Catalan History: the Struggle for Independence with Biel Heredero - Context Travel

Catalan History: the Struggle for Independence with Biel Heredero

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The region of Catalonia is known for its fervent nationalism and a strong desire for independence from Spain. It's hard to wander the streets of Barcelona without encountering the 'Estelada', the Catalan separatist flag.

But the history of Catalonia is a fascinating and often complicated one. This region of Spain has suffered huge changes throughout history, but has always managed to be one of the most influential and economically strong regions. Some of these historical episodes, plus the most recent events that happened in the last ten years, will allow us to understand the political situation nowadays and cast some light on this otherwise complex conflict.

This conversation will provide an introduction to Catalan culture and history, and explore the complex issues surrounding the Catalan push for independence. We'll discuss what it means to be Catalan, why many Catalans do not identify as Spaniards and the power of the Catalan language.

Led by local Catalonian and art historian Biel Heredero, this interactive conversation will examine Catalan identity and its history. Designed to inform and inspire, we will emerge with increased knowledge and understanding of this complex narrative.

A native of Barcelona, Biel Heredero has a degree in Art History from the University of Barcelona, where he wrote his thesis on Catalan artists. He is active in the Barcelona art scene, and as a Catalan, he has tremendous knowledge of the region's history and culture.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.