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Maestros de la Guitarra is considered by many as one of the most important events of its style. Every year, around 300 concerts are held for 120 thousand people, brining some of the world's greatest names of Spanish and Flamenco guitar to Barcelona.
Virtuoso Spanish guitar players perform concerts in outstanding settings: the Basílica of Santa Maria del Pi, the Palau de la Música and the Church of Sant Jaume are the venues where you can enjoy exquisite music. Performers include Manuel González (specialist in Spanish music), Xavier Coll (specialist in historic instruments like the Romantic Guitar, the baroque guitar and vihuela), Luis Robisco, Manuel Berrueco, Pedro Javier González, Antonio Rey, plus others.
A whole month to experience the emotion and intensity of music full of feeling.
A large area, totally free of traffic, with different places to explore, most of them in the open air. That’s the Poble Espanyol de Barcelona, an iconic visitor attraction in the heart of Montjuïc. Every Sunday, there’s a different activity: theatre, dance, music, magic, treasure hunts, etc. Throughout the year there are loads of activities to ensure you have a great day out with the family: Carnival, a Giants’ Parade, a Puppet Festival, the Click and Go Fair, the Main Festival, the Medieval Fair, Christmas at the Poble, Halloween... and new additions, including a fantastic flower festival and Midsummer Eve party tailored to all the family. In short, a wide range of activities for all the family.
Listen to some of the finest guitarists of the moment in the unparalleled setting of the Church of Santa Ana, a 12th century Gothic edifice at the heart of Barcelona. In its 15th century cloister you can taste a specially selected wine for the occasion in the company of the performing artists.
We invite you to come and enjoy a superlative selection of music in one of the most unique and beautifully-preserved venues in Barcelona. In such an intimate atmosphere, these Spanish guitar concerts will give you a closer insight into the world's most acclaimed composers and performers.
Join our historians for a tour of Palau Requesens (14th C.), who will explain the fascinating life of Isabel de Requesens, the Vice-Reine of Naples, and everything they know about the Palace. For the first time the watchtower and the terrace will be open to visitors, with views over the whole Gothic Quarter.
The evening begins in the Palace courtyard with a welcome glass of cava followed by a guided tour of the building,
A dinner of medieval inspiration, served in the Tinellet room to the sounds of soft medieval music, will make you feel like an honored guest of the Vice-Reine.
After dinner, the show recreates the kind of medieval entertainment that Isabel de Requesens might have offered to her most illustrious guests.
An unmissable experience!
Discover this unique house, its designer and the legend that brings them together.
A "large Gothic castle" standing in the middle of Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal catches the eye of any visitor to the city. The "Casa de les Punxes" (House of Spikes) is really a residential block built in the shape of medieval castle which is one of the most recognisable modernista landmarks on the Barcelona skyline.
A unique opportunity to delve into a fantastical world of knights, princesses and dragons. You'll also be able to visit the rooftop and enjoy amazing views of the city!.
Although the Fundación Mapfre opened its Barcelona exhibition venue (in the modernista building Casa Garriga i Nogués) in autumn 2015, it has already welcomed a stunning selection of artworks to this city centre site in its various shows to date: paintings by the likes of Renoir, Van Gogh and Matisse, and photos from Bruce Davidson and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Now it hosts the world premiere of a retrospective of US photographer Peter Hujar. For 30 years, he captured numerous images of New York City's creative community, of which he was a key figure; his black-and-white shots include friends like Susan Sontag and William Burroughs. Through his explorations of what such portraits could achieve, Hujar sought to reveal the truth of the person in front of the camera, and some of his most famous photos feature drag queen Candy Darling on her death bed. While he published just one book and died young, his singular images, of which some 160 are on show here, continue to captivate.
As the weather gets warmer and the nights become a more inviting time to be out and about, The Night of Museums is an excellent excuse to get an evening dose of culture. The concept is simple: one Saturday in May, the city's museums keep their doors open late into the night offering a different way to see the permanent and temporary exhibitions currently on show, as well as the chance to enjoy specially organised activities, such as family workshops, live performances and guided tours. It's actually a global event, one that started in Berlin in 1997 and is now celebrated in around 120 European cities. Here in Barcelona, the number of participating entities has grown significantly, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a museum that's not taking part. To make it easier to decide which ones to visit, check out the itineraries mapped out on the event website, which group together various institutions, providing an alternative late-night tour of the city.
"The perfect excuse to enjoy a night time injection of culture until the early hours. A night when museums open for free so you can enjoy all kinds of special activities."
