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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 and welcomes around 25,000 visitors over four days in July. It's a show, a competition and a festival in one, with more than 50 balloons taking to the air on each of the four days. Flights take place early in the morning and at dusk, when conditions are ideal and balloon rides can be booked in advance, but there's plenty to see from ground level, whether it's the different skill challenges in the competition or the magical Night Glow event, in which balloons are fired up but held down, glowing like lanterns, accompanied by a fireworks display.
Let yourself be transported to Las Ramblas and enjoy a very special night in front of the stage of the Tablao Cordobés. This cosy venue attracts the foremost figures from the world of flamenco.
In March, Jóvenes Talentos del Baile (Young Dance Talents) brings together the artists Saray "La Pitita" (one of Joaquín Cortés' dancers), Cristina Aguilera (Winner of the Young Flamenco Dancers of Andalusia contest) and José Carmona "Rapico", performing various of their own shows.
For the last few days of March they are joined by José Maya and Juan de Juan, two of the leading established figures of international flamenco who, together on the same stage, represent the very epitome of pure dance talent.
Inaugurated years ago as the world's first film festival dedicated to the fantastic genreie, fantasy, horror, sci-fi and cult today it has become the region's biggest celebration of the moving image. The picturesque seaside town of Sitges, which is some 30 minutes down the coast from Barcelona, hosts hundreds of films from around the globe, providing movie fans with around ten days of screenings of all types, from animation to rom-com via slasher and gangster.
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 new virtual reality technology, plus a crowded Zombie Walk, which welcomes thousands of the living dead for a stroll through the streets of Sitges.
The Ukraine State Orchestra and choir put all their artistic quality at the service of the best arias, duets, quartets and choral music of the brilliant composer Giuseppe Verdi. An impressive selection that runs through the most heart-rending melodies, from the Triumphal March of Aida, to the Anvil Chorus of Il Trovatore passing through "Va Pensiero" of Nabucco. The programme also includes fragments and pieces of other outstanding operas such as Don Giovanni and La Traviata with its famous toast.
Carl Orff's most famous work, Carmina Burana celebrates life, love, dancing, drinking and hedonism – but always with an eye on the role of fate. Based on 24 mediaeval Latin poems whose carefree spirit contrasts vividly with traditional concepts of life and death in the Middle Ages, this sweeping and powerful cantata for large-scale chorus, orchestra and soloists was a huge success at its 1937 premiere. Its worldwide popularity since then has made it a firm favourite with both singers and audiences alike. It will be accompanied by Beethoven's 9th Symphony with its immortal Ode to Joy.
The Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra and Choir,consecrated as one of the most outstanding institutions of his country, has developed over the years an intense local and international activity, performing in the main venues in Spain and Europe, with a vast and diverse repertoire.
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.
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