Social programme

  • The Welcome Reception will be held at Palau de la Música Catalana on Wednesday 12th February 2020.
    Included in Congress registration fee 

    The Palau de la Música Catalana was built between 1905 and 1908 by the modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner as a home for the Orfeó Català, financed by popular subscription. The building is located in Sant Pere district, one of the most beautiful areas of Barcelona.

    The Palau de la Música Catalana is an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau, the only concert venue in this style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (4th December 1997), which today represents an essential landmark in the cultural and social life of Catalonia. Moreover it represents a symbolic emotional heritage for a whole people who identify with its history. 

  • The Congress Dinner will be held at Llotja de Mar, Contract on Thursday 13rd February 2020
    Tickets are limited in number by the venue, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

    The Llotja de Mar or “Sea Exchange” is one of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings, and it has always been the flagship of a dynamic civil society committed to Catalonia’s economic and social progress. 

    During medieval and modern times, the Llotja was the seat of the Consolat de Mar or “Sea Consulate.” In the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th it housed the Royal Board of Commerce of Barcelona, and since 1886 it has been the home of the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping of Barcelona. For more than six centuries, the establishment has been a prime witness of the development of Catalan trade, art and architecture. 

    The Llotja consists of a number of superimposed buildings: to the 14th-century Gothic nucleus, formed by what later became known as the Contracting and Consular Halls, there was added in the 15th century the collateral nave, which contains the Gilded Hall. In the 16th century new enlargements were made, and finally, in the late 18th century, the Neoclassical exterior that we see today was constructed. 

    The Congress Dinner will take place at the  Contracts Hall, which is the most distinguished architectural piece of Casa Llotja de Mar, and has been conserved since the medieval period.



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