Terrassa joins the Unesco’s Creative Cities Network as city of Cinema

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 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.


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


Terrassa selected as an URBACT city

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

European call: Fight against xenophobia

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

Photography contest @Friends4Europe

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.

Terrassa attends the forums of Culture and Economic Development of Eurocities

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

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

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.

Terrassa will visit the Irish city of Galway in an european program of sustainable mobility

A delegation of the Mobility Area of the Terrassa City Council will visit before the summer of this year the Irish city of Galway to share and learn about sustainable mobility experiences. Through the service of European and international relations arose a few months ago the candidacy of the Urban System in Terrassa to apply for a study visit in the framework of the programme Civitas Satellite.

The Urban System in Terrassa includes eleven towns of the Vallès area, operating as a metropolitan area in the European network Eurocities. Candidacy detailed some of bets of Terrassa in recent years in the field of sustainable mobility, as the project Ambicia’t (public bicycle service), the development of a sound map of the city, a fleet of bicycles to students and teachers from the campus of the UPC and a project of shuttle bus to connect train station and polygons.
Terrassa also explained that last 2016 approved the Plan of Mobility (2016-2021), plan which, among other objectives, aims to reduce by 12% the use of vehicle in the city, as well as increasing the use of public transport and bicycle.

Human bike during the Week of Mobility in 2006 in Terrassa


Galway, Ireland




Treaty of Rome: 60 years of the beginning of the European Union

2017 is a year of anniversaries in Europe. Almost arithmetic, we celebrate 15, 30 and 60 years. Of what? 15 years ago we began to use the euro as a single currency. In 2002 were 12 countries, but now moves to 19 States, with nearly 340 million inhabitants and is the second most used currency in the world. 30 years ago we launched what is perhaps the most successful and well known program of the European Union, Erasmus, which already have benefited nearly five million young Europeans. But the most significant anniversary is the 60 years of the Treaty of Rome, the official kick-off of the current European Union.

Signature ot the Treaty of Rome on 25th March 1957 / AP

On 25 March 1957 Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany signed the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), and which have given rise to the current European Union. 

The heads of State and Government of the EU will meet tomorrow in Rome, where he will adopt a Declaration on the occasion of the anniversary. There will be also the presidents of the three institutions: Antonio Tajani, of the European Parliament; Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission; and Donald Tusk, of the Council of the EU.





Terrassa continues representing city councils at the Catalan Council of the European Movement

Last European Seminar at the Catalan Parliament

The Catalan Council of the European Movement (CCME) held its annual general meeting yesterday, which served to renew Xavier Ferrer as President and Joaquim Millán as General Secretary. The role of the City Council of Terrassa is still important, as the representative of the municipalities in the Executive Committee.
The CCME is a plural and independent association formed by groups and people who develop activities in Catalonia to improve the idea of Europe. It is composed of a broad representation of the Catalan society: political parties, businesses and trade unions, municipalities, universities, economic, professional and academic associations that wants to be the reflection of the professional plurality, ideological and political of civil society in Europe. It’s a member of the international European Movement, created in 1948.

The CCME has organized many activities with the City Concil of Terrassa, like a concert, a conference about cultural traditions in the EU and many others. The CCME also gave an european award (Diploma d’Europa) to the public main library of Terrassa (Biblioteca Central de Terrassa).

The SPIMA project begins its second phase in Terrassa

Carmen Aalbers with Pere Montaña and Ton Estapé

Terrassa, with its urban system, is one of the eleven european cities that participate in the project SPIMA: an ambitious study that aims to analyze the features of each territory with regard to the planning strategic and management of themes cross in all the area. A few days ago, a researcher from the University of Wageningen (Netherlands), Carmen Aalbers, visited Terrassa to start the second phase of the project with five interviews with different actors who were able to make their contributions in their idea of metropolitan area from different perspectives and themes. The dutch university is giving shape to a study that seeks to identify the policies that allow better territorial cohesion and see what are the possibilities of each territory, with a vertical or horizontal dimension, and also taking into account the uniqueness of a territory very close to a big city like Barcelona.
The five interviews were with Mr. Pere Montaña (specialized in planning and urban development); Mr. Manuel Pérez (educational and social); Mrs. Dolors Puig (university and knowledge); Mr. Ignasi Cusidó (business) and Mr. Ignasi Giménez (politician). Mr. Ton Estapé, chief of the planning urban of the city of Terrassa was also during the interviews.
The Urban System of Terrassa includes Sant Cugat del Vallès, Rubí, Sant Quirze del Vallès, Vacarisses, Viladecavalls, Castellbisbal, Matadepera, Ullastrell, Rellinars i Sant Llorenç Savall, in an area of 348 km2. Other European cities participating in the project SPIMA are: Prague, Vienna, Lille, Brno, Turin, Lyon, Brussels, Zurich, Oslo and Akhersus.