What is Faber?
Faber, the Arts, Sciences and Humanities Residency of Catalonia in Olot is a place for writers, translators, artists of diverse disciplines, scholars and scientists to stay together and to work on their personal projects for a time in the context of a thematic stay.
Faber organizes several thematic stays during the year. Each one is made up by a few professionals who come to work on their professional projects related to the subject of the period. People interested in some thematic stay have to apply for this and undergo a selection process.
During their stay, the residents will collaborate in different kinds of activities addressed to students, professionals and general public. The activities will be carried out in accordance with a project, taking into account previous demands and necessities.
The Residency is a contemporary space which acts out of the interests of the hosting society. It collects ideas, opinion trends and worries of contemporary world and European cultures. The Residency’s permanence of being up-to-date is reinforced by the residents who are going to stay there. The Residency will participate in the maintenance of communication lines towards Catalonia and towards the world, essential for today’s society, and will be a connecting link between Olot and other towns, between Catalonia and other countries.
Contribution and innovation
Faber is a unique institution in the Catalan cultural landscape and we also want it gets to be also in the field of international residences. There are a few residences that work with thematic focus. Faber has worked on this from the beginning.
Talent and excellence
The residents of Faber are professionals, academics or creators that are supported by a curriculum and an excellent project.
Internationalization and cultural diplomacy
During the first nine months of life, 70 people from fifteen different countries have come to Faber. Residents have met Olot and Catalonia, and the city and the country have met them. The network of relationships between Catalan and foreign residents is getting bigger and more profitable. The same happens with the network of relationships established between Catalan and foreign institutions.
Social and cultural return
Faber is a service institution. Serving Catalan and foreign residents, institutions, associations and organizations with which it is related and, of course, to the citizens of Catalonia. The residence is a generator of activities: meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops and various activities that result in the benefit of the society that hosts them.
Francesc Serés, Director
He is the author of a considerable number of literary works, including the trilogy De fems i de marbres (Manures and Marbles, 2003), La força de la gravetat (The Force of Gravity, 2006), Caure amunt. Muntaner, Llull, Roig (Falling Up: Muntaner, Llull, Roig, 2008), Contes russos (Russian Stories, 2009), and Mossegar la poma (Bite the Apple, Quaderns Crema, 2012), all of which have been published by Quaderns Crema.
Gavina Freixa, Administration and Communication
She studied Media and Communication at the University of Wolverhampton (England) and worked for five years in the Communication field. Then she expanded her education studying Catalan Philology (UB) and made the postgraduate course in Linguistic Advice (UAB). She has worked for nine years as a Catalan corrector for Public Administration and companies.
Faber is on the premises of the Hotel Riu Fluvià, in Olot (la Garrotxa, Catalonia).