The MET-APTIC get-togethers are back! After a six-month hiatus and lots of planning, we’re happy to unveil two exciting events lined up for spring 2018. Save the dates: 15 March and 18 May! Sign up on Doodle and please keep in mind that we’ve only got 25 spots for each event.

Our meetings are open to all language professionals, regardless of whether you’re a member of the associations (MET and APTIC) organizing the event. These get-togethers are designed for fun, informal networking among members and as a way for non-members to get to know what we’re all about.

We hope you’re as excited about these events as we are and will join us for two lovely evenings to catch up with colleagues and make new connections, enjoy interesting talks and drink good wine!

Please get in touch with Aisha Prigann if you have any questions about the spring events or if you have ideas for future meetings.

Friday, 18 May

19:00 - 21:30

Vinatería Rosaluna
C/ Floridablanca, 5
08015 Barcelona
Metro: Espanya (L1,L3), Poble Sec (L3), Rocafort (L1)

Wine Tasting hosted by Nika Shevela
A 2.5-hour guided wine tasting of 4 different wines, paired with some snacks: a perfect excuse for getting away from our desks and having fun with likeminded professionals. The theme of the tasting will be the new Spanish appellations and categories, for instance, the new Bierzo DO classification, inspired by the Burgundy appellation system, or Cava de Paraje Cualificado, a name for a new wave of premium cavas. Many of the participating winemakers have also signed a 'Terroir Manifesto', a genre many of our association members will be very familiar with.

A trilingual activity in English, Catalan and Spanish

Nika Shevela, a specialist in wine and words, offers language-related services in wine and tourism including website translation, consecutive interpreting, wine tastings and wine consultancy for a range of clients across Europe and beyond, from her base in Barcelona, Spain.

If you'd like to join us, sign up on Doodle.

This activity has a cost of €21.45 (€20 + €1.45 fee to process payments through the Eventbrite platform). Payments are non-refundable. The price includes the tasting of 4 wines and a selection of cheeses, charcuterie and vegetarian nibbles. The deadline to sign up and pay for the activity is Wednesday, 10 May.
Payments can be made via Eventbrite using this password: apticmet2018

Thursday, 15 March 

Delaabuela, Barcelona
Carrer del Comte Borrell, 8, 08015 Barcelona (Sant Antoni).

Flexibility, community, and being online: one Millennial's approach to running a business
Millennials are notorious for leading adamantly flexible lifestyles. They were also the first generation to get online as kids. Maeva Cifuentes will talk about how she uses her generation’s most characteristic features as benefits to running her business and her personal life. She’ll share her techniques for managing time, being present on social media, and maintaining a local community while traveling.

The talk will be given in English, with Q&A in English and Spanish.

Maeva Cifuentes is a French and Spanish to English translator and copywriter. She runs her business on the go, spending half of the month in Barcelona and traveling the rest of the time. When in Barcelona, she runs a Facebook group for translators where she organizes monthly informal get-togethers and co-working days.



March-June 2017

The first of our four spring meetings took us back to an old favourite: the CAT Tradicionàrius bar in Gràcia, Barcelona. The venue also hosts a Wednesday night concert series, Les Vespres dels dimecres, so we all enjoyed some live folk music after our meeting. 

In April, we celebrated Sant Jordi, the Catalan day of love and literature, with a festive book swap at the gorgeous Bar Glaciar on Plaça Reial in Barcelona. A month later, we decamped to the lovely Bar Glaciar terrace on Plaça Reial for a work-themed show-and-tell. Attendees shared their experiences of working in translation teams, healthy habits and the books they gave/received on Sant Jordi.

The spring 2017 season closed in June with a celebratory dinner at El dinàmic de BCN in the Sant Antoni neighourhood. Thank you to everyone for making our spring season a success!


November 2016

The last MET-APTIC meeting of 2016 was a resounding success. Thirty-five language professionals attended the talk by Alicia Martorell, who provided an insightful and entertaining look at how IT technology has changed our profession since the early 1980s.
This was followed by a lively group discussion on the pros and cons of translating in the digital age.
Many stayed on for a festive networking dinner at the lovely Teatreneu in Gràcia (Barcelona) to celebrate the success of these joint events, which have been going strong for five years. Plans are under way for the spring season, and the organizers welcome any ideas for talks, activities and new venues.

September 2016

First MET-APTIC outing

In September 2016, MET and APTIC teamed up to offer their members an exceptional opportunity to learn about wine, enjoy a day in the country and network with colleagues. This special edition of our MET-APTIC Meetings took us to beautiful Barberà de la Conca where we explored the vineyards, talked about translating for the wine industry, visited a historic “wine cathedral” and got to know the next generation of local winemakers. And enjoyed some excellent wine, of course! Given the positive feedback we received from members of both associations, we hope to organize a second edition in the near future.