The Casa de la Caritat, headquarters of the Centre d’Estudis i Recursos Culturals (CERC) in Barcelona, hosted on November 29th a tribute to the former president of Interarts, Eduard Miralles, who disappeared prematurely last August. Family, friends and colleagues remembered him both from a personal and professional perspective. These two aspects, in his case, were quite difficult to separate, due to the deep ties that Eduard Miralles established with many of the people with whom he shared his life, work and projects.
After a welcoming speech by the interim president of Interarts, Gemma Carbó, the event was structured in three sessions, corresponding to the three most significant topics in the life and work trajectory of Miralles. The first session, dedicated to the issue of “Cultural Management Training” was moderated by Alfons Martinell with contributions by Luís Ben (technician of the Provincial Culture Foundation of the Diputación de Cádiz) and Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia (director of c2+i and Conexiones Improbables) and outlined a profile of Miralles as an genuine teacher.
The second session, moderated by Interarts director, Mercedes Giovinazzo, focused on the “International Cultural Cooperation” and brought together Aina Calvo (AECID director), Carlos Alberdi (Chief of Staff of the Minister of Culture) and Agustí Fernández de Losada (member of the Interarts Board and director of the CIDOB Global Cities program). In this session the pioneering character of Miralles was highlighted because of his incredible ability to view new opportunities in the international cooperation area and to build bridges and create networks throughout the cultural sector. Among the international projects carried out, the model of the Campus for International Cultural Cooperation was highlighted and the opportunity to continue with this type was mentioned.
The third session “Culture and Proximity” was moderated by Jordi Font with contributions by Laia Gargallo (director of the CERC), Jorge Fernández de León (General Council of the Principality of Asturias) and Jordi Pascual (coordinator of the Committee on Culture of UCLG). They sketched the professional career of Miralles from its origins, more precisely linked to local cultural practices and policies. The act closed with an emotional video in which photographs and quotes from some of Eduard Miralles’s writings underlined his humanity and projection as a brilliant thinker and polemicist, with the gift of being an excellent and eloquent speaker.
To complement the event those who wished to make a personal contribution to the tribute, whether they could attend the event or not, had the opportunity to send their contributions. All the memories shared in the form of text, photo or video were collected in a publication available at the link below.
The tribute was organized by Interarts, with the collaboration of the Barcelona City Council, the Barcelona Provincial Council, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation – AECID, and the Associació de Professionals de la Gestió Cultural de Catalunya – APGCC. With it, we wish to inaugurate a series of annual debates on issues relevant to cultural management and international cultural cooperation also to keep alive the memory of Eduard Miralles, an outstanding person in these fields.