Tag Archive: Spanish culture

Dec
28

Doing business with Spaniards

My wife recently came across this website, which has detailed cultural profiles of several countries, including Spain. The profiles are geared toward those doing business in these countries, but much of what the website provides could easily apply to any visitor. The website is run by a U.K. company called Kwintenssential, which, according to its …

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Nov
26

‘El Quijote’ project two thirds completed

Your time is running out to be part of Spanish-language history. The joint effort by the Royal Spanish Academy and YouTube to post videos of people reading fragments of Don Quixote has 1,450 entries out of a total of 2,149, according to this site. The purpose of the project is to to promote the classic …

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Nov
24

Spain’s ‘intangible’ treasures revisited

On Monday, I highlighted five new additions by the United Nations to its “world intangible heritage” list from Spain. I included a video of one of the new additions (the striking Mallorcan Cant de la Sibil·la) but it occurred to me that it might be instructive to include videos of some of the other Spanish …

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Nov
22

What the UN deems ‘intangible’ treasures of Spain

Flamenco dancer Ginette Perea at Cabanas Restaurant in Georgetown, Washington DC where she performs on Friday nights (photo by Michael Perez)

The United Nations is making our job easy at Spainiacs by shining a bright light on Spain’s rich cultural heritage. Flamenco, the Catalan castells, the Mallorcan Cant de la Sibil·la, the Mediterranean diet and falconry were among 51 cultural practices from around the world added last week to the “world intangible heritage” list. The list, …

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Oct
28

Spain’s rising literary stars

granta

The British magazine Granta has built a reputation for spotting young literary talent. Its 1983 list of emerging British writers, for example, included the likes of Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie and Graham Swift. Earlier this month, for the first time, the magazine published a list that looks outside the English-speaking world. The “Best of Young …

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Oct
26

Siesta championship underscores a tradition’s slow death

The poor siesta. It’s now a circus sideshow. You may have seen the recent coverage of the first ever siesta championship, which was held in a mall in Madrid. A 62-year-old veteran siesta-taker from Ecuador took home the gold in a comical event that probably fell short of its intended goal: to help save the …

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Oct
20

Clash of cultures in Spanish film “Smoking Room”

photo by exacto67

When an American company bans smoking at its new Spanish subsidiary one determined smoker decides to mount a protest, which ignites an intra-office war. The 2002 Spanish hit movie “Smoking Room” explores raw, authentic Spanish-ness by bringing it into conflict with a distant and yet intrusive American culture. That’s on the surface at least. This …

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