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The Institut Ramon Llull

Departments

The IRL carries out its activities through the following sections: Performing and Visual Arts, Literature and the Humanities, and Language and Universities.

DEPARTMENT OF PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS

The Institute promotes the introduction and presentation abroad of visual arts, architecture, performing arts, music and film from Catalonia. It aims to broaden knowledge of, and contact with, the Catalan culture by creating and organizing artistic events in cities around the world that are at the forefront in the visual and performing arts spheres.

It promotes the presence of catalan artists in first-rate international contemporary art programmes through specific cooperation agreements with
festivals, institutions, international exhibitions, arts centres and museums.

It promotes exchanges between the local and international creative arts sectors through organized visits by curators, critics and programmers from Spain and abroad to attend festivals,
fairs, exhibitions, films, concerts, etc. in Catalonia.

It provides information on current artistic activities through the publication of specific promotional materials (visual arts: www.arxiuartistes.cat; music: catalansounds.llull.cat; theatre: www.catalandrama.cat and Catalan Performing Arts); and through attendance at fairs and markets in the sector.

It encourages artists' international mobility by providing travel grants supporting Catalan performances or artistic events touring abroad.

DEPARTMENT OF LITERATURE AND THE HUMANITIES

The Institute promotes the publication in other languages of Catalan literary and scholarly works—with a special emphasis on the classics—by providing grant support to the publishers of those translated works.

It aims to increase the visibility of Catalan authors and works within the international setting through their participation in literary and cultural exchanges, and by assuring the presence of Catalan literature at international book fairs.

It provides support to literary translators from the Catalan language with the aim of encouraging quality translations, ongoing training and recognition for their work. It facilitates dialogue and interaction among researchers and scholars in the Catalan language and their foreign counterparts, to promote a wideranging international exchange of ideas.

It also encourages a broad outreach of Catalan cultural and scholarly journals through contact and interaction with similar publications from other countries.

DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGE AND UNIVERSITIES

The Institut promotes the study of Catalan language and culture in universities abroad, with which it signs agreements for the establishment and consolidation of Catalan studies, providing support to universities, teachers and students through various programmes and funding lines.

It encourages advanced studies and research on Catalan language and culture through study centres and chairs for visiting professors at prestigious universities, and supports the initiatives of international Catalan cultural associations.

As an official certification body for Catalan language proficiency abroad, it administers examinations that provide accreditation for the various levels, in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. In order to ensure the quality of teaching, it provides ongoing teacher training and promotes programmes designed for students from abroad to complete their language training.

It fosters cultural and academic activities at foreign universities in order to broaden awareness and knowledge of the Catalan language and culture.

Sponsors of IRL projects

The Institut Ramon Llull

is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

Generalitat de CatalunyaGovern Illes BalearsAjuntament de Barcelona

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