Terrassa is in Brussels showing its most beautiful jewel, the Seu d’Ègara (Romanesque churches). For four months, from December 4th until March 29th 2018, the catalan Government delegation in Brussels hosts the exhibition “Treasures of la Seu d’Ègara” organized by the Terrassa City Council through the service of Culture and with the support of European and International Relations department.

The exhibition consists in 20 panels with images of the monumental ensemble accompanied by explanatory texts that help visitors to learn about the history and the evolution of one of the most important architectural elements and heritage, and representative of Terrassa, Catalonia and Europe. Through this exhibition we want to interpret the evolution of monumental and spread their cultural value and heritage to society as a whole. A compendium of art, history and culture that offers a vision about the evolution of Ègara (Roman name of Terrassa), from its origins in the Iberian and Roman times, passing through successive periods of early medieval, Romanesque, Gothic, and modern to reach the present day.

The show provides an approach to La Seu d’Ègara from the archaeological, architectural and pictorial point of view providing understandable and informative form the different findings linked, first, with the origins of the site, and then, with the set back from the episcopal seat of Ègara. At the same time, it provides visitors the necessary tools to understand and value the importance of the architecture and the paintings belonging to the period of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ègara. In fact, their uniqueness and importance makes that monumental place a candidate to become Unesco World Heritage site. According to the Deputy Mayor of Culture, Innovation and Projection of the City, Amadeu Aguado, “this exhibition in the European capital is an important promotional showcase for the city of Terrassa. We want to disseminate and raise awareness of the heritage value of La Seu d’Ègara on his way to convert the historical monuments on Unesco’s heritage “.

. Place: Catalan Government delegation in the European Union in Brussels. Catalunya Europa Space. 227, Rue de la Loi-Wetstraat (Brussels).

· Organized by: Ajuntament de Terrassa (Terrassa City Council)

. Opening hours: from Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, closed. Closed for holidays: from December 25th to January 2nd.


Photo: Eurocities

The European Commission has awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) prize of €1 Million to Paris. The city has been named 2017’s European Capital of Innovation for its inclusive innovation strategy. The city, which has counted 100.000 square meters of incubators built in a period of ten years, hosts also the world’s largest start-up campus, Station F, that can house more than 1.000 start-ups as well as founder companies such as Microsoft and Facebook. The city also has a so-called innovation arc, a laboratory for urban and social innovation which works as network of projects spanning Paris, including small workshops known as FabLabs and an urban farm where people can grow vegetables and learn to reduce food waste.

Station F / Photo: Financial Times

Tel Aviv and Tallinn were selected as runners-up, and were both awarded €100.000. Tallinn has presented a City`s Innovation Philosophy 2.0 aimed at promoting a e-Society based on a healthy and green lifestyle in a ‘united’ city.
Tel Aviv has been awarded for its creative and innovative DNA rooted in a very young society, an informal business culture and municipal policies that celebrate creativity and make the city a test-bed for experimentation.
 
The iCapital awards, which are designed to recognise the most innovative cities in EU countries and those associated to the Horizon 2020 funding programme, were announced during the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Cities are not defined by their size and population, but by the breadth of their vision and the power bestowed upon their citizens.”
 
32 cities applied for the 2017 European Capital of Innovation: nine out of these ten cities finalist are EUROCITIES members (Aarhus, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Nice, Paris, Tampere, Tallinn and Toulouse. Tel Aviv is the only non-member one).


Terrassa has been one of the cities participating in the Eurocities Conference 2017, that took place in Ljubljana (Slovenia) last week. The position of our city has been strengthened with the confirmation of the role as vice-chair (together with Barcelona) of the Working Group about City attractiveness & International economic relations. Over 400 participants attended the conference, representing over 100 cities, with around 100 politicians taking part.

