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Muxach, La Coloma Nature School

Jordi Muxach, known for his award-winning sheepdogs, is now opening his farm to families and schools. Jordi Muxach’s cry of “Jaoo, Coloma, jaoo!” is today a household expression in Catalonia, where his dog Coloma won prize after prize in the region’s most prestigious sheepdog trials. Seeing...

2018 – Fages de Climent Year

The Generalitat de Catalunya has declared 2018 Fages de
Climent Year, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary since
the death of this controversial Empordanese writer. A series of
events will take place to disseminate the work of Carles Fages
de Climent (Figueres, 1902-1968), and resources will...

Arboreco – Traditional fruit trees: heritage to be preserved

At the foot of the Gavarres, outside the village of Cruïlles, is the Arboreco tree nursery, where Italian-born Marco Sangiorgio decided to create this place for reproducing endangered heritage and, while he was at it, earn himself a living. It specialises in traditional fruit tree varieties, which...

Miss Dalí – A greek tragedy in the Empordà

Salvador Dalí was one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. A controversial character, who never failed to provoke a reaction, both because of his art and his brilliance. A multifaceted person, who witnessed and participated in the new artistic movements of the century, such as...

Guillermo Basagoiti

The Empordà is Guillermo Basagoiti Brown’s adopted home. He tells me right from the start that he wasn’t born here, but that this is where he grazes, an Asturian expression that I couldn’t agree more with. Self-taught in his art and work, his efforts as person and artist are both physical...

TURA SANZ SANGLAS – Casual inspirations

Tura Sanz is just 26 years old and looks set to go a long way. She is one of today’s promising young artists on the Empordà’s creative scene, despite only having done one solo exhibition, titled “Plecs”. The exhibition has been on at different gallery spaces, most recently the Museum of...

Joan Casanova – The legend of Vulpellac castle

The discovery of a woman’s skeleton buried in the old cellar of Vulpellac Castle, inspired the legend of the woman who was entombed by the lord of the castle. It is said that the previous owner used to hear deep breathing
and his children on occasion saw a kind of white mist floating down the...

2019 – Narcís Monturiol Anniversary

This year marks 200 years since the birth of Narcís Monturiol (1819-1885) in Figueres, known above all for inventing the Ictineu, the first air-independent, combustion-powered submarine.
To celebrate this remarkable achievement there will be a series of events and exhibitions to help better...

Jordi Meli – Megalithic landscapes

“Paisatge megalític de l’Alt Empordà” began as a commission from the Sant Climent Sescebes Town Council in 2011 for a series of photographs that portrayed the Aspres region. The project subsequently blossomed into a display of our great megalithic heritage and the magnificent...

Jordi Puig – Postcards of the Costa Brava

It could be said that the Costa Brava lost its virginity little by little from as early as the beginning of the 20th century when it became the second home for much of Barcelona’s Bourgeoisie. In the 60s the orgy was well underway and the arrival of pink-skinned, blonde-haired tourists in...

Iolanda Bustos – Cooking up the landscape

In the small village of Regencós, between Pals and Begur, is a  unique restaurant with the Slow Food seal and named after a flower: La Calèndula (marigold). Its chef Iolanda Bustos is,  besides being an excellent cook, a true botanical connoisseur,  more capable than anyone of putting her...

Riera i Aragó – Dialogue with the horizon

For Josep Maria Riera i Aragó (Barcelona, 1954) the beginning of the 80s marked a turning point in his work. He left figurative painting to develop his own unique artistic language, helped by a project of a very personal nature. From 7 March 1981 to 7 March 1982, on pieces of brown paper...

Beat Keller – Surrealism without borders

This Swiss artist, recently settled in La Bisbal d’Empordà, uses unusual objects to create pieces that never fail to surprise.
Beat Keller is a multifaceted artist. He studied in New York’s School of Visual Arts and went on to work in a top-end advertising agency in Switzerland. As fate would...

Álvaro Soler Arpa and his toxic evolution

This innovative sculptor uses animal bones, plastics and rubbish in his works as a way of making a stand against environmental pollution.
Entering the studio of Álvaro Soler Arpa (Girona 1974) is an enduring experience. At times the smell is hard to bear and the presence of bones in every corner...

Astrotourism – A journey to the stars

The relationship between humans and the skies has developed since the dawn of mankind and is present in of all the world’s civilisations. This natural and cultural heritage is so significant that UNESCO has recognised dark skies as an implicit right to be preserved. Unfortunately, light pollution...

Project Sèpia

Their slogan is “give back to the sea”, a noble act and one much needed for the increasingly contaminated Mediterranean Sea. The promoters of Projecte Sèpia are convinced they are sowing the seeds for a future that can benefit both marine biodiversity and local fishermen. And indeed, the two...

Sustainable architecture – Two cork houses

Emiliano López and Mònica Rivera made a name for themselves as architects 10 years ago for a project in the Navarra desert, and ever since work has been in no short supply. They have recently been awarded one of the Architecture Awards of Girona for houses that use cork, with an effective bid...

Bravanariz – Bottling the Empordà’s landscape

Landscapes emerge from a relationship. There is no landscape without someone to contemplate it, frame it and give it meaning. But it is not only with your eyes that you can perceive landscape. It takes hold of all 5 of your senses. And smell plays a leading role. Looking down at the land from a...

Víctor Pérez-Porro – loving the wall

Sometimes art completes what nature cannot create; at other times, art imitates nature.
Aristotle, Physics II.8
Time stands still in Palo Alto, the oldest Cultural Factory of Barcelona. It was founded as the Hangar by artists and creatives long before city technicians and managers discovered...

3mb materia – Sculptures with history

The 3 mb materia team is formed by two well-suited couples who share two passions: the Empordà and antique tools. Their love for the Empordà has a long history. Pere and Marisol settled in Pelacalç more than 30 years ago now and have made their home out of the old village chapel; the other...