Prades (Catalan: Prada de Conflent) is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the PyrÃ©nÃ©es-Orientales department in southern France. It is the capital of the historical Conflent comarca. Its inhabitants are called PradÃ©ens/PradÃ©ennes in French, and Pradencs/Pradenques in Catalan.
It is located in the Pyrenees Mountains next to the CanigÃ³ and TÃªt River. Its nearby towns include Codalet, Eus, VinÃ§a, Villefranche-de-Conflent
- Pierre Nicolas Camille Jacquelin du Val (1828-1862), entomologist born in Prades.
- Thomas Merton (1915â"1968), trappist monk born in Prades.
Prades was also the adopted home of cellist Pablo Casals and grammarian Pompeu Fabra during their exile from the Spanish Civil War. A small museum in Prades commemorates Casals.>
The Prades Festival, which specialises in chamber music, was begun in 1950, when eminent musicians were invited to play with Casals to commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach. This followed a decade during which Casals had declined to play in public because of events in Spain. From the first festival, recordings of performances at Prades were released on the Columbia record label.
The festival moved to Perpignan in 1951, but returned to Prades to the following year. It was renamed the Pablo Casals Festival in 1982.
- Universitat Catalana d'Estiu
Every summer, since 1968, the Universitat Catalana d'Estiu (Catalan Summer University) is held at Prada de Conflent. It is an academic event which usually lasts ten days, open to everybody, where scholars, artists, and other personalities coming from all over the Catalan Countries lecture and discuss about a variety of topics of general interest.
Prades is twinned with:
- Ripoll, Catalonia, Spain
- LousÃ£, Portugal
- Kitzingen, Germany
- Communes of the PyrÃ©nÃ©es-Orientales department
- INSEE commune file