The CatalanWeek arrives in Mexico

anc-mexicThe Catalan Assembly in Mexico will hold political debates and cultural events to explain Catalonia and its independence process.

Jaume Sobrequés y Callicó, professor of history at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and current director of the Contemporary History Center of Catalonia, will give a series of talks and will participate in a round table on the topic “Catalonia, Mexico and the new European states” between the 22nd and 29th of September.

The event forms part of the program organized by the Foreign Assemblies this year as part of the World Catalan Week. It’s extended thanks to the ANC in Mexico and the Catalan Association for Integration (AC), organizations which work to explain Catalonia and the independence process in Mexico with various political and cultural events.

The conferences will take place at Jalisco College, Guadalajara (September 22, 8:15 pm local time), at the Hidalgo State Autonomous University in Pachuca (September 26th, 12:30 pm) and at the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla (September 27th, 5:00 pm).

The round table led by Jaume Sobrequés takes place at the Metropolitan Autonomous University, Mexico City (September 29th at 7:00 pm) and will also include Porfirio Muñoz Ledo, doctor in political science and constitutional law, and Luis Antonio Huacuja Acevedo, researcher on the European Union, European constitutional law and EU-Mexico relations.

Informal meeting with MPs

During the course of the week, there will be various informal meetings with members of the Mexican Congress, to exchange opinions about Catalonia’s past and present.

On September 29th, there will be a breakfast meeting with Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano, founder of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and son of the former president of Mexico, Lázaro Cárdenas, who gave refuge to members of the Catalan government in exile, as well as other Catalans who fled the Spanish civil war.

On the cultural side, organizers have arranged a display of Catalan cuisine in Mexico City on September 24th (at 2.30 pm) at the Nelson Mandela Cultural Center. The three documentaries, “History of a Future”, “The Makers of the Diada” and “Estelada, a provisional symbol”, will also be shown.

CatalanWeek in Mexico began on September 11 at 10:14 am (5.14 pm in Catalonia) with the laying of a wreath at the monument to Benito Juárez, Mexican republican leader, at the Alameda Central in Mexico City. The manifesto of the Catalan Assembly was read, along with an unpublished poem by Agustí Bartra. The day before (September 10th), a group of Catalans raised the Estelada (Catalan independence flag) at the summit of the Xinantecatl volcano (4,680 m above sea level).

Calendar of events*:

September 22 (8.15 pm): Conference at Jalisco College, Guadalajara.

September 24 (2.30 pm): Display of Catalan cuisine and “History of a Future”, “The Makers of the Diada” and “Estelada, a provisional symbol” documentaries shown. Nelson Mandela Cultural Center, Mexico City.

September 26 (12.30 pm): Conference at Hidalgo State Autonomous University in Pachuca.

September 27 (5.00 pm): Conference at Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla.

September 29 (9.00 am): Breakfast with Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano, Mexico City.

September 29 (7.00 pm): Round table “Catalonia, Mexico and the new European states”, with Jaume Sobrequés i Callicó, Porfirio Muñoz Ledo and Luis Antonio Huacuja Acevedo. Metropolitan Autonomous University, Mexico City.

*Local time, Mexico City.