Category Catalan News Agency

Barcelona, capital of the crime novel

Host to the BCNegra crime novel festival, Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world to be used as a location for a crime book due to its special character and physiognomy. It is the city which has more crime authors, more characters, more readers clubs and the only specialized crime novel library, in l’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Despite this, the Catalan authors still face difficulties to have their books published.

Immigration Internment Centers, on the borderline of human rights

Since 2006 Barcelona houses one of nine Immigration Internment Centres in Spain (called Centres d’Internament d’Estrangers CIE in catalan) of Spain. Located in the Zona Franca, are buildings where immigrants are detained either for not having legal documentation, or when they have an expulsion order.

Town Halls to impose fines of up to 100,000 euros on banks and companies with empty flats

Barcelona is one of many Town Halls to follow Terrassa Town Hall’s initiative to approve a motion for fining banks and large companies which own empty flats. Some other towns are considering following suit after receiving the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages(Plataforma d’Afectats per la Hipoteca – PAH) motion. Meanwhile, the Catalan government is working on a new tax with the same objective.

Gaudí Awards honour top Catalan films in midst of broadcaster strike

The 6th Annual Gaudí Awards took place on Sunday evening at the Barcelona Teatre Musical Theatre to celebrate Catalonia’s growing film industry. The apocalyptic blockbuster Los Últimos Días (‘The Last Days’) and the intense Catalan quasi-documentary La Plaga (‘The Plague’) were the biggest winners of the night, with a ceremony providing many commentaries on the state of Catalan film and the recent strikes at the Catalan Public Television Broadcaster (known as TV3).