News — January 01, 2000
Barcelona JCI Congress Social Highlights
“Spain is a land of fountain-singing courtyards of Moorish Granada and C?rdoba, of dusty plains where Don Quixote fought imaginary enemies, and of timeless hilltop towns. “Barcelona is the most prosperous and cosmopolitan city in Spain
“Spain is a land of fountain-singing courtyards of Moorish Granada and C?rdoba, of dusty plains where Don Quixote fought imaginary enemies, and of timeless hilltop towns. “Barcelona is the most prosperous and cosmopolitan city in Spain. Its most picturesque aspect is in the Old Gothic Quarter around the 14th-century Cathedral. “As you stroll along, you’ll say ‘esplendido’!—because Barcelona is splendid!” —From “Walks Through Barcelona” Delegates enjoyed memorable social events at the Barcelona JCI Congress. THE STUNNING OPENING CEREMONY AND THE CLOSING GALA reflected JCI’s corporate slogan, Entrepreneurs in Action, and the celebration of the 56th World Congress. On November 4, more than 2,000 people took part in the spirited Opening Ceremony, which featured typical, traditional Spanish and Catalonian entertainment at the Barcelona Auditorium. Jordi Pujol, President of Catalonia’s Generalitat, attended the Opening Ceremony and welcomed all Junior Chamber delegates. Designed by the prestigious Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, the Palau Sant Jordi, an authentic jewel of the vanguard architecture and symbol of Barcelona of the future, welcomed delegates for the unforgettable Closing Presidential Banquet and Ball. A multifaceted and multifunctional site, the Palau displays state-of-the-art technology. It is an intelligent building where everything—temperature, light, air, sound and screens—is automatically controlled. It was especially built for the Barcelona ’92 Olympic indoor games. This grand gala was the perfect close to the five exceptional Congress days. A great festive Mediterranean-style party, it was a whirl of fun, color, fire, lights, scents, music, spirited dancing and friendship. A spectacular fireworks show was produced by the Catalan group Gog I Magog. The celebrations concluded not with “farewell” but with “hasta luego” (see you later)… “you have friends forever” in Barcelona! A SPECIAL VIP PRESIDENTIAL DINNER was held for JCI officers, International Councilors and government officials. THE TOYP CEREMONY, a motivational highlight, recognized the winning honorees. They traveled to World Congress to personally accept their awards and gave inspiring addresses about their achievements. Their unique courage and excellence was evident and uplifting. More than 1,750 guests attended the Ceremony. The Palau de la M?sica Catalana, one of the best concert halls in the world, was the site of the TOYP ceremony. Considered one of the highest representatives of modernism, the Palau was built by Catalonian architect Llu?s Dom?nech i Montaner from 1905 to 1908. In 1997, UNESCO declared it a "World Heritage Site." NATIONAL PARTIES were hosted by Catalonia, Europe, Korea, India, Denmark, Latin America, Asia, Japan, Belgium, South America, Switzerland, U.S.A., and others. Two national parties were held each night at the Poble Espanyol. Between 2,700 and 3,200 people enjoyed these parties every night. The Poble Espanyol is an architectural synopsis of the Spanish regions. It’s a “neighborhood of the world,” a meeting-place of diverse cultures, and a showcase of powerful realities. It offered the perfect venue to experience the color, great diversity and joy of Junior Chamber’s internationalism during the National Parties hosted by countries from around the world. OFFICIAL RECEPTIONS were held at unique venues, including the Japan reception at Casa Batll?, built by Gaudi, and the reception offered by the President of Catalonia’s Generalitat at his palace.