Òmnium Cultural

Coordinates: 41°23′30″N 2°10′09″E / 41.39167°N 2.16917°E / 41.39167; 2.16917
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Òmnium Cultural
Founded11 July 1961 (1961-07-11)
FounderLluís Carulla, Joan Baptista Cendrós,
Fèlix Millet, Joan Vallvé, Pau Riera
TypeCultural institution
Coordinates41°23′30″N 2°10′09″E / 41.39167°N 2.16917°E / 41.39167; 2.16917
Area served
190,000 [1]
LeaderXavier Antich

Òmnium Cultural (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈɔmni.um kultuˈɾal])[2] is a Spanish association based in Barcelona, Catalonia. It was originally created in the 1960s to promote the Catalan language and spread Catalan culture.

Over the years it has increased its involvement in broader political issues; in 2012 it committed itself to Catalan independence,[3] specifically demanding the right of self-determination for Catalonia.[4] Leaders of the abortive Catalan independence referendum such as Jordi Cuixart were simultaneously holding leadership positions at Òmnium.

Currently Òmnium claims more than 190,000 members organised in 52 regional offices besides the headquarters in Barcelona.[1][5]


Òmnium Cultural was created on 11 July 1961 in the context of Francoist Spain when the institutional use of Catalan was forbidden. In 1963 the Francoist authorities closed down the association. Òmnium had to continue to exist as a clandestine association between 1963–1967. In 1967, after a long legal case before the Francoist courts, the association won its right to exist and was once again authorised.

In order to promote Catalan culture within the many limits of Francoism, Òmnium was the main creator and sponsor of various awards and literary contests for works published in Catalan, such as the Premi d'Honor de les Lletres Catalanes (1969). In the early 1970s it established the Nit de Santa Llúcia a festival of Catalan literature where three prizes are awarded: the Premi Sant Jordi (novel), the Premi Mercè Rodoreda (short story) and the Premi Carles Riba (poetry).

After the Francoist dictatorship ended in 1975, Òmnium continued its work promoting Catalan language and culture. Once democracy was restored, Òmnium supported and defended Catalan self-government.

It was awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi by the Catalan government (Generalitat) in 1984 and named a public interest body in 2009.[6][7]

After the Spanish Constitutional Court's rejection of the new Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia in 2010, one million people marched in Barcelona calling for national self-determination in a 2010 Catalan autonomy protest organised by Òmnium.[8][9]

In December 2015, Jordi Cuixart was elected president by a large majority.[10] He was then re-elected in 2018. During Cuixart's arrest, the most visible member of the association was its spokesman Marcel Mauri.[11] In 2022 Xavier Antich won the presidency with the 21,758 votes cast in an election where Antich was the sole candidate.[12]

Òmnium was one of the main organisations, together with Assemblea Nacional Catalana, supporting the Catalan self-determination referendum in 2017. After Operation Anubis, both the president of Òmnium, Jordi Cuixart, and the president of ANC, Jordi Sànchez, were sent to jail.[13] Since then, several organizations including Amnesty International, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, PEN International, the World Organisation Against Torture, Front Line Defenders and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers have asked for their release.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]

Structure and funding[edit]

Seu Nacional d'Òmnium Cultural

Òmnium Cultural is one of the biggest organizations in Catalonia, claiming more than 190,000 members.[1][22] It is based in Barcelona with regional offices in 52 other municipalities.[5]

Òmnium Cultural cooperates with other organizations that share similar goals in other Catalan-speaking territories: Acció Cultural del País Valencià[23] (in the Valencian Country) and Obra Cultural Balear[24] (in the Balearic Islands).

