Sunshine and Startups: Barcelona’s Rise as an International Startup Hub

By Megan Whitfield   Long regarded for its innovation in architecture and creative spirit, Barcelona has now cemented this reputation into business as well. Although the broader economy feels the impact of the recent political unrest, the Catalonian capital is rising up the ranks to become one of the top startup hubs in Europe. Well and truly established as an important international competitor, this bustly … Continue reading Sunshine and Startups: Barcelona’s Rise as an International Startup Hub

Busking: “We play music for the people”

By Roselin Walgien Street musicians in Europe’s big cities are under pressure. While playing in the streets is still allowed and some places, music in the subway is often forbidden. Still, buskers keep trying to make money underground, for example on the subway in Barcelona. ‘We want to wake them up and get them interested in music again.’ When you travel by metro in Barcelona you … Continue reading Busking: “We play music for the people”

“Surviving is not and should never be a crime”

Article and photos by Larice Schuurbiers Selling bags, trainers and other cheap accessories to tourists on the streets is officially illegal in Spain, but in Barcelona, a few hundred manteros earn their living this way. These street vendors are often from migrant backgrounds, as the majority of manteros is from Senegal but also from Pakistan and India. Most of them are undocumented immigrants who came … Continue reading “Surviving is not and should never be a crime”

Will the bulls be back?

Catalonia banned bullfighting a few years ago the ban is reversed by the Spanish Supreme court. By Jing de Visser and Elif Doganyigit January 11, 2018 BARCELONA-Bullfighting is one of Spain’s most well-known traditions. In 2010 bullfighting was banned by the Catalonian government and was reversed in 2016, because the Supreme Court of Spain in Madrid ruled that any territories of Spain cannot ban a … Continue reading Will the bulls be back?

Studying in Barcelona: ‘The conflicts about independence make it even more exciting’

By: Amy Pelsma If you’re going to study abroad, you don’t expect to find yourself in the midst of political turmoil. For Dutch student Bo (20) however, the unexpected happened. She settled in Barcelona to study Art History at Universitat Autònoma in Bellaterra and found herself in the middle of a social uprising. Before Bo started her courses at the university, she did a language … Continue reading Studying in Barcelona: ‘The conflicts about independence make it even more exciting’

Gucci bags and police chases: Barcelona’s street sellers

Article by Isa Radich Photos by Larice Schuurbiers It’s a cat-and-mouse game that has been going on for years: the Barcelona police chasing the hundreds of illegal street vendors: the Manteros. Since two years they are organised in a union and since last summer they even have their own fashion label: Top Manta. But their clients still seem to prefer the fake brands they sell. … Continue reading Gucci bags and police chases: Barcelona’s street sellers