The president of the Generalitat José Montilla has said he believes that there will need to be mergers between Catalan savings banks as a result of a need to become more competitive (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). This contrasts with his statement of March 12th, when Montilla claimed that he didn't believe that the short-term would see any such mergers. He sought yesterday to reassure the public that the savings banks are not at risk of failing but that because of the demands of the global financial market, it was likely that some of them would have to come together to ensure their survival.
Barcelona Poesia Festival starts today and for the next week will see a series of poetry events around the city, with more than 100 activities planned including not just verse but also music, theatre and dance (article in Catalan, Avui). New elements for this year include a slam poetry session and improvised work inspired by the metro.
The Spanish actor Antonio Banderas has confirmed that the production of his film about the painter Salvador Dalí was halted by the Fundación Dalí (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Banderas was set to star as the Surrealist artist in the movie confirmed stories that have been circulating for some time that a disagreement with the estate of Dalí over the script has led to an impasse in the development of the project. The actor said the financing of the film was more or less in place, but "ideological" issues were causing a hold-up; the particular area of contention are the arguments in the story that say in the later part of his life, Dalí was exploited by certain people who took advantage of his diminished faculties to their own gain.