The European Union has made the circular economy a priority. Over 75 percent of Europe’s population now live in urban areas and its success relies on cities being commited to this transition and acting as key stakeholders. Future EU level legislation should ensure that products do not feature built-in obsolescence: are better designed for reuse and recycling, are easy to maintain and repair and use recycle materials. The Eurocities Conference 2017 has marked a real step up for cities involvement in the circular economy and showcased many amazing examples of the circular economy in action in the cities, and demonstrated the energy and commitment to move forwards.

Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport

During the meeting, the EUROCITIES Awards also reflected the circular economy theme. The winning projects are: Munich’s Halle 2, the Munich second hand store as nucleus of the local circular economy and Brussels, with a call for projects for enterprises related with circular economy.

A central element of the conference this year, was four parallel roundtables, which asked pertinent questions on the circular transition. What are the future jobs and skills gaps that will need to be plugged? How do we effectively involve all sectors of society? How can cities, through their use of green public procurement, work with businesses to encourage circularity along the entire value chain? How can circular principles be applied to urban growth and join forces across different sectors? 

Zoran Jankovic, Mayor of Ljubljana

Overall, many inspiring examples of local level experiments in the circular economy were shared. Many cities spoke to the strong role cities can play in the circular transition. This includes the need to work together with businesses, focus on educating people on circular behaviours, mainstreaming the circular economy and integrating this work across city administrations. Several cities also highlighted the need to work with all levels, including the EU, to create a regulatory framework. One of the most important messages, however, was to simply start doing what you can now, as there are many ways that cities can speed up this transition.

Next 2018 Edimbourgh is hosting the Eurocities conference, with the main theme about Creative Competitive Cities.

 


The British town of Bradford was the first city designated as Unesco creative city in the category of Cinema. Now, with the recent appointment of Terrassa, the director of Bradford City of Film, David Wilson, has sent a congratulation to our city, emphasizing that it is the first Spanish city to receive this consideration and that it is necessary to promote a joint work with the rest of cities “to promote the culture of cinema and the exchange of good practices”. All over the world, 9 cities that are part of this category: Bradford, Busan (South Korea), Rome (Italy), Galway (Ireland), Sofia (Bulgaria), Bitola (Macedonia), Sydney (Australia), Santos (Brazil) and Terrassa.

Congratulations from Bradford

Bradford City of Film (official website)

David Wilson

 


Terrassa has been one of the 64 cities designated as Unesco’s Creative Cities by the general director of this body, Irina Bokova. In this way, Terrassa will become part of the Network of Creative Cities of Unesco in the section Film, becoming the only city in Spain that has managed to join the network after that the candidature, that was presented last June by the City Council of Terrassa. Unesco has recognized the commitment of the city to place creativity in the center of its strategies.

In this way, Terrassa becomes the first Spanish city designated Creative City of Unesco in the Film section, joining the cities of Rome (Italy), Bradford (England), Galway (Ireland), Sofia (Bulgaria ), Bitola (Macedonia), Sidney (Australia), Busan (South Korea) and Santos (Brazil).

Terrassa is one of the most important centres of audiovisual creation and production in Catalonia and Spain. It has become a reference point for southern Europe and is committed to innovation, talent and creativity as strategic focal points for future economic and cultural development. Our city has been home to the most prominent university for audiovisual learning in Catalonia, and one of the best in Europe, the ESCAC [Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya,  the University School of Cinema and Visual Communication of Catalonia], since the beginning of the 21st century, and to the Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya [the Catalonia Audiovisual Park], an extensive complex dedicated to creation and production which is closely linked to the Terrassa Science and Technology Park ‘Orbital 40’.
This stimulus for the film and audiovisual sectors in Terrassa arises from a policy of 6 public and socio-economic agreement that has chosen this sector, along with others such as aeronautics, pharmaceutics, optics and photonics, nutrition, and health, to provide medium and long-term solutions not only to the economic crisis of recent years but also to redirect its economy towards areas where there are many opportunities to generate wealth, employment, social progress and wellbeing.
We are an ‘open stage’ Film City and we host many audiovisual shoots and productions through our Film Office. We are also home to the recently created ‘Taula de l’Audiovisual’, a public-private forum for participation and collaboration in which the most important entities in the local cinematographic field, such as creators, educators, local authorities and sector professionals debate and share initiatives.
Film and the audiovisual media are the present and the future in Terrassa, but they are also part of its past, symbolised by the fact the centre for preservation of all Catalonia’s cinematographic heritage, a subsidiary of the Filmoteca de Catalunya [Catalonia Film Archive], is located in Terrassa’s Parc Audiovisual.

Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya


THE MAYOR, AT THE CINEMA BEFORE THE PRESENTATION / PAC

The Cinema Catalunya in Terrassa has hosted this week the presentation to the public of the candidacy at the Film section of the Unesco Creative Cities network. The Mayor, Jordi Ballart, explained to the attendees (who filled the main hall of the cinema) that “Terrassa has a life of cinema, with a national and international projection”. Ballart added that “in recent years, it has carried a clear commitment to creativity and culture, always keeping in mind the values of social justice and openness to other cultures.” The Mayor also pointed out that being part of the network goes beyond the international prestige, because “it is a unique opportunity to position Terrassa, to attract investment and to develop more creativity”. Currently, Terrassa is already part of the Unesco family with the Castells (human towers), with two chairs of the Technical University (UPC), with two schools (Escola Pia and Carmel) and with the Seu of Ègara, candidate for world heritage site.

VERDAGUER, WITH 5 ACTRESSES WHO PLAYED THE ROLE OF LLUM VIDAL/PAC

The presentation was attended by the screening of the short film “A life of cinema in Terrassa”, performed by the Terrassa director Antoni Verdaguer. The same author explained that “we are a city of cinema” and added that the movie, with amateur actors, recounts the life of a fictional film director, Llum Vidal, who discovers his love for cinema at the age of 10 in a workshop about film at her primary school. The film tells all the Llum’s story during the next 50 years of her life, and how she could go keeping her training and professional link with the cinema without having to go out Terrassa, passing through a secondary school, the film school in Catalonia (ESCAC), the Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya (PAC) and the archive of the Filmoteca. The act was completed with the projection of “Mare Nostrum. A concert. A journey “, a film of Michelle Brun, from Switzerland, former student at ESCAC. All the people that came to the presentation could take a picture in a photo with the hashtags #Terrassacityoffilm, #UCCN and #UNESCO to be shared at the social networks.

After overcoming the first choose in Spain, the Mayor Jordi Ballart, accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Culture, Innovation and Projection of the City, Amadeu Aguado, and the General Director of the PAC, Cristina Brandner, met at the headquarters of the Unesco in Paris with the Division Director of Creativity, Jyoti Hosagrahar. The official decision is expected towards the end of the month of October.
The Unesco Creative Cities Network was established in 2004 to promote cooperation between cities to identify creativity as a strategic factor. Currently, there are 116 cities in 7 categories. The Film Section has only eight cities: Busan, Bradford, Galway, Santos, Bitola, Sidney, Sofia and Rome. The only Catalan city in a Unesco network  is Barcelona, in the section of literature since 2015.

You can check more information here: Terrassa City of Film

 


The Network The Profile of the City – Basic indicators of Quality of Life, constituted by 14 medium-sized Catalan cities and coordinated by Terrassa, has been recognized with the European label URBACT Good Practices between a set of 97 examples of good practices and chosen from among 270 proposals presented by 219 cities in 29 countries.
The initiative consists in the design and application of a methodology to measure the quality of life and sustainability of European medium-sized cities. It is based on the creation of a network of observatories connected internationally to European partners that work in the development and application of tools, methodologies and indicators to measure the quality of life and welfare of the cities and their citizens.
Next October, the selected projects will be able to participate in a meeting in Tallinn (Estonia), where they will have the opportunity to share their examples of good practices with other European cities.
The fact of having achieved the recognition of the European label URBACT Good Practices will allow the network and especially Terrassa (being chosen is a necessary condition) to have the possibility of being able to submit to future calls for proposals of URBACT, exchange and learning for the promotion of sustainable urban development that allows cities to work together in the search for solutions for the great urban and social challenges.
The candidature has been managed by the International Relations Service of Terrassa City Council.
Profile of the City Website: http://www.perfilciutat.net


