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  • Blues and classical music concerts at the MEAM

    Blues and classical music concerts at the MEAM

    The European Museum of Modern Art, the MEAM, located in a Baroque building of the 18th century (Palau Gomis), is offering more than contemporary figurative art. A series of activities related to music is planned throughout the year, to enjoy a different kind of program.

    Every Friday evening, the museum is filled with music. The Friday's Blues cycle offers the possibility of enjoying a concert of bluegrass blues, swing and jazz. Bands bring their instruments to accompany the works and fill the museum with music for visitors to enjoy. Saturday evenings are reserved for classical music. The concerts usually start at half-past five and include an afternoon snack.

    Before the concerts, you can visit the collection exhibiting the best of contemporary figurative art. This is a feature of MEAM and highlights it from other contemporary art museums.

  • Nits d'Estiu (Summer nights)

    Nits d'Estiu (Summer nights)

    Throughout the summer, most evenings see special cultural and gastronomic activities held at venues around the city. Many modernista spaces such as Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Palau Güell, Casa Amatller, La Pedrera, Torre Bellesguard and Casa Batlló host concerts, suppers, drinks and audiovisual shows. In turn, several cultural venues, including Poble Espanyol, CaixaForum and El Born Centre de Cultura i Memoria, open late at least one night a week, allowing you to enjoy their exhibitions and special activities away from the daytime crowds and heat. Film fans can head to open-air screenings such as Sala Montjuïc, which shows movies at the castle on top of Montjuïc, Gandules, a free event at the CCCB where the audience sits in deckchairs (gandules in Catalan), and Cosmonits, a programme of sci-fi films at CosmoCaixa. Finally, the city's parks host evening concerts and the Liceu goes al fresco with the screening of one its operas at the Arc de Triomf.

    "It's impossible to get bored on a summer night in Barcelona. The art nouveau landmarks and other places in the city offer music, food and entertainments including open-air films."

  • Grec Festival de Barcelona

    Grec Festival de Barcelona

    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."

  • Cruïlla Festival

    Cruïlla Festival

    Perhaps not as well-known as its Barcelona music festival peers, Primavera Sound and Sónar, Cruïlla is ideal for those people looking for top-notch, interesting bands that tend towards the indie and alternative, along with smaller crowds and a more compact programme. Based in the same venue as Primavera, the Parc del Fòrum, recent lineups have been featured a broad mix for music lovers of all ages: 2016 welcomed Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, Skunk Anansie and Cat Power as well as local acts like Animal, Adrià Puntí and Ramon Mirabet. Anyone wanting a kid-friendly festival should certainly consider Cruïlla, which has a real family vibe, particularly on the Sunday. As well as the music, additional activities are laid on including puppets, traditional games, painting and sessions at the nearby adventure park, Barcelona Bosc Urbà. Add in food trucks, a market with clothes, accessories and beauty treatments, free WiFi and a cashless payment system, and your perfect summer weekend is set!

    "If you're looking for interesting bands that play indie and alternative music, put this down in your diary. A concise programme of events featuring activities for people of all ages, especially on Sunday."

  • Mas i Mas Festival

    Mas i Mas Festival

    While most of the people involved with organising live music in Barcelona head off on a well-deserved holiday this month, the yearly Mas i Mas festival keeps the city's concert scene going with a packed programme of events. Mas i Mas is one of Barcelona's most emblematic music companies, as the owner of the historic Jamboree jazz club, as well as techno club Moog and the flamenco venue Tarantos, all of which are located in the very heart of the city. These three all host shows during the August festival along with equally iconic venues as the Palau de la Música Catalana, El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria and the Teatre Grec, as a new event of the 15th edition.
    This year's edition will include artists such as Chano Domínguez & Mariola Membrives (flamenco and jazz), Eva Yerbabuena (flamenco) and Andrea Motis (jazz) at the Teatre Grec; Alfonso Vilallonga & Marco Mezquida (song music) and Quinteto Real (tango) at the Born Center; Uri Caine (jazz), Ernie Watts Quartet (jazz) and 'King' Solomon Hicks (jazz) at the Jamboree; Imany (soul/funk), Mario Biondi (soul/funk) and Incognito (jazz) at the Palau de la Música.

