Javier Pérez has worked in local public administration in Catalynua as well as the independent cultural 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 Nou Barris, a dynamic and autonomous run centre in Barcelona. Ateneu is a national reference point in the field of new circus and paratheatre arts, a centre that fulfills a role as generator of social cohesion and identity in a peripheral neighborhood. While working at the Ateneu, Xavi came into contact with many interesting citizen participation processes at different levels of cultural management. As a result Xavi is one of the promoters 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).