Thursday, 31 December 2015

Become a writer about culture, art, food, music, design, architecture...



Are you an aspiring writer? a voraciuos reader? a travel junkie? a lover of all things culture? Then The Culture Trip is your place, it gives you the opportunity to become part of your city's cultural community as a reader, writer or explorer.

The Culture Trip is an online platform dedicated to all things about culture across the globe, with over 155 countries covered and hubs in Paris, NY, Tel Aviv, Brussels, London, San Francisco, Mumbai, Melbore and Barcelona to name a few.

As an English speaking network in Barcelona, AuNZ.Cat has been contacted by them. Tara Jessop, Director of Culture at The Culture Trip, invites us to become new contributors and write articles for this site.

This is not a job opportunity (there is no financial remuneration of any sorts) but it's quite simply an opportunity for those who want to write about their favourite cultural topics in Barcelona (and/or the rest of Catalonia, Australia, New Zealand). They welcome first timers and hobbyists, but there are also a few professional freelancers working with them as a way to gain exposure (the have 2 million+ monthly readers).

Not just local writers but also talented photographers, and videographers are welcome.

Give a try!

Happy New Year 2016

As the New Year approaches us with new hopes, AuNZ.Cat is wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful year ahead. Happy New Year !

Friday, 25 December 2015

Catalan TV in English

There is a channel which broadcasts an hour in English everyday. Programmes are about news, interviews, debates, etc. The channel is El Punt Avui Televisió and all the programmes are identified with the label "English hour".

A list of some of the programmes you can watch (TV or internet):

Every Monday and Friday they review what's happening in the world of current affairs. Learn about the most relevant local and international stories, and what's more, all in English.

Each Monday, Neil Stokes talks to a different public figure, including artists, sports people, politicians and actors, for whom English is an everyday reality.

Every Wednesday, Catalonia Today editor Marcela Topor interviews well-known foreign residents in Catalonia. From writers and musicians to entrepreneurs and officials, the interviews provide a unique perspective on living and working in Catalonia.

Foreign residents are also the focus every Friday, when Catalonia Today's Nicole Millar talks to people from a variety of countries and ways of life about their experiences of adapting to life in Catalonia.

Every Tuesday, UK journalist Barney Griffiths hosts a discussion of the beautiful game with different guests. After reviewing the previous weekend's football action, the panel also looks ahead to what is coming up in the domestic and European leagues.

Hosted by British writer Matthew Tree, this roundtable debate airs every Thursday. Every week Matthew is joined by differents guests. Including Liz Castro, Patricia Gabancho and Martin Kirby, among others, who discuss the most important events of the week.

Coordinated by Marta Andreu, the Class follows a group of primary school pupils in Barcelona's Nou Barris neighbourhood and their efforts to learn English. The 15-minute show airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Following The Class is Storytime. Produced by Playtime and the British Council, the 10-minute programme has different teachers from the British Council's Young Learners Centre telling a children's story in English.



Merry Xmas!


Sunday, 1 November 2015

Aussie blogger Annabel Candy's Catalan Experience

Catalunya Experience is a programme produced by TV3, a Catalan public TV Station. They show every week the opinion of a guest after visiting some places in Catalonia.

Last week the Catalan host was an actress called Ivana Miño and the guest was Annabel Candy, a blogger from Australia. Her blog is called GetInTheSpot and there she writes about "travel, wellbeing and midlife adventure"

Here you can watch Annabel's experience visiting some impresive spots like Montserrat, Núria, la Pedrera in Barcelona or Carnival in Vilanova.

Australia Opportunities Day (Session about study and work in Australia, 26th Nov, BCN)

Sessió sobre estudi i treball a Austràlia.

Austràlia és una economia angloparlant que ofereix oportunitats en molts sectors laborals. Un dels avantatges d'estudiar a Austràlia és la possibilitat d'obtenir una feina a temps parcial.

Aquesta sessió serà presentada per Sergio Romagosa, David Mas i Joan Parra. Sergio és el propietari i director de TrekYourWay.com, una agència amb anys d'experiència enviant estudiants a Austràlia. David treballa per a SCEI una escola de Melbourne que ofereix diferents cursos (anglès, curs relacionats amb el sector de la sanitat, cursos sobre gestió de projectes i altres àrees profesionals), David també explicarà la seva experiència com a català treballant a Austràlia. Joan és membre d'AuNZ.Cat (The Australian New Zealander Catalan Society), un grup que reuneix australians i neozelandesos que viuen a Catalunya.

Contingut de la sessió


  • Introducció (TrekYourWay, SCEI, AuNZCat). Joan.
  • Mercat de estudi i treball a Austràlia. Experiència i serveis de TYW. Sergio.
  • Diferències culturals (treball, estudi, socials). Serveis de SCEI-Sydney. David.
  • Torn de preguntes

QUAN:   26 de  Novembre, 6 to 7:30 pm
ON: C/Pau Claris 105 BCN
Envieu un missatge aaunzcat@gmail.com per confirmar assistència.





Session about study and work in Australia.

Australia is and advanced English-speaking economy with opportunities in lots of economic sectors. One of the advantadges of studying is Australia is the possibility of getting a part-time job.

This session will be held by Sergio Romagona, David Mas and Joan Parra. Sergio is the owner and director of TrekYourWay.com, an agency with years of experience in sending students to Australia. David works for SCEI, an Australian school which offers different courses (English, Health Care related courses, Project Management, etc), David will also explain his experience as a Catalan working in Australia. Joan is a membre of AuNZ.Cat (The Australian New Zealander Catalan Society), a group which gather Australians living in Catalonia.

