The Minister for Culture, Santi Vila, visited Faber this morning. Following a tour of the facilities, a lunch-meeting was held in which the director of Faber, Francesc Serés, presented the project. In addition to the minister, in attendance were Laura Borràs, director of the Institute of Catalan Letters; the Mayor of Olot, Josep M. Corominas; Olot’s councillor for culture, Pep Berga; and Ricard Sargatal, managing director of the Institute of Culture of the City of Olot. They then had the opportunity to make the acquaintance of the residents hosted by the residency. Santi Vila conveyed his support and confidence in the project to us.

The Faber Residency, spearheaded by Olot City Council and the Government of Catalonia, seeks to achieve three goals: to offer an ideal working space for residents to undertake their professional projects, to promote camaraderie between professionals from different fields in order to foster synergies and to make all this talent available to the public through different activities. All these aims have been accomplished. In addition, although the initial forecast was to receive some forty residents every year, it is now estimated that by the end of the year some sixty professionals hailing from different countries will have taken part in Faber.

As regards the balance sheet, in the first five months of its running, Faber has organised three residency periods, playing host to 28 residents in total and 20 activities have been undertaken in various parts of Catalonia.

We are currently at the end of the first residency period of the year, revolving around literature (from 15 January to 11 February), which saw the participation of writers, researchers, knowledge managers, playwrights and actresses. Five residency periods are yet to come, focussed on mathematics (27 February to 10 March); dance (12 March to 10 April), playing host to artists, dancers, choreographers, dance and theatre critics; fake news (from 1 to 15 May), which will host politicians, activists, journalists, businesspeople and theoreticians; religious beliefs (from 12 September to 16 October) and feminism (23 October to 7 November).

This year sees a new addition with the introduction of individual residencies: proposals for groups or individuals interested in working at Faber. They constitute residency periods outside the pre-defined periods.

Photos by Martí Albesa