This 2014 is the year of the 300th anniversary of the events of 11 September 1714, a date that symbolises the fight by the Barcelonians and the entire Catalan people. They fought to defend a legal system and a fabric of individual, institutional and political 'freedoms against the arbitrary behaviour of absolute monarchy'.
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To celebrate this, the Catalan Cultural Centre of Victoria is holding an exhibition about 1714 and about their language. There will be music, Catalan food and sparkling wine. There will also be special activities for the little ones and a screening of some videos of the Catalan V in Melbourne and of the Diada in Catalonia. Save the date and share it with your friends and relatives. Join them on their event page on Facebook.
The Catalan Centre of Victoria is a meeting place for the Catalan speaking people of Melbourne and anyone who is enthusiastic about the Catalan culture. Catalonia has produced some well known people such as the artist Salvador Dali and the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. The Centre was established in 1986 and with over 150 members, the 'casal' (a centre that promotes the traditions and language of Catalonia) was created to celebrate traditional festivities and events. Check out their interesting website if you want to find out more about learning the language, or find out about classes for 2-7 year olds to keep up with the language. They also have guidebooks in PDF format you can check out to find out more about Catalonia and a newcomers guide to Australia, which is however only available in Catalan. The Library also holds the best of Catalan literature.