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Literature.  27/02/2019

The  Faber Residency of Arts, Sciences and Humanities will formally join the Institut Ramon Llull and be incorporated into the institute’s structure and action plans.




This morning at the Olot City Council, Pep Berga, the first lieutenant mayor and Culture Councillor in the Olot City Council; Iolanda Batallé, director of the Institut Ramon Llull; and Francesc Serés, director of the Creation Area in the IRL and acting director of Faber, have unveiled the signing of the partnership agreement and the current residency project devoted to pedagogical innovation.

The incorporation of the Faber Residency is the outcome of the desire to develop the provisions in the Consortium’s bylaws, which stipulate that one of the missions of the Institut Ramon Llull is to foster the international mobility of creators via residency programmes and other exchange mechanisms. The IRL’s annual action plans include different programmes and activities aimed at these cultural exchanges among countries, in terms of both literary and artistic creation and the projection of the Catalan language and culture in universities and academia. The incorporation of Faber aims to provide a renewed impetus to this avenue of action.

The IRL seeks to enhance its strategies, such as fostering international mobility among creators through residency programmes and other interaction mechanisms. For this reason, the integration of Faber into its structure and its action plans is viewed as a major step forward from a twofold perspective.

First, the incorporation of this consolidated, successful project will benefit the residency activities and the IRL’s other programmes and projects inasmuch as they all feed each other. Secondly, this addition will become the starting point for creating a network of residencies for the arts, sciences and humanities in Catalonia.

“We have always said that Faber is a local project with a national mission”, claimed the Culture Councillor in the Olot City Council, Pep Berga. According to Berga, “from day one, it is a shared project with the Catalan Government which projects us internationally”. For this reason, he added that “we strongly value the support we have gotten from the government from the very start – and let me particularly mention the regional minister Laura Borràs –and the fact that today we can sign this agreement with the Institut Ramon Llull”.

Regarding Faber’s integration into the Institut Ramon Llull, Iolanda Batallé, the director of the IRL, stressed that “Faber is a factory of experiences. Faber makes our millennia-old culture take shape in personal experiences, in a landscape, in streets, in people, in moments lived, in complicities. And it is thanks to these complicities that our culture is being spread and is flourishing everywhere, because after coexisting with all of you in Olot, the people you have welcomed feel that Catalan culture will forevermore be their home, too.”

Francesc Serés, director of the Creation Area in the IRL and acting director of Faber, explained that “the idea that a project like Faber can join the Institut Ramon Llull also forges a pathway of cooperation among projects, among different parts of Catalonia, Barcelona and the world. From the very start, Faber has moved in four directions which comprise its soul and largely mirror those of the Institut Ramon Llull. They are contribution and innovation, cultural diplomacy, talent and excellence, and finally, perhaps the most important one, what leads us to be able to state that Faber is a service institution, serving everyone: social and cultural return. We are forging this relationship because we believe that it will be positive for both parties.”

Pedagogical innovation residency II 

 At this time, a second residency is being developed that Faber will dedicate to the field of education, specifically pedagogical innovation. After the success of the first residency, the warm reaction to the activities and the interest it sparked in schools and universities, Faber is organising a second residency on pedagogical innovation with twelve residents who come from the United States, Denmark, the Balearic Islands, Canada, Mexico, Australian, Greece and the United Kingdom. As always, there will be activities in universities and primary and secondary schools, as well as the chance to contact the individual residents. This residency will be complemented with another one about gifted students, which will be held from the 10th to 12th of April.

The forthcoming residencies at Faber will examine political philosophy and processes of self-determination, archives and big data; and finally educational robotics.
Francesc Serés has also announced that the first residency in academic year 2019-2020 will be about diversity policies and immigration.

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