Cultural Manager and Anthropologist. Xavi Pérez has worked in the local public administration as well as the non-profit sector. As a result, his experience is quite diverse: festivals and performing arts production, community events, citizen participation, management of multidisciplinary cultural centres, research and consulting. He has managed several cultural centres of proximity, among them the Ateneu popular 9 Barris, a dynamic and autonomous run centre in Barcelona. Ateneu is a national reference in the field of new circus and paratheatre arts, at the same time, it fulfills a role as generator of social cohesion and identity, in a peripheral neighborhood. While working at the ateneu, Xavi came in contact with an interesting citizen participation process at different levels of management. He also began to attend meetings of the Trans Europe Halles network of European Independent Cultural Centres. Xavi is one of the promotors of the working group Youth, Creation and Community, and founder of the catalan network ARTIBARRI: art for social change based on citizen participation and community work as guiding principles. Currently, he is developing citizen participatory processes and managing a new cultural centre in Sant Boi (Barcelona).