Organised by Barcelona Activa, the 3rd edition of Barcelona International Community Day (BCD), an annual gathering for members of the international community living in Barcelona, will take place on Saturday, October 22nd at the Barcelona Maritime Museum. Register online in advance for free entry.
There will be a variety of activities and talks throughout the day on important issues facing foreigners setting up their lives here, such as the individual landing process, working and doing business here, and how to enjoy the city and make new contacts.
These were the main topics dealt with at the event’s second edition last October, which brought together 2,950 visitors and 87 different nationalities, from newcomers to foreigners who have lived here for decades. Visitors were from all walks of life, including students, researchers, entrepreneurs and many others who have made Barcelona their home and place of work. The scope and reach of these visitors puts the Barcelona International Community Day on the map as the official meeting point for members of Barcelona’s international community. The event is a key asset for the economic and social development of the city.
This edition follows the general outline of the previous editions with a full programme of conferences, round table discussions, and workshops and activities for the whole family, but it also incorporates some new features. For the first time, there will be an event app, which, in addition to offering information about the programme, will also help visitors develop their networks by making contact with other participants. You can download this app when you sign up through the website and receive a confirmation email. The 3rd edition aims to further encourage networking opportunities through dynamic workshops organised around three main areas: food, sport and nature, and business and entrepreneurship.
This year’s edition will include a talk by Barcelona-resident, British writer Matthew Tree. Tree has just published his first book ‘Snug’ in English after publishing previously only in Catalan. The author will give a keynote speech on why he decided to write in Catalan, followed by a book signing session. Finally, in addition to the extensive programme of activities, BCD will also include an exhibitors’ area with businesses offering services to foreigners living in Barcelona. Event partners, including main sponsor Banc Sabadell, will also take part. The bank works closely with Barcelona Activa on other events aimed at the international community, such as the Expat Breakfast.