    A total of 200 performances of different styles including jazz, classical music, blues, soul, song music, flamenco, electronic music, theater and dance, all to thrill us and discover new, top-class national and international artists.

    "There's no let-up for music in Barcelona, and one of the city's leading music promoters stages concerts at its iconic venues, including the Palau de la Música, Jamboree and Moog, with performances by local and international artists. I discovered Silvia Pérez Cruz here. What more can I say?"

  • Circuit Festival and Girlie Festival - 10th anniversaries

    Circuit Festival and Girlie Festival - 10th anniversaries

    With the beaches full and holiday season in full swing, Barcelona welcomes back two of its most emblematic summer events, Circuit Festival and Girlie Circuit, which this year are celebrating their 10th anniversaries. Billed respectively as the biggest international gay festival and the biggest international lesbian festival, and both produced by Barcelona's Matinee Group, they see thousands of visitors from across the world come to the Catalan capital for days of parties. Circuit is two weeks of fun with a programme that includes pool parties, including the biggest and most popular event of the festival, the Water Park Day (which lasts all day and goes on into the night) at the nearby La Isla Fantasia water park, DJ sessions (with performances by some of the biggest names on the gay scene) and club nights, while Girlie follows a similar pattern albeit for fewer days. Doubtless with a decade of good times to celebrate, this year will see some extra special guests and even more partying than usual.

    "If you're on the gay scene you can't miss the world's biggest LGTBI festival. A unique atmosphere with packed events all over the city. The festival at the water park is one of the most fun I've ever seen."

  • Trofeu Joan Gamper

    Trofeu Joan Gamper

    FC Barcelona gets a new season of football underway with its traditional friendly that is named after the club's founder. In recent years, the Joan Gamper has been played towards the middle of August, once the players return from their summer break, and it provides fans a great opportunity to see some of Barça's new signings in action before the serious business of leagues and competitions begins. It's also a fantastic chance to visit the majestic Camp Nou stadium, Europe's largest and a must-see for any real soccer aficionado; indeed it's one of the most-visited places in Catalonia. To contest the 'trophy' (until 1996, it was actually a four-team competition with two semi-finals and a final played, but a rise in other pre-season events meant that it was scaled back), the club usually invites an international challenger: among those that have taken part in the past five years are the Italian sides U.C. Sampdoria and A.S. Roma, and Santos F.C. from Brazil.

    "Barça fans are in luck. The season kicks off with its traditional friendly match. An opportunity to see the new signings in action at the majestic Camp Nou."

  • Barcelona Beach Festival

    Barcelona Beach Festival

    The best in current electronic music and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is being showcased at the Barcelona Beach Festival 2018, being held once again at the Platja del Fòrum and the Parc de la Pau in Barcelona. This festival is becoming consolidated as the greatest ever contemporary dance music extravaganza. Year after year they succeed in congregating the very best Spanish and international DJs. Passing through the booth last year were well-known names from the current scene such as Kygo, Armin Van Buuren, Axwell Ingrosso, Martin Garrix and Hardwell.

    In an incomparable setting and, with the beach as a backdrop, the festival has cemented its name as the best one-day electronic music festival in Spain. There are nearly 14 hours of uninterrupted music.

    The electronic beach festival Barcelona Beach Festival 2018 will take place in July, dates to be confirmed.

  • Parks of Barcelona route

    Parks of Barcelona route

    There are many different sides to Barcelona: the Barcelona with its traditional neighbourhoods, the Gothic, modernista and contemporary city… but there is also a green Barcelona, the Barcelona of parks and gardens. You’ll find them dotted around the city. These green spaces are always interesting, whether it be for their plants, urban design or sculptures.

  • Beaches

    Beaches

    Barcelona has ten accessible beaches, with Wi-Fi and excellent amenities and services inviting you to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea throughout the year.

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