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by Felicia Esquinas

The story of the "Foment Hortenc" is essentially the story of its theatre. Since its foundation in 1917, this institution has been one of the pillars of the theatre tradition in the Horta district. Many kinds of spectacles have been presented on its stage : amateur theatrical productions, serious plays performed by professional companies, Spanish operettas or "zarzuelas", music-hall shows and, every year at Christmas, the indispensable "Pastorets", a pastoral play deeply rooted in the Catalonian tradition. The house itself has the well preserved charm of a small local "Liceu". And, to mention another point of similarity, just like Barcelona's famous opera house, it bears the mark of fire in its memory.