The new Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB, pictured) will celebrate its first birthday on May 28-31, 2005, the same weekend that it is hosting the 118th AES tradeshow. Designed by architect José Luis Mateo, the complex is situated close to the sea, the city, nearby hotels, a wide variety of restaurants and a modern shopping center. The Metro, a new Tramway and frequent buses provide transportation from the CCIB to Placa Catalunya in the heart of the city. A high-speed train leaves departs from there to the airport at 20-minute intervals.
Among the special events planned for Barcelona during the AES tradeshow is the Sunday, May 29 presentation of the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture by renowned digital audio researcher Prof. Stanley P. Lipshitz of the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. His talk is entitled “The Rise of Digital Audio: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
Other Digital Audio-related events include “Which Audio Recording and Storage Medium for What Purpose,” a Sunday, May 29 workshop chaired by Derk Reefman and “Technologies for Digital Audio Archiving,” a Monday, May 30th workshop chaired by Stefani Renner.
“Barcelona is a vibrant cosmopolitan city,” said AES executive director Roger Furness. “We are confident that AES members will embrace it as an attractive new destination point for our European conventions.”