“We get inspired by tradition to innovate”

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They opened the doors to their Dos Cielos restaurant for us, located on the 24th floor of the Hotel Barcelona Meliá Sky; amazing views of Barcelona’s coast and mountains. We spoke to Sergio and Javier Torres about their origins, their passions, and their resolve to turn their dreams into a reality. Twins, friends, partners, and ...

“You can learn how to draw. The hard part is standing out and creating your own style”

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Carla Fuentes (Valencia, 1987) has spent her whole life surrounded by brushes, watercolors, and color, and has successfully turned her passion into a profession. She loves the technique of portrait painting – but her way. She’s used to painting imperfect faces that bear little resemblance to reality; she says there’s already photography for that. We ...

“If I took the stories of documentaries and told them as fiction, no one would believe them”

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Loris Omedes (Barcelona, 1964) began his filmmaking career in special effects. From 1982 to 1992, he headed the special effects department at a company called Amalgama. One of his projects was to coordinate the special effects for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. A few years earlier, in 1989, ...

“Being creative is about building new connections based on existing concepts”

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Fernando Trias de Bes (Barcelona, 1967) is a writer, economist and professor specialized in marketing and innovation. At the age of 35, he wrote Good Luck: Create the Conditions for Success in Life and Business, which was translated into 35 languages and sold over 3 million copies. Since then he has continued to publish prolifically, ...

“Everyone can achieve what they want”

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Asha Miró (Nasik, 1967) was one of the first adopted children to arrive in Catalonia in the 1970s. Her story exemplifies determination, effort and sacrifice as she gradually achieved everything she set out to do. In addition to teaching (her childhood dream), she is a writer, illustrator and TV presenter. Her life is inextricably linked ...

“Solidarity isn’t an action. It should be a constant in our lives.”

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Miguel Ángel Tobías (Barakaldo, 1968) is an actor, producer, director and socially committed filmmaker. Thirteen years ago he created Españoles en el Mundo, and six years ago he decided to shoot a social documentary every year. He announced it publicly and has succeeded thus far. His mission: to tell stories that would otherwise never get ...

José Miguel Martínez Zapater: “The wine industry needs a stronger commitment to science”

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José Miguel Martínez Zapater (Logroño, 1958) has headed the Instituto de Ciencias de la Vid y del Vino (Vine and Wine Science Institute) since 2008.  The goal in founding the institute was to generate new knowledge and technology in Viticulture and Enology.  Even as a child, he wanted to be a scientist. His homeland, a ...