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Carles Vilarrubí / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

To coincide with the Champions League match between PSG and FC Barcelona, the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 is hosting a conference on Barça and culture which will include a talk by Club vice-president Carles Vilarrubí on “"Barça, sport, culture and education”. The talk forms part of an agreement between Barça and the Institut Ramon Llull, a public body founded with the purpose of promoting Catalan culture throughout the world. Last November, a similar event was held in Glasgow coinciding with the Champions League match between Celtic and Barça.

The talk is one of a series of events on Barça and Catalan culture which will close with a concert by Anna Roig and L'Ombre de Ton Chien.

Mr Carles Vilarrubí’s talk, 'Barça, sport, culture and education', will start at 10.15 am and will explain how Barça is a vehicle for the rediscovery of the Catalan identity and an instrument for the integration of recently arrived immigrants. He will also explain that the values of the Club are teamwork, effort, respect, humility and tolerance.

The event will be opened by the university rector, Mme. Marie-Christine Lemardeley. It will be attended by the representative of the Govern de la Generalitat de Catalunya in France, Maryse Olivé, the director of the Department of Languages and Universities of the Institut Ramon Llull, Andreu Bosch, the Paris representative of the IRL, Raúl David Martínez, and the academic director for Catalan studies in the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, Eric Beaumatin.

The agreement signed in September between the IRL and FC Barcelona has two objectives. On the one hand the aim is to coordinate the efforts of both institutions as ambassadors of Catalan language and culture, as well as the cultural values linked to sports and the Catalan identity. On the other hand, the idea is to bring together the network of university Catalan studies coordinated by the IRL with the international network of official Barça supporters’ clubs in order to carry out joint activities. Some 150 universities throughout the world offer Catalan studies.

Barça fans to meet up in the Trocadero

On Tuesday afternoon, the Trocadero will be a meeting point for Barça fans ahead of the match against PSG. From 5 pm onwards, fans that have made the trip to Paris for the match are invited to come to this emblematic Parisian square before setting off for the Parc des Princes at 6 pm.

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