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2018 Edition (23-30/06/2018)
The 10-year anniversary of Pride Barcelona, the Med's largest gay pride event, takes place from June 23 to 30. The city will be filled with music, workshops, dance, sports, live shows, exhibits, the biggest foam party in Europe, galas and more; and based on the success of past editions, it's likely that over 200,000 participants will join in with the fun and festivities that always have a serious message behind them.
Among the programme's highlights are: the reading of this year's LGBTI manifest, which sets out the aim and focus of Pride (Jun 23, 7pm, Plaça Universitat); varied activities for all at the Village and Main Stage (Jun 29-30, Avinguda Maria Cristina); and, of course, the fabulous Parade, including a pre-party and closing celebrations (Jun 30, start: Avinguda Paral·lel).
This is the main architectural event in Barcelona, a weekend in October where over 200 buildings of every shape and size open their doors to the general public. It is an initiative of the 48h Open House Barcelona association, which began in London in 1992. From then on, the concept of an 'Open House' has been implemented around the world: New York, Dublin, Galway, Tel Aviv and, since 2010, Barcelona, have their own week dedicated to local architecture. 'Open House' offers the opportunity to understand and experience architecture in a unique way, through an architectonic experience.
The program invites everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-constructed and designed space. In the last few years, this event in Barcelona has expanded to include cities and villages from the metropolitan area and the Maresme Coast, and on the roster of buildings to visit we will come across churches, schools, sports centers, apartment blocks, libraries and restaurants.
Adapted tours for Open House 2019:
- Modernista trail through the Eixample
Adapted Tour for people with motor impairment.
Meeting point: Plaça Catalunya/Portal de l'Angel, in front of the Banco de España.
Saturday 26th October 4pm
A walk through the Quadrat d'Or heritage quarter in the Eixample, which was home to Barcelona's bourgeoisie in the late 19th century. You'll be able to admire modernista buildings by Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and other architects who were part of the Catalan art nouveau movement.
- Literary trail through Gràcia
Adapted Tour for visually impaired people.
Meeting point: Fontana Metro station (corner of Gran de Gràcia and Carrer Astúries)
Sunday 27th October 11am
Places visited: Air-raid shelter 232 in the Plaça del Diamant.
Last June, Barcelona was guest city at the Buenos Aires Book Fair. The literary trails devised for this event are the source of inspiration for this tour. We'll walk through the streets and squares where literary works were set or their authors lived or spent time. The Plaça del Diamant is one of these places and is, perhaps, most closely associated with Mercè Rodoreda's novel of the same name. We will end the tour in the square with a visit to the air-raid shelter built during the Spanish Civil War.
Tickets are sold out. You can find more English routes here: 48hopenhousebarcelona.org
The Christmas season in Barcelona is special for many reasons. Firstly there are the traditional elements, like the Christmas markets, particularly the Santa Llúcia one by the cathedral, which has been held since 1786 and is where local families go to buy figures for their cribs. Talking of which, pessebres (which is what cribs are called in Catalan) can be seen in places around the city including Plaça Sant Jaume, City Hall and the Reial Monestir de Pedralbes. And pessebres vivents ('living nativity scenes') feature real people (and animals) acting out the Christmas story – if the chance comes up to see one, for example at Poble Espanyol, don't miss it.
On a more modern note, Barcelona is conscious of the need to be environmentally aware at this time of year, and Plaça Catalunya hosts a fair promoting responsible consumption, as well as fun and games for all ages. As the glittering lights brighten the streets at night, why not feast on some roasted chestnuts from one of the stalls around town before enjoying a concert of Christmas music?
Greet 2020 by celebrating New Year's Eve in Barcelona. For the past few years, crowds have gathered at in Plaça d'Espanya, along Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, and at the foot of Montjuïc. This is the venue for Barcelona's biggest celebration with a spectacular firework display, music and live performances.
And after joining in the local tradition of eating 12 grapes before the 12 strokes of midnight come to an end, you will find many venues perfect for spending the first hours of the new year. You can go to great clubs like the Razzmatazz or Sala Apolo, which organise parties until daybreak on January 1, or you can enjoy the celebrations laid on at Poble Espanyol, which are very popular with young people. You can also go to restaurants or flamenco clubs, which usually offer an evening full of entertainment with meals, music and dancing all included.
Every week the Wine Tourism Information Point and Mirador de Colom Wines recommend a different wine. Visit the Mirador +wine or cava tasting, plus a second tasting of the Wine of the Week. If you like the wine, you can purchase it at a discount. Don't miss this unique experience: A journey through the true flavors of the territory from the city center!
As running becomes increasingly popular with millions of people around the world, the numbers coming to take part in Barcelona's marathon grows each year. It's now the fourth largest marathon in Europe after Berlin, London and Paris, with over 17,000 people signing up. Doubtless part of the appeal is the idea of running a 42.2km route around one of the continent's most aesthetically pleasing cities. The number of globally recognised landmarks passed by participants, such as the Sagrada Família and Camp Nou, as well as noteworthy vistas including the seafront, historic port and Ciutadella Park, make this a one-of-a-kind sporting event.
But that's not all. The Barcelona marathon is much more, with entertainment for the crowds that includes concerts, traditional Catalan culture and different local drumming groups, a four-kilometre Breakfast Run the day before the race, a Kids Race, and Expo Sports, a fair focused on outdoor sports that has numerous stands from major sporting companies.
La Quinzena the dance festival which will display all styles and genres to a potential audience of 5 million people. The festival will take place all over the metropolitan area of Barcelona, covering the municipalities of Barcelona, Badalona, Santa Coloma, L'Hospitalet, Cornellà, Espluges and others.
Programmed in theaters, but also in streets, squares and subway stations, dance at its finest now has a festival that includes classic and contemporary dance, hip hop, jazz, traditional dance and any other style.
The best in current electronic music and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is showcased at this year's Barcelona Beach Festival 2019, which is marking its sixth anniversary and is held once more at the Platja del Fòrum and the Parc de la Pau in Barcelona.
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. This year you will be able to enjoy with Alesso, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, an much more.
With globalization it seems that every shopping street of every city appears to be the same. Although the general appearance of all cities’ shopfronts have moved towards unification, Barcelona still manages to preserve a healthy number of authentic stores. These are unique businesses, some because they are over a hundred years old, some because their workshops still depend on creators using artisanal methods, some because they supply local gourmet products and some because they are at the cutting edge of design. The best way of seeing them all and to enjoy a truly fascinating visit is by taking the Barcelona Genuine Shops Tour, a guided route that takes in the city’s most inspirational stores designed to be enjoyed using all five senses. Don't miss it!
The Grec, Barcelona's keenly anticipated annual festival of music, dance, circus and theater is about to begin. It is a festival that now forms part of the city's cultural landscape and connects fully with its artistic life. Now in its 43rd edition, the festival consists a total of 94 performances covering every discipline. This year more than ever the Teatre Grec, which gives its name to the festival, is at the epicenter, but you will be able to see related events at a multitude of venues across Barcelona, some of them not used by the festival until now.
Museums, concert halls, theaters and even unique buildings such as La Pedrera or the Palau de la Música host some of the performances of the Grec'19. Check all the programming and choose your favorite acts.
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