Topics of the session


  • Introduction (TrekYourWay, SCEI, AuNZCat). Joan.
  • Australian study and work market. TrekYourWay's experience and services. Sergio.
  • Adjusting to cultural differencies (working, study, social). SCEI's services. David.
  • Q and A

WHEN:   26th November, 6 to 7:30 pm
WHERE: C/Pau Claris 105 BCN
Send a message to aunzcat@gmail.com to confirm you are coming.


Monday, 26 October 2015

Discover the most reputable cities in the world

CityRepTrak is a global survey of more than 22,000 consumers, collected in the G8 countries, which ranks the world's 100 most reputable cities based on levels of trust, esteem, admiration and respect.

Perceptions regarding 13 attributes are grouped into three dimensions: Advanced Economy, Effective Government and Appealing Environment. First and second ranked cities are Sydney and Melbourne, the sixth is Barcelona (after Stockholm, Vienna and Vancouver).  Do you agree???

See more at http://www.reputationinstitute.com


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Barcelona: AFL Grand Final 2015 Live (October 3)


Belushi's Barcelona is one of the venues where you can watch the 2015 AFL Grand Final Live.

They will host again the biggest Aussie Rules Grand Final event. They will show the action live on their big screens with English commentary.

Throughout the morning the bar will be open and they will have the live Aussie Rules action on the big screen with loads of Hot Meat Pies on the go, Aussie beers and breakfast specials.

Get in touch at belushis@barcelona.com


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Brisbane Concert Choir in Barcelona (24th September)



Brisbane Concert Choir at St Andrew's is an auditioned adult mixed-voice community choir of between 50 and 60 members, from 18 to 70 years of age, drawn from all walks of life, based in the heart of Brisbane, Australia. Formed in 1996 by Dr Guy Jansen, it was directed by Christopher Kiver up until July 2002, and thereafter Graeme Morton, until the end of 2003. Debra Shearer-Dirié was appointed to the position in May 2005.

The Choir greatly appreciates the ongoing support of St Andrew's Uniting Church, Ann St, Brisbane, its Minister and congregation which provides the Choir with a beautiful heritage building for rehearsal and performing space. It also acknowledges Gary Fredericks for the design of the choir logo used at the top of each page of this website.

If you want to attend the concert...

When: Thursday 24th September, 9 pm
Where: Teatre la massa,  Plaça del teatre 3, Vilassar de Dalt (Barcelona 08339)
Price:  5€
More info: info@teatrelamassa.cat, phone 937.509.090

Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Great Barrier Reef seen by a Turtle...

WWF is working on a innovative project in Queensland. They are studying the levels of pollution the reptiles are receiving. As a part of the project they have placed a GoPro camera on a turtle in order to get more information about the animal's behaviour after being freed.

Enjoy the video!


http://m.ara.cat/societat/Gran-Barrera-Corall-Australia-vista-tortuga_0_1387061407.html



Sunday, 10 May 2015

Australian Literature: a rough guide

This is a course provided by the online platform www.coursera.org and The University of Western Australia.

The course is a "short introduction to the rich and distinctive world of Australian literature, a world of ancient and modern forms of writing about a vast and varied continent. Explore the work of writers who have responded imaginatively to the unique landscapes of Australia and to its remarkable human history"

The course is a guided way to enjoy the encounter between the literary imagination and the Australian continent.



More info... here
Enjoy!



Monday, 4 May 2015

Australia Opportunities Day: session about study & work in Australia

Session about study and work in Australia

WHEN:   15th May, 6 to 7:30 pm
WHERE: Pau Claris 105, BCN

The session will be held by Sergio, Blair and Joan. Sergio is the owner and director of TrekYourWay.com, an agency with years of experience in Australia. Blair is a Barcelona-based Australian who collaborates with TrekYourWay. Joan is from The Australia New Zealander Catalan Society (www.aunz.cat).



Topics of the session:

  • Adjusting to cultural differences (working, study, social)
  • Finding a place to live
  • Finding part time work and getting accredited
  • Must see locations and weekend getaways
  • Living like a local and getting the most of your city
  • Organizing healthcare
  • How to prepare for a natural disaster such as bushfires or storms and what to do if you get caught in one (unlike but essential information)
  • Beach safety
  • Dangerous animals information and how to act if your get injured
  • Social interactions
  • How to get car and boat licenses
  • Your questions
(send a message to sergio@trekyourway.com to confirm you are coming)

See you there!

 



Saturday, 11 April 2015

Australian Fashion Night in Shoko Barcelona (April 17th & 18th)




Aussie Comedy Season: Wayne Deakin (Friday 17th April, 7Sins Bar, BCN)




Moving to BCN

  • Message via http://www.aunz.cat
  • Message Details:
    • Name Judy Rankin
    • Subject Moving to Barcelona
    • Message Hiya, After a long weekend in Barcelona last November, I've come back to Australia, quit my day job and decided to move to Barca for a minimum of 4 months. I was keen to see if there are Australians I could connect with to help when the pangs of homesickness strike. My main focus in Barcelona will be immersing myself in the Catalan culture, learning the language and experiencing something different. However, having contacts that can point me in the right direction when I need a hairdresser, can explain a local custom I don't understand or wants to watch the AFL grand final in September would be fantastic. Regards Judy Rankin
    • Email judy@judyrankin.com

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Australia's Environmental Predictions

If Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's predictions are right some parts of Australia will become hotter and their soil will degrade. The Great Barrier Reef will also be affected.

Read this article by The Economist to know more about it.

The time has come to take care of the planet, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution!!!

Saturday, 10 January 2015