The Portuguese Language Centre/Camões, I.P. of Barcelona was inaugurated in March 2001 with the ceremony of the first Giovanni Pontiero Translation Prize, organized annually in partnership with the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Since then, it has developed an intense activity of promotion of the Portuguese language and culture facilitated by the extremely favourable context in which it is inserted, given the openness and receptiveness of the institutions and the Catalan public.
The CLP is located at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), at the Bellaterra Campus.
The Portuguese Language Centre - Camões, IP in Barcelona was created in October of 2016, in partnership with UAB. Information about the activity developed by the CLP in previous years is available in the files of the following blog.
This centre organizes Portuguese Language courses that usually take place twice a year: from March to July and from October to March, classes are held in downtown Barcelona, in after-hours.
In order to honor the great translator Giovanni Pontiero, the Giovanni Pontiero Translation Prize is organized every year in partnership with the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting of the UAB. In odd years, the prize is destined for Catalan translations of literary works of any kind, written originally in Portuguese and published two years before the award ceremony. In even years, the prize is destined for Spanish translations of literary works of any kind, written originally in Portuguese and published two years before the award ceremony.
In 2007 a protocol was signed with the UAB for the creation of the José Saramago Chair, which was born with a multidisciplinary vocation and the objective of promoting research in the field of Portuguese Language and Culture, establishing partnerships with other Chairs, Universities, projects and public and private institutions.
Over the past few years, the Centre has collaborated with leading institutions such as the Institut Ramon Llull, Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Institució de les Lletres Catalanes, Instituto Cervantes, LinguaMÓN - Casa de les Llengües, Associació d'Escriptors de Llengua Catalana, Ateneu Barcelonès, Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat de Girona, Universitat Jaume I, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Universitat de Valência, Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de Cultura de l'Ajuntament de Barcelona, Fundació Caixa Catalunya – La Pedrera, CCCB and Teatre Lliure, in addition to the Portuguese institutions based in Barcelona such as the General Consulate of Portugal and the AICEP.