Only created in 2013, it's enjoyed a rapid rise to success thanks to three key features. The first is the setting. Pedralbes Palace is a splendid 1920s building located in the uptown part of the city, and its landscaped gardens of fountains, statues, lawns and many types of flora play host to the festival's concerts. The second key is the programme. From esteemed stars such as Tom Jones to cult figures including Patti Smith and relative newcomers like The Lumineers, the bill is always carefully curated. In addition, there's a special day dedicated to families (June 11st) and another focusing on electronic music. Finally, festival organisers Concert Studio have consistently made gastronomy a priority, collaborating with top chefs to ensure the whole festival experience is one to remember.
"A fantastic experience at the magnificent palace of Pedralbes with big names like Tom Jones and fine dining brought to you by prestigious chefs. It also hosts a day specially for families and another dedicated to electronic music."
For many Barcelona culture lovers, summer means one thing: the Grec Festival, a wide-ranging arts event that sees the city through one of the hottest months of the year and into its traditional holiday period. Theatre, dance, music, circus and children's activities fill Barcelona's venues, although it is the iconic Teatre Grec that not only gives the festival its name but also provides the location for some of the most atmospheric performances.
On 1 and 2 July, the Frankfurt Dresden Dance Company, a highly prestigious company directed by the choreograph Jacopo Godani, is officially opening this year's Grec Festival of Barcelona, with a Mixed program: Metamorphers, Echoes from a restless soul, Moto perpetuo. The Festival will be directed for the first time by Cesc Casadesús.
This year, the Grec Festival is divided into two sections: the Grec Montjuïc that gathers performances, often from international companies, which can be seen for a few days, offering a good display of contemporary creativity, particularly focusing on the Mediterranean. Some of the performances programed are the latest creation of the prestigious company, Complicité with the Schaubühne de Berlín, “Beware of pity” (8 and 9 July; Teatre Lliure - Sala Fabià Puigserver). The new creation by Dimitris Papaioannou, “The Great Tamer”, (2-4 July; Mercat de les Flors- Sala Maria Aurèlia Capmany). The Aerites Dance Company will present the choreography “Cementary” (7 and 8 July; Mercat de les Flors- Sala Maria Aurèlia Capmany) and with “Clean City” (13 and 14 July; Teatre Lliure - Sala Fabià Puigserver), Anestis Azas and Prodromos Tsinikoris make all the cleaning ladies of Athens go up on stage.
Also speaking about Greece is Wajdi Mouawad, a producer of Lebanese origin, who brings to Teatre Lliure (21 and 22 July the diptych “Des mourants”, and the director Carme Portaceli, who directs “Troyanas” with actresses and actors such as Aitana Sánchez–Gijón, Ernesto Alterio, Míriam Iscla and Pepa López, plus others (Teatre Grec; 30 July). The new proposal from James Thierrée and the Compagnie du Hanneton, “La grenouille avait raison” will be held at Teatre Lliure - Sala Fabià Puigserver (26 and 27 July,) his new magical fusion of various performing arts.
At Grec Ciutat, we will find long-standing suggestopms by local companies such as a sala BARTS, Jamboree, Harlem Jazz Club and loads of theaters, from the Biblioteca de Catalunya “Bodas de sangre” (Blood Wedding) , directed by Oriol Broggi (until 28 July), to Teatre Romea with “E.V.A.”, by the T de Teatre (from 3 to 30 July), or Sala Beckett with “Un tret al cap”, by Pau Miró, interpreted by Emma Vilarasau, and others (from 5 to 30 July) and “Tender Napalm” by the Sixto Paz company, (8. 9. 15 and 16 July).
These are just some of the names that form part of a wide and diverse program, which this year is structured in itineraries in order to facilitate selection by spectators.
You will find the whole program and details of the itineraries in the website.
Enjoy the Grec Festival and have a good trip!
"I've seldom enjoyed such an eclectic culturefest. Theatre, dance, music, circus performances and activities for kids liven up the long summer days Barcelona. The iconic Teatre Grec hosts some of the most inspiring performances."
Come and discover Palau Requesens and all the history of this magnificent building and its architecture, built on top of one of the original towers of Barcelona's Roman walls We'd also like to introduce Isabel de Requesens, the Vice-Reine of Naples, and how she lived at that time. We start the tour with a glass of cava in the central courtyard and finish with a swordfight!
Come and immerse yourself in the experience!
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