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Talking to them about the profound changes that have occurred in the music industry in the last twenty years, they don’t relate to it. Born in the eighties, Pau Vallvé, Clara Peya and Maria Arnal have no links to that old world whatsoever.

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Marta Castells.

A conscious diet for a healthy life: this is the principle that guides these three nutritionists. Marc Vergés, Marta Castells and Consol Rodríguez suffered from chronic illnesses or conditions which they were able to reverse through dietary changes.

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Barcelona’s traditions as well as its prestigious schools and university centres make it an attractive location for designers. Modernity attracts modernity, although the business apparatus must be able to consolidate them. A combination of insecurity and incentives is leading to the redefinition of the profession, as shown by Alex Trochut, Marta Altés and Ariadna Serrahima.

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Anna Molner, membre de Can Perol, col·lectiu de pagesos ecològics de Sant Vicenç dels Horts i el Tarragonès.

Pescatarianism (vegetarianism plus fish), traditional bread baking with an innovative edge, strictly organic country produce… these are some of the options expanding gastronomic horizons in Barcelona and its area.

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L’enginyera de programari Galyn Norwood.

Josep Carner, Galyn Norwood and Jordi Sánchez Forés are three of the eighteen students from Barcelona that took part in a project by the CERN European Laboratory for Part­icle Physics to develop new products based on scientific discovery.

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Andreu Taberner

Inroads to gaming

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Creating a video game is a collective endeavour where every member of the development team adds something from their own personal perspective. Andreu Taberner, Rubèn Farrús and Kevin Cerdà are three video game authors who have demonstrated their talent through their work and thus gained worldwide recognition.

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Neus Ballús, autora de La plaga, la gran guanyadora de la sisena edició dels premis Gaudí.

Jordi Morató, Neus Ballús and Carlos Marqués-Marcet are young Catalan filmmakers who have come into their own with their first features, which have won them awards and taken them to festivals around the world.

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Young, non-conformist and with clearly defined ideas. These adjectives describe Santi Pozo, Adrià Recasens and Jordi Valls, three of the people chosen to imagine the future of Barcelona, to explore what defines us as a city and as a society. They represent up-and-coming talent in the Catalan capital according to Bibiana Ballbè, the curator of Fàbrica Futur Barcelona, the movement they are involved in.

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Ignasi Cambra

Closing our eyes is a reflex action that we find ourselves doing when we hear good music because, unconsciously, we want to enhance our sense of hearing. Ignasi Cambra’s blindness has brought him closer to the keys and has given him a temperamental character that has been seen in venues throughout Catalonia, Spain, Russia, Japan and the United States, where he trained seven years ago.

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La mezzosoprano Marta Rodrigo

With her mezzosoprano voice, Marta Rodrigo dedicates her life to creating music with historical criteria, taking into account the conditions in which it was performed at the time it was composed. Therefore, the instruments are either from the period or are rep­licas and she thinks about the sound qualities of the historical moment. Rodrigo is a singer who studied in Catalonia, Belgium and Germany and is half of a duo, together with the lute player Andreas Martin.

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El compositor o “artista sonor” Joan Bagés

Joan Bagés calls himself a sound artist, a concept that, he believes, more fully reflects the task of contemporary music creators, as he understands his work to be a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary project, on a par with the concept of a visual artist and far from the work of the composer who practised an artisan craft.

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Roger Viusà

First it was chefs who took Catalan avant-garde cuisine to the very summit of international opinion. Winemakers followed, with creations born from their terroir which made a great name for themselves. And now sommeliers are bringing things full circle, ensuring that both the food and wines are properly explained to diners.

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Rubèn Garcia, the force behind Growinpallet.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Rubèn Garcia worked as a researcher for one year at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. However, he wanted to turn his career around; he was a chemist and was becoming increasingly more interested in

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Architect Marc Folch.

After studying at the School of Architecture of Barcelona and taking off to Lund University in Sweden, Marc Folch was granted a NASA scholarship for the “Space for Living – Living in Space” programme developed in Houston by the US

Víctor Bautista, creador de l’aplicació Social Diabetes

Two and a half years ago, Víctor Bautista was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus. His life changed completely as of that moment. However, far from becoming demoralised, Víctor leveraged his professional experience in IT to improve his quality of life and that of other diabetics around the world.

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Francesc Sistach, cofundador de Appically, empresa dedicada a lasaplicaciones para personas con necesidades especiales.

As far as Francesc Sistach is concerned, youth is a question of attitude rather than age. Perhaps it is Francesc’s seven-year-old daughter, Sara, who keeps him young at heart. She suffers severe autism, which was detected in the first few months of her life.

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With almost a decade of business adventures behind him, twenty-five-year-old Marc Cercós is an experienced entrepreneur. Alongside Pau Garcia-Milà, he was the whizz-kid of Catalan IT thanks to eyeOS, the desktop that is installed on a server and which can then be operated from any computer. He created it at the tender age of eighteen, when nobody had even heard of cloud computing.

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Author and theatre director Jordi Casanovas

In Catalonia, for many years now theatrical innovation, experimentation and risk have been about dressing up the characters of Hamlet in a white blazer and having them sing in front of a microphone. This, we were told, is modernity, and

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Illustrator and graphic designer Marta Cerdà

Three years ago, Marta Cerdà Alimbau set off for New York to seek her fortune with her photo album under her arm. She had won the ADC Young Guns award, had worked in London and Berlin and had the makings

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El poeta Josep Pedrals.

I find it distressing to rehash what everyone says about Josep Pedrals, that he’s a young poet, as if we were announcing Youth Fashion Week at El Corte Inglés – denim fashion, bold sonnets, poetic joy, etc. We get it:

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Jacob Suñol, one of the founders of Medtep, a technological platform used to store patients’ health details.

The name Jacob Suñol will mean nothing to most of the people reading this. Nor will the names Pere Vallès or Ana Izquierdo. However, they are important people. The economic recovery has thousands of unsung heroes – people who risk their own assets to push projects through and generate economic growth and employment. They are the entrepreneurs.

Sònia Fernández Vidal

Just like Einstein, Sònia Fernández-Vidal started out in the world of quantum physics because she didn’t know it was difficult. Nor did she ever think that it would be impossible to conduct research at CERN (the nerve centre of particle

Òscar Tomico

The objects around us are such an important part of our world that sometimes we do not even realise that they transform our lives. The design of tools and machines, for example, not only makes our daily life easy or