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Throughout the summer, most evenings see special cultural and gastronomic activities held at venues around the city. Many modernista spaces, such as La Pedrera 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 like Sala Montjuïc, which shows movies at the castle on top of Montjuïc, Gandules, an event at the CCCB where the audience sits in deckchairs (gandules in Catalan), and Cosmonits, a whole programme of sci-fi films at CosmoCaixa.
So, if you are looking to enjoy summer nights, Barcelona has a wide range of options for you.
The gardens of Sant Pau Recinte Modernista will be hosting the Candlelight Open Air Cicle in its Summer Concerts nights. Enjoy your summer evenings with international artists such as Ludovico Einaudi, Piotr Ilitx Txaikovski, and much more.
The festival of the Gràcia district is one of the most celebrated festivals during August in Barcelona. It is a popular festival that lasts for several days, with a wide range of activities, such as concerts, workshops and shows. The highlight of the festival is the traditional competition when streets are decorated and compete to achieve first place.
Besides the decorated streets, at the squares you have the option to hear live music, dance and taste typical gastronomy of the city.
The best in current electronic music and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is showcased, once more at the Platja del Fòrum and the Parc de la Pau in Barcelona, at this year's Barcelona Beach Festival 2021. Each year, this festival gains in reputation as the greatest contemporary dance music extravaganza, with line-ups that bring together the very best Spanish and international DJs. In an incomparable setting with the beach as a backdrop, and nearly 14 hours of uninterrupted music, the BBF has established itself as the best one-day electronic music festival in Spain.
May sees two excellent events for those who love visiting museums. On May 18, International Museum Day is celebrated, a European initiative that sees numerous institutions open their doors for free and put on a special programme of activities. The aim is to raise awareness in visitors about the key role museums and other cultural centres can play in the development of society.
At the same time, Barcelona holds its Night of Museums, when participating venues stay open until night, offering a different way to experience the permanent and temporary exhibitions currently on show, as well as the chance to enjoy different activities, such as family workshops, live performances and guided tours. This is also a global event, one that started in Berlin in 1997 and is now celebrated in around 120 European cities each year. Signed up to the two events in Barcelona are a wide variety of centres whose specialisations include art, archeology, history, author, ethnology, paleontology, ceramics, zoology, movies, design and much more.
Night of the Museums: 15th May, from 6pm to 9pm.
This summer, the music will never stop playing in the Pedralbes gardens. This iconic city venue, set among beautiful natural scenery, which has been hosting the Pedralbes Festival for the past nine years, will be transformed into a space to enjoy the concerts by artists of the calibre of Sara Baras, James Blunt, Manel, Jethro Tull, Fangoria, James Rodhes, Salvador Sobral and Alvaro Soler, and many more.
The organisers of the Pedralbes Festival, ConcertStudio, in association with other city venues, have joined forces to bring you a complete culture programme coupled with a varied and select food offer in the open air, that will liven up your summer nights more than ever.
Sónar is a festival of advanced music and multimedia art. But it's also much more than that: Sónar has become an international benchmark by developing what is essentially music to become an explosion of multimedia language, art and electronica, attracting fans eager for innovation from all over the world in the process.
Over three dates, Sónar by Day (Fira Montjuïc de Barcelona), Sónar by Night (Gran Via de L'Hospitalet) and different venues all over the city, will offer hundreds of activities, including concerts, DJ sessions, screenings, debates, conferences and an abundance of multimedia projects.
It's impossible to get bored in Barcelona: the best concerts, exhibitions and events related to art, culture and leisure await you, week after week. Here are some of the main ones. Don't miss anything this constantly moving city has to offer.
Barcelona never sleeps. The city has set the benchmark for the international electronic music scene and dances to the sounds of the world's top DJs. It's also the perfect place for lovers of jazz, rock, Latin rhythms and pop.
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