What is the “Born Centre Cultural”?
For all those of you who I have talked about El Born of the 1700’s, specially the year 1714, here is a little explanation:
El Born Centre Cultural is a unique and exceptional place that brings together three centuries of our history, catalan history. Below the cast-iron structure of the iconic 19th century marketplace lies the Barcelona of 1700, the prosperous city that suffered the siege of 1714 and that put up an epic and heroic resistance before Catalonia’s national liberties were eventually lost -taken away-, yet to be restored three centuries later.
Just so you have an idea, what you can see nowadays in El Born ruins, is only a 5% out of all the houses that were demolished. And they were actually not demolished due to a War, but instead, were demolished by the owners themselves under the command of the Spanish king Philip the Fifth once Barcelona surrendered after a year of siege and thousands of deaths…
If you want to know a bit more about it, keep on reading!
The timeline that naturally emerges in this memorable space invites us to look into the past, the present and the future of our country; an entirely appropriate and necessary thought process at this crucial point in Catalan history, with the strong will that citizens have to change it from now on. By knowing where we come from and who we are, we will have a much better awareness of where the road ahead should be taking us as a people.
The archaeological site known as the Ciutat del Born; the permanent exhibition on the Barcelona of the year 1700; the exhibition on the Siege of 1714, which will remain at the centre throughout the tricentenary of those events; the programme of regular arts and cultural events held at the centre (language, literature, music, film, puppets, dance, etc.); the series of lectures, interviews and talks, as well as other one-off activities hosted by the venue, all share a common purpose – to preserve the memory of our history in an entertaining, diverse and accessible way.
From residents of the neighbourhood of La Ribera, who can walk through the complex as part of their everyday route, to visitors from other parts who are interested in finding out more about this key location and events from the history of Catalonia, and from school children from across the country to people with more years and memories – they will all bear witness to the evolution of this space from a marketplace to a cultural venue. El Born CC is intended as an intergenerational, multidisciplinary landmark open to people of all backgrounds and nationalities.
Epic, exciting, thought-provoking, memorable, unique, open, inclusive, dynamic, integrated, popular and creative – these are just some of the adjectives that define the experience of entering El Born Centre Cultural, whether it be simply passing through on your way somewhere else or staying for a longer visit, attending a regular or a one-off event or really exploring this country’s history in depth.
One will never experience two identical visits to El Born CC, a space that faithfully records past events and helps to give global recognition to the history of the Catalan nation.
I hope whoever of you decides to go, enjoys and gets a bit more awareness of the situation the catalan region and its people has lived in the past centuries.