Between 2005 and 2012, the association received up to 13 million euros in grants from the Catalan regional government (Generalitat).[25] from which 1.4 million were received in 2012 alone.[26] In all, in the 2011–2016 period Òmnium could have received more than 20 million euros from the Generalitat (2.9m euros in 2011, 3.2m euros in 2012, 4.5m euros in 2013, 6.6m euros in 2014, 5.6m euros in 2015 and 4.4m euros in 2016).[27]

In 2013 the association announced that it would no longer receive funding from the Catalan government, but the organization does not publish its accounts. In 2016, different local authorities gave grants to Òmnium, basically for local cultural activities, for a value of €144,404.12, out of a total income in 2016 of €4.4 million.[28]

According to the Spanish Civil Guard in 2018, 98% of Òmnium Cultural's budget came from private contributions and it did not receive funding from the Catalan government in relation to the 2017 independence referendum.[29]

In November 2015 Òmnium was condemned by the Audiencia Nacional for the unauthorised use and deficient custody of personal data, after its data had been stolen by a hacker.[30] This led to a €200,000 sanction imposed by the Spanish agency responsible for data protection.[31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Òmnium Cultural". Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Òmnium Cultural". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  3. ^ Ediciones El País (30 October 2012). "Òmnium adapta su ideario al secesionismo". EL PAÍS. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  4. ^ "What's going on in Catalonia?". Òmnium Cultural. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Òmnium Cultural - Seus territorials". Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Resultats i fitxa". Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya.
  7. ^ Serra, Catalina (21 March 2010). "Muriel Casals releva a Jordi Porta al frente de Òmnium". El País. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
  8. ^ Gaspar Pericay Coll. "Catalan News Agency - The Constitutional Court rejects the exclusion of its President requested by the Catalan Government". catalannewsagency.com. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  9. ^ Catalan citizens protest for greater self-government (10-J). YouTube. 13 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2021-12-19. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Jordi Cuixart és proclamat nou president d'Òmnium". Òmnium Cultural. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  11. ^ "El portaveu d'Òmnium Cultural, Marcel Mauri, fa una crida a la mobilització dissabte per exigir la llibertat de Jordi Cuixart i Jordi Sànchez". Òmnium Cultural (in Catalan). 17 October 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Cuixart pasa el relevo a Antich al frente de Òmnium Cultural". Revista Rambla (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Sànchez y Cuixart se disponen a pasar su primera noche en prisión". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 17 October 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Spain: charges for sedition and pre-trial detention against Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez are excessive". Amnesty International. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  15. ^ "Actualización de la situación en Cataluña". Amnesty International (in Spanish). 1 October 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  16. ^ "High Commissioner's global update of human rights concerns". OHCHR. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  17. ^ "Statement following PEN International's visit to imprisoned Catalan civil society leaders". PEN International. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Spain: Open Letter: End the arbitrary pre-trial detention of social leader Mr. Jordi Cuixart". World Organisation Against Torture. Geneva. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Jordi Cuixart in pre-trial detention". Front Line Defenders. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Spain: Human rights defender in pre-trial detention for over a year" (PDF). Front Line Defenders. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  21. ^ "IADL calls for release of Catalan political prisoners". International Association of Democratic Lawyers. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Òmnium bat el rècord i supera el Barça en nombre de socis a Catalunya". dBalears (in Catalan). 26 February 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Portada - Acció Cultural del País Valencià - ACPV". acpv.cat. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  24. ^ "OCB.CAT". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  25. ^ Fernández, Antonio (6 April 2012). "La soberanista Òmnium Cultural ha ganado 13 millones en fondos públicos desde 2005". El Confidencial. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  26. ^ "El Govern hace pública una subvención de 1,4 millones a Òmnium Cultural". La Vanguardia. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  27. ^ "Òmnium recibe 20 millones en ayudas para la secesión, según ABC". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 10 October 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  28. ^ Faura Casas, Auditors Consultors (16 June 2017). "Audited accounts of Òmnium Cultural 2016" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 September 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  29. ^ "El Govern no va subvencionar Òmnium durant l'1-O, segons la Guàrdia Civil". El País (in Catalan). 30 November 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  30. ^ "Cop de l'Estat també a l'ANC i Òmnium: multa de 440.000 euros per la 'gigaenquesta'". 20 November 2015.
  31. ^ "Protección de Datos sanciona a la ANC y a Òmnium por la 'gigaencuesta'". 20 November 2015.

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