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Little by little the sink fills up... Every week the Catalan News team explores a different aspect of Catalonia, from news and politics, to society and culture. Whether you live in Catalonia and need some of the current issues explained, or you’re simply curious about what makes this place tick. Either way, Filling the Sink has got you covered. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about this corner of land nestled between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean. As they say in Catalonia, "de mica en mica, s'omple la pica" - little by little, the sink fills up.

Filling the Sink is a podcast from Catalan News.

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    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

Little by little the sink fills up... Every week the Catalan News team explores a different aspect of Catalonia, from news and politics, to society and culture. Whether you live in Catalonia and need some of the current issues explained, or you’re simply curious about what makes this place tick. Either way, Filling the Sink has got you covered. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about this corner of land nestled between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean. As they say in Catalonia, "de mica en mica, s'omple la pica" - little by little, the sink fills up.

Filling the Sink is a podcast from Catalan News.

    Castells – Catalonia’s amazing human towers

    Castells – Catalonia’s amazing human towers

    Not for the faint-hearted, castells are human towers that can reach up to 10 stories high – that's 10 groups of people stacked on top of each other!

    Cristina Tomàs White and Guifré Jordan join Lorcan Doherty to delve into 'el mon casteller', the world of human towers.

    We visit one of the gravity-defying groups in Barcelona, the Castellers de Sants, and chat to Ignasi Escamilla from the Catalan Human Tower Groups Association (Coordinadora de Colles Castelleres de Catalunya).

    This week's Catalan phrase is 'fer pinya', which comes from the human tower tradition and means to come together for a common goal, to collaborate. 

    • 23 min
    Pa-tum Pa-tum Pa-tum – inside Berga’s wild medieval rave

    Pa-tum Pa-tum Pa-tum – inside Berga’s wild medieval rave

    Fire-breathing dragons, dancing giants, music, drums, fireworks… for five days every year thousands of people pack the narrow streets of Berga for a party like no other – La Patum! 

    Guifré Jordan and Gerard Escaich Folch go along to witness the spectacle and chat to Cristina Urrea and Cristina Farràs from the Guita Grossa group, Xavi Prat, head of the Tabal drum group and Albert Rumbo, historian, and giant!

    This week's Catalan phrase is 'Cada dia no és festa major', which means 'Not every day is a party', so enjoy it while it lasts! Presented by Lorcan Doherty. 

    • 22 min
    Catalonia’s ’Indians’ – contested legacy of colonial past

    Catalonia’s ’Indians’ – contested legacy of colonial past

    Catalonia's 'Indians' were merchants who sailed to the Americas to make their fortunes before returning to their homeland to enjoy their riches.

    Gerard Escaich Folch travels to Begur where Anna Castellví from the Xarxa de Municipis Indians explains the architectural, social and cultural influence the returning emigrants had.

    The links between 'Indians' and the slave trade are explored by Martín Rodrigo, professor of contemporary history at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

    Singer Neus Mar sings a havanera by the sea in Calella de Palafrugell.

    This week's Catalan phrase is a song lyric: 'El meu avi', which means 'My Grandad'.

    Presented by Lorcan Doherty. 

    • 24 min
    Summer 2022 – Music festivals, festes majors and more!

    Summer 2022 – Music festivals, festes majors and more!

    A summer festival special with live music and chat from Catalan artists The Tyets and Le Nais. Lorcan Doherty is joined by Cillian Shields and Angus Clelland to give the lowdown on what's happening in Catalonia this summer, from the major music festivals to the local festes majors and lots more. Plus DJ John Talabot on the joy of gigs and hugs after the trauma of the past two years. This week's Catalan phrase is 'cantar-li les quaranta'. Literally, 'to sing the forty', it means to tell someone off.  

    • 24 min
    Record breakers and history makers – Barça Femení and fans

    Record breakers and history makers – Barça Femení and fans

    First 91,553. Then 91,648.

    Twice this season the fans of FC Barcelona Femení broke the world record attendance for an official women's football match.

    Players – Fridolina Rölfo, Mariona Caldentey and Sandra Paños – and fans – Oriol, Marta and Noemí – describe the special bond that exists between this team and its supporters.

    Cillian Shields and Guifré Jordan join Lorcan Doherty to chat about the sporting and social phenomenon that is the Barcelona women's team, plus a look at Xavi's impact on the men's team and the renovation plans announced for the Camp Nou.

    This week's Catalan phrase is 'aixafar la guitarra'. Literally, 'to smash the guitar', it is used when something ruins your plans.

    • 24 min
    Trash talk – is Catalonia’s recycling system working?

    Trash talk – is Catalonia’s recycling system working?

    Cristina Tomàs White and Guifré Jordan join Lorcan Doherty to look at the journey our waste goes on, from local neighborhood drop-off points to massive industrial-scale processing plants. Plus, innovative ways to get people to recycle more, including music jingles in Catalonia and Taiwan, and a quiz on what rubbish goes in which bin, with help from residuonvas.cat. This week's Catalan phrase is 'això fa olor a socarrim'. Literally, 'this smells burnt', it is used when something looks bad, similar to the English-language phrase 'this smells fishy'.  

    • 21 min

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