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One of Catalonia’s most famous traditions is that of the “castells” (castles), which are human towers that are lifted by building different levels of people until reaching insane heights that can go up to ten stories. There is no mechanical help, and tens and even hundreds of people can take part in it. The “castellers” are the people who carry out this activity, which is over 200 years old.
Acknowledged as Immaterial Cultural Heritage by Unesco, his origin is believed to be around the area of Tarragona, Catalonia’s second most important province after Barcelona. During the 20th Century this practice spread all over Catalonia. The “castellers” are grouped in “colles” that normally take the name of its place of origin.
Gran Gala Flamenco, the Palau gives a run through different flamenco rhythms or "styles" (Fandango, Seguidilla, Alegría, Bulería, Tarantos, Guajira…) by flamenco artists who are breaking into the Spanish artistic scene.
Thanks to this series of performances, enthusiasts of the flamenco, can enjoy evenings full of strength, music, spirit and dance in all its aspects.
In the cycle "Opera and Flamenco", we will be able to enjoy the performance "Historia de un amor", choreographed by the great Rafael Amargo. A couple of dancers unleash their flamenco passion to music by Verdi, Bizet, Falla or popular flamenco music, with the voices of flamenco singer Joaquin "El Duende", the soprano Alina Furman and the tenor Ezequiel Casamada.
In 2009, the health care activity of the Modernist Enclosure of Hospital de la Santa Creu and Sant Pau moved to modern facilities located northeast of the architectural site. Since then, the monumental site of pavilions constructed by Domènech i Montaner, a Unesco World Heritage site, provide their unique spaces of outstanding artistic and heritage value, to hold congresses, courses, events, knowledge centres, but also for guided tours and activities for everyone.
The European Balloon Festival in Igualada is the biggest gathering of hot air balloons in Spain (this year is the 22nd edition) and welcomes around 25,000 visitors over four days at the start of July. It's a meeting point, a competition and a festival in one, with more than 50 balloons taking to the air. Competitive flights take place early in the morning and at dusk, when conditions are ideal, and if you want a taste of the high life, balloon rides can be booked in advance.
But there's plenty to enjoy from ground level, whether it's the different skill challenges in the competition, live music, kids' activities and workshops, or the magical Night Glow event, in which balloons are fired up but don't take off, glowing like lanterns and accompanied by a fireworks display.
Inaugurated years ago as the world's first film festival dedicated to the fantastic genre, today it's become the region's biggest celebration of the moving image. The picturesque seaside town of Sitges, 30 minutes down the coast from Barcelona, hosts hundreds of films from around the globe, including animation, rom-com and gangster as well as its core themes of gore, horror and fantasy. This year's event, the 51st, celebrates the anniversaries of various iconic movies, including John Carpenter's Halloween (1978), which is also tied into a retrospective on slasher films, and 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Night of the Living Dead, both released in 1968. Organisers are also using the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein to explore the role of women in many of the movies based on the seminal novel.
Running in parallel to the screenings are exhibitions, master classes and Q&A sessions, special events focused on television series, the chance to see films using virtual reality technology, plus a crowded Zombie Walk through the streets of Sitges.
It dates back to over half a century and can boast that it offers live music 356 days a year. The Sala Jamboree is the Barcelona temple of jazz par excellence, where great legends and young promises of jazz have played. Figures like Bill Coleman, Kenny Drew, Chet Baker, Ponny Poindexter, Art Farmer, Lou Bennet, Stéphan Grappelli, Kenny Clarke, Cecil Taylor, Elvin Jones, Steve Grossman and Al FosGordon have all been on stage.
All styles are represented, from vanguard to Dixieland passing through bop, fusion, vocal jazz, mainstream, nu-jazz, tango-jazz, flamenco jazz and Latin jazz, without forgetting other Afroamerican styles such as blues and gospel.
This venue is a cultural benchmark of Barcelona, which won the Gold Medal of the city.
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.
"Primera Persona" (First Person) is a multidisciplinary festival devised to allow authors of all generations to express themselves, from literary pioneers to representatives of the Superego of the social networks who have borrowed their own experience as the epic or mannerist stuff of literature from novels, monologues, comics, films and songs. It is a project of the CCCB conceived and directed by Kiko Amat and Miqui Otero.
Did you know that over 150 different types of meal are prepared for its inhabitants? Come along and don’t miss out on feeding time! If its lunch time during your visit, you could be in for a pleasant surprise…
Have you ever wondered how sharks are fed? The divers feed the sharks with the help of rods onto which is impaled their favourite food, such as oily fish and squid.
Tuesday and Friday between 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm. *
The greediest of them all – the penguins!
You can watch how they are fed in the Planeta Aqua Room twice a day every day of the week.
Everyday at between at 11.30 am and 4.30 pm. *
The rays don’t want to go without their food either. As soon as they see their keepers, they move in to eat. Be careful you don’t get splashed though!
Every day at 2.00 pm. except Sunday*
Eagle rays and Morays
Moonday to Friday at 12:45h at the Oceanarium’s tunnel. An amazing show! *
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