catalonia. After the arrest of members of the Catalan Government on September 20 we issued a statement in support of the referendum and the right of Catalans to decide their own future, and we held a symbolic protest outside the United Nations' General Assembly.
Having witnessed the use of police brutality in an attempt to sabotage Sunday's referendum, we call on you to demonstrate again. Whether or not you support independence, together let's condemn the violence of the Spanish state against a Catalan people that are peaceful, democratic, and determined to own their destiny. Let's add our grain of salt to the civic demonstrations taking place in our country and let our city know what is happening in Catalonia!
We hope to see you on Saturday, October 7 at 12pm in Washington Square Park.
Join us in following the outcome of the Referendum
that takes place this Sunday in Catalonia.
There will be a big screen with live TV and a full bar service with drinks for purchase.
The event is free and open to everyone but RSVP is recommend at firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited.
«El Petit de Cal Eril» is the alter Ego of Joan Pons, the singer song-writter of the Indie psychedelic progressive pop band. His music keeps an eye in Dalí and Pau Riba surrealism movement as well as several American artists ranging from Jefferson Airplane’s psychedelia to Bonnie Prince Billy emotional melodies.
The performance goes from intimate and closer moments to exciting passages played by a powerful band full of nuances which reaches complicity with the public through the music.
In their last tour they have performed in the main festivals around Spain (Primavera Sound, Monkey Week, Cruïlla...) being considered as a one of the music voices to follow in the Catalan Scene.
Nowadays they are recording in New York at “Figure 8 Studio” his new album.
Check them out on YouTube:
The Catalan Institute of America celebrates the Diada, National Day of Catalonia (September 11), with a concert by Joan Dausà. The Catalan singer and musician will perform both in Catalan and English songs from his albums JO MAI MAI, ON SERÀS DEMÀ? and his English album LOST IN A TALE.
Join us for this special celebration. You can get your tickets here.