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Carnival, a festivity based on the lunar calendar and eagerly anticipated by Catalans, always begins on a Thursday (Fat Thursday) and ends on the following Wednesday (Ash Wednesday).
Carnival is synonymous with partying, bustling crowds, costumes, parades and so on. In short, it is a week given over to hedonism and having a good time being the forerunner to the period of fasting and deprivation represented by the Christian tradition of Lent. These days, beyond the excesses, Carnival is a light-hearted popular festival based around the crazy figure named El Rei Carnestoltes (The Carnival King). While carnival is celebrated in almost every town and village throughout Catalonia, the places that historically stand out for their particular traditions are Barcelona, Sitges, Vilanova i la Geltrú and Torelló. However, wherever you may be during the festivities, you will be able to try some of the delicious traditional Carnival dishes: the coca de llardons (flatbread with pancetta) or botifarra d'ou (pork sausage containing egg).
Barcelona Carnival: The official dates for this year are 20/2 to 26/2. The Rei Carnestoltes arrives in the Passeig del Born with his entourage comprising seven ambassadors who symbolize the seven historical towns within the city (Horta, Sant Andreu, Sarrià, Gràcia, Sants, les Corts and Sant Martí). There are also further parades that take place in different places throughout the city. Carnival is also evident in the markets of Barcelona which are full of people letting their hair down, costumes, tastings and a frenetic rhythm. On Sunday night you can experience the wild party known as the "gran sarao".
Sitges: The Carnival King arrives in Sitges at 19:00 on 20 February. From that point on you can join the parade. Throughout the whole weekend there are a range of activities to suit any and every audience: concerts, cookery demonstrations, races using decorated beds and costumes, lots and lots of costumes.
Torelló: This town in the Barcelona county of Osona has its own name for the Carnival: the Carnaval de Terra Endins (the inland carnival). The Carnival King bursts into a council session being held in the City Hall, relieves the mayor of his duties and takes over for seven days. The parade held in Torelló is a participative one in which anybody can join in and which includes all kinds of representations of mythical beasts.
Vilanova i la Geltrú: In this municipality of the Garraf region (Barcelona), the carnival is organized by the local community and always includes a high level of social comment. The most meaningful event for them is Les Comparses (carnival troupe) in which more than 10,000 pairs of comparseros take to the streets accompanied by charanga brass bands, while throwing candy to the crowds.
The 62st Edition Internacional Vintage Car Rally Barcelona - Sitges will take place from 21 to 23 March.The Barcelona-Sitges Vintage Car Rally was first held in 1959 as an initiative of the Sitges Tourist Board. The rally was created in order to give the town a social event it could take part in during the winter months and to fulfil the wishes of many vintage car aficionados who wanted to take part in an event of this kind and enjoy their vehicles.
Vintage Car Rally Barcelona-Sitges is an event with characteristics that makes it unique in the world and once again the Promotion of Tourism in Sitges, organized with the full consciousness of the effort and pride represented by participants to be on the lists of registered. In fact it is a unique not only for its competitive nature, but also the spectacular cars participants. It seems that back to the early twentieth century when the vehicle he was in was a pleasure and a recreation and why not say it, a luxury. Again, a caravan of historic cars , all manufactured before 1928 will forty kilometers separating the two municipalities sailors, a test that are especially valued and aesthetic aspects of time and speed.
From 21 March to 2nd April, the Palau de la Música Catalana is hosting the Maria Canals International Music Competition, which has been attracting renowned young pianists to Barcelona for 65 years. The aim is to take advantage of the presence of this young talent in the city to bring piano music to the general public.
As they do every year, the OFF Competition will be distributing more than 100 pianos throughout different spaces in Barcelona, so that anyone who is able to can play and enjoy them.
The D'A Film Festival of Barcelona is an essential springtime event for aficionados of contemporary indie and auteur cinema, both local and from around the globe; some of the films shown have already won awards at other festivals while many are getting their Spanish premiere.
With close to 100 films being presented, one of the highlights of D'A is always the attendance of many of the directors whose works are being shown for round tables and Q&A sessions about their productions. As ever, various venues show the films selected for D'A.
The work of the German artist Charlotte Posenenske (1930-1985) was brief but intense. She developed a form of mass produced minimalism in response to the social and economic concerns of the time, eschewing the art market and rejecting conventional formal and cultural hierarchies. The MACBA is now displaying the "Work in progress" exhibition, bringing together works by Posenenske from 1956 to 1968, from her first drawings and paintings to her aluminum wall-reliefs and her last and best-known modular sculptures. An exhibition that was previously in Beacon, New York and which will continue touring across Europe.
The MACBA is staging a solo exhibition of the Greek artist Takis (Panagiotis Vassilakis). Born in Athens in 1925, Takis died last August. The MACBA is paying tribute to this artist who was a pioneer in the creation of new artistic forms using invisible energies such as magnetism and electricity. This exhibition is organized by the Tate Modern in collaboration with the MACBA and the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens.
The friendship between Picasso and the surrealist poet Paul Éluard was strong and unbreakable. Following the death of Apollinaire, both men got together to share and exchange ideas and opinions. The premature death of Éluard, after twenty years of friendship, was a major blow for the painter who had published a book months earlier with a series of the poet's drawings that featured a beautifully written prologue by Éluard himself. The Picasso Museum examines the relationship of both of these artists through Éluard's books and poetry and his art collection, as well as Picasso's portraits and drawings of the poet and his wife Nusch. We will also come across photographs by Man Ray and Brassaï and correspondence and documentary films narrating the meetings between the two friends.
Dijous Gras (Fat Thursday) marks the beginning of the awaited Carnival festivities week.It is a tradition on this Thursday to eat sausage and Spanish omelet.Carnival is very dear to the people of Barcelona, and many neighborhoods organize banquets and serve hot chocolate with the contribution of everyone. Other places will offer leisure activities including Carnival makeup workshops, concerts and performances. And in the district of Sarrià, Fat Thursday concludes with a meal of "butifarra de huevo" (egg sausage).Immerse yourself tradition!
Espais Volart is holding a solo exhibition of the artist Guerrero Medina (Jaén 1942) which will be displaying almost 200 of his works. Through four central themes, all of which are dedicated to the figure, we will be able to observe his socially committed career path, as the title of the exhibition demonstrates. The themes are Art-denunciation, Exile, Fragments of memory and Painting Velázquez.
Since the International Theatre Institute (ITI) established March 27th as World Theatre Day in 1961, this date is a unique occasion to learn more about this art form. This is why the ITI encourages the whole of society to celebrate this day and lots of spaces and institutions such as theaters, performing arts centers, universities, government bodies, culture ministries and amateur dramatics and theater professionals organize activities designed to promote the theatre and highlight their contribution to society.
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