To finance projects of prevention and fight against anti-Semitism, against hatred and Islamophobia, xenophobia and hatred of immigrants and projects that fight against other forms of intolerance. In the framework of the program of rights, equality and participation of the European Commission (EC), since 31 May opens this call which aims to provide financial coverage to these projects.
The call is open to public and private authorities. Some of the activities financed are: mutual learning and the exchange of good practices between Member States; support for victims; activities of training, awareness-raising and dissemination and activities to create a greater understanding between communities. The period starts tomorrow, on May 30th, and will be open until November 7th this 2017.

Link to the call: Fight against xenophobia


Picture by Carlos Sánchez in Hvar, Croatia

Four friends watching the stars a summer night on the island of Hvar, in Croatia. This is the photo that has won the first prize in the #Friends4Europe contest that was launched last April. The photo has stood out among more than 500 that have been featured in the contest and that illustrate the EU’s motto “United in diversity”.
Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme of the European Union, the representation of the European Commission in Barcelona asked the young people to send a picture with friends from all over. More than 500 young people responded to the call with images that are the reflection of a generation, the Erasmus generation, that lives and moves in a Europe without borders and has friends who speak different languages.

Picture of Laura in Denmark

Carlos Sanchez, @Caroluuuus on Instagram, is the winner of the first prize and blows a note of interrail for two people. The photo was made in Croatia, on the island of Hvar, with four friends looking at the stars on a clear August night. The two finalists have been Laura (@laura. cab) with a photo taken in Denmark and Jacobo Durán (@jacobodurandt), with a photo in Kotor, Montenegro, during a trip with friends that began in Austria and went through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro. The two finalists will receive an instant camera Instax.

Picture of Jacobo Durán in Kotor

In the choice of the winning photographs has participated the press team of the representation of the European Commission in Barcelona, responsible for marketing and social networks of Interrail and the youtuber Julen Hernandez.


The city of Terrassa, in the name of the urban system (which brings together eleven local municipalities), has participated in the last few weeks in two of the Eurocities network forums. The first, from March 29 to April 1, was the Forum of Culture in Tallinn, Estonia, and the second, of Economic Development (EDF), from 24 to 26 April in the Basque city of San Sebastian.

Forum of Culture in Tallinn

FORUM OF CULTURE (TALLINN)
With 129 representatives of 65 cities, the objective was to share examples of innovative strategies in political processes and developing cultural and creative through the strengthening of the association. The Forum also presented as a goal the development of concrete tools and recommendations for the implementation of innovative models for a government cultural policy.
Some of the ideas that were developed were about develope innovative ways; about the citizenship as experts; about how to finance projects, and about the inclusion as the biggest challenge in the Governments of participation

Attendees at the meeting in Donostia

FORUM OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (SAN SEBASTIÁN-DONOSTIA)
The meeting in the Basque city served to work to make cities more innovative in the attraction of talent, to promote entrepreneurship, strengthen local innovation ecosystem and to improve the work on branding (City Branding). Innovative cities for a competitive Europe was the title of the meeting. In addition to the representatives of the cities, there was the opportunity to hear the experiences of international organizations such as Harvard University, the OECD, the European Commission, as well as share best practices between cities in terms of innovation, talent and entrepreneurial spirit.
In the case of Terrassa, from January 2017 the city has one of the two Vice-Chairs of the Working Group of City Branding and Internationalization, a position shared with the city of Barcelona. The thematic axis in this meeting was the issue of how attract companies outside the European Union.