Culture Mandala, Vol. 7 no. 1, December 2005:


Barcelona's Casa Asia


Casa Asia - or Asia House - is a remarkable institution of East-West relations. Billed as the gateway to Asia and the Pacific in Spain, it also opens a vista of Catalonian splendour in its premises located on the famous Avinguda Diagonal in Barcelona. The Palau Baró de Quadras, a Modernist building designed by Puig i Cadafalch and classified as an Artistic and Historical Monument of National Interest, is the 'house' that acts as Casa Asia's headquarters. This architecture that evokes the splendour of an earlier era contains a reception, art gallery, library, auditorium, halls and rooms for workshops and other activities concerning Asian themes.

East Meets West in Casa Asia's foyer

Casa Asia was set up in 2001 by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Autonomous Government of Catalonia and Barcelona City Council to increase awareness of Asia in local society, and to strengthen the mutual awareness between Spain and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.

Beautifully Crafted Interiors

To this end, Casa Asia acts as a point of contact and a forum for dialogue between Spain, Europe and the Asia-Pacific. It hosts public lectures, seminars, business meetings and forums, art exhibitions, and provides specialist information on the Asia-Pacific region. It can call on its resources of more than 5,000 publications, a sound archive and video library.


Diverse (multi-lingual) AV Resources

Among the lectures delivered in 2005 was one on China by Dr Rosita Dellios, of Bond University's Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies. She was invited in September to speak on the theme of 'China: The 21st Century Superpower?'(see summary below). The lecture at the Tagore Auditorium was extremely well attended with the audience ranging from university students to retirees. Simultaneous interpretation of her lecture into Spanish, and the subsequent question and answer session, ensured lively audience involvement. The citizens of Barcelona showed an interest and awareness of the importance of China as a rising power, highlighting Casa Asia's embedment in local community interest for its wider East-West engagement. The Casa Asia website is:



Dr Dellios at Casa Asia

China: The 21st Century Superpower?

- Lecture Summary




Copyright © Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies 2005

Photos © R. James Ferguson 2005

Lecture © Rosita Dellios 2005